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Glacier Helicopters

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Glacier Helicopters
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 encompass the Mount Cook National Park, and both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Glacier landings are our specialty. Our helicopter flights allow people with limited time to “get away from it all” and experience area of New Zealand’s wilderness renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
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Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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.
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30 minutes
from US$262.57

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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.
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20 minutes
from US$204.22

Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Take to the skies and fly over Fox Glacier on a dramatic helicopter flight—one of the South Island of New Zealand’s must-do experiences. Combine stunning aerial views with an up-close experience of the frozen landscape thanks to an exciting snow landing. Walk on alpine terrain that’s accessible only to skilled mountaineers and pilots, enjoying an unforgettable, dramatic vantage point set high above the glacier.
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20 minutes
from US$204.22
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Getafix wrote a review May 2021
New Zealand69 contributions11 helpful votes
Flight around Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snow landing with Clark as pilot. More spectacular than the Crand Canyon helicopter tour. The whole experience was great starting with Holly in the Fox office. An activity that should not be missed.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Customer Service Manager at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora Getafix Thank you for taking the time to leave us such high praise! We’re thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time on your flight. Our team take pride in delivering an awe-inspiring flight over the glaciers- it’s great to see we hit the mark. Thanks again for leaving us a review, we hop you enjoyed the rest of your time on the coast. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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Morgan wrote a review Apr 2021
New Plymouth, New Zealand3 contributions
Amazing 40 minute flight from Franz Josef with Greg, we were very fortunate to fly around Aoraki Mt Cook in such amazing weather conditions. Thanks to Brenden for making this possible! Highly recommended tour!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Hi Morgan We’re thrilled you had the pleasure of experiencing our premier flight! Flying around Aoraki is a privilege few have been able to do! Thank you for taking the time to write a positive review, we’ll pass your words back to our ground crew and we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Kind regards Glacier Helicopters
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tonyandgayemeier wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions2 helpful votes
What an experience! Such a friendly Brendon(and humorous) and a skilled pilot in Tim. What a combination to make it a flight and landing on the snow extravaganza. The day was beautiful, blue sky and no cloud and no wind to speak of. Would recommend to anyone.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Hello tonyandgayemeier. It sounds as if you had the perfect day! We’re pleased you took the time to leave us a review, and even more so that you enjoyed yourself! We’ll pass your praise back to our crew, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the coast. Kind regards Glacier Helicopters
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famadven wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand277 contributions158 helpful votes
We had hoped to do the Twin Glacier with Snow Landing but of course the weekend we visited (a) Fox was uber busy (which was fantastic to see) and (b) the weather was a little dodgy. We called by the office on the Friday afternoon and Holly managed to get us the first booking the next morning. What we loved was that she went to great pains to make sure we were aware she couldn't guarantee the weather or the landings (go figure!). We didn't have to make payment until the actual day. We rocked up Saturday morning and the weather looked okay to us but again it was explained that the landing couldn't be guaranteed. I was desperate to give it a go so we went - and again, payment wasn't made until after we did the flight. There was absolutely no pressure from Holly to go if we didn't want to. So glad we did - because we got to land. Very happy:-) It was amazing. Yeah sure it was a 50/50 chance but it was so so worth it.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 19 Apr 2021
Kia ora famadven. What a fantastic review you have left us! We’re thrilled top hear that Holly went out of her way to make you feel at ease with your decision! We never fly if it isn’t 100% safe to do so, and we like to keep guests as updated as possible on all of the pilots weather calls to put any nerves at ease. We’re glad to see the gamble paid off, stepping out of the helicopter onto the Alps is an experience that will be hard to forget! Thank you for taking the time to leave your praise, we hope you enjoy the rest of you time on holiday. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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Delwyn L wrote a review Mar 2021
174 contributions11 helpful votes
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 cafe just next door so we grabbed our jackets (only to be told we definitely wouldn’t need them)... jumped into the van with our lovely host. Boarded the helicopter with two other couples and had an amazing flight to both glaciers and a snow landing on Fox Glacier.. a perfect flight on a perfect West Coast day.. blue sky sunshine and about 23 degrees...
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 19 Apr 2021
Hi Delwyn L. It sounds like you had a fantastic experience! Landing at the Fox Neve is a highlight of our tours. Standing in the shadow of Mount Tasman and taking in the mountain air is an experience we take great pride in delivering. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
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