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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Address: Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 752 0767
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced...
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Owner description: Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced helicopter pilots share their knowledge whilst overflying the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields, exposing extraordinary colours of ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing. Alternatively combine a scenic helicopter flight with an unforgettable guided helihike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We were initially signed up for a Ice Adventure Package but had to cut our time in Franz Jo short due to road closures from bridge wash out. The West Coast drive would have been a total bust had we not been able to see the glaciers up close. We were able to book a 45 minute helicopter trip to... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about our scenic flight. Even though the road was washed out it’s great that you still made the effort to make your way to Franz Josef to take part in our scenic flight. We are so pleased that the weather was perfect for you and you were able to take in the beauty of the... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We hadn't booked anything in advance as I have done a few helicopter rides before and thought it was too expensive to do again. However, my husband hadn't been on one, so we ended up booking one that was about 30 mins and went over both Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and included an ice landing. We would have booked... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi There Thank you for taking the time to write a review and thank you for the fantastic feedback, we've glad you enjoyed your flight and the information shared by the pilot. From the team at The Helicopter Line. More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

The company offers several types of packages catering to different fitness levels and preference on time spent on hiking on glacier and heli ride. Initially we booked on Heli Hike package but went on Ice Explorer instead since the more popular Heli Hike package was fully booked n looking back its probably a better option for us - nothing beats... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for your feed back on our Twin Glacier flight. Unfortunately the Heli Hike is very popular so it does pay to book this in advance, but it is great that we managed to get you onto a scenic flight. Our pilots are very knowledgeable about the area so it is good to hear that they shared some of... More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Only had one full day in Franz Josef during my roadtrip around New Zealand and had originally wanted to go on the heli hike but unfortunately this was not available on Christmas Day. However, decided to book the mountain scenic spectacular 40 mins instead (well you have to give yourself a nice Christmas present too!) as the Helicopter Line were... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for your reviews on our Twin Glacier Scenic Flight. What a great Christmas present to yourself!! It’s great that the weather enabled you to still do the Twin Glacier flight even though we were not able to offer you the Mountain Scenic Flight. It’s also good to hear positive feedback of both the office staff and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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119 reviews 119 reviews
45 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

My husband and I pre-booked the heli-hike and were lucky that the morning of the trip was perfect weather. Checking in was easy. If you do do the heli-hike then from the moment you walk out of the main building there are no bathroom facilities. Therefore, avail yourself of the bathrooms before you get taken to the boot room. The... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there Wow!! Thank you for your feedback regarding our Heli Hike product. It’s always good to get such positive feedback about every aspect of the Heli Hike especially as we strive for excellent customer service it’s great to hear that the ground crew is doing a very good job, the guiding company that we hire the guides through are... More 

Buxton
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Fantastic flight over both glaciers with a snow landing at the head of Fox. The pilot was even willing to be our photographer when asked by us. Fantastic views, fantastic sights, fantastic service, fantastic experience.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments on our Twin Glacier Flight. It’s great to hear you had a fantastic overall experience. Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand From the Team at The Helicopter Line More 

Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

My friend and I joined the heli-hike trip on the Franz Josef Glaciers with the Helicopter Line. Adequate loads of gears and equipments were provided, and we were able to have a spectacular view of the glaciers on the helicopter. The hike on the glaciers was also very interesting (somehow challenging!) and our guide was very friendly and gave a... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for taking the time to review our Heli Hike in Franz Josef. It is always good to get positive feedback about the guides and their knowledge of the area. The glacier temperature can change very quickly but it is great that you managed to time your trip just right to get a nice warm day. Thanks... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Last time we were in Franz Josef was around 20yrs ago so decided was time to go back and as a birthday present family had all put in money for us to do a glacier flight/hike. We didnt prebook as wanted to see what the weather was like on the day first. We managed to strike it lucky and get... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for your review. What a great birthday present from your family !! I am so pleased that the weather was spectacular and you got to enjoy your birthday present. It’s also good to hear that you found the staff to be friendly and professional as this is something that we strive to achieve. I do apologize... More 

Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

We took the 30 min flight over both glaciers, landing in the pristine snow above Franz Josef. Luckily we had a blue sky day and had great view as far as Lake Mattheson and the Tasman sea on the way back. Put it on your bucket list.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to review our Twin Glacier Scenic Flight, We are pleased that the weather was perfect for you to be able to take part in the flight, it truly is a great way to take in the beauty of the Glaciers. From the Team at The Helicopter Line. More 

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This was the best thing we did on our trip to NZ and I recommend everyone go on. A 20 minute flight over the glacier and the surrounding environment as well as a snow landing on an adjacent mountain. We captured some amazing pictures, and memories that we'll have forever.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for taking the time to review our Neve Discoverer flight. It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your flight up to the Glacier and got to take in the beauty of the surrounding areas. From the Team at The Helicopter Line More 

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