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Glacier Country Helicopters

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Glacier Country Helicopters
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!
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KeelyandSteve wrote a review 2 May
Timaru, New Zealand14 contributions3 helpful votes
Amazing experience! Lovely people, great service and an amazing thing to do with our kids! Nice that this a family run business with the owners living in the town.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Ashleigh wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions6 helpful votes
Phenomenal! I was surprised with this helicopter trip for my birthday, not something I would have gotten myself (Adventure is not my forte) but I am SO happy I went! The view was amazing, our pilot was an excellent tour guide and incredibly skilled. The rate of decline with regards to the glaciers over the last 20-30 years made me appreciate what we saw that much more. Would 100% go again and recommend that this is a must do when you visit Franz Josef.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Fforde wrote a review Mar 2021
Manchester, United Kingdom411 contributions121 helpful votes
As a solo traveller this company offers flexibility to ensure you can get in the air. With minimum numbers required for a helicopter to take off, the office was very helpful in co-ordinating my request for a 45 minute tour (including snow landing) with at least two other people (the minimum number required). Exceptionally safety focused, the van driver and helicopter pilot went out of their way to offer commentary and answer questions, take photos, and ensure everyone was safely buckled in. Highly recommended. Great views. To top it all off, a family run business putting money back into the community.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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jacci454 wrote a review Mar 2021
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Magnificent. From contacting the office to the end of the experience, they couldn’t have done more to make the experience better. Obviously these trips are expensive, but you get what you pay for. Do it once and do it well is our attitude. If you want to experience the glaciers from the sky with the panoramic views across Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, then book with this company. They will only fly if it is safe. The pilot gives a running commentary during the flight, we felt informed, safe and exhilarated. Enjoy it and remember the camera!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Rob M wrote a review Mar 2021
Blenheim, New Zealand25 contributions2 helpful votes
Small friendly, professional company who gave us an amazing experience. Trip delayed due to weather, but great comms throughout. When we did get going ----Wow! The Southern Alps are so amazing, the views so stunning and impressive - cannot thank this team enough for an amazing experience.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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