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Heli Hiking Fox Glacier

This unrivalled experience combines an exhilarating helicopter flight with the thrill of exploring the gleaming icy sculptures and caves of this spectacular glacier that would otherwise be virtually inaccessible.

This fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier itself with the thrill of a helicopter flight and promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Equipped with leather boots and other equipment, board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the Fox Glacier's lower icefall where the ice is in constant motion.

You will find yourself circling the upper icefall and Victoria Falls then landing on a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier.

At this stage, participants are fitted with crampons to follow the ice steps cut by the guide and explore amazing formations and ice caves before re-boarding the helicopter and returning to the village.

Tour concludes at approximately 1:00pm or 4:00pm, back at departure location.

Experience Includes

  • 4 hour tour exploring Fox Glacier
  • Stunning helicopter flight to the top of the glacier
  • Unique 2.5 hour walk on the summit - see ice caves, amazing formations and more
  • Qualified expert guide
  • Ground transport
  • All technical equipment necessary including woollen socks, leather boots, waterproof raincoat and overtrousers, walking poles and instep crampons.

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up (please note this is not necessary as all Fox Glacier accommodation is within 5 mins walk from departure point)
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, year round. Tour does not operate on Christmas Day.

Departure location

Fox Glacier Guiding's office, 44 Main Road, Fox Glacier Village.

Start times

8.50am or 11.50am.


4 hours, including approximately 2.5 hours on the glacier.

Terms & Conditions

  • Minimum age for children is 9 years.
  • A good level of fitness and agility is required to participate in this tour.
  • Please note, this is a natural and ever changing environment. Ice features change constantly and no guarantee can be given that specific features will be seen.
  • Maximum guide to customer ratio is 1:11.