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Queenstown: Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

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Take a scenic plane flight from Queenstown to explore the Franz Josef Glacier before it's gone. Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight up to the glacier.


  • Enjoy a scenic return flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Explore a glacier with an experienced guide
  • Take a stunning helicopter ride over spectacular glacial scenery


Fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers. Visit Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook or the Tasman Glacier on the east side. Enjoy the flexibility of seeing either glacier in case of poor weather conditions on your tour of choice. Check in on arrival at either the Franz Josef Glacier tour or Tasman Glacier tour and get to your helicopter. Have a safety briefing as your equipment is handed out. Go out to a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef Icefall. Alternatively, take a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman Terminal Lake to the Tasman Glacier. Be fitted with crampons for your trek out onto the glacier, exploring ices caves, and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.


Hotel pick-up and drop-off 2x scenic plane flights from Queenstown to Franz Josef return, with pilot commentary 2x Helicopter flights from Franz Josef Township to Franz Josef Glacier Two-hour glacier hiking experience All specialist equipment (crampons, waterproof pants, and jackets)

Important Information

  • Please advise everyone's full name and approximate weights at the time of booking (significant discrepancies may result in you being unable to participate in the tour) Passengers over 115kg are unfortunately exempt from the tour due to safety regulations and passenger comfort Items you must bring: 3-4 Warm layers of clothing Face Covering Shorts or lightweight trousers (NO jeans are allowed) Sunglasses Any medication that you take daily It is also recommended to bring sunscreen, a small water bottle, a small snack, and a phone or camera All items that you bring along must fit in the small 2-liter waist bag

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