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Heli Hike Fox Glacier

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Fox Glacier, New Zealand

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Fox Glacier is widely considered among New Zealand’s most impressive natural attractions—but it’s impossible to appreciate its beauty from ground level. On this tour, take to the skies by helicopter for panoramic views over the glacier, and trek deep into the icy wilderness with your guide—where the forces of nature work their magic. With safety kit and crampons included, see the best of the Fox Glacier up-close.
  • Explore the Fox Glacier by helicopter and on-foot with your guide
  • Panoramic views over the glacier from the air
  • Delve deep into the ice terrain and marvel at the icy scenery
  • All necessary safety equipment is included on your tour
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Two helicopter transfers
Professional Guide
Leather boots and socks
Crampons and walking poles
Wet Weather Jacket and Over trousers (if required)
Bring 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing
Sunglasses and sun protection
Jeans are not recommended - Cotton pants or trackpants are more suitable
A day pack is useful and a drink and snacks are a good idea
For winter trips bring a warm hat and gloves

Departure Point

44 Main Road, Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum Age is 9 years
  • Child Age is 9-16 years inclusive
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions, a weather call is made 10 minutes prior to check in so flexibility in your itinerary is desirable
  • Individual passenger weight limit is 116 kg or less due to weight and balance calculations of the aircraft
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Alpine Guides Fox Glacier Ltd Trading as Fox Glacier Guiding

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Heli Hike Fox Glacier?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Heli Hike Fox Glacier.

Traveler Tips


  • "You might want to either bring your own waterproof jacket with pockets or a neck-strap for your camera." See review

Reviews

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Awesome experience!
Nancy
, Mar 2020
Such a fun experience! Very professional, friendly, helpful with safety as their number one priority.
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Awesome
Benjamin_M
, Mar 2020
overall this was an amazing experience and was totally worth the price and Jenna our guide was great.
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Best morning out in New Zealand
david
, Feb 2020
A great morning out. We were blessed with great weather to start with, but it can change quickly in the mountains and the cloud came in a it started to drizzle, but it was not bad enough to cut the trip short, fortunately. The guides had to spend a lot of time cutting ice steps, as they hadn’t been up for 5 days, due to bad weather, so we considered ourselves fortunate to have a clear window. Our guide, Jacob, was very knowledgeable and gave us lots of detail about the geology and the retreat of the glacier. We even heard a rock fall whilst on the glacier and he explained why they are currently so frequent.
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WELL WORTH THE LONG DRIVE AND THE COST
dawnahuebner
, Nov 2019
Wow. What an incredible experience this was, well worth the long drive to Fox Glacier and the steep-seeming cost of the trip. The weather made things touch-and-go, and we didn't know until 10 minutes before the scheduled start time whether we'd get the thumbs up, but we respected the staff's concern for safety and careful assessment of conditions. Clearly, safety is a priority for Alpine Glacier Guides (the tour operators) as evident in how they conduct the entire tour. The helicopter ride was thrilling, and our time on the ice was simply amazing. Gorgeous views all around us. Fascinating ice formations, waterfalls, ice caves, etc. The guide was both personable and knowledgeable, and was in clear control at all times (which was reassuring). The equipment lent by the guides is top-notch - comfortable leather boots, thick socks, waterproof pants, jackets, crampons and walking sticks. A few things to note: they mean it when they say you need to have with you any medication you would need to take in a 24-hour period. Occasionally groups get stuck on the ice and need to camp out, so you need medicine not just for the 4-hours of the trip, but for the day/night in the unlikely scenario of getting stuck (they are fully prepared for this with tents, food, etc.). Also, I found pulling my camera in and out of my pocket tricky (the over-jackets they lend do not have pockets). You might want to either bring your own waterproof jacket with pockets or a neck-strap for your camera. Sunscreen is a must. Bring a water bottle. There's the opportunity to re-fill it from a glacial stream, which was very cool (literally!), and delicious. Last tip: if at all possible, tuck your pant-legs into your socks. Loose pant-legs can easily get caught on the tips of your crampons, making for nasty ankle twists. All in all, this was a great trip. A highlight in what has been a top-notch vacation all the way around.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thanks for your comprehensive review, awesome. It's very heart warming to read some information from our safety briefing included in there. Safety is indeed 100% our number one and resolute priority with every single decision made with this in mind. It is also important to us that our visitors have a safe, fun and educational time with us but also to get a sense of who we are as a team through our delivery. Enjoy your memories and thanks for driving such a long way to see us. All the Best. Jo On Behalf of the Fox Glacier Guiding Team
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A must-go adventure
eimonk2015
, Jun 2019
We have an amazing experience with Tour guide Kat. Around 10 minutes helicopter ride and 3 hours hiking (actually it's walking) on Fox Glacier. The nearby waterfall supports the fantastic view of Glacier.
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Excellent glacier tour
Adventure60077850413
, Jan 2019
Guides with a lot of experience about glaciers, equipment we got was in good condition. Glacier in the rainforest is a uniqe landscape, need to see! 5*
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