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Heli Hike A truly immersive glacier experience


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 then 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.


The Helicopter Line offers the Franz Josef Heli-Hike in conjunction with Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Your professional guide will lead you into the most spectacular icefall terrain that is usually seen only by experienced mountaineers. With an excellent safety record, rigid assessments, and using exclusive quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is assured.


  • Exciting helicopter flight to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Glacier landing and pickup
  • Approximately 2-hour hike amongst glacial ice formations
  • Professional and experienced guides
  • All equipment provided (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)


  • Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3 to 4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (one will be provided if you don't have one)
  • A sense of fun and adventure!


  • Please check in 1 hour prior to departure
  • October to April 9.30am, 12 noon and 2.30pm
  • May to September 11am and 1.30pm


  • Moderate fitness required
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Our Heli-Hike trips are weather dependent.

Your safety is our highest priority so we reserve the right to cancel your booking depending on health and agility considerations. Additionally, due to the nature of the hike clients over 120kg’s and/or pregnant will not be able to participate.

We will do our best to accommodate you but occasionally cancellation may be unavoidable.

Franz Josef Heli Hike

Departs Franz Josef Glacier
$449 per person
Duration 4 hours

Discover up-close the magnificent natural phenomenon of the stunning West Coast glaciers. This two hour walking adventure is suitable for people of average fitness and above.

Glacier Helicopters Franz Josef and Fox