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1. Pilot's Choice - 2 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 35mins

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Adventure Tours35 minutesEnglish

Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014 and you'll generally find one of them out flying most days. On our Pilots Choice flight you'll see two of the three "big" glaciers. You'll fly over the Franz Josef Glacier then over either the Fox Glacier or Tasman Glacier and fly into the Southern Alps to enjoy the included 10 minute snow landing for photos. Total experience time approx. 35 minutes. Please allow an extra 45minutes on top of your flight time to allow for checking in, transport to helicopter, loading, unloading and to return to our office.

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2. Ultimate Discovery: 3 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 45mins

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Adventure Tours45 minutesEnglish

Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014 and you'll generally find one of them out flying most days. On our Ultimate Discovery flight you'll see the three "big" glaciers. You'll fly over the Franz Josef, Fox & Tasman Glaciers and fly into the Southern Alps to see Mount Cook and enjoy the included 10-15 minute snow landing for photos. Total experience time approx. 45 minutes. Please allow an extra 45minutes on top of your flight time to allow for checking in, transport to helicopter, loading, unloading and to return to our office.

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$575
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3. Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

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Adventure Tours4 hoursEnglish

Heli-hike Franz Josef Glacier on a small-group glacier-hiking tour that explores a maze of ice caves, pinnacles, and crevasses. Flying over Franz Josef means spectacular panoramic views of the massive glacier. With ample hiking time, see more of the glacial landscape than you could on your own, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes.

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4. 55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

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Full-day Tours55 minutesEnglish

Soar through the sky on this 55-minute scenic Helicopter experience through the Mt Cook and Westland National Parks flying over the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman Glacier, included a glacier landing (10-15 minutes). The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps and a bucket list flight. Check in closes 45 minutes prior to the flight time.

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$699
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5. 25 Minute Glacier Explorer: 1 Glacier with Snow Landing

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Adventure Tours25 minutesEnglish +2

Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014 and you'll generally find one of them out flying most days. On our Glacier Explorer flight you'll fly over the Franz Josef Glacier and then into the Southern Alps to enjoy the included 10 minute snow landing for photos. Total experience time approx. 25 minutes. Please allow an extra 45minutes on top of your flight time to allow for checking in, transport to helicopter, loading, unloading and to return to our office.

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$325
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6. Mount Cook and The Glaciers Helicopter Flight

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Helicopter Tours55 minutesEnglish

Our premier flight over the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields. See the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake before flying the length of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. Experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains as you take in a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki / Mount Cook during your alpine (seasonal snow) landing. Cross to the West Coast and view the formidable Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers before completing your journey with uninterrupted views of the summit ridge of Aoraki / Mount Cook.

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$785
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7. Off Road Quad Bike Adventure Tour in Franz Josef

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4WD Tours2 hoursEnglish

Drive a Quad Bike along the ancient glacial pathways of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, carved into the landscape by ice and water over thousands of years. Admire the lush landscape of the dense rainforest and reconnect with Mother Nature.

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8. Franz Josef Small Group Tour from Queenstown via Wanaka

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Full-day Tours6+ hoursEnglish

Experience the ultimate adventure from Queenstown to Franz Josef via Wānaka. Our small group, fully-guided tour takes you through the picturesque landscapes of Wānaka and Hāwea lakes, over the stunning Haast Pass, and along the beautiful West Coast beaches to Franz Josef. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind authentic Kiwi experience with our famously passionate guides, renowned for their engaging stories and rich local knowledge. Travel in modern, comfortable minibuses, fully equipped with amenities to ensure your comfort and safety throughout the trip.

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$290
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9. Heli Hike Fox Glacier

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Heli-Hiking4 hoursEnglish

On a helicopter tour you can get a close-up look at the Fox Glacier and go beyond what you can see on a simple walking tour. Be amazed by the spectacular views of the mountain, glacier, and ice falls, before landing and hiking through the hard-to-reach terrain. All necessary ice-hiking equipment will be provided, including sturdy leather boots, so you don't need to worry about safety or comfort.

