Flying Fox Heli Hike
Up to 4 hours
Up to 3 hours
No experience required
8:50am, 11:50 am, 2:50pm
Check In 10 mins. before
$499 per adult
$499 per child (9-16)
Family Deal – $1,600 (SAVE $396) for 2 Adults + 2 Children (9-16 years)! No promo code needed.
Flying Fox Heli Hike
Our Flying Fox: Heli Hike has been voted #1 in the Tripadvisors Travellers’ Choice, Best of the Best awards 2021- Top Out of the Ordinary Experiences- World .
Announced 24th June 2021
The fly-in, fly-out Flying Fox Heli Hike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches.
Equipped with leather walking boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion.
Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. You will see the stunning Victoria Falls, which is the melt river from the hidden Victoria glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing ice formations.
Each departure is a true voyage of exploration. There are so many changing features that the guides often find something new. Weather permitting, ice time is up to 3 hours. 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.
WHAT TO BRING
Any Essential Medication
3 – 4 layers of warm upper body clothing
Sunglasses and sun protection
A drink and snacks are useful
Jeans are not recommended
WHAT WE PROVIDE
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.
Moderate fitness for this trip is a level of fitness sufficient to ascend and descend 500-800m over 4-6 hours carrying a light pack 10kg (22lb).
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, 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 leather boots, socks, crampons, walking poles, a 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.
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 www.airshare.co.nz.
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:
- Be double-vaccinated (for those aged over 12) and show their government ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival.
- Sanitise their hands and sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer App.
- Wear a mask in all indoor areas – including reception, our gift shop, our boot room, bus transport, and inside the helicopter (if using).
- 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.