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Fox Glacier Heli Ice Climbing Experience

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Conquer New Zealand's largest glacier with a thrilling ice climbing adventure, tailored to your skill level, all gear provided and guided by professionals.

Highlights

  • Take to the skies in a helicopter ride towards Fox Glacier for your Heli Ice Climbing escapade, a glorious challenge fit for both novice and seasoned climbers.

  • With a guide-to-guest ratio of 1:4 and armed with necessary gear, waterproof clothing and crampons, master the skill of ice-climbing with personalized attention and safety.

  • Get a taste of freedom with each swing of your ice axe as you navigate blue ice crevasses sculpted by millennia of glacial movement, as the majestic Mt. Cook looks upon you.

  • Carry home the newfound sense of wonder as you return to Fox Glacier Township in a helicopter gazing out at the vast expanse of the Southern Alps.

  • Fun fact: Fox Glacier is one of the few glaciers in the world that ends in a rainforest, making your ice climbing adventure a unique exploration of this geological marvel.

Inclusions

  • Ice climbing at Fox Glacier

  • Expert mountaineering guide

  • Round-trip helicopter transfer

  • Socks & climbing boots

  • Crampons

  • Waterproof jacket & trousers

  • Gloves & hats

  • All technical & safety gear

  • Backpacks

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Aerial adventure and glacier mastery

Your ice climbing adventure starts with a thrilling helicopter ride, offering jaw-dropping views of New Zealand's largest glacier nestled amidst the verdant rainforest, a unique feature that distinguishes Fox Glacier from most of its counterparts worldwide. Upon landing, your expert guide, well-versed in ice climbing and knowledgeable about the glacier's geology, will equip you with mountaineering boots, crampons, and other necessary gear, ensuring your safety and comfort throughout the experience.

Expert guidance for ice climbing

Once you're briefed on safety protocols and ice axe techniques, you'll embark on your climb, each step taking you deeper into this frozen wonderland. The 1:4 guide-to-customer ratio promises personal attention, allowing your climb to be tailored to your skill level, whether you're a novice or an expert. Find yourself challenged by steep ice walls and overhangs, an adrenaline rush set against the backdrop of the breathtaking panorama of the Fox Glacier and surrounding landscapes. Remember to hydrate frequently as you ascend, the crystal-clear water in your bottle is sourced from the glacier itself, adding a touch of glacier magic to your adventure.

What to bring

  • Clothing: Bring along your warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers), leggings or light trousers, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

  • You can also bring your essential medication, water bottle, drinks and snacks.

What's not allowed

  • Wearing jeans is not allowed.

  • Safety is a priority so this experience is restricted to guests under the age of 13 years and weighing more than 116kg.

  • Large bags and drones are not allowed.

  • There is a 3 kg or 6.6 lbs limit per passenger for carry-on baggage.

Additional information

  • A good fitness requirement is needed for this tour. 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.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Fox Glacier Guiding - Glacier Tours & Adventures.

  • Address: 44 Main Road, State Highway 6, Fox Glacier 7951, New Zealand.

  • Landmark: Fox Glacier guiding signs on the front and sides of the large building.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Fox Glacier. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board buses Greymouth - Fox Glacier and Queenstown - Franz Josef to get you there.

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