Fox It Up Heli Ice Climbing


Up to 8 hours


Up to 7 hours

Fitness Level:



No experience required

Minimum Age:

14 years

Tour Times:

Check In 10 mins. before


$599 per adult

Price valid to 30 September 2022.

Fox It Up Heli Ice Climbing

This all day ice climbing experience is a must for the adventurous. Before heading to the ice we’ll equip you with specialised mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes and technical gear. Then it’s off on a thrilling helicopter flight to your ice climbing location on Fox Glacier’s higher reaches. Enjoying the breathtaking (and close up!) views of the glacier from the air, as well as the opportunity to climb amongst dramatic terrain not easily accessed by foot.

On this trip the guide to customer ratio is 1:4maximum, which ensures that you receive personal ice climbing instruction. Ice climbing guides receive specific training to ensure they teach skills in the correct order so you advance quickly. 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, always secured by a top rope attached to your harness.

Don’t worry if you are new to ice climbing, our professional guide will tailor the day to offer variety and challenge to newcomers and experts alike. Then to top it all off, climb aboard for another thrilling helicopter flight back to Fox Glacier township. This adventure will be an experience you’ll never forget and may just inspire you to spend time in the mountains


Any Essential Medication

3 – 4 layers of warm upper body clothing 

Sunglasses and sun protection 

A drink and snacks are useful

A Camera

NO Drones

Jeans are not recommended


Climbing Boots

All technical & safety equipment

Waterproof Jacket


Hats & gloves


A great day on the ice!


We recommend you book in advance so you don’t miss out on this amazing experience. You can easily book with us online, or contact us via phone or email. 

We suggest booking for your first day in Fox Glacier, as our experiences are weather dependent. 

Check-in time is 10 minutes before departure.

No previous experience is necessary for our trips, our guides are there for full instruction.

Good fitness for this trip is a level of fitness sufficient to ascend and descend 1000m+ over 8 hours or more carrying a pack 12kg (26lb) or more over multiple days.

Yes, we require 2 people for this trip to go ahead. If you have less than 2 people in your group, we will do our best to put you on a trip with other people.

For this trip, you need to bring any essential medication, 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing, sunglasses and sun protection, a drink and snacks, and a camera. No drones are allowed and jeans are not recommended.

On this trip, we provide climbing boots, all technical and safety equipment, a waterproof jacket, overtrousers, hats and gloves, a backpack and a great day on the ice!

We’re located in a mountainous area and are subject to great variations in weather patterns. The temperature can vary between 0-25°C and the West Coast is notorious for its wild and wet weather – hence its magnificent rainforests!

Weather and cloud levels can change within a matter of minutes. This is why our weather checks are not made until 10 minutes before your departure time.

There are no individual passenger weight restrictions on all of our experiences that utilise helicopters. However,  if you are over 125kg/275lbs, please contact us so we can be sure to accommodate you.

No. Please leave your drone behind. It is illegal to fly a drone in Fox Glacier as it is within a National Park.

If you fly a drone, it will be confiscated and you will be fined $5,000. For rules on flying drones in New Zealand, please reference

We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you would like to cancel your booking kindly notify us at least 24 hours prior to the departure time of the trip and we will arrange for a full refund and no cancellation fee will be charged.100% of the cost of the trip will be charged if we are notified of a cancellation within 24 hours the departure of the trip.

In the event New Zealand goes into Alert Level 3 or 4, you will receive a 100% refund.

All visitors to Fox Glacier Guiding MUST:

  1. Be double-vaccinated (for those aged over 12) and show their government ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival.
  2. Sanitise their hands and sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  3. Wear a mask in all indoor areas – including reception, our gift shop, our boot room, bus transport, and inside the helicopter (if using).
  4. Comply with any additional public health measures (including social distancing) that are in place at the time of your visit.


We’re serious about protecting everyone and that means that all of our staff are vaccinated too

Please find more questions and answers on our FAQ Page.

We are OPEN under the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with extra safety precautions in place. Learn more here.