The Helicopter Line Franz Josef - NZ Travel

The Helicopter Line Franz Josef

The Helicopter Line

From the icon locations of Mount Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Queenstown The Helicopter Line can take you on a scenic flight or Franz Josef Heli Hike to discover NZ's National Parks, glaciers, mountains and lakes, often with a snow landing. The Helicopter Line can offer you close up views of our alpine regions that are otherwise restricted to the most adventurous mountain climbers.

Franz Josef Heli Hike.

Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over the glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of the pristine alpine environment. The experienced and professional helicopter pilots’ informative commentary will showcase the exciting landscape for the adventure ahead. You’ll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above, and then up close, on an unforgettable guided hike amongst the glacier ice formations. Skilful, professional and experienced guides will take you on a two hour ice exploration.

Main Office: The Helicopter Line office on the Main Street in Franz Josef.

Operating Hours: from 7am (summer), 8am (winter)

Help Notes:

Please reconfirm your Franz Josef Heli Hike trip by 6pm the day prior to departure. No refund will be given for no shows or changes made.


How fit do I need to be? The Franz Josef Heli Hike is suitable for people with average fitness. Our guides will assess your suitability to participate in this activity if you are unsure - please talk to us.

What to Bring?

  • •Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3 -4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera


Minimum Numbers: 4

Maximum Numbers: 24

Suitable for Disabled clients: No

Minimum Age: 8

Departure Times:

  • Summer (Oct – Apr)  9.30am, 12.00noon, 2.30pm
  • Winter (May –Sep) 11.00am, 1.30pm


  • 10 minute helicopter flight to Franz Josef Glacier icefall
  • Glacier landing and pick up
  • 2 hour hike amongst glacial ice formations and experienced guides