Feeling amped? Then our Extreme Fox Heli-Hike is for you; spend an exhilarating day on the West Coast’s largest glacier and challenge yourself.
Forge your own unique trail through the dramatic terrain of Fox Glacier’s steep upper icefall. Our expert guides (we are New Zealand’s most experienced glacier guiding company) will show and teach you how to use your technical climbing equipment.
Start: Before you leave home to come check in with us at our base building for the day, make sure that you fuel up with an energy-giving breakfast; you’ll need it.
Learn: Listen as your highly experienced guide explains the nature of your glacier encounter and the environment you are exploring. You can trust their high level of NZMGA training and mountaineering skill; they’re excited to guide you, and take your safety and comfort very seriously.
Briefing/Gear Up: We’ll fit you out with a harness and other technical gear and equipment. Your guide will give you a comprehensive safety briefing and prep you on what to expect for the day; then we will transfer you to your helicopter.
Take Flight: There’s nothing like the freedom of helicopter flight in the mountains! Feel your adrenalin flow as you climb above the lush rainforest of the Fox Valley, and your eyes drink in the majesty of the mighty Fox Glacier in all its glory.
Climb higher still, (to 6,000 ft). Your pilot points out New Zealand’s highest peaks, Mount Cook (Aoraki) and Mount Tasman as they open up ahead, before you swoop over the magnificent Fox neve (the top of the glacier) and down its breath-taking upper icefall.
We’ll show you the (approximate) location of your exploration area from the air, so you get a cool perspective of your upcoming adventure.
(Please note that the availability, route and length of this scenic flight will be dependent on weather conditions on the day).
On the glacier: Ready to blaze a trail? We bet you are! You’ll land on Victoria Flat and put on your crampons (ice-hiking spikes), then you are on the move. A good level of English comprehension is important as your guide gives you technical and safety instructions while you explore the upper icefall.
What you will see and do will depend on the ice features on the glacier at the time.
You might ford crevasses, use rope to travel, or be lowered into and climb out of moulin (deep ice holes). You might climb and abseil down ice walls, or ascend short ice pitches, using ice axe and crampon climbing techniques. How much you do will depend on the day’s ice conditions and the level of ability of your small group (3-5 people).
Food: You’ll break for lunch, which we provide. Water is plentiful on the glacier, and it’s probably the purest you’ll ever drink.
Wrapping up: You’ll spend up to 6 hours on the ice, and then heli-transfer back to our base at Fox Glacier township. There, we’ll present you with a t-shirt, so you can proudly say you came and conquered the Extreme Fox!
No one else guides a glacier experience like this, you’ll be buzzing.
Minimum of 3 people required (if you have less than 3 people in your group, we will do our best to put you on a trip with other people).
Maximum guide to customer ratio is 1:5
Instruction is given in English so a good level of English comprehension is mandatory.