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Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike with Scenic Flights - Full Day

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike with Scenic Flights - Full Day


  • Enjoy four scenic flights over the postcard perfect landscape
  • Hike one of New Zealand's best known glaciers, the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Explore mystical ice caves and crevasses

Explore a maze of ice caves and crevasses as you hike the wonder-filled Franz Josef Glacier. Enjoy a scenic flight to the Franz Josef airport before boarding a helicopter to the upper Franz Josef icefall, where your two hour hike through this spellbinding region begins.

What's Included?

  • Complimentary transfers from Central Queenstown accommodation
  • Return scenic plane flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Scenic helicopter flight from Franz Josef Airport to the Glacier
  • Guide hike on Franz Josef Glacier
  • All specialist hiking gear and guide

Prepare to immerse in a dazzling icy wonderland as you spend the day at one of New Zealand's steepest glaciers, Franz Josef Glacier. Your adventure begins with a scenic flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef Airport, where you'll fly over the spectacular Southern Alps studded with over 3000 glistening glaciers. Upon arrival, you'll be run through a safety briefing before boarding the helicopter for a flight into a deep part of the glacier, passing over mystical icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall. Here, you will be fitted with crampons for your two hour hike, exploring magnificent ice caves and experiencing firsthand the ever-changing wonders of this snowy landscape. Following your hike, you will return to the airport by helicopter to meet your plane for the return journey to Queenstown.

Session Length

  • Please allow eight hours for this experience
  • Departs Queenstown at 9:30am and returns by 4pm


Not suitable for children under 35kg. Participants over 120kg will incur extra charges on the helicopter portion of this tour. Guests over 150kgs will be unable to take part due to weight restrictions on aircraft.


    • Please provide accurate weights at time of booking. Weight discrepancies can result in additional charges or the cancellation of your tour
    • A moderate level of fitness is required


    • Change your booking up to 24 hours before the start time of your experience
    • Changes are not permitted within 24 hours of your experience
    • Late arrivals or no shows may result in you forfeiting your experience

    Numbers on the Day

    Minimum of three participants.


    This experience is weather dependant. Please call the provider on 0800 777 922 one hour prior to your departure for a final weather check. Should the weather impact your ability to do the Franz Josef glacier hike, they have the flexibility to move to the Tasman Glacier on the eastern side of the mountain, which is usually more sheltered.

    Dress Code

    Please dress as you would for a regular hike, no jeans. Specialist equipment and waterproof pants/jackets are provided.

    This experience takes place on the Franz Josef Glacier, departing Queenstown.

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