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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing provided by Glacier Helicopters

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
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from $280.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
The Franz Joseph glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. On this helicopter flight, choose the departure time to suit your schedule and admire sweeping views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Touch down to explore the glacial landscape on foot, and discover a world of deep crevasses and frozen ice.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 20m
  • 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: 20m
  • 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
Take to the skies above Franz Joseph by helicopter with your pilot
Uninterrupted views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park
Hop out on the icefields and explore the frozen landscape on foot
Select the departure time to suit your schedule
What to expect
Make your way to the helipad in central Franz Josef township, and check in for your sightseeing flight. Flights take off throughout the day and you can request your preferred departure time when booking, so you’re free to plan your trip as you please. With your pilot at the controls, take a seat in your helicopter and take to the skies above Franz Joseph. From your high vantage point, enjoy panoramic views over the forests and icefields of the Southern Alps and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Fly over the mighty Franz Joseph glacier, and see the stunning ice features, cracks, and crevasses from above. Then, touch down on the glacier snowfield and take a walk across the ice. Breathe in the pure alpine air, and capture the scenery on camera. When your time on the glacier comes to an end, return by helicopter to base in Franz Joseph to conclude your tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 28287P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Professional Guide • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
20m
Departure details
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island Departure Point: Main Street of Town Address: Located in the townships of Franz Josef Glacier on the Main Street though town - Main South Road, SH6 Dates: Daily
Inclusions
Professional Guide • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast Region, South Island Departure Point: Main Street of Town Address: Located in the townships of Franz Josef Glacier on the Main Street though town - Main South Road, SH6 Dates: Daily
Duration
20m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
We recommend you bring along warm clothes, sunglasses, sturdy footwear, your camera and a sense of adventure!
For safety reasons, we do not allow selfie sticks, drones, flammable liquids, lighters, iPads/ tablets and bags of any description on any of our flights.
We fly all year round, weather permitting. Please note: On Christmas, we only operate for half the day (9 am - 12 pm).
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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Franz Josef
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    Rise to the sky above Franz Josef in one of the modern helicopters as your pilot takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. See the stunning ice features, cracks and crevasses from above.  Your flight also includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air as you get your feet on pristine white snow.  Climb back aboard the helicopter for the descending flight, landing back in the Franz Josef township.
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  • You'll end at
    Franz Josef
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5.0
57 reviews
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Britwi
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
Flight of your life
Mar 2021
Had to stay an extra day due to the weather stopping flights on our original day, but wow was it worth it. The staff were friendly, helpful in helping us rebook. The experience was amazing. It felt so small up there until our pilot pointed out the speck in the distance was another helicopter. Thoroughly enjoyed our flight and tucked away in our heads as another amazing experience
Written 11 March 2021
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Kia ora Britwi. It’s worth staying an extra night to see the scale of the glaciers and spectacular southern alps! Seeing another helicopter can surprise many of our guests as it completely puts into perspective just how massive the mountains and the ice are. We’re thrilled to hear that our team hit the mark with our high standard of customer service, and helped you enjoy our beautiful backyard. Thank you for taking the time leave us such a positive review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the South Island.
Written 28 March 2021
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Shelly
4 contributions
Awesome experience
Feb 2021 • Couples
Such a great experience - our Pilot Tim was super nice, really safe and took a great photo of us at the top! The whole experience was ran really efficiently from the lovey lady booking us onto the trip to the flight itself. For someone who can be quiet a nervous flier I loved every second! Thanks guys!
Written 18 February 2021
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Kia ora Shellydineen. We're pleased to hear that you had such a wonderful time on your flight! The incredible views of the icefalls are well worth working through any preflight jitters. Safety is paramount, it's great to hear that that was reflected in every aspect of your trip! We'll pass your praise back to Tim and our team, and we all hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the West Coast. Kind regards Glacier Helicopters
Written 28 March 2021
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Renee
Tauranga, New Zealand20 contributions
Once in a lifetime
Jan 2021 • Family
This was a once in a lifetime experience, which myself, my kids, and mum will never forget. Everything about the flight and snow landing was amazing, was definitely worth money, but there was a good discount at the time.
