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A Franz Josef Glacier scenic helicopter tour is a once in a lifetime experience that should not be missed, not only can you experience this jaw-dropping landscape from the air but you can combine it with an incredible guided hiking adventure on the ice.

After a thrilling heli-hop flight, high above the rugged ice formations, you will land on the glacier, ready to explore the glacier by foot. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Choosing the route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll guide will show you through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice.

You'll enjoy panoramic views of the Westland Tai Poutini National Park, and with plenty of photo opportunities, and the chance to learn more about this magnificent glacier, this will almost certainly be your most memorable West Coast experience and one you will never forget.


Includes FREE ENTRY into the main pools at the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools!

INCLUDES:

  • Guided adventure ice hike
  • Scenic Heli Transfer to/from the Ice. 
  • Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools
  • Glacier Goodie Bag Gift

TRIP TIMES:

  • Summer: 8:30am, 9:15am, 10:55am, 11:40am and 12:30pm
  • Winter: 9:15am 10:55am and 11:40am

DURATION:

  • Allow up to 3 hour for the entire experience
  • Up to 3 hours Ice time.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2-4 warm upper body layers ideally woollen or polypro (not cotton)
  • Quick drying trousers or shorts (no jeans)
  • Food and drink for the day
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Camera

THEY PROVIDE:

  • Breathable Rain Jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers (if required)
  • Socks and sturdy boots (or you have the option to wear your own hiking boots)
  • Crampons (with small waist bag) for superior glacier grip
  • Woollen hats and gloves (if required)

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Ice Time: Up to 3 Hours
  • Flight Time: Approx. 4.5 minutes each way. Total 9 minutes.
  • Child Age: 8 - 16 years
  • Weight Limit: Maximum weight is 115KG.
  • Difficulty: Moderate fitness required, suitable for families.

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike:
Includes: Scenic heli transfer, guided hike and entry into the Glacier Hot Pools.

  • Adult $479.00
  • Child $479.00

Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike: PEAK SEASON Jan, Feb, March:
Includes: Scenic heli transfer, guided hike and entry into the Glacier Hot Pools.

  • Adult $499.00
  • Child $499.00

CAN WE WEAR OUR OWN BOOTS?

You are welcome to wear your own good quality ankle supporting hiking boots with our crampons, or you can choose to wear the boots that they provide. Their boots are comfortable and warm and ensure you don't damage your own boots when strapping on your crampons. If you choose to wear your own boots, bring them in for a fitting the evening prior to your tour departure to see if they are suitable.

WHAT IS MY CHECK IN TIME FOR MY TRIP?

Check in time is 15 minutes prior to the trip time stated on your booking confirmation. This allows hem plenty of time to prepare you for your trip, fill in medical information, give a weather update, and get you kitted up in all the necessary equipment.

DO I NEED TO BRING A LUNCH?

You will need to bring a light snack and drink. Tours range from 4 hours.

DO I NEED TO BRING A BACKPACK?

You will not need to bring a backpack as the maximum time spent on the tour is 4 hours. They will provide you with a small bum bag so that you can carry a camera, sunscreen, sunglasses, water and a snack. There is limited space in the helicopter so please limit what you bring on the tours. Please do not bring iPods, wallets, phones or keys.

WILL I SEE BLUE ICE?

Blue ice is a major highlight of a glacier tour. You have a good chance of seeing blue ice on our Glacier Heli hike tour as the helicopter takes you high onto the glacier.

WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE ON THE ICE?

The temperature on the ice is typically only about 1-2 degrees cooler than in town but due to the nature of the environment the temperature can be very changeable and we recommend wearing 2-4 warm layers of upper body clothing depending on the conditions on the day.

DO I GET MY MONEY BACK IF IT IS RAINING?

It is the high annual rainfall in the glacier region (6-8 metres per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain these magnificent glaciers would not be here. They do provide you with the best in rain protection including Goretex Rain Jackets and waterproof over trousers.

Sometimes the weather means that helicopters can't fly; heavy rain, high wind, low cloud. If your tour is cancelled due to these reasons, Franz Josef Glacier Guides will automatically transfer you onto our Glacier Valley Walk the same day. There is no obligation to participate and you can cancel at any time. We just want to make sure you don't miss out on a great glacier experience.

WHY CAN'T I WEAR JEANS?

They ask clients not to wear jeans on the glacier, but instead to wear light weight trousers or shorts, as jeans get very cold and uncomfortable when wet. If jeans are all you have then we can provide you with waterproof over-trousers to wear instead.

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