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Helicopter landing, Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier Heli Hiking

Fox Glacier Heli Hiking, New Zealand

Begin the experience at the guiding base where you trade your shoes for sturdy leather boots and get kitted out with ice-walking gear. Your guide then takes you to the helipad where you board a helicopter for your flight up the valley sides and onto the glacier itself.

The Franz Josef and Fox glaciers are two of the fastest moving in the world, sometimes at a rate of up to 20m a year. This means that the terrain is ever-changing as crevasses close and new ones open so your guide leads you on an unplanned route which is a true adventure. Ice tunnels glow a deep blue colour and steps up the ice have to be hewn with a pick axe. However, the two and a half hour walk is not overly demanding and suitable for anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.

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  • Helicopter landing, Fox Glacier

    Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

    Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

    This is a 30 minute scenic flight that will take you high above the spectacular scenery of both Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, with views across to Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

  • Helicopter on Franz Josef Glacier

    Heli Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

    Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

    Join your crew at The Helicopter Line Officer, Main South Road to commence a heli hike tour. A scenic 10 minute helicopter flight takes you over Franz Josef Glacier to its icefall, where the helicopter lands and you start a two hour guided walk amongst its ice caves, pinnacles and seracs.