Franz Josef Glacier - HELI HIKE


This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice - a world famous hike!


  • Once in a lifetime NZ glacier experience!
  • Breathtaking heli flight to and from Franz Josef Glacier
  • Up to 2.5 hours on the ice with your guide


Visitors travel from all corners of the globe to experience this utterly stunning once in a life time heli / glacier experience.

A short heli hop from the township of Franz Josef takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier.

Here your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years.

You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through the Franz Josef Glacier.

This is one of the highest demand activities anywhere in New Zealand, so bookings are essential!

Duration: Allow up to 4.5 hours for the whole experience.

Location: Your journey starts at our glacier base on Cron Street in the Franz Josef Village.

Per Person $499.00

What's included

  • Waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, boots, socks & crampons, hat & mittens, small waist bag, walking pole
  • Short helicopter transfer
  • Up to 2.5hr guided hike of the Franz Josef Glacier



  • Minimum age: 8
  • We have a strict weight limit of 115kg/254lbs. Due to health and safety reasons we are unable to guide pregnant women on the hike. The minimum age for this trip is 8 years old (Children also must be 137cm tall and at least 35kg). Please inform us of any medical conditions, prior to booking..

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • *** PLEASE NOTE*** Bookme tickets cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts.

    Due to health and safety reasons we are unable to guide pregnant women on the hike.

  • Bookme tickets cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offers or discounts.

    Due to the high demand nature of this product, the rapidly changing weather, and the frequent departures, bookings made via the Bookme system will be subject to a further confirmation which will specify the exact departure time. This confirmation will arrive via the email address made at the time of booking with Bookme. Please check you Junk Mail or contact the operator if you do not receive a final confirmation email.

    We require a minimum of 4 people to operate our tour. On very rare occasions, the operator reserves the right to reschedule or refund the trip, however, every safe and reasonable endeavor will be made to operate.

    We have a 24hr booking cancellation policy. Any bookings cancelled within 24 hours of the trip departure time will not receive a refund.

    Moderate fitness level is recommended.

    Bookings with children: Due to glacier and weather conditions the guidelines for children may change and participation in the hike is ultimately the decision of the lead guide on the day. To give the best chance of participation, we recommend all parties travelling with children book our trips from 11 AM onwards. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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amandal6 from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2019

Almost got trolled by the weather!

Awesome guided tour! Our guide was very friendly and have learnt heaps about the glacier. The complimentary spa pool access was such a good way to unwind after walking with the heavy boots. Highly recommended!

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Kia ora Amanda, Thank you for the review, we appreciate you taking your time to share your experience. It is fantastic to hear you had such an awesome time. Safe travels for the remainder of your trip! Nga mihi, Georgia

yvonnet from New Zealand wrote on 22 September 2019

Awesome heli hike day

Grateful with the good weather, was very sunny during the hike and hence it was so hot with the overdressed winter wear. Good guide and enjoyed the trip

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Kia Ora Yvonne, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your trip on the heli hike! Yes it can get very hot up on the ice with all of the gear, but as you may know the weather can change very fast here on the West Coast so it is better to have more layers than less. Thank you again! Ngā mihi – Best regards, Aimee

TSAI CHENGYIN from Taiwan wrote on 01 September 2019

Great hiking travel

The tour guild is a humerus guys. He made the trip more and more happy. And the glacier experience is wonderful and impressive.

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Kia Ora Tsai, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your time on the Glacier Heli Hike and had fun with your guide. Ngā mihi – Best regards, Aimee

Peter Pedersen from Denmark wrote on 17 December 2014

Keep the weather in mind

We booked this experience and were excited to go, but unfortunately the trip was cancelled two days in a row and the forecast for the following days were also looking bad. Therefore our recommendations for people booking this or planning to go for this is to keep the weather in mind. The chopper flights are quite weather dependant so especially in spring there is a high risk of cancellations.

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Michael from Australia wrote on 22 August 2019

Amazing experience!

Our guide Michael and his team were absolutely fantastic. They were extremely knowledgeable and took care of us throughout the sometimes very tough terrain. It was a once in a lifetime experience which I would highly recommended to anyone.

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Kia Ora Michael, Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased to hear that you had an awesome time on our Glacier Heli Hike, it sure is a once in a lifetime experience! I will pass on those kind words to Michael. Thank you again! Ngā mihi, Aimee


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