Extreme Fox All Day Heli Hike


Up to 9 hours


Up to 7 hours

Fitness Level:



No experience required

Minimum Age:

16 years

Tour Times:

Check In 10 mins. before


$750 per adult

Extreme Fox All Day Heli Hike

Feeling amped? Then our Extreme Fox All Day Heli Hike adventure is for you; spend an exhilarating day on the West Coast’s largest glacier and challenge yourself.

The Extreme Fox includes breathtaking return helicopter flights in and out of the Fox Glacier over lush rainforest. Your pilot will point out New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki/Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman as they loom ahead of you, and you’ll swoop down over the upper ice fall of Fox Glacier. Once safely landed on the glacier, you’ll put on your crampons, (ice-hiking spikes) and forge your own unique trail through the dramatic terrain of Fox Glacier’s steep upper icefall.

You might ford crevasses, using rope to travel, or be lowered into and climb out of moulin. You might climb short ice pitches or abseil down ice walls using an ice axe and crampon climbing techniques. How much you do will depend on the day’s ice conditions and the level of ability of your small group. All the while, you can listen as your highly-experienced guide explains the nature of your glacier encounter and the environment you are exploring. We’ll also teach you how to use your technical climbing equipment. You’ll spend up to 7 hours on the ice, and then heli-transfer back to our base at Fox Glacier township. There, we’ll present you with a t-shirt, so you can proudly say you came and conquered the Extreme Fox!


Any Essential Medication

2 – 3 layers of warm upper body clothing 

Sunglasses and sun protection 

Lunch, a drink and snacks are useful

A camera

A sense of adventure

NO Drones

Jeans are not recommended


Leather Boots & Crampons

Hats and gloves

All technical & safety equipment

Extreme Fox shirt

Waterproof Jacket



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 you must have very good English in order to participate in the Extreme Fox: All Day Heli Hike Adventure.

This experience uses technical equipment to travel on raw glacier terrain.  As you are out all day learning to use this equipment and navigating natural features it is mandatory that you can communicate, comprehend and follow instructions to a very high level.  This is for everyone’s safety and presently instruction is only given in English.

If you  book this experience and the guide on the day deems that your English is not good enough he/she will not allow you to join and other experiential options will be given to you.

Yes, we require 3 people for this trip to go ahead. If you have less than 3 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, 2-3 layers of warm upper body clothing, sunglasses and sun protection, a lunch, drink and snacks, and a camera. No drones are allowed and jeans are not recommended.

On this trip, we provide leather boots, crampons, hats and gloves, all technical and safety equipment, an Extreme Fox shirt, waterproof jacket, overtrousers, 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.