Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Flight Overview

Price Reduced from $1299 to $1149 for Winter 2020!

Our Glacier Heli-Hike has become one of True South Flights more popular tours as it allows you to enjoy all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park glaciers has to offer all within a day.

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef or (Mt Cook) Tasman Glacier is the start of a day filled with spectacular scenery as we fly over the Southern Alps home to over 3000 small glaciers. Franz Josef Glacier is situated on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier is on the eastern side. The weather in this mountainous region can be very changeable with up to 10m of rain falling particularly on the western side. We offer similar tours to both glaciers to ensure a better chance that you will have a fantastic day hiking on a glacier. 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.

On arrival at either Mt Cook or Franz Josef we will 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. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall, or a scenic helicopter flight over the Tasman terminal lake that was formed back in the 1980s with a stunning view of Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) in the background and land at the middle of the Tasman Glacier. There you will be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the glacier ice, exploring ices caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in South Island of New Zealand.

Both the Franz Josef and Tasman glaciers offer very similar experiences and you can be assured that you will not be disappointed with either option. The Tasman is much longer at 23km and the Franz Josef is steeper but when you hike the glacier there is little to separate one from the other. We suggest you book your preferred option but be flexible on the day to change as the weather determines.

Minimum of 2 passengers to confirm for this tour however if you are only 1 person please contact us as we will endeavour to put you with another tour.

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

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Adult $1149 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

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