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10. Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Adventure Tours30 minutesEnglish

Fly over Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a high-mountain snow landing on one of the glaciers. Get a great perspective on the icy landscape by flying over the two ice sheets, then see the frozen terrain up close once you touch down on the snow.

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11. Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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Adventure Tours20 minutesEnglish

The Franz Josef Glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. On this helicopter flight, choose the departure time to suit your schedule and admire sweeping views over the Franz Josef Glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Touch down to explore the glacial landscape on foot, and discover a world of deep crevasses and frozen ice.

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12. Mt Cook Supreme: 4 Glaciers with 2 Snow Landings - 60mins

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Adventure Tours1 hourEnglish

Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014 and you'll generally find one of them out flying most days. On our Mt Cook Supreme flight you'll fly over the Franz Josef, Fox, Tasman Glaciers and fly into the Southern Alps to see Mount Cook and enjoy two included 10 minute landings - the first a snow landing for photos and the second on the Shackleton Glacier. Total experience time approx. 60 minutes. Please allow an extra 45minutes on top of your flight time to allow for checking in, transport to helicopter, loading, unloading and to return to our office.

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$775
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13. Franz Josef Nature Tour

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Eco Tours3 hoursEnglish

This eco-tour is ideal for nature enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, providing opportunities for off-track adventures and a profound insight into the intricate workings of the ecosystem. This unforgettable journey unveils the hidden wonders of the Franz Josef Glacier Valley. Meander through ancient native podocarp rainforest, stroll along a pristine glacial-fed river and marvel at the mirror-like reflections of the snow-capped mountains on an ancient kettle lake. Join us for an experience that blends serene natural beauty with educational exploration. Your knowledgeable guide will enhance your experience with fascinating stories and insights about the local history, flora, fauna, glaciology and geology. Wander at your own pace through glacial rivers, streams and native podocarp rainforest, discovering hidden treasures like wild mushrooms and dozens of orchid species. Please note we cannot get close to the terminal face or walk on the glacier due to safety reasons.

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14. Franz Josef Glacier Helihike ex Queenstown

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Adventure Tours6 hoursEnglish

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef glacier is certainly spectacular, but the highlight of this trip is the glacier Heli Hike. The experienced guides will take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. The helicopter passes over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land on the upper ice fall of Franz Josef glacier. From there you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the ice, exploring caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonder of the glacier in the South Island of New Zealand.

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$1,499
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15. Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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Adventure Tours3 hoursEnglish

Hidden beneath the soaring peaks of the Southern Alps on New Zealand’s South Island, shimmering Lake Mapourika is widely considered the jewel in Westland’s crown. Using Franz Joseph as a base, take to the water with your guide. With all equipment provided, stay warm and dry, and discover a world of native trees and bird life on the lakeside. High-quality digital photos are provided with each tour.

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16. Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Spectacular Helicopter Flight

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Adventure Tours40 minutesEnglish

Experience two of New Zealand's finest National Parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps. Discover the gigantic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier snowfields with a helicopter snow landing on Franz Josef Glacier at around 2134 meters (7000 feet). Learn about the stunning landscape as your professional pilot delivers an informative commentary enroute. You'll fly along the Main Divide for fantastic views of the Tasman Glacier and Aoraki (Mount Cook) before heading back down towards the lush rainforests at the edge of the Tasman Sea.

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17. Fox Glacier Nature Tour

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Eco Tours3–4 hoursEnglish

This scenic trail meanders through the lush, historic glaciated rainforest of Westland Tai Poutini National Park, where you'll encounter magnificent rata and rimu trees, vibrant mosses, and breathtaking views of the upper Fox Glacier, the Fox Neve and Mt Tasman—one of New Zealand's tallest peaks. Along the way, our knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the area's geology, glaciation, and thermology (including a chance to dip your hand in a geothermal spring) and its diverse flora and fauna. Discover the rich history and local stories that make this region so unique. Join us for an educational and memorable hike that blends natural beauty with deep environmental understanding. Book your adventure today and explore one of New Zealand’s most remarkable treasures! Please note this tour does not get close to the terminal face of the glacier or walk on the glacier due to safety reasons.

