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Vantage Helicopter Experiences

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Vantage Helicopter Experiences
Based in the township of Franz Josef, on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Vantage Helicopters offer three amazing scenic flights that take you close to the awe-inspiring glaciers, evergreen rainforest and the magnificent mountains of the Southern Alps. View Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Aoraki Mount Cook and Mt Tasman, depending on which scenic flight option you choose.
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KarenM1_10 wrote a review Apr 2020
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan715 contributions295 helpful votes
We booked the Twin Glaciers and Aoraki Mount Cook with Vantage Helicopters. The tour was an hour long and was expensive but we felt it was definitely worth the money. Our tour was supposed to go at 8:00 a.m. but since the weather was not conducive to flying we were delayed. Instead of shifting the entire schedule by an hour, they placed us in the 11:00 a.m. tour. Make sure you allow yourself time just in case you encounter this issue. Since we were driving back to Greymouth later that day we kept the remainder of the day open just in case we did encounter any issues. The views were awesome and the glacier landing was unbelievable. It was a little slippery but not that cold. We visited in February and wore layers. Tennis shoes were sufficient - no need for boots. When we were ready to board the helicopter after the glacier landing, our pilot rotated the passengers that were in the front to the back so everyone had good views and photos.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Responded 23 Apr 2020
Kia ora KarenM Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to place your review on Tripadvisor! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your flight with us and that you were able to delay your schedule to join our later flight. The scenery of Fox and Franz Josef Glacier are truely worth visiting and we think Mt Cook is the icing on the cake! Our pilots are always happy to provide you with lots of information and make sure people have equal viewing opportunites (if possible). The temperature in February is usually very mild which is why a flight up to the glaciers is a must do activity in our region! If you have any photo's you would like to share, we would love to see them. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Aotearoa/New Zealand! Ngā mihi, nui mō tēnei rā Anna
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Kerry S wrote a review Feb 2020
Dungog, Australia11 contributions1 helpful vote
This has been the absolute highlight of our NZ holiday. 25 mins of the most amazing scenery you could wish to see. Our Pilots name was Dale and he was wonderful. So knowledgeable, extremely friendly and the ride in itself, well, I just couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. A fantastic company to deal with. Everything was incredibly easy and smooth running.
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Response from VantageHelicopters, Front Office Manager at Vantage Helicopter Experiences
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor! Amazing to hear that your flight with us was a highlight of your holidays in New Zealand. We are really lucky to live in such an amzing part of the country and are happy to share the the views over the Franz Josef Glacier. I will pass on your thanks to Dayle , it's awesome to recieve positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Franz Josef & we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Aotearoa/New Zealand! Ngā mihi, nui mō tēnei rā Pia
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sootie2016 wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions10 helpful votes
Cannot rate this experience more highly. from the initial booking enquiry to our flight Vantage were friendly, professional and did everything to make this the best experience. Pia on the ground and Toby our pilot were just fantastic. We were blessed by great weather which always helps, but Toby ensured we saw everything - and understood what we were viewing. Just book it :) And thanks Vantage!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Responded 11 Jan 2020
Kia ora sootie2016, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on Tripadvisor! We are pleased to hear you had the best experience with us. Toby is a fantasitic pilot, I'll pass on your kind words to him and Pia! Nothing beats the views here, especially when we get great weather! If you have any photo's you would like to share, we would love to see them. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Franz Josef & we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Aotearoa/New Zealand! Ngā mihi, nui mō tēnei rā Kiara
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Wendy B wrote a review Dec 2019
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GREATEST SURPRISE OF MY LIFE! My boyfriend proposed on our helicopter summit from Franz Josef, on an absolutely gorgeous day! Our pilot Dayle was unaware of his intentions, which made for such a fantastic, romantic surprise...on top of the world, in minus 3.3 degree temperatures! Kiara and Hayley checked us in and kept the secret, as our new friends from Australia filmed the incredible event!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded 30 Dec 2019
Kia ora Wendy B, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on Trip advisor! We are so happy to hear you had an awesome experience with us, great pictures! It was our privilage to be apart of such a great surprise, we wish you all the best! We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Franz Josef & we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels in Aotearoa/New Zealand! Ngā mihi, nui mō tēnei rā Kiara
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wiley-nt wrote a review Oct 2019
Darwin, Australia103 contributions51 helpful votes
The Franz Joseph glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. Heli-hiking was cancelled due to weather, so we took the opportunity to do a helicopter flight. The pilot was great, he notice a change in the weather and took us up to get a great view of Franz Josef, very accommodating.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from VantageHelicopters, Front Office Manager at Vantage Helicopter Experiences
Responded 29 Oct 2019
Kia ora wiley-nt, Thank you for taking the time to place your review on TripAdvisor! It's great to hear you enjoyed your scenic flight with us, even though your original Heli-Hike was cancelled. The extra flight time of the scenic allows us to fly higher and show you much more of the glacier, surrounding mountains and the beautiful surrounding native rainforest. We look forward to welcoming you back next time you are in Franz Josef & we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday in Aotearoa/New Zealand! Ngā mihi, nui mō tēnei rā Kiara
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