West Coast Scenic Flight & Glacier Hike | Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike & Hot Pools


Combine the thrills of a scenic helicopter flight over the Franz Josef Glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and crevices of this pristine, alpine environment.

After a thrilling flight high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier ready to undertake a two hour guided glacier hike.

Your guide chooses the route as you go for the most spectacular ice formations and will lead you into icefall terrain that is usually seen only by experienced mountaineers. With a spotless safety record, rigid assessments, and using exclusive quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is taken care of. This will almost certainly be your most memorable experience whilst in New Zealand!

Admission is included to the Franz Josef Glacier hot pools where you will be able to enjoy a hot bathe amongst the rainforest!

Sometimes even the best plans don’t work out – sometimes helicopters don’t fly. If your trip is cancelled due to weather, you’ll automatically be transfered onto the Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time. We just want to make sure you don’t miss out on a great glacier experience.

Please note: Moderate fitness required and minimum age is 8 years old.

  • Tour Type: Adventure Tours
  • From: West Coast Glaciers to West Coast Glaciers
  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Tour Code: GHH


  • Scenic helicopter flight with ice landing
  • Up to 3 hours on the ice
  • All equipment provided – socks and sturdy boots, ice crampons with small waist bag, waterproof over-trousers & jacket (also woollen hats and gloves if required)
  • Informative commentary during the guided walk
  • Admission to the Glacier Hot Pools
  • Glacier Goodie Bag
  • Professionally trained pilot with specific experience flying in New Zealand’s alpine environment

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