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Flight Overview

Price Reduced from $1299 to $1199 for Winter 2022!

Our Glacier Heli-Hike is one of True South Flights’ more popular tours, allowing you to enjoy all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park glaciers have to offer within a single day.

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier is just the beginning of a day filled with spectacular scenery. You’ll fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers, to Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook. The weather in this mountainous region can be very changeable with rain frequent on the western side. We have the flexibility with our guiding partners to be able to alternate from one side to the other should the weather not be suitable to visit the glacier of your choice, and our tours to both are very similar.

On arrival at the Franz Josef glacier tour, we’ll accompany you to your check in with our helicopter and guiding partners, Alpine Guides, who will provide you with all your necessary equipment and a safety briefing.

The experienced guides will then take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Your helicopter will pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall.

Here, you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the glacier ice, exploring ices caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

A minimum of two passengers is required for this tour however if you are travelling solo, please contact us as we may be able to accommodate you with another group.

Departures: 9:30am, returning by 4:00 pm.

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Adult $1199 Child $1099

  • Courtesy transport between your accommodation and Queenstown Airport
  • 60-minute flights between Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier township, taking a different route back via Mt. Aspiring if possible
  • Window seats guaranteed
  • 4-hour heli-hike, with 2 hours of time on the ice and scenic helicopter flights to and from the glacier
  • All equipment provided: crampons, boots, socks, ice axes