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Franz Josef Glacier

Fox Glacier Heli Hiking

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 20 m 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 pickaxe. 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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Other experiences in Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
    Helicopter landing, Fox Glacier

    Flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

    Flight over Fox and 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.

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  • Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier
    Helicopter on Franz Josef Glacier

    Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

    Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier

    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 among its ice caves, pinnacles and seracs.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.