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


Imagine a two-hour guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier. As you wander through this winter wonderland, learn about glacier processes and enjoy supreme panoramic views with your small group tour, as your local guide shows you the most spectacular ice formations.

The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the Tasman Sea and the imposing Southern Alps, making for spectacular contrasts in the surrounding scenery. Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region.

How do you reach this pristine location? By helicopter of course.

Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over the glacier with a unique guided walk through the extraordinary alpine landscape. See the ice-flow from above and then up close, on an unforgettable guided walk. Your professional guide will lead you into the most spectacular icefall terrain that is usually seen only by experienced mountaineers. With a spotless safety record, rigid assessments, and using exclusive quality equipment, your safety as well as enjoyment is taken care of.

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: 3 Hours
  • Tour Code: FJGHH


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • 10-minute scenic helicopter flight with snow landing
  • 2 hour hike amongst glacial ice formations
  • All equipment provided (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, an ice axe, waterproof jacket)
  • Informative commentary and guided walk
  • Professionally trained pilot with specific experience flying in New Zealand’s alpine environment

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