Day trip

Queenstown: Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

Queenstown: Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

From US$ 783.58 per person

Take a scenic plane flight from Queenstown to explore the Franz Josef Glacier before it's gone. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight up to the glacier.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a scenic return flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Explore a glacier with an experienced guide
  • Take a stunning helicopter ride over spectacular glacial scenery
Full description

Fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers. Visit Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook or the Tasman Glacier on the east side. Enjoy the flexibility of seeing either glacier in case of poor weather conditions on your tour of choice. Check in on arrival at either the Franz Josef Glacier tour or Tasman Glacier tour and get to your helicopter. Have a safety briefing as your equipment is handed out. Go out to a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef Icefall. Alternatively, take a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake to the Tasman Glacier. Be fitted with crampons for your trek out onto the glacier, exploring ices caves, and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 2x scenic plane flights from Queenstown to Franz Josef return, with pilot commentary
  • 2x Helicopter flights from Franz Josef Township to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Two-hour glacier hiking experience
  • All specialist equipment (crampons, waterproof pants, and jackets)
  • Food and drinks not included
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People under 66 lbs (30 kg)
  • People over 331 lbs (150 kg)
  • People with low level of fitness
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Masks are optional for this activity

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please check in at our office 30 minutes prior to departure. We are located in the Remarkables Park Town Centre in Frankton, near Queenstown Airport, with free all-day parking. It is best to park near the New World supermarket and walk across the carpark entrance to our building on the corner of the main road (Hawthorne Drive). Please let us know if you don't have access to transport and require a pickup in our shuttle van.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Food and drinks
  • Sunscreen
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Outdoor clothing
  • Closed-toe shoes

Not allowed

  • Jeans

Know before you go

  • Please provide accurate weights at the time of booking, and let us know if you require pick up
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