An evolutionary step in glacier experiences. Balance the thrill of a Heli Hike with a relaxing two night stay at the Rainforest Retreat Deluxe tree hut, nestled amongst the west coast's lush native bush. 

Take the most skilled guides and New Zealand's most unmatched glacier terrain, this trip is designed with the most curious explorer at its core. Franz Josef Glacier Guides have broken boundaries with innovation and creativity, employing fixed line travel to take your glacier experience to new heights. Catering to most skill levels, this 2.5 hour hike will guarantee to provide you with the most information, venturesome and memorable adventure.

Franz Josef Heli Hike

With the combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two and half hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features, the Franz Josef Heli Hike is an epic journey not to be missed. Our guides are highly skilled, which means we can find you both the safest and most spectacular route available on the glacier.

Because the glacier is so fast moving, its features are constantly changing - you might find yourself sliding through a narrow crevasse or between towering walls of ice, crawling through blue ice tunnels, hanging out in ice caves, or witnessing the glacier calving. You can be sure that you're seeing the glacier in a unique state and no two trips are ever quite the same.

Rainforest Retreat

Nestled amongst the Southern Alps close to Franz Josef Glacier and countless scenic spots, Rainforest is the perfect base to explore New Zealand’s Glacier Country and the wild West Coast. The spacious and stylish studio Deluxe Tree Huts are privately nestled amongst lush rainforest with large spacious decks so you can immerse yourself in nature.

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Package inclusions:

  • A two night stay in a deluxe tree hut at the Rainforest Retreat*
  • 1x adult pass on the Franz Josef Glacier Guides Heli Hike 

 *Please note: When booking online your accommodation will be automatically booked for you. Your first night of accommodation will be booked for the night prior to the date selected for your Heli Hike booking. Your Rainforest Retreat booking confirmation will be emailed to you once this has been processed by our team.


Peaks and Pinnacles Package

Tour Details



Tour duration

Up to 4 hours

Tour times


Ice time

Up to 2.5 hours

Guide to guest ratio

1 to 11



Minimum age

8 years

A short scenic helicopter transfer flying over the glacier valley and landing on the ice

A guided hike on the glacier exploring key features with your friendly and knowledgeable guide.

Up to 2.5 hours ice time

* $599 per person. Prices valid until 31st January 2022.