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

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Adventure Tours35 minutes
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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 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.

from $425 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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Adventure Tours45 minutes
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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 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.

from $575 per adult (price varies by group size)

3. Glacier Explorer - 1 Glacier with Snow Landing - 25min

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Adventure Tours25 minutes
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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 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.

from $325 per adult (price varies by group size)

4. Heli Hike Fox Glacier

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Heli-Hiking4 hours
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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.

from $673 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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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 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.

from $775 per adult (price varies by group size)
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Adventure Tours4 hours
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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. And with ample hiking time, see more of the glacial landscape than most Franz Josef tours, traveling mountaineer-style with crampons and ice axes.

from $713 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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Adventure Tours30 minutes
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Fly over Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a high-mountain snow landing. Get a great perspective on the icy landscape by flying over the two dramatically-varied ice sheets, then see the frozen terrain up close once you touch down on the snow.

from $436 per adult (price varies by group size)
Heli-Hiking3 hours
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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.

from $713 per adult (price varies by group size)

9. Mount Cook and The Glaciers Helicopter Flight

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Helicopter Tours55 minutes
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Our premier flight over the Mt 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 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/Mt Cook.

from $785 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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Adventure Tours30 minutes
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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.

from $431 per adult (price varies by group size)

11. Franz Josef Nature Tour

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Locally owned at operated family business. Informative small group tours with experienced nature guide. . Family-friendly and suitable for all ages & abilities, we cater tours to suit you, at your pace. Lots of information on glaciology, geology, geomorphology, flora & fauna, local legends & history.

from $90 per adult (price varies by group size)

12. Off Road Quad Bike Adventure Tour in Franz Josef

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4WD Tours2 hours
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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.

from $102 per adult (price varies by group size)

13. Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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Adventure Tours20 minutes
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The Franz Joseph 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.

from $338 per adult (price varies by group size)
Helicopter Tours30 minutes
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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.

from $436 per adult (price varies by group size)
Transportation Services4–5 hours
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Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train one way between Greymouth and Christchurch. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.

from $214 per adult (price varies by group size)

16. Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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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 tree and bird life on the lakeside. High-quality digital photos are provided with each tour.

from $145 per adult (price varies by group size)

17. 55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

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Full-day Tours55 minutes
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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.

from $699 per adult (price varies by group size)

18. Tandem Skydive 16,500ft from Franz Josef

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Skydive amongst mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers and ocean views. Skydive Franz has New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook and the biggest glaciers Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers immediately on the right and the wide blue ocean on the left. Multiple departure times. Allow 3 hours for your tandem skydive experience.

from $499 per adult (price varies by group size)

19. Fox Glacier Nature Tour

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Eco Tours3–4 hours
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Approx 3 hour fully guided walking tour in the Fox Glacier Valley (inc breaks).  Transport included from Franz Josef and Fox Glacier townships.  Afternoon tea provided, as well as wet weather gear, umbrellas and walking poles.   The track runs through lush historic glaciated rainforest in Westland Tai Poutini National Park, with focal points of huge rata, rimu trees & moss & views of the top section Fox Glacier (not the terminal face), Fox neve & Mt Tasman (one of NZ's highest mountains) Information from your experienced guide on glaciation, geothermology (inc geothermal spring to dip your hand in) geology, flora & fauna Suitable level for beginners and all ages and abilities Please note this tour does not get close or to view the terminal face of the glacier due to safety reasons. This is nature tour - if you want to get close to the glacier terminal face, check out our Franz Josef Eco Tour

from $90 per adult (price varies by group size)

20. 2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

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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.

from $120 per adult (price varies by group size)
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Adventure Tours1–2 hours
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On this private 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 past Mount Cook and fly into the Southern Alps to enjoy the included 10 minute snow landing for photos. Total experience time approx. 35 minutes. We are 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. 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 share check in and van travel with other passengers on other flights. Total weight of passenger load must be within the helicopter's weight and balance requirements.

from $1,500 per group (up to 3)

22. Hokitika Fly SIX Glaciers Heli Tour

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Historical Tours45–60 minutes
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We're a small boutique Glacier tour company that only operates one scenic Helicopter at a time. We are the only business located at the beautiful Hokitika Gorge. The only Helicopters to visit Six different glaciers in one tour. Adjacent to the most spectacular free walk "The Hokitika Gorge". Convenient three hour drive from Christchurch city. Based just out of the coolest little town Hokitika.

from $550 per adult (price varies by group size)

23. Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier

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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.

from $149 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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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)

from $338 per adult (price varies by group size)
Nature Parks1–2 hours
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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.

from $38 per adult (price varies by group size)
Adventure Tours1–2 hours
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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.

from $625 per adult (price varies by group size)
Helicopter Tours30 minutes
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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.

from $436 per adult (price varies by group size)

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

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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)

from $590 per adult (price varies by group size)

29. 1 Hour Enchanted Forest Track - QUADS

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4WD Tours1 hour
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On the 1-hour Enchanted Forest tour, you’ll be guided across farmland before taking on some of the very best off-road tracks on the West Coast. Drive through a mystical, untouched, rainforest where you'll be enchanted by its beauty with tall native trees, ferns, moss-lined tracks, and rocky creeks! Your friendly, experienced guide will take you places similar looking to scenes out of a lost world movie. Our AWESOME tracks are spread out over 250 acres of private land that's been in the family since 1917, so definitely no formed roads here, just 16km pure off-road enjoyment!

from $155 per adult (price varies by group size)
Adventure Tours6 hours
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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.

from $1,499 per adult (price varies by group size)
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What travellers are saying

  • Mexx0077
    Vienna Region, Austria31 contributions
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    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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  • Lucas H
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    All the staff were helpful and friendly. They joked with me, which I appreciated. They were very professional and knowledgeable. The trip itself was awesome!
    Written 21 March 2024
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  • Shannon O
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    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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  • Shawn Q
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    Jack and Fiona were wonderful guides! They were open to exploring new things on the glacier while always prioritizing the safety of the group and sharing their abundance of knowledge about the area. This was a once in a lifetime experience!
    Written 17 March 2024
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  • Jill
    New Zealand1 contribution
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    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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  • Rick Jensen
    New York City, NY33 contributions
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    We did the heli-hike on a superb day with clear blue skies. The entire operation is well organized and focused on the safety and satisfaction of the clients. The short flight up to the glacier does not disappoint; views are stunning. Our guide, James, an experienced outdoorsman, took care to ensure that the entire group felt secure regardless of their experience in the mountains. We moved a bit faster than the normal program prescribes, and so James took us a bit "off piste" (but not too far)--that was fun and rewarding for all of us. A great experience.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • JessFree
    Dunedin, New Zealand87 contributions
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    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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  • keithclover
    Bath, United Kingdom10 contributions
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    This was a fantastic experience. From check in to finishing the heli hike all staff were exceptional. The flight was exhilarating and the hike well led by Drew. I cannot recommend this trip enough!!
    Written 10 November 2023
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  • Caitlin Maddox
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    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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  • Quest49091892565
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    Very Professional and still able to keep everything going with a heap of clueless tourist like us.
    There are several tour operators and I am sure they are all as good as each other, but this one was recommended by a local so that was good enough.
    The whole process was seamless and with humor. Our pilot was just great (Richard) and we felt it was a great experience -- it even left a bit early.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Peony219
    Glasgow, UK13 contributions
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    Amazingly knowledgable guide. He showed us so many plants and birds, which was great as we were really keen to see as many native birds as possible. The walking paths were really interesting and we went through some really cool areas away from the main tourist paths. Tea/coffee/biscuit stops were a great addition! We would highly recommend! We did both the Franz and Fox tours in one day and had a great time!
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • Ani Magill
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    Brilliant staff and a great experience. Really enjoyed it and staff very subtle at helping those who were nervous etc. really impressive
    Written 10 April 2024
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  • Jared M
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    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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  • kimbo99999
    Albany, New Zealand1 contribution
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    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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  • Julia @Scrumptious Solent
    Southampton, UK2,427 contributions
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    We did the scenic plus experience from Greymouth to Christchurch which included a served lunch. The journey is long (2:15pm to 7pm) but it went quickly thanks to the scenery (especially on a clear day) which is stunning.

    We had two forward facing seats within a bay of 4 (the other two are left empty deliberately) and a table.

    We enjoyed a meat platter for lunch and a two course hot dinner. Both were served with complimentary soft drinks/wine/beer/hot drinks for the duration of the journey.

    You can also access a private outdoor carriage to take photos without the windows in the way.

    We went one way having dropped our hire car off at Greymouth and that was a great decision. You can place your luggage in a separate luggage carriage (up to 23kg per person allowed) and you can carry on a backpack/bag of up your 7kg.

    A great way to enjoy seeing the countryside without driving!
    Written 5 April 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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