Glacier Helicopters
Glacier Helicopters
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Franz Josef, New Zealand

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Charlotte
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We planned an impromptu loop around the South Island but I didn't decide we wanted a helicopter trip until the night before.

I called Glacier Helicopters at 6:50PM!!! AND BEL PICKED UP THE PHONE. If she hadn't, we wouldn't have had the experience we did. Bel's beautiful service, wicked sense of humour, helpfulness and willingness to go the extra mile for a late night caller meant that we had a wonderful trip.

We booked the accommodation + fox glacier flight for two, which was a great option since our first flight time didn't work in with the weather conditions. The next morning we had a wonderful trip and Clark our tahr-hunter (i mean pilot) gave us a wonderful flight!

Better yet Bel got to get out of the officr and joined us! Thanks Brendan!
Written December 4, 2020
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Kia ora Charlotte. It sounds like you had an excellent experience here with us at Glacier Helicopters! We strive to deliver consistently high level of customer service and satisfaction, we’re thrilled to hear that Bel hit the mark. The photos you’ve added of your landing at Chancellor Shelf are beautiful! But we’re sure you’d agree that they don’t compare to being there in person! Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review, we’ve passed your praise back to Bel and we all hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Written December 13, 2020
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Rooffio
Flitwick, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We decided to view these amazing glaciers from the air , having walked up to the glacier as far as possible and , unable to fit in a glacier Heli hike into our schedule
We were not disappointed.
The booking process on line was simple, and email confirmation clearly stated that there may be need to reschedule etc, due to combined weight of booked passengers, or weather .It was reassuring to know this for sure.
On the morning of our 10.30 flight , the fog in Franz Josef meant that it would not be safe for take off. The amazing silence in the skies was well worth noticing and enjoying , as there are many helicopter flights around.
We went to the centrally located office as instructed at 10am , and were greeted with very helpful and cheery staff, I think her name was Nat ? I'm not 100% on that , but all the staff seemed to be helpful in their attempts to rebook the first few flights of the day . It was rescheduled with ease into an evening flight with a back up for our last morning at Franz Josef , just in case.
The 6.30 pm flight was amazing , fab view of both glaciers and the commentary from the pilots about the geology and glacier history was great. We landed on Franz Josef, and as we were the last flight, we had the palace to ourselves . Well 5 of us 😌. An amazing experience for sure. Well worth it , Always in awe of nature .
Written January 27, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback! It’s great to hear you enjoyed your flight! Our online booking system is designed to be a fast and simple way to book so we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the booking process. Customer service is one of our top priorities here at Glacier Helicopters, so we are happy to hear that we reached our expectations! We will pass your kind words on Nat. Flights later in the afternoon can sometimes be the best time of day as the day quietens down and the winds calm. The photo that you attached looks like you were blessed with great weather and beautiful views. Again, thank you for your great feedback. We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels in NZ.
Written February 9, 2020
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Karen F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The reception lady was brilliant, keeping us informed of the flight conditions before we flew, also mentioning that due to weather conditions, the pilot may not be able to land on the glacier.
We decided to go ahead, and I glad we did, there was 6 of us, and you get told based on weight, who is sitting in the front, this negates any arguments.
I sat in the middle at the back, but the view was amazing and not compromised at all. We all put on headsets and seatbelts then up we went. What spectacular views, I absolutely loved it even though I am scared of heights.
Icing on cake when pilot landed on the glacier and we all got out to experience the beauty first hand.
If you get the chance, I would definitely recommend this trip of a lifetime.
I would say, check weather, I wore long trousers as advised in the UK, but shorts would have been just fine.
Remember, no bags, camera bags, drones or selfie sticks allowed on the helicopter, but you can leave them behind the reception. Honestly, best not to take with you.
Written February 24, 2023
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Kia Ora Karen, Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave us such a fantastic review. We're so glad to know how much you enjoyed your experience with our team. How wonderful the weather could hold out for you to land on the glacier. We hope you took many photos to remember your experience. We thank you for joining us for your flight.
Written March 3, 2023
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StaceyCheer
Arapuni, New Zealand145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
After our booked flight (with another company) cancelled due to lack of numbers, we were lucky enough to book a flight with Glacier Helicopters last minute. What an amazing experience! We couldn't have had better weather, cold but sunny. The glacier is beautiful, and landing on it is an experience not to be missed. The land crew were great, and our pilot Andy was brilliant - knowledgeable, experienced, with a great sense of humor. We did a lot of different activities on this South Island holiday, but the heli flight and glacier landing were definately the highlight!
Written July 6, 2021
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Kia ora Stacey, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review! It sounds like you had a perfect day, we’re thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time on the snow landing. Andy is a joy, and we all take great pride in delivering the best of the West Coast on each flight. Thank you again for leaving us a review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
Written July 8, 2021
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Warren Turner
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
This was the best experience ever. We flew over the glacier and landed in the snow above the glacier and at the foot of Mt. Tasman.

