Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight

In 2005 my Dad and I headed over from Australia to the south island of New Zealand to hike the Franz Josef Glacier. The hike lasted most of the day and was a somewhat dangerous yet amazing journey. Cutting steps in untouched ice, squeezing through huge slabs of ice and crossing over crevasse after crevasse was a real rush! What a day! How could we top that?

Franz Josef Glacier Hike in New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier Hike in New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier Hike in New Zealand
Squeezing through a crack in the ice of the glacier!

Well we did come up with a way. The next morning we took a helicopter flight over the glacier in a Hughes 500 helicopter.

Hughes 500 NZ
Hughes 500

Despite being on the glacier for around 9 hours the day before the flight soon highlighted to us how little distance we had actually covered during the hike! The Franz Josef Glacier is massive!

Franz Josef Glacier from the air NZ
Franz Josef Glacier

It was a beautiful sight flying over the glacier along with the surrounding mountains and snow fields. The flight was a great experience and gave us a whole new perspective of the glacier.

The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
The Southern Alps
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Above the glacier
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Looking back towards the coast
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Snow patterns
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Over the glacier
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
At the top of Franz Josef Glacier
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Stunning
The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Don’t want to go back down

We then had an added highlight. The pilot expertly landed the helicopter on an untouched snow field high above the glacier.

Hughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
What an amazing place to land!
Hughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
The early morning sun glistens
Hughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Virgin snow
Hughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Pristine
Hughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Getting up to such an amazing location in the Southen Alps by helicopter was quite an experience
ughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
The first footsteps of the day

It was a winter wonderland up there! What a day!

ughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
Heading back to the township of Franz Josef
ughes 500 flight The Southern Alps Franz Josef Glacer New Zealand
The adventure ends
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