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18. Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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Heli-Hiking3 hoursEnglish

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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19. 5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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Bus Tours3+ daysEnglish

See all the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this five-day guided sightseeing tour. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown, experience the majesty of Milford Sound, view the glacier at Franz Josef and travel aboard the famous TranzAlpine Express train. Highlights include Mount Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Haast Past, Franz Joseph and the incredible TranzAlpine Rail Journey

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$1,995
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20. Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier

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Nature and Wildlife Tours2–3 hoursEnglish

Enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail, only accessible by boat! The rainforest trail journeys through a Kiwi Conservation region and some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest.

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$149
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21. Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight departing Fox Glacier

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Helicopter Tours30 minutesEnglish

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are two of New Zealand largest glaciers. From above you can view and appreciate the incredible natural phenomenon, towering ice formations and vast size of the glaciers. Top it off with a snow landing and standing on the ancient ice of the glaciers. You’ll also fly over the Tasman Glacier on the eastern side of the Southern Alps and close to Mount Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak.

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22. 3-Hour Fishing Charter Experience at Franz Josef Glacier

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Fishing Charters3 hoursEnglish

Lake Mapourika holds great stock of New Zealand Brown Trout and Wild Sea-Run Salmon. The calm waters and scenic views will keep all anglers entertained. Our unique comfortable tour boat makes fishing and excellent activity rain or shine.

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Voted one of the 12 must-see things to visit in New Zealand by Lonely Planet, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island and the foremost indoor, all-weather attraction in Franz Josef.  You are guaranteed to see live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, including the world's rarest kiwis.  Discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the “Kiwi & Tuatara Backstage Pass Tour.”  Numbers are very limited on the 40-minute Backstage Pass Tour so advanced bookings are highly recommended.  You'll also find the best shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the café. Recommended " best Coffee" in Franz Josef by Tripadvisor customers. If you purchase a VIP Backstage Pass Tour your general admission ticket is included in the price.

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The West Coast of New Zealand offers a unique holiday experience, featuring scenic roads, breathtaking landscapes, and picturesque spots. This iconic route takes you on a bucket list adventure along the ever-changing coastline, passing through hidden gems and towns, and offering endless opportunities to stop and explore. Join us as you hop on the train towards Greymouth in the morning offering views only possible through the Tranzalpine, this allows a panoramic landscape of the Majestic Southern Alps up close. Upon collection, our guide will take you the rest of the way in this small group tour to Franz Josef.

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25. Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Helicopter Tours30 minutesEnglish

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 rivers of ice, and you touch down on one of the glaciers to snap up-close photographs of the frozen terrain.

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The GRAND TOUR including snow landing (allow 40 minutes) The “grand-daddy” of all flights! Explore both glaciers as well as taking in Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. We top this off by landing you on the snow for photo opportunities. As a bonus, weather permitting we cross the main divide for you to view the Tasman Glacier.  This will be your ultimate helicopter scenic flight excursion from Fox or Franz Josef on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Be sure to have plenty of space on your camera memory card and bring your phone as well. You will be amazed by the stunning scenery topped off with the snow landing where you will have the chance to photograph the magnificent scenery. (allow 40 min)

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27. 2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

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Water Tours2 hoursEnglish

Discover the true beauty of the West Coast in a small personalized cruise on Lake Mapourika. The Jurassic rainforest fringed bays which reflect the surrounding Alps and Glaciers will leave you in awe of its beauty. Explore a kiwi conservation area with your knowledgeable local skipper and enjoy watching curious native birdlife in the surrounding rainforest shoreline. Evening cruises, with a glass of wine (BYO) in the summer time are a wonderful way to end the day.

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28. Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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Adventure Tours20 minutesEnglish

Take to the skies and fly over Fox Glacier on a dramatic helicopter flight—one of the South Island of New Zealand’s must-do experiences. Combine stunning aerial views with an up-close experience of the frozen landscape thanks to an exciting snow landing. Walk on alpine terrain that’s accessible only to skilled mountaineers and pilots, enjoying an unforgettable, dramatic vantage point set high above the glacier.

