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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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Recommended by 98% of travellers
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Free cancellation
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Tour snapshot
Take to the skies above Franz Joseph by helicopter with your pilot
Duration:
20m
Group size:
6
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
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
Highlights
  • 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.
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
  • 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.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 28287P2
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
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
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 return to the starting point
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Alvin
Palmerston North, New Zealand53 contributions
A bit pricey but worth every cent. My wife and I went on this trip and we had a fantastic time. We picked the right time in the morning with no clouds, and we saw three glaciers and landed on Franz Josef Glacier to look around, saw a wild goat running on the ice. This place is WOW!!
Written 16 March 2022
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Kia ora Alvin, it sounds like you had the perfect experience with us! We’re very proud to have the opportunity to show off our back yard, and we’re glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! Thank your for taking the time to leave us this review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
Written 21 March 2022
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Debbie
6 contributions
Everything about this experience was amazing!!! Thank you!
From planning it in my lounge with Katie the team leader (who also booked my Franz Josef accommodation) to arriving at the office to friendly support welcoming staff.
The whole South Island trip was based upon this moment - mainly for my 11 year old who wanted to experience the glacier before it sadly disappeared.
The pilot was amazing - he gave great explanations as to the helicopter controls and what we could all see out of the windows, He took awesome photos and allowed us to have a wonderful experience on the snow! Thank you - we enjoyed it so much we went up again the next day on the Heli hike!!!
Written 20 January 2022
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Wow Debbie, thank you for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review. We’re so pleased to hear about your wonderful experience with us! Your praises have been sent back to the team, and we all hope to welcome you back in the future.
Written 24 January 2022
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cmlmls
New York169 contributions
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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Graham K
Glenbrook, Australia76 contributions
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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LashyDavid
Looe, UK211 contributions
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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Nicole D
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
Couples
If you're looking for a bucket list activity then this is it! My husband and I organised this for the morning of our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed! The day was beautiful, the staff were friendly and the views were breathtaking. We've been recommending this to everyone we talk to!

There is one thing I want to mention for anyone looking into this. It's common knowledge that you will be weighed before a helicopter ride, it's important for safety and proper loading of the helicopter. However, if you experience any type of eating disorder or body image disorder, just be aware because the moment you are weighed, you are from then on only referred to, out loud, to everyone, by your weight. I've been on many helicopter rides and this is the first time I've experienced this. Generally the weight is written next to your name but your name is used when calling out the loading pattern, not your weight. I'd hate for this to ruin anyone's experience of an amazing time.
Written 13 March 2022
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Kia ora Nicole D, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your praise. We’re thrilled to hear that you had a memorable wedding anniversary- what better way to spend the day than flying over our beautiful glaciers. In regard to people’s weights, you are correct that we have to weigh everyone before the flight in order to calculate the weight and balance of the helicopter. We do tend to keep that information private, exactly for the reasons you have said. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, causing anyone undue distress for any reason would be the last thing we would want. Thank you again for leaving your review, and for your recommendations! We hope that you enjoyed your time on the West Coast, and we hope to welcome you back soon.
Written 21 March 2022
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Jonez
Yeovil, UK6 contributions
Great experience, a really scenic ride and amazing experience to land on a glacier.

Really friendly team and particularly liked how they managed the uncertainty around the weather. My first booking at 11.30am couldn't go up, but they moved me to a late afternoon spot, the clouds lifted and off we went.

Would advise trying to get a few days in Franz Josef and book this as the first thing you do. That way, if the weather causes issues, you'll have a few shots at getting rebooked in.
Written 20 January 2020
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Hi, thanks for taking the time to leave a fantastic review! We’re glad to hear how accommodating our customer service team were- although we cannot control the weather, we can do our best to reschedule you as many times as needed. It is definitely an experience worth booking a few nights in the area as to not miss out! It’s hard to beat the thrill of flying through the valleys, getting so close to the massive glacier ice before the highlight of the snow landing. Thanks again for leaving a positive review, we all hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
Written 26 January 2020
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chrisdV2469ZY
Hamilton, New Zealand61 contributions
Wow, what an awesome team. From Natalie booking us and safety briefing to Tim the pilot that gave us the most awesome ride with full commentary and pounting out highlights to landing up the top of Fox Glacier.
Excellent pilot.
I cannot recommend these guys enough. A dream trip and memory.
Written 29 June 2021
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Kia ora chrisdV2469ZY. We’re thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time on your flight! Makes the drive up from Wanaka well worth it, and you could not have picked a more perfect day. We’ll pass your praise back to Natalie, Tim and the team, and we hope you had a safe trip home.
Written 5 July 2021
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KennyJ53
Warrington, UK45 contributions
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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Britwi
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
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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JCMoof
JCMoof
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Amazing trip!
Amazing experience - would highly recommend! Office staff were incredibly helpful and Jay (our pilot) did an aweso
F9430CFsuzanneh
F9430CFsuzanneh
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Fantastic flight with Tim the office accommodated our wishes and got us up in the small fine window worth the experience
Fantastic flight with Tim the office accommodated our wishes and got us up in the small fine window worth the exper
NZ_travellerLN
NZ_travellerLN
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Take a trip and enjoy the scenery!
We had Vicky guide us through the safety procedures and the meet greet from start to finishes - friendly and happy
Zoe N
Zoe N
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Worth the money!
We lucked out with the weather and went on a beautiful sunny day. The staff were great, the pilot knowledgeable and
WellyOnAPlate
WellyOnAPlate
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Not Covid safe - do not use if you want to stay healthy
Not Covid safe at all - we started off with the pilot telling everyone to take their masks off. Then when I said so
StaceyCheer
StaceyCheer
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Highlight of the holiday!
After our booked flight (with another company) cancelled due to lack of numbers, we were lucky enough to book a fli
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
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