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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About The Helicopter Line West Coast
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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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
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3 hours
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fly over Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a landing right on the snow. Seeing both glaciers on a single helicopter flight offers incredible perspective and understanding of New Zealand’s massive ice sheets, and you touch down on one of the glaciers to snap up-close photographs of the frozen terrain.
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30 minutes
from US$262.57
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Kaley W wrote a review 3 Jun
Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand44 contributions20 helpful votes
Wow! Wow! Wow! We had a perfectly stunning day for our flight over both the Fox & Franz Josef glaciers! Then the amazing landing! The staff were super helpful, and our pilot was fantastic. Such an amazing experience!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Assistant Helibase Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Kayley It’s hard to beat a blue sky here on the West Coast. We are pleased to hear that you had a perfect day! The snow landings are often the highlight of our tours, we’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed yours so. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time here on the coast. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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EJ M wrote a review May 2021
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We had the best time, as first we both were pooping our dacks with the thought of a helicopter ride. But Brendan on the desk was hilarious and super cool! Greg our heli driver was awesome and the Glaciers don’t even need a review. Such an epic experience ‘Tickety-boo’!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Customer Service Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hello EJ M. What a stunning photo! The vast Fox Neve, with all that fresh snow needs to be seen to be believed. We bet you’re glad you went out of your comfort zone, our team go out of their way to make your trip special. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday! Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
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Heather S wrote a review Apr 2021
Randwick, Australia8 contributions
Helicopter Line had great reviews compared to their competitors sp we chose them for the heli hike at Franz Josef. Everything was well orgabised and we got in the helicopter in no time. The sky was blue and made for a magnificent flight up the glacier. We got underway and got to experience and see some beautiful scenery. Pictures do not do it justice! Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 3 weeks ago
Wow Heather S! What a stunning photo of the Franz Josef glacier, looking all the way out to the Tasman sea. We’re very lucky to have such stunning scenery right here in New Zealand, and even luckier that we can get up close and personal with it. We’re glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
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nzwestie wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand437 contributions123 helpful votes
Bloody clouds! We missed out on the trip as the clouds came down low. I still gave an excellent rating as the whole episode of booking and getting info was very easy to complete etc, The staff in the shop were very very helpful. The fella in there helped us with the walk we did while we waited for another spot - just in case the clouds lifted. No such luck. Thanks for the local info.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Customer Service Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia ora nzwestei If we could control the weather here on the wild West Coast, I can assure you we would! However, we are still happy to hear that our team went out of their way so you could get the best out of a wet West Coast day. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your time on holiday, and we hope to see you again on a sunny day. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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Ian S wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastic experience and a great pilot/guide. Good service on the ground by staff in helping us decide on the best flight. Awesome experience and especially as we were able to land on Fox glacier. We were fortunate to get a good day weather wise but I am sure it’s great anyway.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 27 Apr 2021
Hello Ian S Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We’re pleased to hear you had such a wonderful time on your flight. Our snow landings are often the highlight of our tours- we’re glad you enjoyed yours so! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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