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Glacier Helicopters

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Address: Main South Road | SH6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 (0)3 752 0755
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Description: Glacier Helicopters offers a range of scenic helicopter flights from 20...
Glacier Helicopters offers a range of scenic helicopter flights from 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Charter flights are available and can vary from 20 minutes to several hours duration. Flights depart from Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Our flights encompass the Mount Cook National Park, and both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. Glacier landings are our specialty. Our helicopter flights allow people with limited time to “get away from it all” and experience area of New Zealand’s wilderness renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
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Stunning beauty

The helicopter took us low above Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers and landed on the snow field at the top of Fox. It was utterly beautiful and reduced me to tears of awe. We had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Brenda T
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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West Midlands, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is a fantastic experience from the moment we lifted off to the second we touched back down. Pilot was knowledgable and friendly. The views going both up and down were spectacular and the stop on top of the mountain was incredible. I didn't stop talking about it for weeks.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, hopefully you’re still talking about the flight, word of mouth travels far! Happy we could show you the beautiful scenery we’re surrounded by. More 

Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The helicopter took us low above Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers and landed on the snow field at the top of Fox. It was utterly beautiful and reduced me to tears of awe. We had 20minutes on the snow fields, ample time to take in Mount Tazman and to have some fun playing in the crystalline snow. Our pilot, Chris,... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Brenda, we’ll happily take highlight of the South Island! That’s quite the endorsement. Glad you enjoyed the flight and were able to enjoy the snow up top and the contributions from our pilot Chris! More 

Port Elgin, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We missed out on a heli ride at Franz Joseph because of the weather and were worried that the same might happen at Mount Cook but lucked out. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and we took advantage of the conditions. We chose the 40 min. flight. Our pilot was somewhat lacking in social skills but made up... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the review! Glad we could fly you on such a beautiful day, no better way to spend them than on top of the glaciers, with a snowball fight to top it off as well! Thanks again. More 

somerset
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

What an experience! It took us days to get back down to earth! Yes it is expensive but wow is it worth it. 5 of us took the Fox, Franz Josef ride with a spectacular walk on the top of Fox. The company is professional, the pilots incredibly skilful and the views absolutely stunning. We never wanted it to end.... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

What a great review! Thank you for the kind words, we’re glad we could show you the best the glacier country has to offer! More 

England
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Of course this is dependent on weather, but they always try their best, as with us, to allocate another flight the next day, so try and overnight here. Clouds can be very low and appear from nowhere. The shortest flight is about 20 minutes and takes you up the Fox glacier, landing on the snow at the top for photo... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the review Eddy! Unfortunately we are at the mercy of the weather, but we always do our best to communicate with our clients what we believe the weather is doing and what the experience will be like at the time, and rebook if desired/necessary. Luckily we can often get above the clouds and it seems a totally different... More 

Stafford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We booked and took our flight from Franz Josef. After our safety brief we walked over to the heli pad and onto the waiting aircraft. The flight over the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers was superb. We flew along side mount Cook and Tasmin before landing on the snow field on top of the Franz Josef Glacier. It was amazing.... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Chris! Glad you enjoyed the flight and got so much time on the snow, the pilot must have really liked you as we usually spend approximately 5-8 minutes landed! Thanks again for the recommendation. More 

North West
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Not sure if I can add much to the comments of other reviewers. This experience really is exceptional. The trips are not cheap but in our view ours was worth every penny. In addition to the absolutely stunning scenery we liked the fact that the small numbers on board gave everyone a really good view. It was almost as if... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review – we do have a lot of nice comments but we always appreciate more! We like to think we give our customers great value for what they get to experience, we operate with a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 6, always giving everyone a good view. Glad you got to enjoy our... More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Only opur second helicopter ride and what a ride this was! Pilot Duncan was excellent and really looked after us well. We viewed the Fox Glacier before landing on ther Franz Josef Glacier - what an experience with stunning views.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, and glad you enjoyed your second ever heli ride – hopefully it topped your first! All of our pilots do a great job of looking after our customers both in the air and on the ice, good to hear there’s no exceptions! Thanks again for the review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I have been in New Zealand for 6 months now, and of everything I have done, this is one of my favorite things. They don't waste any time getting you on the helicopter, and from take off to finish I was completely blown away by the scenery. There is nothing you can do on the ground that even comes close... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review, of the scenery and the staff! We certainly do have the most spectacular scenery available, and helicopter is by far the best way to view it, as you now know. The landing is always awesome and a perfect photo opportunity, and our pilots get plenty of practice playing photographer as well. I’ve passed on your... More 

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Wow, what a ride, stunning experience and so lucky with the weather today. Amazing to see the glaciers and mountains from the air and to actually land and walk on them is pretty much beyond words. Well organised and great staff. Do this if you can, you won't regret it.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this review

Hi Annie, thanks for the great review! There’s nothing better to do in Glacier Country on a beautiful day than take a flight up to the top and have the chance to get out onto the snow and snap pictures. We’re glad we could provide you that experience, with our friendly and organised staff! Thanks again for the review More 

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