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29. Twin Glacier Franz and Fox, snow landing (allow 30 mins - departing Franz Josef)

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Adventure Tours30 minutesEnglish

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes) This flight gives you the opportunity to discover the scenic wonders of both the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier's. With departures available from Franz Josef or Fox (separate schedules), you will be amazed by the wonderful blue ice of these two beauties as you soar across the snow covered pinnacles onto the snowfields of the Fox or Franz Josef glacier. These catchment areas, or Neve's, accumulate years of Winter snow which over time descends into the lower valley's as the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.

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30. 7 Day South Island Lick Tour

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Starting and ending in the “Garden City” of Christchurch, we show you the ultimate highlights of New Zealand’s stunning South Island over 7 action-packed days. From turquoise lakes to towering mountains and glaciers, the South Island’s scenery will blow your mind, and the nation’s adventure capital, Queenstown, has all the adrenalin activities on offer that you could possibly wish for. Activities can be pre-booked or purchased on the road - just let your tour guide know. We can't always guarantee availability when booking on the road, so we suggest pre- booking any activities you especially want to do. As the tour starts early in the morning, you can opt to book accommodation in Christchurch with us the night before the tour – only having to walk downstairs on day 1 makes for a stress-free morning. Accommodation is included on the last night of your tour, but we can also book a few extra nights for you if you would like to extend your stay.

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$1,999

31. 55 minute Grand Circle Ski Plane

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Full-day Tours1–2 hoursEnglish

Join this 55-minute Ski Plane scenic experience through the Mt Cook and Westland National Parks for a unique air tour like no other. Flight path goes right around Aoraki MT Cook and views over to the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman Glaciers. The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps including a glacier landing! Bucket list item!

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32. Franz Josef Glacier and snow landing (allow 20 minutes - departs Franz Josef)

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Adventure Tours20 minutesEnglish

Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes) Fly from our Franz Josef Heliport to the top of the Franz Josef icefall and land on the snow for fantastic photographic opportunities. This entry level flight will show you why so many are impressed by the sheer crevasses and pinicles that form the ice scapes of the Franz Josef Glacier. Be sure to book from the correct departure location (Franz Josef)

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33. 4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

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Explore all that Lake Mapourika has to offer in this half day guided Kayak & Walk excursion - just minutes away from Franz Josef Glacier! Paddle across the calm, reflective waters and take in the panoramic views of NZ's tallest peaks and Glaciers. Follow your guide through the rain forest trail and enjoy coffee and tea while taking in the views. Plus, FREE photos (emailed after tour)

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Discover the highlights of New Zealand's South Island, from stunning glaciers to vast National Parks there's plenty to explore! Tour highlights include the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train, a glacier Heli Hike, Glacier Hot Pools and an unforgettable day trip to Fiordland for a Milford Sound Nature Cruise. The perfect way to fit the best of the South Island into five day! This is an Independent coach tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers. You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.

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35. 2-Day Christchurch to Queenstown Tour via West Coast

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This a very popular 2 day and 1 night trip from Christchurch to Queenstown ( or in reverse ) via the South Island's rugged West Coast. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the World renowned Tranz Alpine train, which bisects the Canterbury farming plains, foothills and mountains, before reaching the alpine village of Arthur's Pass. Your guide will meet you, show you some of the area before travelling onto the West Coast. You'll hear the history of Maori, greenstone, gold, visit historic towns like Hokitika and travel on south through stunning rain forests to the glacier country. Staying in Franz Josef the night gives you the opportunity of a helicopter glacier landing ( not included in the tour price ) as well a stunning photo opportunities. From here the journey continues south along the coast before eventually swinging inland over the dramatic Gates of Haast, finally heading past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea  and over the Crown Range road to Queenstown.

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36. Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Enjoy the ultimate glacial experience on this 40-minute Mount Cook spectacular helicopter flight from Franz Josef. This flight tours covers it all including glacial icefalls and crevasses and neves. You will have views from the coast to mountain tops and you will get to see both glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak. Cross the spine of the Southern Alps and circle the top of magnificent Mt Cook. Topped off with a spectacular snow landing, this is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast.

