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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$227.98
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Keira Stanley wrote a review Jun 2022
Gold Coast, Australia12 contributions3 helpful votes
Wonderful trip to 2 glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef with landing and 10 minute stop on glacier to exit copter and take photos , well worth the cost. We were very lucky with a totally clear day and virtually no wind. A fantastic , once in a lifetime experience.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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kimbo99999 wrote a review May 2022
Albany, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
Staff and pilot amazing. Most amazing experience of my life. Just be careful not to deal with the manager. She is very rude to her employees and customers. Make sure you only deal with the staff and you’ll have an amazing experience.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 17 May 2022
Kia Ora Kimbo99999, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re pleased to hear that you enjoyed your early morning flight. Your photo of the vast Fox Neve is spectacular, with the sun just shining on the summit of Mount Tasman. In regards to the Manager, you were requested by our staff to wear your face mask correctly. When you did not do so, our Manager stepped in to ask again. Correctly wearing a face mask whilst in our office and on the helicopters is our company policyand it is a step that can be taken to keep our staff members safe. Here at The Helicopter Line we take all reasonable precautions and follow government advice on how to slow the spread of Covid-19. We do not see it as unreasonable to ask our customers to help us in doing so. Thank you again for taking the time to leave us a review, again we are pleased you enjoyed your flight! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time on the coast.
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Hayden L wrote a review Apr 2022
Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand5 contributions
Truly awesome. One of those once in a lifetime experiences we were lucky yo have that the whole family will remember. Thoroughly recommend.
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 1 May 2022
Kia ora Hayden L, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re pleased to hear the whole family enjoyed themselves, it really is remarkable seeing the vastness of the glaciers and alps from above. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday, and safe travels home.
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nick e wrote a review Mar 2022
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Took this guided trip today and exceeded expectations. The guide ‘Romina’ was awesome, she guided us through the glacier taking extra time for those who required it and answering the many questions. Her sense of humour had everyone at ease and there was lots of laughter. A truly unforgettable team thanks to the team at Helicopter Line and Romina and her team of guided who establish the route before you arrive on the glacier. Would highly recommend this trip
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 28 Mar 2022
Kia ora Nick, Thanks you for taking the time to leave us a glowing review! Your photo of Romina sums up her personality well. We’ve passed your praise back to Romina and the team at The Helicopter Line, we all hope you enjoyed the rest of our time here on the coast.
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josJ6530KR wrote a review Mar 2022
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand7 contributions
Perfect short trip up the valley to see the glacier. Smooth seamless check in n trip. Ground crew through to pilot were professional and well informed. Recommend ++
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 21 Mar 2022
Kia ora josJ6530KR, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re pleased to hear how well your trip went! We’ll pass your praise back to our team, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the coast.
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