To-dos in Franz Josef, New Zealand


Second Day – Heli-hike
Image | BIG_MOUSE | "Please store your items in a cool, dry place". It's cool and dry everywhere in NZ :)

Image | BIG_MOUSE | “Please store your items in a cool, dry place”. It’s cool and dry everywhere in NZ🙂

Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ Heli-hike is a half-day activity. Though the hike-on-ice takes about 2 hours, you will need to set aside time for registration, safety briefings, trying on the boots and waterproof jackets for size. Don’t worry. When you book the activity at the shop, you will get a briefing.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Book here! Franz Josef Glacier Guides

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Book here! Franz Josef Glacier Guides

But before even leaving Singapore, take note of the following:

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | In preparation

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | In preparation

To me, it wasn’t that cold. I felt so warm during the hike that I had to unzip my top two layers. I wore four. Good exercise I believe.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The first leg - a helicopter ride up to the glacier

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The first leg – a helicopter ride up to the glacier

You can see the leading edge of the glacier. Mighty awesome sight.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | 2 hours on the ice - up the face of the glacier, down into crevices, all with a guide to cut steps and to ensure your safety

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | 2 hours on the ice – up the face of the glacier, down into crevices, all with a guide to cut steps and to ensure your safety

Right after this hike, we wanted to fly up to another part of the mountain to touch snow. The weather turned bad and the operator told us to come back another day. So yes, for safety reasons, they will not fly you up to the mountains if it gets too dark or windy. If the helipad on the glacier is unstable, they won’t bring you up.

For details on Heli-hike, click here.

Third day – Snow Landing – Fox & Franz Heliservices

We chose Fox & Franz Heliservices for this activity as it offered the lowest price – $195 per pax.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Fox & Franz Heliservices

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Fox & Franz Heliservices

Note that out of the declared 30-min trip, most of the time will be spent on the helicopter. How long would you be on the snow? 8 minutes, or less.

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Touch down

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | Touch down

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view's still as awesome though

Photo | BIG_MOUSE | The view’s still as awesome though

Simply put, this isn’t worth it if your primary aim is to touch snow. You can touch snow for free in Winter.🙂 Nonetheless, it was an experience for us, and for me especially as this is my second-ever helicopter trip. More details on this here.

But please do try the Heli-hike – a must-try to me.

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