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37. Shackleton Glacier Whiskey Endurance - 50mins

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Welcome you to discover the extraordinary Shackleton Glacier and the fascinating story of its namesake's Sir Ernest Shackleton and his legendary Antarctic expedition. This 50-minute flight includes: - Franz Josef, Tasman and Shackleton Glaciers - Mount Cook & Mount Tasman - Fly through the Southern Alps where the ""Lighting of The Beacons"" was filmed for Lord of the Rings - 15-minute snow landing included - Complimentary sample of Shackleton Whiskey available to those who want to sample it with the glacial ice Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy own the company and are both commercial pilots.

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38. Private Flight: 3 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 45mins

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Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014 and you'll generally find one of them out flying most days. On our PRIVATE Ultimate Discovery flight you'll see the three "big" glaciers. You'll fly over the Franz Josef, Fox & Tasman Glaciers and fly into the Southern Alps to see Mount Cook and enjoy the included 15-minute snow landing for photos. Total experience time approx. 45 minutes. Please allow an extra 45minutes on top of your flight time to allow for checking in, transport to helicopter, loading, unloading and to return to our office. Please note that whilst this is a private flight, you may end up sharing check in and van travel with other passengers on differing flights. Total weight of passenger load must be within the helicopter's weight and balance requirements.

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39. The GRAND TOUR, snow landing (allow 40 minutes - departing Franz Josef)

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Adventure Tours40 minutesEnglish

The GRAND TOUR including snow landing (allow 40 minutes) The “grand-daddy” of all flights! Explore both glaciers as well as taking in Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. We top this off by landing you on the snow for photo opportunities. As a bonus, weather permitting we cross the main divide for you to view the Tasman Glacier.  This will be your ultimate helicopter scenic flight excursion from Fox or Franz Josef on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Be sure to have plenty of space on your camera memory card and bring your phone as well. You will be amazed by the stunning scenery topped off with the snow landing where you will have the chance to photograph the magnificent scenery. (allow 40 min)

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40. Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Fox Glacier

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Enjoy the ultimate glacial experience on this 40-minute Mount Cook spectacular helicopter flight from Fox Glacier. This flight tour covers it all including glacial icefalls and crevasses and neves. You will have views from the coast to mountain tops and you will get to see both Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak. Cross the spine of the Southern Alps and circle the top of magnificent Mt Cook. Topped off with a spectacular snow landing, this is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast.

