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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road | Sh6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0767
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Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced helicopter pilots share their knowledge whilst overflying the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields, exposing extraordinary colours of ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing. Alternatively combine a scenic helicopter flight with an unforgettable guided helihike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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  • Average4%
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“heli hike” (98 reviews)
“fox glacier” (40 reviews)
“snow landing” (23 reviews)
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Main South Road | Sh6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0767
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"heli hike"
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"fox glacier"
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"snow landing"
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"grand canyon"
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"scenic flight"
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"twin glacier"
in 12 reviews
"afternoon flight"
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"min flight"
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"pilot chris"
in 3 reviews
"an amazing experience"
in 16 reviews
"office staff"
in 4 reviews
"heli pad"
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"fantastic flight"
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"return flight"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the 3-hour Helihike today and it was such amazing. We booked it for yesterday but due the weather conditions it was canceled. But the staff was really nice and booked us on the next day. So today was the big day. We checked...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great flight over Franz and Fox glacier with an awesome snow landing! Pilot was pointing out things and telling us informative facts along the flight. Definitely a great way to view the glaciers.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. I must admit that I was a bit nervous before the adventure, but it was absolutely amazing. The helicopter ride was smooth and gorgeous. Once we were there, our guide (Zak) was absolutely fantastic. He was patient and encouraging...More

Thank WanderingToesTiger
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi WanderingToesTiger, Thanks for the wonderful review. It’s great to hear you loved your trip so much, it certainly is a unique experience! Our experienced pilots ensure a smooth flight which we are glad you enjoyed. We will pass on the great feedback to Zak,...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

We had booked this well in advance and were so looking forward to it. Even with the gear our, of age to do the activity, daughter was too light for the ice conditions of the day to hike on the glacier. Our son decided to...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Vladok212, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We do apologise that you were unable to do the Heli Hike as planned. For safety reasons, we have minimum and maximum weight limits for the Heli Hike and also have to...More

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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

What a brilliant experience, the flight and landing simply amazing never thought would ever do this the heli flight was smoother than we ever imagined Great customer service very approachable Just do itMore

Thank Sporny
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Sporny, Thanks for the great review, we are thrilled that you loved your flight! All of our pilots are very experienced, so the flight does feel smooth. The rest of the team will be pleased to hear the positive feedback. We hope you enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

We booked in advance and happened upon a sunny day. However, as is to be expected there was one heck of a wind atop the mountain. Our flight was delayed by ten minutes and we were informed that we would possibly only be up for...More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review. The weather here on the West Coast changes very quickly around here and means we do often have to cancel or shorten flights, but we are so glad that you and your family loved your flight with us. The...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

My friend and I did the Heli hike, everyone there was awesome! Our guides Brett Scott were awesome and fun to go with. If you’re ever in Franz Josef Glacier area definitely go with them!More

Thank pat_fabel
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for leaving us an awesome review! The Franz Josef Heli Hike is a really unique experience that we are so pleased you got to do. We will pass on the great feedback to Brett and Scott. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your...More

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Reviewed 13 June 2018 via mobile

It was both me and my boyfriends first time heli hiking on a glacier. Our guides Scott and Lawrence were absolutely brilliant and entertaining! We were only a small group of 8 and had a great laugh around the glacier. We witnessed a few ice...More

Thank Emmajayne97
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Emmajayne97, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Our ground team and the guides will all be very pleased with the wonderful feedback. The glacier offers some awesome features so it’s great that you got to see some of these...More

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Reviewed 4 June 2018

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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

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andywA6511RW
19 May 2018|
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Response from TravelMum84 |
If you haven’t been just do the two glaciers. The information from our pilot is that it is always windy and most times you don’t get too close to Mount Cook anyways! Otherwise it is a spectacular trip and well worth it.
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patfraut
13 February 2017|
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Response from Damion M | Reviewed this property |
we signed up on the morning we went up the glacier. A Chinese man who had booked some monrths in advance was in the office and quite angry that they could not get the full tour at the time because of poor visibility... More
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william k
17 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hi William, We have a seasonal office in Twizel which is closed at the moment. The nearest base would be Glentanner, on your way to Mount Cook.
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