Helicopter Line - Franz Josef Glacier HELI HIKE (Ex Franz Josef)


Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking alpine excursions and get up close and personal to the remarkable beauty and awe-inspiring environment of the Franz Josef Glacier.


  • Breathtaking helicopter flight to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Glacier Landing included in your experience!
  • Approx 2 hour hike amongst ancient glacial formations

This once in a lifetime experience gets you to the very heart of this incredible glacial environment - exposing the most spectacular ice formations, mighty pinnacles, and pristine alpine terrain.

You’ll have the opportunity to experience this ancient glacial environment from astounding aerial view before exploring by foot, and even descending into the glacier itself!

A truly immersive experience that will be treasured for a lifetime, the Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike is the ultimate journey into New Zealand’s alpine paradise!

Adult $485.00 (Pre-Covid Border Closure Price $485.00, Discount Shown From This Rate )
Child $455.00 (8-14 years)

What's included

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • Glacier Landing and Hike
  • Experienced Guide
  • All equipment (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)


  • Allow approximately 3 hours for the whole experience


  • Departs from The Helicopter Line base, Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef.
  • From 5th September 2022: Check in is from the Franz Josef Glacier Guides office, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886.


  • Minimum age is 8 years old.


  • Please Note: Moderate fitness required.

    The Heli Hike experience is weather dependent.

    Safety Notes:

    Your safety is our highest priority so we reserve the right to cancel your booking depending on health and agility considerations.

    For safety reasons, we have a weight limit of 120kg. This weight includes the gear we provide which can weigh up to 5kgs. Please be aware that if the gear takes your weight to over 120kg, you will not be able to participate.

    Additionally, if you are pregnant you will not be able to participate.

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

    Departure Notes:

    Check in times - please check in 1 hour prior to departure:

    8:30am departure: 7:30am check in.

    9:00am departure: 8:00am check in.

    11:00am departure: 10:00am check in.

    11:30am departure: 10:30am check in.

Available Bookings from 17 Aug to 23 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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  • Child$455.00

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Moh'd from United Arab Emirates wrote on 25 February 2020

Great Experience

It was a great experience although it was cancelled the first time due to weather. The only drawback that they need to work on is the hygeine of the socks, jackets and trousers. They need to have them cleaned before every session as they were not. Health comes before safety.

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From Helicopter Line - Franz Josef Glacier HELI HIKE (Ex Franz Josef)

Hi Moh'd, Thank you for your feedback. We are so thriled you were able to experience our Heli Hike with us. The weather does play a major role in our operations. We do wash our socks and gloves after each trip so that they are going out fresh and clean for the next trip. Our jackets and trousers are washed often however we are unable to wash after every trip as they are made of a specific waterproof material. Frequent washing can deteriorate the effectiveness of the material in keeping guests dry on the ice if the weather were to change while guests are on the ice. Health and Safety go hand in hand. Both equally important here and are our top priority. We hope you enjoy the remainder of your trip around New Zealand. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast

Shilpa Verma from Australia wrote on 03 March 2020

awesome experience

Had experience of our lifetime with heli-hike. The assistance provided by the staff was fantastic. Luke our guide was super fun and very informative. Loved the helicopter ride. Really a must-try

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Bailey from Australia wrote on 26 February 2020


Our first trip got cancelled due to low lying cloud, so flew the following and had an absolute bluebird! Well run company, organized, would have been nice to fly a little further or over the glacier before or after the hike just to really take in how big it truly is! Tom our glacier leader was incredible, very enthusiastic

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Hi Bailey, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so thrilled you were able to re-book with us and experience our Heli Hike. We are unfortuantely unable to fly you higher up the glacier for the Heli Hike tour due to the high amount of scenic flight air traffic. The Heli Hike flight is direct transport to the ice. We do offer different scenic flight option to see more of the glacier. We will pass on your feedback to Tom and let him know you enjoyed your Hike with him. Wishing you all the best with your New Zealand Adventure. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast.

jiayunk from Singapore wrote on 09 January 2020


It's definitely worthed the money!! We were super lucky and blessed with good weather, clear blue sky and sun out. All staffs were super friendly and all equipments provided. I was super lucky to get front seats on the helicopter as well based on weight. I am super thankful for our guide kailie and brett for guiding us on our hike up the glacier. Overall, i loved this experience and would come back again for ice climbing maybe if i'm back in NZ! Thank you everyone!

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Hi Jia Yun, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so thrilled the weather co-operated and you were able to experience the thrills are Heli Hike can offer. We are pleased that your found our staff friendly and the Kailie and Brett gave you an experience that has left you wanting to come back. We wish you a safe journey home. Kind Regards, The Helicopter Line, West Coast

melissak3 from New Zealand wrote on 14 August 2022

Incredible experience

It was a great experience. All the gear is provided and our guide, Phil, was excellent. It did not feel rushed and he made sure we felt safe and confident to do the hike. Bonus part we went exploring and got to watch him carve new paths on the glacier!!

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