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Franz Josef Glacier Experience stunning ice architecture

Franz Josef Glacier provides some of the most stunning ‘ice architecture’ of any Glacier in the world. The Glacier was in a state of advance until 2008 when it started retreating. Following a spectacular collapse of the terminal face in 2012, it is now only accessible by helicopter.

The Franz Josef Glacier is known as ‘Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere’ in Maori which means ‘The Tears of Hinehukatere.’ As the legend goes, Hinihukatere had a passion and skill for climbing. Whilst not shared by her lover, Wawe, he liked to be by her side so ventured forth anyway. However, an avalanche soon swept him from the peaks to an untimely death. Hinihukatere was heartbroken and the tears flowed uncontrollably but as they flowed down the mountain they froze, forming the glacier.

Franz Josef Glacier Snow Landing

Flight Tour 302

Departs Franz Josef
Duration 20 mins

$230 per adult

From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. The flight includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air.

Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glacier, with Glacier Landing

Flight Tour 303

Departs Franz Josef
Duration 30 mins

$300 per adult

Twice the ice! Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover up close their neve and unusual ice formations - landing on the snowfields is a highlight and will make for superb photos, snowballs and memories.

Mount Cook Spectacular with Glacier Landing

Flight Tour 306

Departs Franz Josef
Duration 40 min
$415 per adult

The ultimate glacial experience - this flight tours covers it all! Glacial icefalls, crevasses and neves, views from the coast to mountain tops – you get to see both glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak. Cross the Southern Alps spine and circle the top of magnificent Mt Cook. Topped off with a spectacular snow landing, this is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast!