Glacier Country Scenic Flights

Glacier Country Scenic Flights

Glacier Country Scenic Flights
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Helicopter scenic flights over NZ’s southern Alps & Glaciers. Snow landings and scenic overflights. Best value flights in Glacier Country. Highly recommended by lonely planet and NZ frenzy. Fly further, best value, see more.
Whataroa, New Zealand

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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(28 reviews)

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Emily J
Boston, MA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
When our Heli-Hike from the helicopter line was cancelled due to cloudy weather we were encouraged to come to Whataroa to take a scenic ride where there are fewer clouds. A 30 minute drive from Franz Josef, it was an easy ride and Kevin got us set up on a flight that same day after a short wait. Josh our pilot was awesome, a smooth beautiful flight. Glaciers are stunning and although, not what we had planned, we were happy to have this as an option.
Written January 21, 2024
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neilandlinda2015
Sheffield, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Was a bit sceptical at first because it is a lot of money to blow on a 40 minute experience. But you only live once so my wife and I went for it and I have to say it is worth every penny. A stunning experience, Kevin on the ground and Josh our pilot made it a trip to remember to see an aspect of the world we will probably never see again. And if you are worried about the helicopter, don’t be. It was very smooth and felt like we were floating over the peaks.
Written January 15, 2024
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barryvanlimpt
Reusel, The Netherlands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
We were driving to Frans Josef and wanted to go for a short walk near the Whataroa River at a tourist recreation area. By surprise there was also a helicopter platform for glacier views (we missed that sign :)). There was a helicopter leaving in 15 minutes. The day before we had already a conversation about it between ourselves and we decided to do it for the right price. So that happened. We went onboard and the flight was amazing. We saw all the glaciers and also did a landing on one of them. An experience to never forget and until now the number 1 experience we had in New Zealand.
Written January 10, 2024
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Maggie Allington
Eastleigh, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This morning’s flight and snow landing was was a truly amazing experience for both my husband and myself. The staff are all friendly and informative. Dion our pilot was knowledgeable and amusing. Not once did we feel anything but totally safe when flying so close to the mountains. The views are all so amazing we hardly knew which way to look first. We also had no idea there were SO MANY glaciers in NZ.
Written March 5, 2023
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Suzie M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Kevin was fabulous. Went over and above to give us not only a great deal on the ride, but also the tips on where we should visit in the local area. We are grateful for the local who recommended Kevin and his team to us.
Ken was a wonderful pilot who gave an amazing
insight of Franz Josef, Mt Cook, the Alps, rivers and surrounds, he also made those on board feel safe and comfortable with flying whilst explaining how the chopper worked.
Highly recommend the landing experience.
Great experience, well worth the $$, friendly people, amazing photos. Lasting memories.
Written January 25, 2023
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Vibeke
77 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
At first we actually just wanted to get some information about the area, because its so expensive to go on heli tours, and we just wanted to hike on the glacier. But after we found out its not possible anymore to hike on the glacier, except if you take a helicopter to the glacier, we got interested in a heli tour. So he made us a deal 265$ each if they could gather 4 people. It was a 18 min flight with no landing, and we thought we saw the Franz Joseph glacier (it was really not easy to hear what the pilot said during the flight), but now after we have made it to the Franz Joseph town, we just found out we was not over the Franz Joseph glacier, only other small glaciers. And we just saw you can buy a trip for 249$ each incl flying over the Franz Joseph and landing for 25 min on the glacier.
Written January 11, 2023
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James T
Clifton Springs, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Awesome experience, and yet the best thing was the cancellation! The day before our flight, Kevin and team decided the weather wasn't suitable and so bumped us to the following day, when we had an incredible flight. They could easily have taken our money and showed us a load of cloud, because we saw dozens of flights taking off from Franz Josef at the time we had booked. However, they switched us to a better time and made sure we had a great experience - really shows how invested they are in making sure us tourists get our money's worth.
Written January 9, 2023
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Kerilea Q
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
It was spectacular to be able to view things from a different perspective, high up and over vast terrain and from where it would normally be impossible. You were all very welcoming, friendly and accomodating. Thank you
Written January 8, 2023
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Stephen
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
What an amazing experience provided by Glacier Country Scenic Flights. It all started with Kevin getting us booked and updating us on the weather and the best time to fly. Not only did he work around the weather, which was not the greatest, he worked around our schedule. Just make sure you have some flexibility to your schedule to allow you a day or two on either side of your booking time to accommodate the weather. He kept us informed about all the weather issues and when the best time to fly was.

On the morning of our flight we met up with Marcus who helped us get checked in and went over all of the safety information. It was fun chatting with him as we were waiting for the helicopter to arrive.

Then Ken, our pilot, made the experience even better than we expected or could hope for. Explained everything and was very knowledgeable about the area. We opted for a glacier landing and it is worth doing and is highly recommend if you want a different perspective and to realize the size of what you are flying over. When Ken found out that our 15 year old son is interested in becoming a helicopter pilot he took extra time to explain the controls of the helicopter and the differences to the other helicopters he has been in.

Highly recommend that if you want a unique experience contact Glacier Country Scenic Flights.
Written January 2, 2023
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Chloe G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
I had the best experience! Kevin was wonderful and took great care to make sure I had the best experience possible. Would definitely recommend booking with them.
Written December 7, 2022
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