- Sport levelBeginner
- Spoken languagesEnglish
- Duration30 min
- Opening seasons:
Franz Josef Glacier provides some of the most stunning ‘ice architecture’ of any Glacier in the world. The Glacier was in a state of advance until 2008 when it started retreating. Following a spectacular collapse of the terminal face in 2012, it is now only accessible by helicopter.
The Franz Josef Glacier is known as ‘Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere’ in Maori which means ‘The Tears of Hinehukatere.’ As the legend goes, Hinihukatere had a passion and skill for climbing. Whilst not shared by her lover, Wawe, he liked to be by her side so ventured forth anyway. However, an avalanche soon swept him from the peaks to an untimely death. Hinihukatere was heartbroken and the tears flowed uncontrollably but as they flowed down the mountain they froze, forming the glacier.
Twice the ice! Explore by helicopter the ancient icefalls of not one but two glaciers - Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The pilots get you up close to the unique ice formations and crevasses. Experience the thrill of a snow landing that sets you up for some spectacular photo opportunities and unforgettable memories.
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund
3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Please call 24 hours prior to departure to reconfirm your booking.
Check-in time is 15 minutes prior to departure.
All flights are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions.
*The meeting time can be changed according to weather conditions.
Adult (15+) = 360NZD
Children (4 - 14) = 252NZD
Infant (0 - 3) = 180NZD
- All necessary safety equipment
- Sunglasses and a light jacket or jumper
- Sturdy footwear and a camera