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Combine a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef Glacier with a 2-hour guided walk on glacial terrain during this exhilarating tour from Franz Josef. Find out why New Zealand's South Island is famous for its gorgeous landscapes as you follow an experienced guide past ice caves, crevasses and pinnacles. Learn about glacier formation and movement, and enjoy supreme panoramic views. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.
Highlights
  • Fly over Franz Josef Glacier for a glacier hike
  • Touch down between two dramatic ice falls
  • Don provided mountaineering equipment for a guided hike
  • Great way to access extreme mountain terrain with no experience needed
What to Expect
Make your way to the heli-hiking home base, where you’ll meet a guide and be fitted with all necessary equipment, including a waterproof jacket, glacier boots, and an ice axe.
Board a helicopter for the flight over Franz Josef Glacier, a massive 7.5-mile (12 kilometer) glacier. Soar over towering peaks, deep crevasses, and winding streams of glacial melt. The pilot will guide the helicopter onto the ice, touching down high on the glacier.
Climb in and around ice caves, capturing remarkable photographs of the frozen landscape, and learn the history of Franz Josef Glacier. Following the hike, board the helicopter for the spectacular return flight, retracing your path with sweeping views across the Southern Alps.
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Reviewed 8 July 2019

Stay far away! These guys are scam artists and totally unethical. Ruined the entire New Zealand experience.More

Date of experience: July 2019
4  Thank Jack F
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi JackF, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you found our activity and it’s terms and conditions to be misleading. As the guests were late for their trip we were unable to accommodate them on their scheduled Heli Hike. There is a...More

Reviewed 22 May 2019

There were a lot of waiting(more than 30min) before we could start hiking. Actually it couldn't be called as hiking, I mean, we just walked around 500 meters in total...After 50 minutes' 'walking', our tour was put to an end due to bad weather condition....More

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank Bryanisall
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2019

Hi Bryan, We are very sorry that you have been unhappy with your experience with our company. Thank you for understanding that the constantly changing weather in the West Coast does play a major part in how both our flights and heli-hikes operate. We are...More

Reviewed 3 May 2019

THE HELICOPTER LINE FRANZ JOSEPH.(HELI HIKE). An amazing experience. Well organised from beginning to end. Caring,,careful staff & very safety conscious. We were lucky with the weather as the previous day all flights cancelled and ours was one of the few that took off that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank KRBC
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2019

Hi KRBC, Thank you for leaving us a wonderful review! The weather here is constantly changing so it’s great you were able to fly with us. Our experienced guides have lots of interesting facts about the Franz Josef glacier and they love taking you around...More

Reviewed 2 May 2019

This was my personal highlight. I rented a car from Christchurch and drove all the way just to take the heli hike tour. I have not regret that. Amazing view and a real one in a lifetime exerience. The guides are very nice. You get...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Daniel T
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2019

Hi Daniel T, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. The Heli-Hike is a special, memorable trip so it is great that you were able to come over to the West Coast for this wonderful experience, and that you loved...More

Reviewed 1 May 2019

WOW!!! WOW!!! What an experience, a flight up through the valley, which puts everything into perspective. The guide was super knowledgeable and provided our group with options for our time on the glacier. Not sure how to beat this experience. If you get a chance...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank celks2018
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2019

Hi celks2018, Thanks for the wonderful review, we are thrilled to hear you loved the trip so much! It is amazing being able to actually walk on the Franz Josef glacier and realise the sheer scale of it. Our guides are very experienced and provide...More

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