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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!

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:

Trip Reviews

  4.53 out of 5 (from 4979 reviews)

LEGENDARY

Travelling to New Zealand has been on my bucket list for nearly half my life, and I'm so glad I spent three weeks there with Active! I was a bit worried going by myself, but it turned out to be the best vacation of my life. They took us to so many spots that I probably would have never seen if I tried to organize everything on my own. It was great to have them feed me, drive me, hike me, and take me to our accommodations at night - not once did I have to worry about anything. The accommodations themselves were so fun and unique, staying in them was a highlight of my trip. Our guides, Kim and Ashleigh, were fantastic young ladies. Ash was an amazing chef and Kim rocked the in-bus narration. I also think we had a phenomenal group of people who clicked very well, and absolutely the best weather one could wish for.

Even when there were a few changes to the itinerary due to road damages, weather issues, or anything else, the guides were on top of it so fast that we barely even noticed there was a problem. We did miss out on snorkeling with the fur seals, and our Franz Josef Heli-Hike was cancelled, but we were still able to see seals and take a helicopter ride to a glacier at another time. No loss whatsoever.

I'm a fairly active person under thirty, who lives in an mountainous region, and I was still challenged by the hikes and activities they provided. I also have bad knees, and was still able to get up and down the more difficult mountains. For those wondering abut the multi-day hike, it's definitely a work-out, but totally worth it! And be sure to invest in a hydration bladder, you'll really appreciate it! If you're looking for an outdoor adventure with lots of activity and fun, this is definitely one of the better ways to explore New Zealand.
Janine Carbone Review Image
– New Hampshire, United States
Rimu, April 2017
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