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Glacier Helicopters

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Glacier Helicopters offers a range of scenic helicopter flights from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Charter flights are available and can vary from 20 minutes to several hours duration. Flights depart from Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Our flights...more
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Main South Road | Sh6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bundyx
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

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...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only way to fully experience the beauty of the glaciers is to take a helicopter flight. The view is amazing and landing on the glacier feels like you are on top of the world. The staff were very friendly and professional and I would...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeanine F
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Jeanine F! The views you get from above in one of our helicopters are really special. It’s hard to beat flying over the rain forest, looking down into the crevices in the glacier and landing on the snow! We’re glad that you had such...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow... where do I even begin? Breathtaking. My partner and I chose to do the two glaciers with the snow landing and were due to depart at 1230. At 12 when we checked in things weren’t looking good with some cloud on the mountains preventing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank wanderlust2504
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello wanderlust2504. As you experienced, the weather can be incredibly unpredictable here on the coast! It sounds like you ended up having a perfect experience- landing on the snow certainly makes up for any uncertainty before the flight. Andy is a delight, we’re very pleased...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely awesome - a MUST DO! Fantastic views of the glacier and its surrounds. Spectacular views of the glacier surface, the length of the glacier and the mountains. Worth every cent!More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Bonski23, thanks for your review! You’ve summed up the experience we offer pretty well! The views of the glaciers and mountains that you get from our helicopters are hard to beat. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your holiday in our beautiful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband, daughter, and I had the most amazing experience with Glacier Helicopters. Our pilot, Andy, was amazing and full of exuberant enthusiasm. The views are stunning and the entire experience left us with a huge amount of gratitude. It was simply breathtaking. Our pilot...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Smsmissy. It sounds like you had a once in a lifetime experience with us! It is incredible being able to experience snow in the middle of summer- we take great pride in being able to offer the snow landings all year round! We are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything about this operation is professional. We were checked in and weighed at the Fox Glacier office and then whisked off to the heliport by minivan. The flight, with our pilot, James, was thrilling - indeed we were delighted because a) it's a helluva way...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank John V
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello John V, thank you for your review. What a great way to kick off the year! The snow landing is worth waiting for the bad weather to pass. We are glad that all our staff were professional and helped you have such a wonderful...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018

Couldn't have had a better experience - or first ever helicopter flight! - than with Glacier Helicopters in Franz Josef. Katy Lou at the office was an absolute gem; friendly and super informative, I cannot thank her enough. Everyone from our lovely guide, who ran...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2018

Hello thebeatofadventure, thanks for your fantastic review! We’re glad that we got to take you on your first helicopter tour, and that you had such a wonderful time! It sounds like you were extremely lucky with the weather as well. We are thrilled that all...More

Reviewed 8 December 2018 via mobile

Was the highlight of the trip so far ! From the township you cannot see the glacier so the helicopter gives you a great view. And you get to experience landing on the snow at the top. The pilot was informative and took a photo...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Hello Ossie1971, thank you for your recommendation. Your photos of the crevices in the glacier are stunning! Being able to see these is one of the many perks of joining one of our scenic tours. We’re glad you had such a lovely time with us...More

Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Absolutely superb in every way. The weather conditions, the flight, the landing both on the snow and back at base, our pilot and the ground staff all made for an unforgettable part of our holiday. We are two married couples with wives who had never...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2018

Hello DOUGAL_London_Uk, thank you for your review. Flying in a helicopter is a wonderful experience, especially in such a beautiful part of the world. We’re delighted our lovely staff helped your wives get through their pre-flight jitters! We hope you enjoy many helicopter flights in...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018

Just returned from trip to NZ. Did helicopter flight to the top of Fox Glacier with a snow landing. Absolutely breathtaking. Did the same flight 34 years ago with the same company, and it was great then too. A must do when on the West...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2018

Hello thommomelb, thank you for your review. Your photos are amazing! It’s cool to see how much, yet how little, has changed. The sights that you see on our flights are to be seen to be believed. We’re glad that we made such a good...More

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Response from John V | Reviewed this property |
I would defo book in advance - when we were there several walk-ups were declined.
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Morning, or midday, as it can get cloudy later in the afternoon.
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Response from Shirley C | Reviewed this property |
I would say definitely yes this is an amazing experience just be aware that there had to be at least 3 for the flight to go ahead enjoy - you will be so pleased you did 😀
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