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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour provided by The Helicopter Line West Coast

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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R 5 278,54
2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Updated 20/08/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/08/03 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
  • 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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Important Information
Departure Point
The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier, Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef 7856, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Helicopter ride
  • Professional guide
  • 2-hour hike on the glacier
  • Use of gear (glacier boots, talons, socks, ice axe, waterproof jacket)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • It is recommended that you wear sturdy footwear and bring warm layers due to cold temperatures
  • Moderate level of fitness is required
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please note: A guided walk among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all tour activities are dependent on the weather
  • Maximum weight limit of 120kg per person including gear / Minimum child weight 30kg (subject to ice conditions)
  • What to bring
  • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kirsty M wrote a review Sep 2020
15 contributions2 helpful votes
I have wanted to do this activity for two years, since finding out about the experience through word of mouth in 2018. Upon arrival we checked in, weighed, and given wristbands. Overalls (trousers and jacket), socks, boots, and crampons/crampon bag was provided. Make sure you
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Kirsty. Thank you so much for your lovely review and we will make sure to pass your kind words on to Jake. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience and that you were able to tick that one off the bucket list. We hope that the rest of your time in Franz Josef was just as wonderful! Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
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KenVicLee wrote a review May 2020
Huntington Beach, California2 003 contributions536 helpful votes
There were seven of us. We were only going to be in Franz Josef one night, the whole purpose being the heli-hike combo on the Franz Josef Glacier. Our travel company set up the reservation. Somewhere I lost the memo saying that they only complete these trips 40% of the time.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Responded 12 Jul 2020
Hi there, thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experience. It is so unfortunate that the weather did not play in your favour so you could experience our amazing Heli Hike trip. Weather on the West Coast has a temper of its own especially since we are guiding on the beautiful Hine Hukatere (Franz Josef Glacier) located in the middle of a rainforest. Weather is changing every year, so we do not have an exact percentage of how many trips get cancelled due to bad weather. However, our staff is trained on weather in the area and encouraged to make the safest and accurate decision depending on weather forecast. Although we were not able to show you our beautiful backyard, we are happy to hear that the staff took care of you and met your standards. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels and please do not hesitate in contacting us if you are ever in the area again.
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Eleanor L wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom54 contributions22 helpful votes
This was a highlight of our trip! We couldn’t decide whether or not to do the heli hike as it’s quite expensive - especially on a backpacker’s budget - but we are so so glad we did! The entire tour is friendly and professionally run. It is an absolutely amazing experience and
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from TotallyTourism, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Responded 18 Mar 2020
Hi Eleanor, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Heli Hike with us and that Rebekah gave you a fantastic tour. We shall be passing this feedback onto the external company who we hire the guides from. Dre is a fantastic member or our team and we are so thrilled she gave you a memorable time in the office. We wish you a safe journey home. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast
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kitahiggins wrote a review Feb 2020
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
The Heli Hike was incredible!! The flight up to the glacier had amazing views and being able to hike on the glacier was the best experience. Dre and Gordana were both really helpful with the preparation and the team are all friendly and knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so thrilled that Gordana and Dre were helpful. We strive to provide excellent customer service and this seems to be reflected in your experience with us. We are so thankful for your recommendation and hope you enjoy the remainder of your New Zealand Adventure. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast.
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amaury cariot wrote a review Feb 2020
Noumea, New Caledonia5 contributions
Go go go ! Awesome journey with excellent staff. So happy to hike 2 hours with professionals a'd funny guides. And the HELI pilot is great to. The place to visit here specially with sunny weather and small group of 4 people!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Hi there, Thank you for your awesome review. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Heli Hike with us and that the Glacier Guides made you feel safe along with bringing some humour to your experience. Normally our groups on the Heli Hike are 11 people, so you struck a lucky day to be a group of 4. The weather here in incredibly unpredictable and sometimes does not do what it is forecast to do however the sun can play by the rules every so often. We are so please out were able to experience the Heli Hike with us. Wishing you a safe onward journey. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast.
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About the operator

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By: The Helicopter Line West Coast
This was one of the most amazing experiences we have had on our travels. From the helpful team at the store to our
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Breathtaking experience
What a really special experience, the staff at the fox glacier shop were so lovely and welcoming. I felt super safe
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Perfect day, amazing flight!
Oh my goodness - this was just amazing!! Fabulous safety conscious staff. The most perfect day with not a cloud i
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Steve Lockwood
My partner and I decided at the last minute to do the 20min Franz Josef Glacier Snow Landing helicopter flight. We
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The Best
This was epic! We were looked after by Brendan, Nat and Greg. We had the absolute best time on our flight... memori
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Epic Flight
Awesome flight, Tim was the pilot full of knowledge about the surroundings and great banter had up on the snow. Amy
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Spectacular views! Such an amazing experience and lovely staff. Highly recommended! Thanks Brenden, Amy and Charlot
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Helen B
Me and my friend had an amazing time! The staff was really friendly (Dre and Tim)! It was insane to fly over the gl
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Once in a lifetime experience
Fantastic flight to the glacier on a bluebird day. Thanks so much for accomodating us last minute, will highly reco
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The most amazing experience ever
Wow wicked experience, wicked people, wicked day, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED special thanks to Pilot Clarke and Loader Bel,
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Words and photos don't do it justice
So although the weather meant we changed last minute to the Franz Joseph Glacier only. It did not detract from the
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A bucket list experience.
Unforgettable experience. Vicky and Belinda were brilliant, professional and fun, absolutely top service. Dion the
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Paid the same as everyone else on the flight but they sat me on the back seat between two strangers so it was prett
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Fantastic flight
A brilliant experience provided by a great crew. From arrival the ground crew Katie and Drey were attentive and he
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Amazing experience!
We had an amazing experience with the Helicopter Line and particularly Vicky (the manager), Amy (the loader), Kate
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Key Details
  • Franz Josef Glacier, The Helicopter Line West Coast, and 1 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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