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Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef provided by Glacier Helicopters

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
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Tour snapshot
See two maritime glaciers on a single, spectacular flight
Duration:
30m
Group size:
6
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Fly over Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a high-mountain snow landing. Get a great perspective on the icy landscape by flying over the two dramatically-varied ice sheets, then see the frozen terrain up close once you touch down on the snow.
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
Highlights
  • Soar above ice formations, crevasses, and frozen rivers
  • Snow landing means up-close views of the alpine zone
  • Multiple departure times available to suit your schedule
What to expect
Travel to the helicopter launch site, then strap in and take to the air for a sightseeing flight over two massive glaciers. Watch for the powerful glacial ice falls as you fly over Fox Glacier, which stretches from the Southern Alps towards the seacoast. When flying above Franz Josef Glacier, spot the blue shade of deep crevasses and look for mountaineers traversing the steep snow on climbing ropes. Touch down on the snow so you can touch, see, and smell the frozen world firsthand. This is a great chance to throw some snowballs, get some snow-reflected sun, or snap some memorable photos with an icy backdrop before returning to the helicopter base camp.
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
  • Soar above ice formations, crevasses, and frozen rivers
  • Snow landing means up-close views of the alpine zone
  • Multiple departure times available to suit your schedule
What to expect
Travel to the helicopter launch site, then strap in and take to the air for a sightseeing flight over two massive glaciers. Watch for the powerful glacial ice falls as you fly over Fox Glacier, which stretches from the Southern Alps towards the seacoast. When flying above Franz Josef Glacier, spot the blue shade of deep crevasses and look for mountaineers traversing the steep snow on climbing ropes. Touch down on the snow so you can touch, see, and smell the frozen world firsthand. This is a great chance to throw some snowballs, get some snow-reflected sun, or snap some memorable photos with an icy backdrop before returning to the helicopter base camp.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 28287P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional Guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
30m
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 township 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
  • 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
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 township of Franz Josef Glacier on the Main Street though town - Main South Road, SH6 Dates: Daily
Duration
30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Fox Glacier South Side Walk
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Antonia S
Perth, Australia17 contributions
Having booked this trip months in advance we were very eagerly awaiting our helicopter ride onto the glacier. As we entered Franz Josef to dark clouds and spitting rain we held out hope, unfortunately for us the rain got substantially heavier and the morning of our booking was definitely a no fly day. We were very lucky that Glacier Helicopters were able to book us onto a flight the next day and had recommendations for rainy day activities too. Luckily for us, the next day was defiantly a much better day and our flight went off without a hitch. The landing was brilliantly smooth and standing on the glacier, looking out at the views was a breathtaking moment and one I cannot recommend highly enough.
Written 23 January 2020
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Hello Thank you for taking the time to leave a great review! We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with us. The weather can be very changeable on the West Coast, so we are pleased that it cleared up for you in the end. The views look beautiful in your photo! The snow landing is often the highlight of our flights. It gives you great opportunities to take amazing photos like the one you have. The Fox Neve, where you have landed, is one of our incredible landing sites. With being in the shadow of Mt Tasman, the views of the peaks and the Tasman Sea is a once in a lifetime experience. The views here on the West Coast are breath-taking and very special. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand.
Written 9 February 2020
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Khalid Ansari
Hinckley, UK27 contributions
It was incredible. The staff at The Glacier Helicopters were professional and efficient. The pilot was very informative and took us to the best parts of the two glaciers

If anyone is contemplating to see the Franz Josef & Fox glaciers they should consider flying with this company

