Franz Josef Glacier

Glacier Heli Hike:
The Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed. From the moment you step on board our chopper, your experience and highly trained pilot will whisk you away, up and over the jaw-dropping landscape.

After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a two hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. He will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and with plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable New Zealand experience and one you will remember forever. Duration:  up to 3hrs. Fitness level: moderate.
Glacier Valley Walk:
The Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed, following the glacier's path as it winds its way through this remarkable landscape. Here you will learn about the glacier's history, see what this majestic giant leaves behind, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly changing terminal face.

This leisurely and informative journey can be tailored to suit groups of most abilities and interests, so no trip is ever the same. Accessing some exclusive trails and including great storytelling from your experienced and well-trained guide, there has never been a more extraordinary time to visit the Franz Josef Glacier. Duration:  up to 3hrs. Fitness level: low. 
Ice Explorer:
Experience the Franz Josef Glacier at its most dynamic, with New Zealand’s best hiking guides. This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice. A short heli hop from the township takes you into the remarkable Pinnacles area of the glacier. Here your guide will navigate you through a maze of ice and explain the dramatic environmental changes over the last few years. You will explore the awe-inspiring landscape in this incredible experience through Franz Josef Glacier. Duration: up to 4hrs. 3hrs ice time. Fitness level: moderate.
Heli-Ice Climb:
The closest you can get to the Franz Josef Glacier. Glacier climbing in New Zealand is considered by many to be the best in the world, and no one does it better than Franz Josef Glacier Guides. Ice climbing at Franz Josef is a day packed with excitement and adventure, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Under the expert tuition of some of New Zealand’s most experienced ice climbers, you will learn the skills and techniques you need to carefully and comfortably climb the glacier. A great way to introduce you to the exhilarating sport of ice climbing under the watchful eye of our expert team. Your guide will tailor the day to challenge novices and experts alike. No experience necessary.  Duration: up to 5 hrs. Ice time: 4hrs. Fitness level: Excellent. This trip is considered 'hard'.
Mountain Scenic Spectacular:
Our premier flight! Experience two of New Zealand’s finest national parks and encounter the gigantic expanse of both the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Take in the towering ice formations and top it off with a snow landing: a chance to set foot on snow and breath the clean alpine air. Along the way, get to see the Tasman Glacier and get close to Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Features snow landing. Duration: 40 mins.