Glacier Country Helicopters

Glacier Country Helicopters

Glacier Country Helicopters
5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company in Franz Josef. Husband and wife team Gus & Poppy started the company in January 2014 and are both experienced pilots themselves. We offer both scenic helicopter flights over the glaciers in the Southern Alps with snow landings and private charters. We have a small fleet of fantastic helicopters including AS350B2 Squirrels & a MD520N. All aircraft are maintained to high standards. We use modern technology including equipping all our aircraft with V2Track systems that use satellite tracking so ground staff are in contact with pilots at all times. Our team of highly skilled pilots have extensive experience flying in the unique mountain environment we operate in and we have been awarded the Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award. Our company and pilots all have outstanding safety records and we are certified under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) so you know you'll be in good hands flying with us!
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Mexx0077
Vienna Region, Austria31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked this tour since it included a landing on the Glacier. Original time was 09:30, however there were some clouds not allowing the original flight time.

The whole thing was handled highly professional and we got re.scheduled to the afternoon. Clouds opened up and off we went.

Dion was our pilot and his comments and explanations were great. He helped us to take pictures and all of us truly enjoyed every moment.

Fantastic scenery, great pilot, safe aircraft, all was perfect.

We did Heli flights before, amongst them also the Grand Canyon, the Great Ocean Road, the Iguazu Waterfalls and some other places but this was by far the best we have done!

Thanks to the whole team, you made our experience unforgettable!
Written 9 April 2024
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Hezmm
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This is truly one of life's great journeys. Even though the weather was against us and we didn't get to the 3 glaciers because of cloud cover, our pilot Deon skillfully took us up to the top of the Tasman Glacier and gently nestled his chopper onto the ice. It felt so surreal to step out and walk or should I say slide our way on the ice above the clouds at the top of the glacier and this should be a 'must do' trip for anyone visiting this part of NZ. The whole flight there and back gave us the most amazing scenery. Deon was very informative with his commentary and as I was sitting beside him I was able to ask questions. It is also special that this is a family run business and the courtesy extended to their guests is above and beyond. My only suggestion is that some sort of spike or special rubber grips to slip over your shoes be provided so that you can comfortably walk on the ice. Thanks again for a truly magical experience, one that I will never forget and will highly recommend
Written 8 April 2024
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Shannon O
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We can’t recommend this highly enough! It blew both our minds and exceeded our very high expectations. Glacier Country Helicopters is a very professional outfit with great staff. If this is something you want to do (and I highly recommend you do!) you should prepare to be flexible. The weather is unpredictable and you want to be in a position where you can rebook, if you need to.
Written 7 April 2024
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David B
Hobart, Australia49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Amazing trip! Fortunate to strike a clear day and score a front seat for what was my first helicopter flight. The view of the glacier and skimming over the mountain tops then the snow landing were all so memorable. Pilot & staff very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend,
Written 4 April 2024
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AMD
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Best day of our holiday. Views were amazing, landing on the glacier was amazing, can’t recommend it enough. Expensive but worth it.
Written 3 April 2024
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Footprints219865
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The staff is awesome, friendly and accommodating. If there were 10 stars, the staff and ride would score it. The views were breath-taking. The experience is one-of-a-kind. Go ahead and splurge. You won't regret it. I was pondering rather to go or not. Boy, I'm I glad I did. It will be one of the highlights of my 2 month vacation.
Written 3 April 2024
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Etita
Franz Josef, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
First time in a helicopter. Wow! I’d do that again! The team was great, weather was fine, sunny and clear as far as the eye could see. On the way up, a big hunk of the glacier came away…was glad I saw that!. Snow landing was awesome. Loved it! If you guys do night flights, I’m in!!”
Thank you, Gus
Written 1 April 2024
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Jill
New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was out of this world. The scenery can only be experienced first hand. Totally recommend this family run business if you're thinking of taking a trip to the glacier in Franz Josef.
Really enjoyed our pilot Poppy. Thank you for being informative and entertaining 🙂
Written 31 March 2024
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Eidell W
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wonderful experience! The company contacted me the day before my reservation offering an earlier flight. I'm glad that I took them up on the offer, as later in the day the weather deteriorated. My first helicopter ride was fantastic. You just can't get the glacier views any other way. Don't let anything keep you from taking a helicopter tour with Glacier Country. All of their staff were very professional and helpful.
Written 29 March 2024
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J R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
Best part of Franz Josef was flying right up to the glaciers. Our pilot was great as was the staff. With beautiful morning weather they let us go early...we didn't want to miss the helicopter part of our trip.
Written 28 March 2024
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