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Franz Josef Glacier Tours and Activities

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One of New Zealand’s most photographed natural wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Franz Josef Glacier serves up a dazzling landscape of snow-smothered peaks, rocky gorges, and icy waterfalls, feeding into the Waiho River that's ripe for exploration.

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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide.  Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a guided hike past deep crevasses and towering ice-blue pinnacles before the return chopper ride down. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$335.75
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$335.75

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Appreciate the majesty and scale of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers from the air during a 30-minute helicopter flight and snow landing. Enjoy aerial views over both glaciers from your prime position in the sky, and hear live commentary from the professional pilot before landing atop either Fox or Franz Josef. Then hop out and focus your camera lens on a glacial scene of frozen icefalls, glowing blue ice fields and plunging crevasses — considered to be among New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.22
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$249.22

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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See the Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a helicopter flight above ice falls, snowfields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snowfield to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the maritime glacier. This helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.84
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$193.84

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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See the imposing Southern Alps on an aerial tour with a helicopter landing on the snowfields of Franz Josef Glacier. Your 40-minute helicopter flight soars above the stunning alpine landscapes of the South Island, narrated by the professional pilot. Enjoy prime views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from above before descending toward the lush rainforests at the edge of the Tasman Sea.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$339.22
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$339.22

Off-Road Adventure Tour

Off-Road Adventure Tour

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Explore the landscape around the Franz Josef glacier and New Zealand's rugged West Coast on a 2-hour ATV tour from Franz Josef village. Take in the mountains and rainforest of the Southern Alps as you go offroad and follow paths carved by ancient glaciers paths in the wilderness. Your guide leads you through the rainforest, riverbeds, grasslands, and mud on a thrilling tour that includes use of ATV equipment and wet weather gear.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$124.61
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$124.61

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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Take a guided hike to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier, scrambling along an exclusive pathway over the riverbed of the mighty Waiho. During the interpretive valley walk to the glacier, your guide covers the geographical features of this magnificent alpine landscape. Upon reaching the viewpoint, you’re treated to an up-close look at the advancing glacier. Numbers are limited to 13 people per group for a more personal experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.35
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$60.35

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

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Visit both the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier on a single tour from Franz Josef on this flight tour that includes a snow landing. Get up close with the blue ice of these mammoth glaciers and snap unbelievable aerial photos from both the air and the ground level. Learn about the glaciology and environment of the area through your pilot's guided commentary.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$259.16
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$259.16

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

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This 20-minute scenic helicopter flight takes you soaring above Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier with a snow landing at the top — the perfect opportunity to get up close to a glacier in the South Island. You’ll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over towering ice formations before a soft landing in a snowfield. Admire Mt Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak, from the glacial summit.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$193.84
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$193.84

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.22
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$249.22

Mount Cook and The Glaciers Helicopter Flight

Mount Cook and The Glaciers Helicopter Flight

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Float into the air and above the mountains with this helicopter ride, which gets you to gorgeous high places without needing expert mountaineering skills. Glide over Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and down the Tasman glacier, getting a spectacular view with helpful commentary from the pilot.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$456.90
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$456.90

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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See the top sights of the spectacular South Island on a 5-day guided coach tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Stop at Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain; enjoy free time to explore the adventure capital of Queenstown; take a boat cruise on Milford Sound, surrounded by steep rock walls; view Fox and Franz Josef glaciers; and travel by rail through the Southern Alps aboard the scenic TranzAlpine Express. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and four nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and Franz Josef.
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  • 5 days
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$1,328.44
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$1,328.44

Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

Kakapo 21 Day New Zealand Small Group Tour

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Small Groups - Maximum 18 travellers per tour. NZ Family Owned since 1971 - Many NZ tour companies are Australian owned. Off the Beaten Track Destinations - where big coaches can't go. Flexibility - Time to add as many (or few) activities around the country as you like. Walking - For those who would like to, there are lots of short walks all over the country, your guides will help you find them. Kiwi Guides - Our guides are all passionate Kiwis who know the country like the back of their hands.
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  • 21 days
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$7,331.22
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$7,331.22

Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier

Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier

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See two remarkable glaciers from the air on a 30-minute helicopter tour of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Lift off from a helipad at Fox Glacier, then fly across ice falls, formations, and crevasses on your way to Franz Josef Glacier, and touch down on a glacial snowfield for a photography session. Departures are available throughout the day for this 30-minute helicopter tour of two New Zealand glaciers.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.22
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$249.22

