Browne Fox Heli Trek
Up to 9 hours
No experience required
$799 per adult
Our Guided Walking tours are very specialised. Please fill out our Enquiry Form below to express your interest and we will contact you about making a booking.
Browne Fox Heli Trek
This has to be one of New Zealand’s finest days in the mountains. It starts with a thrilling flight by helicopter, over magnificent rainforest and ice pinnacles, into the valley of the Fox Glacier. Your helipad is at 1,270 metres (4,000 feet) on Chancellor Shelf, just above historic Chancellor Hut. In season, this area is rich in flowering alpine plants and the mountain antelope, Chamois, can frequently be seen.
From Chancellor Hut, the route ascends through snowgrass basins to a spot where a glorious view of Mt Tasman appears. Here your guide will organise you for a safe ascent of the gully. This gully gives access to a broad ridge and a beautiful snow shelf below the summit of Chancellor Dome. A highlight is the final ascent to the summit at 2,004 metres (6,526 feet). This climb, takes you to the point that affords the best view of the Southern Alps highest peaks and the magnificent snowfields that feed the Fox Glacier. To the west, you see the surf of the Tasman Sea breaking on Gillespies Beach.
After a relaxing lunch you descend to the hut, and fly down the glacier back to Fox Glacier township. As an introduction to mountaineering this trip cannot be surpassed.
Please note: This is a mountain trip with helicopter access, not a heli hike on the glacier and is weather dependent.
WHAT TO BRING
Any Essential Medication
2 – 3 layers of warm upper body clothing
Sunglasses and sun protection
A lunch and snacks
A drink botttle (min. 1 Litre)
A hat and gloves
Jeans are not recommended
WHAT WE PROVIDE
All technical equipment
A great day exploring!
For our Guided Walking, we ask you to fill out an Enquiry Form as these experiences are very specialised. We run these trips from 1 October – 31 May, when conditions allow.
Please fill out our Enquiry Form (under Tour Details) and our customer service team will be in touch.
Check-in time is 10 minutes before departure.
No previous experience is necessary for our trips, our guides are there for full instruction.
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.
For this trip, you need to bring any essential medication, 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing, sunglasses and sun protection, a drink and snacks, a warm hat, gloves, and a camera. No drones are allowed and jeans are not recommended.
On this trip, we provide leather boots, socks, crampons, walking poles, a waterproof jacket, overtrousers, a backpack and a great day exploring!
We’re located in a mountainous area and are subject to great variations in weather patterns. The temperature can vary between 0-25°C and the West Coast is notorious for its wild and wet weather – hence its magnificent rainforests!
Weather and cloud levels can change within a matter of minutes. This is why our weather checks are not made until 10 minutes before your departure time.
There is an individual passenger weight restriction of 116kg/256lbs on all of our experiences that utilise helicopters. If you would like to join a trip and are over this weight limit, please contact us.
No. Please leave your drone behind. It is illegal to fly a drone in Fox Glacier as it is within a National Park.
If you fly a drone, it will be confiscated and you will be fined $5,000. For rules on flying drones in New Zealand, please reference www.airshare.co.nz.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you would like to cancel your booking kindly notify us at least 24 hours prior to the departure time of the trip and we will arrange for a full refund and no cancellation fee will be charged.100% of the cost of the trip will be charged if we are notified of a cancellation within 24 hours the departure of the trip.