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Glacier Helicopters

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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...more
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Main South Road | Sh6, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0755
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Reviewed today via mobile

Having done the helihike at Fox glacier we wanted to see Franz Josef from the air too, so walked into the shop and had a brilliant experience from start to finish. Professional and superbly friendly staff, and the whole setup was expertly organised and executed...More

Thank 730dan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The whole process was smooth, efficient, friendly, and amazing!! The staff were so lovely ... even made the weigh-in process very unconfronting! We would highly recommend this adventure ... felt safe at all times, cared for and fully informed. Ground staff and Andy, the pilot,...More

Thank leemo2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we arrived for our Helicopter ride in Franz Joseph we were greeted by friendly and helpful staff. We headed off to Helicopter and met with all safety precautions got on board and of we went, UPU UP AND AWAY. Helicopter ride was amazing looking...More

Thank sussan_au
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Sussan_au, thank you for your great review! We’re pleased that all of our staff were thorough with our safety briefings- safety is our number one priority here at Glacier Helicopters. It sounds like your experience with us was fantastic. We aim for excellence with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view! But we purchaseD it because it stated we can stay longer on the top. Yet we are there just for 10 mins. Would be nice if we can really can stay there for half an hour. Miss the spectacular view. thanks!

Thank William W
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

WOW!! What an experience! Initially our first flight was cancelled because of bad weather however we were fortunate to go the next morning and it was amazing! The weather was beautiful and with new snow falling the night before Fox glacier was sparkling in the...More

Thank stefaniedp
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Hello Stefanedp, your flight with us looks and sounds like it was a dream! It was a great idea to stay the night in the area because we do have to occasionally cancel or postpone flights in bad weather for safety reasons. However, bad weather...More

Reviewed August 7, 2018

We got an early flight in the morning. The activity took about 1/2 hour. My first ride on a helicopter, exciting and lot of fun. The view on the helicopter was amazing. The pilot explained the glacier landscapes to us. We took a lot of...More

Thank Elle N
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded August 12, 2018

Hello Ella N, Thank you for your review. We’re glad you enjoyed your first helicopter ride with us & pleased that our pilot was informative. It is really amazing when you can see for yourself the incredible glaciers from above whilst listening to your pilot’s...More

Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

This was an amazing once in a lifetime experience Hamish our pilot was fantastic, everyone involved from receptionist to driver were very friendly knowledgeable and obliging The snow landing option is a must and the whole trip is breathtaking - thank you very much to...More

Thank Shirley C
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2018

Hello Shirley C Thank you for your lovely review! We are delighted that our pilot Hamish and our ground crew helped make your flight with us an unforgettable experience. All the fresh snow we have been having over the course of this winter has made...More

Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

This was the highlight of my holiday and even though I am not a confident helicopter flyer, I was made to feel secure and safe. Landing in the snow was exciting and added to the experience. Totally recommend. We arrived early and our flight was...More

Thank SarahMarra
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2018

Thank you for your wonderful review, SarahMarra. Customer safety and service are our priorities and it’s great to hear that you felt very safe flying with us. We think the glaciers and snow-capped mountains in the Southern Alps are best viewed from the air and...More

Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

Our family loved every moment of this experience. Top notch service from friendly staff. Our pilot Andrew made the trip even better with his commentary and energy! We had spectacular weather which made the time on the snow incredible. Highly recommend doing the two glaciers.More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Thanks for your review, Aaron S. The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers and the Southern Alps are breath-taking, particularly from the air! We’re happy that your family loved your flight with us and will pass on your compliments to our ground crew and to your...More

Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

I am very rarely without words but this was quite simply breathtaking & left me speechless. Sam our pilot was awesome. Everyone should experience this. Request Sam as your pilot, you won’t be disappointed.More

TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2018

Hi NNAKLNZ, thank you for taking time to review us. The sight of the mighty alpine terrain you fly over, here on the West Coast can most certainly leave you speechless. We are glad you had an amazing time flying with us. We will most...More

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Karishma P
September 11, 2018|
Response from Shirley C | Reviewed this property |
I would say definitely yes this is an amazing experience just be aware that there had to be at least 3 for the flight to go ahead enjoy - you will be so pleased you did 😀
August 20, 2017|
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Response from Bracha K | Reviewed this property |
We were a group of 36. We stayed overnight in FJ and went up in the helicopters early a.m.
July 31, 2017|
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Response from nwallington | Reviewed this property |
Hello, We went as a couple, but we were one of 4 helicopters that went up for our time slot. They then divide the groups. They would definitely be able to accommodate you. You just may be split between 2 helicopters.