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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef provided by The Helicopter Line West Coast

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
4.5
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from $360.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
About
Fly over Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a landing right on the snow. Seeing both glaciers on a single helicopter flight offers incredible perspective and understanding of New Zealand’s massive ice sheets, and you touch down on one of the glaciers to snap up-close photographs of the frozen terrain.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Spectacular aerial views of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier
Live pilot commentary points out landmarks and unique features below
Walk out onto the snow after an exciting glacier landing
Bring home photographs of the glaciers and the stunning Southern Alps
What to expect
Make your way to Fox Glacier helicopter base, then step into your helicopter for a flight over the icy landscape. Spot ice fields, deep crevasses, and icefalls far below as you soar across Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier; watch for the differences between the two maritime glaciers. As you fly, your pilot shares commentary on the glaciers, then guides the helicopter down toward the snow for an exciting glacier landing. This is a great time to snap dramatic on-ice photographs and to get shots of the Southern Alps’ beautiful mountain scenery. Following your time on the glacier, return to the helicopter for your flight back to the Fox Glacier helicopter base, where your two-glacier tour concludes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3434WHO_HLF4
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5-10 minutes) • Pilot guide • Informative commentary during the flight
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
30m
Departure details
The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hike, Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand
Inclusions
Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5-10 minutes) • Pilot guide • Informative commentary during the flight
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hike, Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand
Duration
30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Children must be accompanied by an adult, Children weighing less than 15kgs are required to sit on a parents lap.
It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures
Passengers MUST advise individual weight at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hike
    Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Fox Glacier Hiking Trails
    Southern Alps
    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
  • You'll end at
    The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hike
    Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand
    See address & details
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Popular mentions

4.5
46 reviews
Excellent
41
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nzwestie
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand437 contributions
Bloody clouds!
Apr 2021
Bloody clouds! We missed out on the trip as the clouds came down low. I still gave an excellent rating as the whole episode of booking and getting info was very easy to complete etc, The staff in the shop were very very helpful. The fella in there helped us with the walk we did while we waited for another spot - just in case the clouds lifted. No such luck. Thanks for the local info.
Written 25 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora nzwestei If we could control the weather here on the wild West Coast, I can assure you we would! However, we are still happy to hear that our team went out of their way so you could get the best out of a wet West Coast day. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your time on holiday, and we hope to see you again on a sunny day. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
Written 24 May 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cassandraw224
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Sometimes the weather gods just beat you!
Apr 2021
We didn't actually get to do this activity because although the weather was balmy and in the 20s at ground level, the cloud was coming over the mountain so our trip was canned and we were rebooked for the following morning. The next day was no better with cloud covering the mountain.
What we want to say is we had an amazing experience with the reception staff. They were very helpful and very apologetic about the cancellations. We would have no hesitation in booking with the company again.
Their office is on the main street and easy to find.
Written 15 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora cassandraw224 We’re disappointed the weather didn’t play ball, however we’re pleased to hear you had great interactions with our staff. If the weather doesn’t permit flying, we do our best to reschedule flights for customers as often as possible. Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we would love to see you again in the future to finally show you just how nice our back yard is! Kind regards The Helicopter Line
Written 27 April 2021
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Brooke Fors
Auckland, New Zealand103 contributions
Breathtaking
Oct 2020 • Couples
This was one of the most amazing experiences we have had on our travels. From the helpful team at the store to our pilot Greg who took us up.
This company was professional & the experience was mind blowing. We got to land on the snow (perfect day) Well worth every cent i assure you.
Written 25 October 2020
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Hello Brooke Fors, thank you for taking the time to leave us a lovely review. Your photos of the Franz Josef Glacier are quite striking, We’re thrilled you had a perfect day on our flight. We’ll pass your praise back to our team, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
Written 11 November 2020
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Roman P
Auckland Central, New Zealand17 contributions
The Best
This was epic! We were looked after by Brendan, Nat and Greg. We had the absolute best time on our flight... memories that will last a lifetime!

If you get the opportunity, do it!
Written 8 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora, Roman! What a great photo- you all look stoked! And it looks like it was a beautiful day for your flight. Brenden, Nat and Greg make a great team, we’re sure you would have been looked after every step of the way. Thanks for leaving us such a great review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
Written 13 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amy R
Savusavu, Fiji7 contributions
Fantastic
Jul 2020
Spectacular views! Such an amazing experience and lovely staff. Highly recommended! Thanks Brenden, Amy and Charlotte for an awesome trip
Written 15 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Mōrena, Amy . Thank you for the recommendation! Our staff take pride in delivering unforgettable experiences and views of the glaciers- we’re please to see you had such a great time on one of our tours. All of here at The Helicopter Line hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the coast, and we hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
Written 13 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anna B
3 contributions
Incredible!
Jun 2020
Me and my friend had an amazing time! The staff was really friendly (Dre and Tim)! It was insane to fly over the glaciers and the best part was the landing on the snow!
Would really recommend, thank you!
Written 15 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia ora, Anna . Our snow landings are definitely a highlight of all our scenic tours. Landing on the snow and getting to enjoy a winter wonderland all year around is an experience that creates memories to last a life time- especially when you get to share the special moment with friends. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a recommendation. Tim, Dre and the rest of the team here hope you enjoyed the rest of your holidays. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
Written 13 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

