Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Flight Overview

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier is certainly spectacular, but the highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The experienced guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall. From there you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in South Island of New Zealand.

Departure time is 9:30am, returning at 4:30pm. Winter (May 1st to September 30th) departure is 8:30am returning by 4:00pm.

What to bring:

  • 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing (jeans are not recommended on wet days, as they become very cold and uncomfortable to wear).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection.
  • A daypack, a drink and snacks are useful.
  • A warm hat and gloves.
  • A Camera.
  • Light snacks or lunch.

Trip Duration


Flight Time



Adult $1299 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

Upgrade Options*

*All upgrades are additional to the base pricing above