As you should know by now: we’re all about trying new things and experiencing new adventures. Walking on Ice and exploring the Fox Glacier in New Zealand simply had to be done! One of my favourite questions I ask people is: when was the last time you did something for the first time? If your answer is ‘I can’t remember’, I really think you should go out there and start to change that – right now!
If you do happen to travel to New Zealand in the future and are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary experience and something different to do while you are here: consider booking a Helihike with Fox Glacier Guiding.
What is it exactly?
The Flying Fox adventure – also known as a ‘Helihike’ – is a fly-in & fly-out helicopter experience paired with the excitement of hiking a glacier with crampons. In other words: you get to walk on ice ice, baby! You will explore ice caves and arches of glistening frozen water in a spectacular winter wonderland. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The kind of luxury everyone should invest once in their lives.
So what did we think of it?
We loved it. Honestly, it was one of the coolest things we have ever done! I have also never flown in a helicopter before – so the thrill of flying up to the glacier and flying back down again with the incredible view of mountains and valleys all around…need I say more?
The hike itself was relatively easy – you have a really good grip thanks to your crampons and the guides from Fox Glacier Guiding make sure to always keep an eye on you at all times. They also brief you extensively on how to attach them properly, how to walk and what not to do to ensure your safety is guaranteed at all times.
Our guide for the day Kristen, a lovely Kiwi lady, wowed us all with her courage when she yet again disappeared into one of the caves to see whether we could climb into another ice cave – she was making sure that she would only take us to the safest hidden treasures. She attached ropes for us on those really tricky steep bits so we could get the most out of this unforgettable day. Not to mention her handling of the pickaxe when she swiftly paved new ways for us and constructed new steps for us to climb on.
It was surreal!
My favourite part was when we had to crawl through a really tight opening and tunnel our way to the other side – it was a bit freaky and probably not for those who suffer from claustrophobic conditions – but hey, life starts at the end of your comfort zone and I definitely pushed myself as I did not want to miss out on feeling like a veritable ice queen!
Where can you book?
Click here to access Fox Glacier Guiding’s website for more information and to book your spot of ice crampon craziness! Yes, it’s not cheap – but if you are looking to do something unforgettable – it’s definitely worth it. They have daily departures at 8:50am and 11:50 am (in the summer months at 2.50pm) and it takes about 4 hours. Bring sunscreen lotion and a bottle of water! I filled up mine with some fresh ice water. Make sure to bring your camera – good mood – and a big thirst for adventure!
Where are they based?
On the Westcoast of the South Island. Look for the big building with the FOX sign – honestly, you can’t miss it.
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Have you ever walked on ice? I would love to hear your comments in the section below.
**I received a complimentary helihike – but as always – i’m giving my honest opinion.