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What travellers are saying

  • GoPlaces03353567542
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    An amazing experience. My husband, my two kids (5 and 7) and I were so excited and it lived up to it. We got great weather so the views were fantastic. Poppy was our pilot, she was lovely and gave us information through the headphones on what we could see. Snow landing was brilliant. 10 mins was a good time, plenty for a snowball (ice slab!) fight and some photos. All the staff were great and knowledgeable and it was all well organised. Would definitely recommend this experience!!!
    Written 17 July 2024
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  • jsclark2023
    Broome, Australia6 contributions
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    Our initial flight was delayed, both the tour company and trip advisor kept us informed and made the necessary changes.
    Written 5 May 2024
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  • Sam H
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    This might be the most amazing thing my wife and I have ever done. The flights to/from the glacier were stunning. Walking around the glacier was absolutely mind-blowing. The formations of the ice made it feel like you were on another planet. Everything we saw felt like the coolest thing we had ever seen. The crampons made it so easy to navigate the icy terrain. Our guide, Abbie, was fabulous, confident, and full of knowledge. We were lucky to be in a small group as well so we could move faster as a group, see more, and do more exciting things. From the start, everything the company did put us at ease. There were lots of safety measures in place and we didn’t need any of them. Going early in the winter (we were in the 8:00 group) allowed us to see the glacier in the shade and then change as the sun came up. Highly recommend this trip - we were so incredibly lucky to have done it!
    Written 16 July 2024
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    Orange County, CA47 contributions
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    The reception was really amazing and courteous. They explained everything extremely well. The pilot made us feel extremely safe and comfortable. The anxiety of getting on a helicopter was all gone before we boarded. Ben, our pilot was extra courteous and made us feel extremely safe throughout. He was also very knowledgeable about the wntire region and its history. Kudos!!!
    Written 16 July 2024
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  • Lovely M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The experience was the most memorable experience of our lives me and my fiance. The staff members and the pilot were very supportive when my boyfriend (now fiance) secretly told his plan that he would propose. They made adjustments to make it more private and the pilot captured that once-in-a-lifetime moment. They said that was the least that they could but for us, it was way more being what was expected and more personal for us!!! We are so glad that we booked the flight with the right people in it. I'm telling you guys, whoever gets to read this, book with them if you want to have a blast and great experience of your West Coast Trip!!! GCH will serve you with a heart! 🫶 Thank you, Glacier Country Helicopters!! 🫶🥰😍🫶
    Written 13 May 2024
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  • David D
    Singapore3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view surrounded by glacier, we took very beautiful pictures of ourselves. Worth the experience. Highly recommend.
    Written 29 June 2024
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  • Nomad61214177990
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had absolutely the best time on our quad bike adventure!! Our guide was incredibly experienced and safety was a high priority, but I have to say, it was a blast!! It was one of the highlights of our vacation. It is on our must do list for our next trip back. Thanks for the great memories!!
    Written 21 July 2024
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  • AJ
    Russell, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh Me Oh My. Oh wow. What a day, what a trip. Operators incredible. Laughs, great journey. What a sight. 100% recommend this trip
    Written 11 July 2024
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  • Margaret H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The guides are the best at Fox Glacier Guiding, we went with Toa and had a great time! He made sure that everyone in the group (12 ppl) had enough time to see, stop, and explore on the glacier. He was super informative, funny, and made sure to keep us safe. Would recommend to everyone!
    Written 8 May 2024
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  • JessFree
    Dunedin, New Zealand85 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed our trip with Glacier Helicopters. The flight was just stunning, with good views of both Fox and Franz Josef Glacier. The snow landing was beautiful - there was no wind so it wasn't cold at all up there.

    Loved the commentary and the discussion with the pilot when we landed

    I'd also like to mention how accommodating the team was. I messed up and booked a trip from Fox Glacier and turned up to Franz Josef. I was so pleasantly surprised at how helpful the team was, rebooking us the next day onto a flight leaving from Franz Josef. Often with these sorts of mess ups it can be a "too bad" situation, but the team at Glacier Helicopters were nothing but kind and accommodating. Thank you so much!
    Written 2 August 2023
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  • Jared M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic team we dealt with for our booking. Brad and his team were so helpful and full of information regarding weather and what to expect. We had the pleasure of Cody being our pilot for the day. He’s is a very professional pilot and felt very comfortable on the flight. He was very informative during the flight and knew a lot about the history of the area. We landed up in the snow and we’re lucky enough that he took some great pictures of us. Can’t wait to book another flight with you all in the future thank you so much for having us.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • Scott V
    Tempe, AZ16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our trip was canceled on the first day because of the weather, but the staff did everything they could and got us in on the next day and we have an amazing flight very professional. I would highly recommend them..
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • Antonio M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic tour we had at Franz Josef Glacier. Our guide Gerome (hope I'm spelling it right) showed us the magnificence of the glacier, some hidden places in the forest, and explained a lot about the flora, fauna, geology.... Our daughters, who are 9 and 6, never left his side and he kindly answered all their questions.
    Written 28 April 2024
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  • Delilah770
    Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pilots Tamla and Jason were excellent, friendly, informative and felt very safe. Most beautiful flight over snow covered mountains. Mia tour guide was entertaining, informative, looked after everyone and would highly recommend her. Glacier was so pretty and alien. Worth the money.
    Written 15 July 2024
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  • Lewis G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an awesome morning out on the lake with Pickles (and Oscar), he was welcoming from the start and was full of knowledge about the lake and surrounding area. We had the lake all to ourselves and thoroughly enjoyed the views as well as the laughs, stories and knowledge Pickles shared with us. We would all highly recommend a kayaking trip with the guys, it’s been one of our favourite activities of the trip! Thanks again Pickles and Oscar, from Lewis, Conn, Molly and Lexi!
    Written 13 July 2024
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