Thank you to all at Glacier Helecopters

Khalid Ansari
Written 9 March 2020
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a positive review. The Twin Glacier flight is such a great product that explores the most breath-taking views which I’m sure you would agree! We are so pleased to hear that our staff provided you with great customer service as it is one of our top priorities. Once again, thank you for your great review and we wish you all the best for the rest of your travels in New Zealand.
Written 16 March 2020
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RichardFV1955
2 contributions
It might only be 25 minutes in total, (due to the weather we only went to Fox Glacier), but having never been on a helicopter before or on a glacier it was amazing. Views going up the glacier valley and on the return trip down fantastic and the 10 minutes we had on the glacier were surreal. You must do this if you are in the area, though whether or not the flight goes ahead is weather dependent. Definitely recommend Glacier Helicopters, they gave us a partial refund due to the shortened trip.
Written 3 March 2020
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Hi Richard, We’re glad to hear you had such a wonderful time on one of our scenic flights. We do have to on occasion shorten our flights due to weather restrictions, however, I’m sure you’d agree that even the flight over one glacier is well worth it. You’ve described the experience of the snow landing perfectly- it is surreal being surrounded by mountains and snow, it is difficult to understand how vast our glaciers, valleys and mountains are until you are there yourself. Thank you for taking the time to leave a positive review, we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. The Glacier Helicopters Team
Written 15 March 2020
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CaseyG807
21 contributions
Solo
Would highly recommend Glacier Helicopters to anyone looking to make the most out of their West Coast experience.
The Twin Glacier flight gave incredible views of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, along with Mt. Cook in the distance.
The snow landing was a surreal experience - being able to touch the snow and be surrounded by the mountains was absolutely awe inspiring.
Thanks again to the friendly Team!
Written 24 January 2020
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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing review! You’ve summed up the highlights of our tours well- seeing our two famous glaciers up close topped off with the out of this world experience of our snow landings. We’re glad you had such a remarkable flight with us. Thanks again for the review, we hope you enjoy the rest of your time here on the West Coast.
Written 9 February 2020
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CCNewZealand
Riverhead, New Zealand22 contributions
We did this trip many years ago, and were so excited to go again. We flew over Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, landed on Fox, flew right up to the divide and peeped over at Tasman Glacier.
It is breathtakingly beautiful up there in the mountains, and being able to walk on a glacier is a special experience. The flight was reduced in price, so that made it even more appealing. It was a clear sunny morning (and I believe morning flights are better as the conditions are better earlier, so worth asking when you book) and we could see for miles.
The chopper pilot Greg was great gave us lots of information about where we were and took photos of us. We had total confidence in his flying ability and the chopper was spotlessly clean.
Written 19 March 2021
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Hi CCNewZealand. What an fantastic review you have left us! It sounds like you had the perfect day to fly in. Each glacier is unique in its sheer size, being able to see the three largest glaciers in the country on one flight is an unforgettable experience! You’re right in your advice about the weather- morning is the time to go flying here. But every day on the coast is a new day! With the deals offered due to Covid, there has never been a better time to back your back yard. Thank you again for leaving us such a wonderful review, we will pass your kind words back to Greg and the team.
Written 28 March 2021
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scotsmont
Melbourne, Australia63 contributions
We had a perfect day for our flight. The staff very friendly and well organised. Safety was a priority. Our pilot Greg was full of information during the flight, happy to take photos while on the glacier and the views were amazing. Don’t hesitate just do it.
Written 17 March 2020
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Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a good review. Sounds like you had a wonderful experience with us. You’re right, the views of the glaciers from one of our scenic flights are amazing. We’re glad to hear our staff took good care of you, we will pass your complements on to Greg. Thanks again for leaving us a review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand.
Written 18 March 2020
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Jan H
13 contributions
Exhilarating once in a lifetime experience, loved every second. Slightly apprehensive but need not have worried, the staff put you straight at our ease. There is a safety briefing, questions answered & a thorough explanation of the trip. We flew over both glaciers, landed, took a short walk, a few photos & took in the majesty of the environment. A thrilling experience.
Written 12 March 2020
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Hello, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review. Its great to hear that you such an awesome experience during your scenic flight. The Twin Glacier Flight is our most popular trip. Safety is paramount here at Glacier Helicopters for all staff and clients. We are so pleased to hear that our staff made you feel comfortable during your trip. We will pass your great feedback onto our staff. The sky looks so blue in the pictures you took! Such a beautiful shot of Mount Tasman. The views truly are breath-taking. Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best for your time in NZ.
Written 16 March 2020
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Grandma Ros
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Couples
I was very apprehensive about going on a helicopter up to the glacier but I am so glad I did. It was the most fantastic experience I have ever had. Thanks to Sebastian for taking us up and showing us the wonderful views. Walking on the snow and ice was amazing when you know it I was hot and sunny down below. Thanks also to the guys in the office who were all lovely. Lovely memories made today xx
Written 11 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 16 March 2020
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1Englishman
England149 contributions
Couples
Amazing, this is a ‘must do.’

