• 3 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 7 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • No Meals Included

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter and Hike Combo

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What to Expect
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Fly in by helicopter and hike one of New Zealand's most famous glaciers - the Franz Josef Glacier!

You will land on a safe section of this largely inaccessible and steep 12km long glacier. Then it is time to get outfitted with glacier boots and crampons and follow your experienced guide as they cut ice steps to help you explore. You'll walk for two hours amongst the ice formations and pinnacles and see first-hand the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow. The guides have an immaculate safety record so you can rest assured, your safety and enjoyment are taken care of. 

Touch the ice, breathe in the fresh air and see what only experienced mountaineers can reach on this unforgettable wilderness experience.

Book your Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter and Hike Combo online with us today!


  • Arrive at the meeting point for a safety briefing by your guide.

  • Take a helicopter ride over Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Start your guided hike on a remote part of the glacier (2 hours).

  • The tour ends and return by helicopter to the meeting point.

Basic information:

  • Hike level (difficulty): elementary/moderate

  • Group size: the maximum group size is 11 people per guide

  • Duration: 3 hours

  • Departure times: 9:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 2:30 pm (October-April); 11:00 am and 1:30 pm (May-September)

Assembling arrangement:
  • Meeting point: The Helicopter Line, Main South Road, Franz Josef, New Zealand

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 1 hour prior to your scheduled departure time.


  • Child ticket: Ages 8 - 14

  • Children aged 0 - 7 are not allowed to join this activity.

  • Minimum passenger numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible.

  • We do not recommend this activity for the elderly and customers with disabilities.

  • Customers who weigh more than 115kg and/or pregnant are not able to take part in this activity.

  • Due to safety reason, children are not allowed on the 11:00 am tour from 1 May to 30 September. Please book the 1:30 pm tour if you are travelling with children.

  • English ability: You must have very good English in order to participate in this activity. This experience uses technical equipment to travel on raw glacier terrain. As you are out all day learning to use this equipment and navigating natural features it is mandatory that you can communicate, comprehend and follow instructions to a very high level. This is for everyone's safety and presently instruction is only given in English.

  • Physical ability: While no previous experience is necessary, a good level of fitness and agility is required.

  • Your flight is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund. 

  • We recommend booking your flights early in your trip with flexibility for weather changes. We don't want you to miss out!

  • Please note that the size and shape of the blue ice caves in the glacier change every day, sightseeings cannot be guranteed.

  • Please note that Drones are illegal to use, leave it in your car if you have one. 

  • iPads or selfie sticks are not allowed on board for safety.

  • You need to cancel the booking first if you want to change to the flight departing from other locations.

What to bring:

  • 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing (jeans are not recommended on wet days, as they become very cold and uncomfortable to wear)

  • Sunglasses and sun protection (including for your lips)

  • A daypack, a drink and snacks

  • A warm hat and gloves

  • A Camera

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • Your flight is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Q:Our group is about 7 people, can we fly in by the same helicopter?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. The aircraft has capacity for up to 6 passengers per flight. If your group have more than 6 people, the operator can arrange 2 helicopters to take off at the same time and land in the same place halfway. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia
  • Q:Hi, Icam interested in the Franz Jospeh Heli Hike combo for three people. Just trying to see if it fits with our road trip around new zealand. Where would the helicopter depart from for this booking? Kind Regards, Matthew Garrell
    A:Dear Matthew Garrell, Thank you for your question. The helicopter will depart from The Helicopter Line Base, situated on the Main Road (State Highway 6), Franz Josef Glacier, 7856. From the Franz Josef Village base, you'll fly up to the Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland National Park. Any more questions, please send an email to service@kootrip.com.

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