Glacier Heli-Hike in New Zealand

Glacier Heli-Hike in New Zealand

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When soaring in a fixed-wing plane from Queenstown to Franz Josef or Tasman Glacier, you may think the one-hour scenic flight is the highlight of this tour. But the best is yet to come. Switch to a helicopter and fly up to a landing point high on the glacier, where you’ll embark on a hike on the snow and ice. Wearing crampons, you’ll explore caves and see remarkable landscapes inaccessible any other way.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$865.35
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$865.35

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight departing Fox Glacier

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight departing Fox Glacier

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This 30-minute helicopter flight with an expert alpine pilot takes you over the twin glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, with a snow landing at the head of either one. At the landing site above the icefalls, step out to marvel at the phenomenal glacial beauty of the crevasse-filled landscape below. Your helicopter tour soars above the magnificent carved valleys of the Southern Alps, and includes round-trip hotel transport to the tour base.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$249.22
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$249.22

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 4 days
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$1,288.56
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$1,288.56

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Take a helicopter flight above New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps and make a snow landing atop Fox Glacier. This 40-minute aerial tour offers commentary by the professional pilot and provides stunning views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier and the Tasman Sea from above. Appreciate the South Island’s imposing vistas, from alpine snowfields to the lush rainforests at the coast.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$339.22
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$339.22

8-Day Tour: South Island from Christchurch, Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

8-Day Tour: South Island from Christchurch, Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

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Visit multiple South Island highlights on this unforgettable 8-day private tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Make the journey from ‘The Garden City’ in a counter-clockwise direction, traveling with ease in your very own luxury vehicle with a private guide at the helm. The route covers Arthur’s Pass, west coast rainforests, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Queenstown, to name a few. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation including breakfast, entry to the Franz Josef Glacier hot pools and a train ride on the TranzAlpine. Optional activities include helicopter rides and bungy jumps (own expense).
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  • 8 days
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$5,599.14
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$5,599.14
Price varies by group size

Stray New Zealand: Tui

Stray New Zealand: Tui

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If you want to visit both islands and get a real New Zealand experience, but you don’t need to return to Auckland, the North to South will take you from Auckland to Christchurch on the most epic route possible! You’ll bounce between iconic destinations, stunning remote spots and places you’ll never forget.
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  • 21 days
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$2,350.28
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$2,350.28

55 minute Grand Circle Ski Plane

55 minute Grand Circle Ski Plane

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Fly over Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland National Parks during a 65-minute scenic flight by ski plane. Your scenic flight includes two snow landings on either the Fox, Franz Josef, or Tasman Glaciers, and sweeping views of the Southern Alps, Hochstetter Icefall, and the West Coast of New Zealand. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and a choice of three departure times.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$425.31
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$425.31

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

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A scenic helicopter flight is the ultimate way to see New Zealand's Southern Alps. Soar through the sky on a 55-minute aerial tour of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland national parks. Top it off with a snow landing on Franz Josef, Fox, or Tasman glacier. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 55 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$425.31
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$425.31

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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See the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Traveling by coach and train, you’ll stop in UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Queenstown, travel up the west coast to Franz Josef Glacier, and visit the Gold Rush town of Greymouth, then board the homeward-bound TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps and past the Canterbury Plains. Listen to informative onboard commentary and enjoy two nights’ accommodation as you explore the sights independently.
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  • 3 days
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$1,015.34
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$1,015.34

Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier

Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier

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Enjoy unrivalled views over the landscapes of New Zealand from the air with a 40-minute Mt. Cook helicopter flight from the Fox Glacier township. In addition to flying among the peaks of Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, and the Southern Alps with a pilot, gaze out as far as the coast — where the Tasman Sea rolls in. Land on Mt. Cook to photograph the scenery, then return to base.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$339.22
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$339.22

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

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Experience the coastal splendor of New Zealand’s South Island on this 7-day tour by coach and Taieri Gorge Railway from Christchurch. Hear live onboard commentary as you travel through the Canterbury Plains to the historic city of Dunedin, then head to Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier via the rugged west coast before returning to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine. Your itinerary includes six nights’ accommodation, a Milford Sound cruise and a guided sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with admission to the royal albatross colony.
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  • 7 days
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$1,643.01
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$1,643.01

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Should I book Franz Josef Glacier tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Franz Josef Glacier can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Franz Josef Glacier 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Franz Josef Glacier costs USD 56.81. Guided Franz Josef Glacier tours start around USD 56.81 per person.
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