It is not cheap at about $350 NZ but it really is worth every single penny, offering an experience impossible to have other than by helicopter.

There are a range of choices, we chose the 30 minute flight over Franz Josef Glacier, and a landing on Fox Glacier.

Safety was in high evidence, there was a safety briefing and every passenger was weighed so the helicopter was well balanced and within safe ranges. The many ground crew escorted us to the vehicle and ensured everything was as it needed to be.

The flight itself was very gentle, allowing for endless photo opportunities and clearly the company were anxious that you had the best experience possible. We followed the valleys rising gently, the sun twinkling off the ice and snow. The valleys stretched like a patchwork below a stark contrast to the magnificent Mount Tasman and Mount Cook.

The helicopter landed at the top of Fox glacier on a football sized flat plane and photo opportunities which you would never think possible stretched in every direction.

It really was quite an amazing experience. The company that run this experience really do want you to enjoy and get the most from the whole event.

Tips would be for sensible footwear, good sunglasses and a hat as the sun can be very fierce.
Be aware that the weather is very changeable and you might have to wait for a ‘safe’ window and some days there might be no flights.

This is a fantastic experience and I recommend it.
Written 10 November 2018
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Thank you for your wonderful in-depth review. You have really woven a fantastic image for your flight. It is magnificent isn’t it? The flight you went on is very popular, being able to compare the two main glaciers, and to see all the valleys and mountain peaks is definitely an experience that as you put it- is worth every cent! Thank you very much for you great tips and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the coast.
Written 11 November 2018
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Bundyx
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
Couples
If you can afford this then do it. If you can’t afford it, do it anyway. Seeing the glaciers by air and tasting the fresh snow on top of the glacier is an experience you will remember for a long time. We had our first helicopter trip from Franz Josef in 1989 and have just gone again in 2019. Both trips were fantastic. Even though the glaciers have retreated in the meantime they remain spectacular. For those who are nervous about flying in a helicopter, you might be comforted by the strong focus on safety. Minor downside was the fact that commentary was a little difficult to hear clearly.
Written 17 January 2019
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Hi Bundyx A lot has changed here in Franz Josef and Fox Glacier over the past 30 years, but the beauty of natural surroundings stays much the same. All our pilots give commentary about the area during your tour, we apologise that it was harder to hear this time around. We do have volume dials on all our headsets to hopefully avoid that happening. Safety is paramount here at Glacier Helicopters, we do our best to reassure all our guests that they will have the time of their lives. Thank you for your positive recommendation. We think it’s fantastic you haven’t limited a flight over the glaciers as a once in a life time experience and we hope that you come back to visit the West Coast soon.
Written 20 January 2019
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Sarah_K9974
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A Must Do
Was an amazing experience. All the staff were really friendly and informative. If you go to Franz Josef this is def
Alvinspotty
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WOW ! fantastic
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
Travellernic1302
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Bucket list item ticked off!!
If you're looking for a bucket list activity then this is it! My husband and I organised this for the morning of ou
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The perfect experience in Franz
Wow what an awesome trip!! Spectacular views and a super friendly, helpful team. It’s a must do experience and I wo
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Explorer07687364510
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Amazing flight
I really enjoyed my flight with glacier helicopters.. The snow landing was amazing! I highly recommend going with t
Mills-Henry
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Amazing beautiful 'Must do' activity
Everything about this experience was amazing!!! Thank you! From planning it in my lounge with Katie the team leade
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
Alison2701
Alison2701
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You only live once so seize those opportunities!
A spur of the moment Heli flight and Glacier landing with a superb pilot and ground crew. An incredible experience
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
chrisdV2469ZY
chrisdV2469ZY
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Wow is such a small word for such an experience
Wow, what an awesome team. From Natalie booking us and safety briefing to Tim the pilot that gave us the most aweso
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
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