Franz Josef Glacier Guides: Heli-Hike
This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice, traversing spectacular tracks of only moderate difficulty.
Max 13 people per guide
Minimum age: 8 years
Duration up to 4.5hrs
Ice time up to 2hrs
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)
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, sunscreen, camera
What not to bring:
iPods / MP3 players
Car / Room Keys
This is a fantastic introduction to an enthralling world of ice, traversing spectacular tracks of only moderate difficulty. Our walk is longer in duration than others offered, allowing you more time to enjoy the impressive terrain on the lower reaches of Franz Josef Glacier. After a short walk through regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings.
After strapping on crampons you make your way up the terminal face of the glacier, where pre-formed tracks make exploring the lower reaches of the glacier achievable for most agile people. Our half day hike includes entry into the fabulous Glacier Hot Pools!
Departs: 8.45am, 10.30am, 12.30pm (3.00pm in Summer).