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Heli hike, Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Hike Group
Heli hike, Franz Josef Glacier
Heli hike, Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Helicopter Flight & Hike

The ultimate way to experience the wonder of the West Coast’s Franz Josef Glacier. Marvel this epic ice flow on a scenic helicopter flight followed by a guided trek on the compact snow.

  • Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight over Franz Josef
  • Explore the glacier with a 2 hour hike
  • Capture the perfect shot with amazing photo opportunities
  • All equipment including boots, ice crampons and jacket included


Franz Josef Glacier is 12km long and fed by a massive 20 square km snowfield at the top of the Southern Alps. It features ice pinnacles as high as multi-story buildings, deep crevasses and stunning, pristine blue ice. It’s all on show and the most dynamic glacier in New Zealand is accessible to you via one of the most exhilarating experiences in the world.

First witness the majesty of the beautiful ice formation from the air as your helicopter takes to the skies above the glacier. Then descend onto the glacier itself and set foot on the ice. Your heli hike guide will lead you through some of the most stunning ice formations, immersing you in the world of the Franz Josef Glacier. To touch the ice and breathe in the fresh alpine air is a unique experience and one which you will never forget.


Approximate duration: 3 hours

Daily at 08:30 or 11:00

Helicopter Line Office, Franz Josef


Price & Availability

You can book this experience on its own or as part of a complete New Zealand holiday. For price and availability please get in touch.

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Helicopter Flight & Hike