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Heli-Hiking in New Zealand

Franz Josef Heli-Hike

On all of our summer South Island trips you'll have the option of adding a heli-hike to your trip - you'll need to let us know at least 30 days in advance as it's very popular (by ticking the box on your online booking information page once you've confirmed your trip with us). This is a 4 hour package including a return scenic helicopter flight to the upper part of the Franz Josef glacier and a 2 hour hike amongst crevasses and ice-caves. You don't need any ice-hiking experience or equipment to do this!

Heli-hike Franz Josef

Heli-hike Franz Josef

Heli-hike Franz Josef

Highlights

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

What to bring

  • 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)
  • As always, a sense of fun and adventure!

You can book the Franz Josef heli-hike on any of the following trips:

  • Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • US$4,999 + tax

    4.51 out of 5 (from 4536 reviews)

    Rimu

    Nat Geo Logo 2015This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

  • Kiwi South Island Explorer

    • 14 Days
    • US$5,299 + tax

    4.64 out of 5 (from 169 reviews)

    Kiwi

    New to adventure vacations or not quite ready to hang up your hiking boots just yet? On this South Island walking tour you'll experience beautiful, famous and little-known places – taking plenty of time to explore along the way! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5 day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Kiwi’ suits anyone who enjoys walking and likes to give things a go. The pace is flexible and relaxed with most hikes taking one to three hours to complete on well-formed tracks with some undulations.

  • Tui Essence of the South Island

    • 8 Days
    • US$3,799 + tax

    4.57 out of 5 (from 1639 reviews)

    Tui

    This is an action-packed adventure where you’ll hike, bike, kayak, fly and jet boat in some of New Zealand’s most iconic and remote wilderness. It works well if your vacation time is limited, since you can fly from North America on a Friday evening, sleep on the plane, and be back at work ten days later to share your photos and stories on Monday morning. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Tui’ suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience, particularly if you enjoy a variety of activities. Typically hikes on the ‘Tui’ trip range between two and six hours to complete.

  • Weka New Zealand Biking Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • US$4,999 + tax

    4.44 out of 5 (from 263 reviews)

    Weka

    Outpost Magazine Global Travel Guide 2016Our ‘Weka’ trip combines the very best of New Zealand’s cycling and hiking trails into an action-packed two week adventure. We’re keen bikers here at Active, so we wanted to create the ‘dream itinerary’ for fellow biking enthusiasts! We’ve escaped the traffic by choosing private roads and wide, smooth cycling trails. There’s plenty of flexibility and freedom if you want to ride a little further or a little less, we’ve got you covered! Our new ‘Weka’ trip will suit both road cyclists and mountain bikers alike.

    Activity level: The ‘Weka’ is an active cycling and hiking trip, so it’s important that you have a base level of biking and hiking fitness. You don’t have to be young or ready to take on the Tour de France (although if you are super fit and raring to go, you won’t be bored), but you should be in the habit of doing at least some riding and be comfortable in the saddle..

  • Kea New Zealand Family Adventure

    • 13 Days
    • Adult: US$4,399 + tax, Child (15 & under): US$3,599 + tax

    4.66 out of 5 (from 227 reviews)

    Kea

    Let us take care of every detail so that you and your family can enjoy exploring New Zealand’s iconic places on a fun outdoorsy adventure. The ‘Kea’ is the perfect opportunity for everyone in the family to try some new activities together while our guides encourage, entertain, serve up delicious meals and ensure you make the most of your precious vacation time. You’ll be amazed how much everyone learns along the way and our guides will have you laughing as much as the kids! For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: This trip has been designed to be fun and gently challenging for the young, and the young at heart. The pace is flexible and most hikes range between two and four hours to complete. 

  • Manuka Milford Hiking Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • US$5,899 + tax

    4.40 out of 5 (from 808 reviews)

    Manuka

    If you wish to concentrate on hiking the iconic tracks of New Zealand and like your creature comforts, we’ve crafted this trip just for you. It has a strong focus on New Zealand’s natural history. Our guides have plenty of time to interpret the flora and fauna and explain the geological and social history of the areas you’ll visit. You also have the choice of a selection of the best day hikes Fiordland National Park has to offer, along with an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound, or hiking the famous Milford Track in its entirety. The ‘Manuka’ really is hiking New Zealand in style!

    Activity level: The 'Manuka' is an active hiking trip, but has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically hikes on the 'Manuka' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the Milford Track Guided Walk option.

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