Written 25 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Nayhaybz. What a special experience to share as a family! We're thrilled to see kiwi families out enjoying our back yard, the memories you would have made will last a lifetime. thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review, we all hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards Glacier Helicopters
Written 28 March 2021
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Steven B
10 contributions
Amazing Glacier experience
Sep 2020
Wow, what a great experience, from the team at the front desk to Tim the pilot ,wonderful service and the glacier was amazing, a must do in Franz Joseph
Written 29 September 2020
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Mōrena, Steven. Thank you for the for taking the time to write a review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your flight with us as well as your time in Franz Josef. It's fantastic for us to get the positive comments about Tim your pilot and we will be sure to pass this on to him. Thank you again we hope you had a spectacular experience on the West Coast. Kind regards, Glacier Helicopters
Written 13 October 2020
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uvaivao
1 contribution
Amazing and Spectacular views with Great Service!
Aug 2020
What a spectacular flight!!! And the service from the team at Glacier Helicopters was outstanding. Our pilot Tim and our handler Nat were both very patient, informative and friendly. And the views.... The view is STUNNING! Absolutely breath-taking and and outstanding. So thrilled we got to experience it and with the service from the team at Glacier Helicopters, just made this trip absolutely brilliant!
Definitely a highlight of our trip around the West Coast.
Written 10 September 2020
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Thank you uvaivao for the glowing review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your trip! We are very lucky to have this scenery as our backyard and proud to share it with you and the rest of New Zealand! We are glad that we were able to be a highlight of your trip through the West Coast. Kind regards, Glacier Helicopters
Written 13 October 2020
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Doc Myk
2 contributions
Spectacular flight
Jun 2020 • Friends
Landing at the snow and being able to view the glacier closer from helicopter was quite spectacular.
Written 10 July 2020
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Kia ora, Your photo at the snow landing site is remarkable! Such amazing contrast of the rocks of the Southern Alps and the beautiful fresh snow! Must say, we love your hat too. Thanks for taking the time to write us a positive review, we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Written 16 July 2020
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Graham K
Glenbrook, Australia76 contributions
Absolutely Brilliant!
We were booked on the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier flight with snow landing. The weather was overcast and it was uncertain whether or not we would get a flight at all. The company views safety very highly and won’t fly if it is at all unsafe. Fortunately for us the weather cleared enough to do the Franz Josef Glacier with snow landing but not the Fox Glacier. The company was very professional and kept everyone informed about the weather situation as we waited. We had a fantastic time.
Written 19 March 2020
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Hi Graham, Thank you so much for your excellent review! We take safety very seriously here at Glacier Helicopters and won't go in bad weather purely for that reason. It sounds like you got lucky with a break in the conditions! We are so glad that we could get you up there. Thanks again for your kind words and we hope you enjoyed your time on the West Coast.
Written 19 May 2020
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cmlmls
New York169 contributions
Outstanding Experience! The Highlight of Our Trip!
This was truly the highlight of our trip! Having been my first time in a helicopter, their dedication to safety was impressive and much appreciated...and made the experience that much more enjoyable! You truly cannot appreciate the beauty and scale of the glacier from the ground - and to land on one and walk around, felt as exhilarating as landing on the moon!

Be sure to give yourself a few days to attempt the flight. We had a perfectly sunny day, but a cloud on the mountain, so only got a quick up and back trip and didn’t get to land. They gave us a discount since we did not receive the full experience and were offered a spot the next day. On day two, the weather was perfect and we got to land on the glacier! Be sure to give yourself ample flexibility as weather changes quickly and they can only fly in good weather - they genuinely feel bad if you don’t get the full experience, but put safety first...which I really appreciate.

100% recommend based on professionalism, safety, and the overall experience!
Written 8 March 2020
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review. Here at Glacier Helicopters, our prime priority is the safety and comfort of all our passengers. We are glad you had an amazing experience on your flight. The views are truly spectacular from above the mountain tops. Glacier Helicopters operates in an alpine environment which makes the weather very difficult to predict. We do suggest staying in Franz Josef for a couple of nights to be able to have the best possible chance of flying. Your photos are gorgeous, and the sky looks so blue in your pictures! It looks like you hit the jackpot regarding weather for your flight! Thank you again for flying with Glacier Helicopters and leaving such great feedback! We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
Written 15 March 2020
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LashyDavid
Looe, UK208 contributions
Fabulous!
