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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
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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$195.27

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$195.27
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Zoë wrote a review 7 Nov
New Zealand18 contributions3 helpful votes
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We lucked out with the weather and went on a beautiful sunny day. The staff were great, the pilot knowledgeable and the views were incredible. The southern alps are stunning and this is the perfect way to see them! In response to the “not covid safe” review last month. Whilst we weren’t social distanced (difficult in a helicopter!) all 7 of us, including the pilot, were wearing masks. The company also adhered to the usual hand washing/contact tracing rules too. This has been the highlight of our trip so far and worth every cent!
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia ora Zoe, What spectacular photos you have! The 40 minute Mount Cook Spectacular flight is our premier glacier country experience- I’m sure you can see why. Landing at the vast snowfield of the Geikie would have been stunning with all that blue sky and snow! Thank your for taking the time to leave us a positive review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the beautiful West Coast.
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WellyOnAPlate wrote a review Oct 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Not Covid safe at all - we started off with the pilot telling everyone to take their masks off. Then when I said something about it, the staff said they had exemptions. If they flout this simple health and safety law, what others are they breaking?
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Owner at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi WellyOnAPlate, It is disappointing to read your comments which have been brought to my attention. The company has strict Covid plans in place which include contact tracing procedures and mandatory mask wearing in our offices, vans and helicopters. We also have increased cleaning of helicopters and equipment and other safety measures. This incident is being fully investigated and the failure by our staff to follow the plan has been addressed. I apologise that we failed to deliver on this aspect of your trip. Should you require further exchange on this matter please make direct contact. Mark, CEO franz@glacierhelicopters.co.nz • mandatory use of contact tracing procedures – either via the Covid App or by signing in • mandatory use of masks for all staff and guests in indoor spaces including aircraft and ground transport • provision of masks and hand sanitiser • increased cleaning of safety equipment • Increased cleaning of helicopters and vans • revised food handling procedures based on Separation, Single Server and Seated • vaccination of staff • maintaining social spacing where possible • not sharing personal items such as phones, cameras, drink bottles or food • following accepted hygiene procedure: washing hands, coughing and sneezing into your elbow • if you have Covid-type symptoms present over the next two weeks please contact us so that we can initiate the appropriate contact tracing • maintaining social spacing where possible • not sharing personal items such as phones, cameras, drink bottles or food • following accepted hygiene procedure: washing hands, coughing, and sneezing into your elbow
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StaceyCheer wrote a review Jul 2021
Arapuni, New Zealand122 contributions39 helpful votes
After our booked flight (with another company) cancelled due to lack of numbers, we were lucky enough to book a flight with Glacier Helicopters last minute. What an amazing experience! We couldn't have had better weather, cold but sunny. The glacier is beautiful, and landing on it is an experience not to be missed. The land crew were great, and our pilot Andy was brilliant - knowledgeable, experienced, with a great sense of humor. We did a lot of different activities on this South Island holiday, but the heli flight and glacier landing were definately the highlight!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 8 Jul 2021
Kia ora Stacey, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review! It sounds like you had a perfect day, we’re thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time on the snow landing. Andy is a joy, and we all take great pride in delivering the best of the West Coast on each flight. Thank you again for leaving us a review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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chrisdV2469ZY wrote a review Jun 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand61 contributions9 helpful votes
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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.
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 5 Jul 2021
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.
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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 24 May 2021
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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