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  • Momelco
    Denver, CO65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I hesitated to book this reservation for a few reasons (dependent on weather with limited time, I live near the Rocky Mountains, and I used to fly smaller airplanes). I wasn’t sure if I would have the same experience as others have described or the wow factor I was looking for. I’m SO glad I decided to go and encourage everyone else to do the same if you’re debating or on the fence.

    At check-in, you complete a form/waiver, they weigh you (for weight and balance), review a safety video, and get your assigned seats for the helicopter. Your group takes a shuttle for a quick 5-minute drive to the helipad.

    The weather (maybe aircraft traffic) determines which glaciers you get to see. Our pilot, Poppy, pointed out the areas to focus our attention on and took pictures for us once we landed. She took a picture of everyone with her camera and printed them onsite (on the glacier) and put it in a brochure that you can purchase (for $20 at checkout) or you can give it back.

    The views were incredible and I was pleasantly surprised how smooth the ride was. I expected it to be a bit choppy since we were flying through the clouds and over mountains, but it was smooth sailing!

    Definitely recommend this tour if you can fit it in your budget.

    Note: You cannot take any bags, backpacks, etc. with you as it would increase the weight. You can either leave it in a open locker (not locked) that is only accessible by the staff or you can lock it in your car.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • colleen r
    Albury, Australia92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the best experiences that I have ever had. I would definately recommend this as a must do when visiting New Zealand. We actually booked for a 2.15pm flight but arrived earlier and was put on the 12.15pm flight. They run a very good operation and making sure safety is a priority. The views are spectacular and was so glad we did this….Highly recommend..
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • Explorer536694
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an absolutely amazing experience today celebrating our Wedding Anniversary on a Heli flight over Tasman & Franz Josef Glaciers and a stunning 15 min snow landing. We also viewed Mt Cook & Mt Tasman.
    Thanks to the wonderful Aaron & Nicole and Dion.
    We were even surprised with a glass of bubbly.
    Thoroughly recommend Glacier Country Helicopters!
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • JessFree
    Dunedin, New Zealand87 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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  • Caitlin Maddox
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience as part of our honeymoon!! Beautiful flight and great guides. The views of Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains are unreal and playing on the top of the Franz Joseph glacier was fun. Highly recommend!
    Written 3 January 2023
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  • CarolynS
    Budleigh Salterton, UK14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible flight. Excellent service and efficiently run.Loved the whole experience. We were given an earlier flight option as the weather was changing so we appreciated the call.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • B C
    Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our initial tour of FJ Glacier was rescheduled 4 hrs earlier due to rough weather. Communication via text was excellent and timely, we were able to adjust and get there in time. Thanks to good organization and top-notch staff, owner/pilot Gus Grant and crew were able to sneak a safe flight into the Shackleton Glacier when Franz Joseph was socked in. It is worth the time effort and money it takes to get there; these people will get you to this amazing place safely if weather permits, and the spectacle is unforgettable. Highly recommend the experience and these people to arrange it with.
    Barclay Crane
    Written 28 February 2024
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  • Marilyn M
    Columbia, MD134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The helicopter flight and glacier landing was thrilling. It was amazing to be on the glacier with jagged mountains all round. The entire trip was 30 minutes with 5-8 minutes on the glacier. This was my first helicopter ride and I felt very safe. There was a safety briefing before walking to the pad. The pilot and ground crew checked things pre-flight. Also before taking off from the glacier, the pilot did a walk around pre-flight check. There are several other trips that we weren’t aware of because our travel agent didn’t give us a choice. We would have enjoyed a longer flight.
    Written 6 June 2023
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  • BrentonM8
    Adelaide, Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sitting in the front of the helicopter with Ken was just amazing. Ken was so reassuring and professional the flight was smooth as it comes. The scenery and the experience of landing on the glacier was surreal and so worth the wait. Thank you so much.
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Beza
    Sydney, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a slick operation and the guys certainly know what they are doing. Very professional and informative trip capped off by some majestic views
    Thanks for taking us along!
    Written 14 September 2022
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  • Nomad65883490372
    Bradford, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This really was 'the trip of a lifetime'. Stunning scenery and great to step out of the helicopter onto the glacier. Nice one Mark.
    Written 7 December 2023
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  • kimbo99999
    Albany, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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.
    Written 15 May 2022
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  • Andrewandtamara
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The service we received was excellent. Despite needing to make changes and having our heli-hike cancelled due to weather conditions, Wicko was incredible and rearranged flights to fit our family party of six onto a scenic flight within 30 minutes. Our pilot, Jay, was assured, informative, caring and professional. We were one of the few who were able to fly for 30 minutes, see both Franz Josef and Fox glaciers and land on the mountain. Our experience was brilliant and we rate this company highly.
    Written 30 September 2023
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  • Mitch O
    Blenheim, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience for my partner when arriving at the office based in Fox glacier. The man at the desk helped us out with the check in and everything, very knowledgeable with the glaciers around him! The pilot as well was fantastic, giving information about the helicopter and the scenery, making the landing so memorable. Thank you for the breathtaking experience, will definitely come back at some point!
    Written 2 July 2023
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  • HappyAussieWanderer
    Gold Coast, Australia154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing experience. We had originally booked the twin glaciers but due to high winds had to change. Who cares!! We had an amazing experience and landed on the ice. Awesome!!
    Written 15 February 2023
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