tracey11041971
Pongaroa, New Zealand11 contributions
The most amazing experience ever
Wow wicked experience, wicked people, wicked day, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED special thanks to Pilot Clarke and Loader Bel, thanks for making our day perfect
#glacierhelicopters
Written 10 July 2020
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Heather
14 contributions
Words and photos don't do it justice
Jun 2020 • Friends
So although the weather meant we changed last minute to the Franz Joseph Glacier only. It did not detract from the amazing nature of this experience. It was incredible, so worth the price. We managed the snow landing and it was insane, I was a giddy little school girl the entire time.
Written 2 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Mōrena, Heather. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review. Your photos of the Franz Josef Glacier are quite striking! Due to weather we do occasionally have to scale back some flights, this is because we hold safety as a top priority. Although you only got to see the Franz Josef Glacier, we are thrilled you had such a wonderful flight and snow landing. I’m sure you’d agree that the glaciers need to be seen to be believed. Thanks again for leaving a review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
Written 13 October 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hodgesne118
Hamilton, New Zealand6 contributions
Disappointing
Jun 2020
Paid the same as everyone else on the flight but they sat me on the back seat between two strangers so it was pretty much impossible to take photos or get a good view out the windows. Not very fair.
In hindsight when they told me where I would be sitting I should have said no thanks and gone somewhere else.
The landing on the mountain was good but the flight was disappointing.
Was looking forward to this but it turned out to be a waste of money. Feel ripped off!
Written 25 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hello hodgesne118, thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that your experience in the helicopter was not what you had hoped for. When seating clients in the helicopter we must balance the aircraft. We take great pride in making sure that everyone gets great views and a great experience, We do hope you enjoy the rest of your time in our beautiful part of the country and had a safe journey. Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss further on franz@helicopter.co.nz.
Written 12 July 2020
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Steve D
Taupo District, New Zealand23 contributions
Fantastic flight
A brilliant experience provided by a great crew.
From arrival the ground crew Katie and Drey were attentive and helpful and the pilot Dion was really good. The flight was for 30 minutes but seemed longer. Dion provided commentary on points of interest. Landing on the glacier was really special. I fully recommend this trip. Great value for money. AAA+++
Written 23 June 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi there and thank you so much for such wonderful feedback. Franz & Fox glacier are 2 of 3 glaciers located in the middle of a rainforest; so, we are thrilled you were able to explore both with us. The team in the office and your pilot are top notch and will appreciate your kind words. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Franz Josef.
Written 12 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: The Helicopter Line West Coast
Lee W
Lee W
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What an amazing experience!
Wow! Wow! Wow! We had a perfectly stunning day for our flight over both the Fox & Franz Josef glaciers! Then the am
125ejm
125ejm
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Incredible - Definitely Add To Your List
We had the best time, as first we both were pooping our dacks with the thought of a helicopter ride. But Brendan on
heatherfs2019
heatherfs2019
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Once in a lifetime experience!
Helicopter Line had great reviews compared to their competitors sp we chose them for the heli hike at Franz Josef.
iansD8192QR
iansD8192QR
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Help flight from Glentanner
Fantastic experience and a great pilot/guide. Good service on the ground by staff in helping us decide on the best
Scenictourista
Scenictourista
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Incredible
We did first pilots choice today and just wanna say a massive thank you to our pilot Brian absolutely accomodating
Fearless530387
Fearless530387
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Extremely disappointed
We had booked this trip for Tuesday 23 February at midday. This was to be the highlight of our month long South I
becs132016
becs132016
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Spectacular
I went on the 20 minute scenic flight with a snow landing and it was breathtaking. Pilot Toby and loader Bel were r
cunnington97
cunnington97
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Picture perfect
We were very fortunate to hit Franz Joseph on a crystal clear, windless day! This is a very professionally run tour
608tinat
608tinat
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Highlight of our South Island Trip
This was something I had dreamed about doing for years. We originally booked from Fox Glacier but the weather was n
Kirstynicmal
Kirstynicmal
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World class experience
I was terrified to do the heli hike but I knew my partner really wanted to so I bit my lip and went anyway. The co
hoihoNZ
hoihoNZ
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Mind-blowing and an experience of a lifetime!
Our family of 3 (including our 8 year old child) had been eagerly looking forward to the glacier heli-hike for over
HungusKiwi
HungusKiwi
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Fantastic glacier flight
We did 20 min heli flight on 3 Jan. Loved it and would totally recommend! Sadly the weather wasn't on our side for
CJandMarz
CJandMarz
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Bucketlist worthy experience!!
Absolutely amazing views and Toby our pilot was very friendly and informative. This was a big tick off my bucket li
Eva10001
Eva10001
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Incredible
Amaxing unforgettable experience. Staff were all lovely and we were lucky to go up on a clear sunny afternoon. Pi
gernita24
gernita24
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Great experience
I had attempted to do a heli hike many years ago that was cancelled due to bad weather so this time we stayed in Fr
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