Feb 2020
A helicopter flight on to the Franz Josef glacier is an experience not to be missed, although quite often it has to be because of cloud or bad weather. We were very fortunate to enjoy an amazing sunny trip up to the snow with Glacier Helicopters, a very professional and safe but slick outfit. The flight gave us an opportunity to walk around on the snowy glacier, where some brown discolouration due to the fires in Australia was sadly evident. Edine, our young pilot, kindly took photos of us with our own cameras and phones. She then took one with her own camera and printed the result while still on the glacier – a perfect souvenir! Having checked that we were all happy with the idea, Edine then did a few steep turns over the blue ice of the glacier, to give us excellent views on the way back down. An overused word, perhaps, but fabulous it really was!
Written 8 March 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your great feedback. It’s a pleasure to hear that you had a fantastic time on your scenic flight. I’m sure you made some beautiful memories. We are lucky enough to have snow all year round, even on beautiful sunny days. The snow landing is often the highlight of our customers trip! We will pass on your kind words to Sebastian and to the rest of our staff. Once again, thank you for leaving such a kind review for us! We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels.
Written 18 March 2020
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KennyJ53
Warrington, UK45 contributions
A must do in Franz Josef
We had a fantastic experience this morning courtesy of Glacier Helicopters in Franz Josef. We have flown before in the UK but this was something special as we went up the mountain to reach the glaciers, truly breathtaking. From reception through safety briefing and loading, staff were great, particularly Nat and our pilot Eddie, cannot fault the warm and professional service we received, thank you. We have no hesitation in recommending this company or the flight.
Written 28 February 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your lovely review on one of our scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters. Flying above the glaciers and snow-capped mountains is a once in a lifetime experience as I’m sure you would agree. Customer service is one of our priorities at Glacier Helicopters. We are so pleased to hear that our staff provided you with such great service! We will pass your kind words onto Nat and Eddie. It looks like you had beautiful weather for your flight. The sky looks so clear and blue in your photographs! We are so pleased that you had such a special experience. All the best for the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
Written 15 March 2020
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By: Glacier Helicopters
Getafix
Getafix
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Spectacular helicopter experience.
Flight around Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snow landing with Clark as pilot. More spectacular than the Crand Ca
mcd1987
mcd1987
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40 Breathtaking Minutes
Amazing 40 minute flight from Franz Josef with Greg, we were very fortunate to fly around Aoraki Mt Cook in such am
tonyandgayemeier
tonyandgayemeier
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Fox Glacier snow landing.
What an experience! Such a friendly Brendon(and humorous) and a skilled pilot in Tim. What a combination to make it
famadven
famadven
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The best experience ever
We had hoped to do the Twin Glacier with Snow Landing but of course the weekend we visited (a) Fox was uber busy (w
651delwynl
651delwynl
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Wow wow and wow
Had booked to fly the next morning but they phoned to ask if we could do it earlier. We had just had lunch at a wee
thursty64
thursty64
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Awesome!
Amazing experience! Didn't actually need all of the cold weather clothing we brought - a stunning day (well part o
CCNewZealand
CCNewZealand
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Awe inspiring - you must do it
We did this trip many years ago, and were so excited to go again. We flew over Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, landed
ameliah310
ameliah310
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Flight of lifetime!
What an incredible experience. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted by the friendliest tour guide named Br
CMDobbie
CMDobbie
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Wow what an experience
We took the helicopter up to see the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Pilot landed just above the Franz Josef glacier
Pavma00p
Pavma00p
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This experience was unreal!!
We had incredible weather which allowed us to see both Mount Tasman and Mount Cook from the air. The flight was gen
678janetj
678janetj
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Lifetime experience
A must do experience when in the Glacier country. Our pilot Tim is extremely knowledgeable and has 27 years of flyi
Sassyaston75
Sassyaston75
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Spectacular experience
Absolutely worth every penny. If you can spare the dollars don’t miss this. Flying over and then standing on a glac
342haleyd
342haleyd
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Stunning glaciers
Highly recommend! The glaciers are incredible and standing in the snow on the top on a beautiful day surrounded by
chardomchar
chardomchar
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Bel - the best customer service ever!
We planned an impromptu loop around the South Island but I didn't decide we wanted a helicopter trip until the nigh
Caitlin S
Caitlin S
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The best experience in NZ yet!
After looking at scenic flights in Mt Cook we decided to take one over the glaciers when we got to the west coast.
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