Heli Ice Climbing on Fox Glacier
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  • Duration
    9 hrs
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Activity description

The Fox Glacier Ice Climbing excursion combines an incredible, day-long ice climbing adventure on the famous Fox Glacier with the thrill of a helicopter flight.

This day-long experience introduces the adventurous sport of ice climbing, on the unique ice walls on the upper part of the Fox Glacier. Your professional guide will tailor the day to offer variety and challenge to the novice and expert alike. Guides who instruct on these days receive special training to ensure they teach skills in the correct order so you advance quickly. You will be surprised by the quick progress that you make. The maximum guide to customer ratio is 1:4 ensuring that you receive close personal attention.

Once equipped with all your glacier ice climbing equipment, you'll board the helicopter for a flight over the lower part of fox glacier where the ice is in constant motion. You will fly to the higher part of the glacier where you'll access and explore a part of the glacier which is home to spectacular ice caves and arches.

There are many steep walls to challenge you and you will quickly master basic cramponing and ice axe techniques. The adrenaline will start to flow as you challenge yourself with longer and steeper pitches. Using ice tools and the front points of your crampons, you climb vertical and at times, overhanging ice walls and pinnacles, secured at all times by a top rope attached to your harness.

Please note that this is a natural and ever-changing environment. Ice features change constantly and no guarantee can be given that specific features will be seen. This is a weather dependent trip.

minimum 9 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
  • Leather boots
  • Socks
  • Crampons
  • Walking poles
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Overtrousers
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • A Camera
  • A warm hat and gloves
  • Lunch, snacks and a drink
Meeting point
44 Main Road, Fox Glacier, New Zealand Get directions
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