Heli Hiking Franz Josef

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Heli Hiking Franz Josef information and booking

3 hours
Departs from
The Helicopter Line Base
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Summer - October - April:9:30am, 12pm, 2:30pmWiner - May - September:11am, 1:30pm
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Tour description provided by Viator

Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a two-hour guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of New Zealand's South Island. You'll learn about glacier processes and enjoy supreme panoramic views on your small group tour, as your local guide shows you the most spectacular ice formations.

With its ability to hover, land and provide access to some of the most remote areas, your helicopter ride is the ideal choice for sightseeing, taking you right up close to towering peaks, crevasse filled glaciers and sparkling waterways.

You'll land high up on the glacier between two icefalls where your guided hike begins. Follow your professional guide into the most spectacular icefall terrain, only usually seen by experienced mountaineers. With a spotless safety record, rigid assessments, and the use of exclusive quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is always accounted for.

Afterwards, you'll re-embark the helicopter for a transfer back to the township of Franz Josef.

The fleet consists predominately of European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrels (seats 06 passengers plus pilot). They are ideal aircraft for scenic flights, with an open plan cabin making for excellent views for all passengers. The Helicopter Line has the highest levels of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of the operations.

What's included

  • Helicopter tour
  • Professional guide
  • 2-hour hike amongst glacial ice formations
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All equipment provided (glacier boots, talonz, socks, an ice axe, waterproof jacket)

What isn't included

  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Food and drinks