The whole experience was good from the time we arrived at the office. We were served by Jess and then driven to the helipad by Vicky who loaded us onto the helicopter.

Once we were in the air the pilot Kody gave us informing commentary about the glacier and the surrounding area.

We would highly recommend this experience.

Thanks again to Vicky, Kody and Jess. Very professional.
Written July 17, 2020
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Hi Warren Turner. The Fox Neve, where you landed, is one of our spectacular snow landing sites. Standing in all that fresh snow above the glacier, with a view out to the Tasman Sea is an incredible experience that would be hard to forget! We’re glad you had such a wonderful time. Thank you for writing us a positive review, we will pass your praise back to our team and Vicky, Jess and Kody. Safe Travels home.
Written July 28, 2020
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Sassyaston75
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Absolutely worth every penny. If you can spare the dollars don’t miss this. Flying over and then standing on a glacier thousands of years old is truly breathtaking and definitely bucket list material.
The whole experience was outstanding. Ground crew Jaclyn told us everything we needed to know and prepared us with good humour and top service. Greg the pilot was a legend. Such a pro and a good bugger to fly with.
Our five year old loved it and was given special ear muffs for entry and exit and could also wear the proper headset on board so she got the full experience too.
Felt like a good amount of time on the ice. Enough to take pictures, then put the camera away and just walk about, touch the ice and breathe the moment in.
We are not made of money but decided this was money well spent. No regrets! Also, buy the photo they take of you. Greg snapped a great pic and had it printed by the time we boarded the chopper to leave the glacier- smooth! Only $20 and basically a tip for the team that we were happy to pay.

Do this!!!
Written January 10, 2021
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Hi Sassyaston75 We’re thrilled you had such a great experience with us here at Glacier Helicopters. We go out of our way to make each flight special- it’s great to see that Jaclyn and Greg hit our high standards and helped you create some life long memories of our beautiful backyard. The photos that our pilots print out make excellent souvenirs of your time on the snow. Thank you for leaving us such a great review, we hope to see you back on the coast again!
Written January 25, 2021
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Delwyn L
178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
Had booked to fly the next morning but they phoned to ask if we could do it earlier. We had just had lunch at a wee cafe just next door so we grabbed our jackets (only to be told we definitely wouldn’t need them)... jumped into the van with our lovely host.
Boarded the helicopter with two other couples and had an amazing flight to both glaciers and a snow landing on Fox Glacier.. a perfect flight on a perfect West Coast day.. blue sky sunshine and about 23 degrees...
Written March 30, 2021
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Hi Delwyn L. It sounds like you had a fantastic experience! Landing at the Fox Neve is a highlight of our tours. Standing in the shadow of Mount Tasman and taking in the mountain air is an experience we take great pride in delivering. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a positive review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line
Written April 19, 2021
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Manny-C
Brimpton, UK465 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We were due to fly to the Franz Josef glacier, which was cancelled due to torrential rain and a very low cloud base.

So you might ask, why am I writing a review?

Tee (sorry I don’t know how to spell her name) and check in gave us some excellent advice where to ho instead. She went out of her way to send us to some really interesting places.

Sad to miss the helicopter flight, but it was clearly impossible, but she made our day a success.

Thank you Tee!
Written February 3, 2023
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Kia Ora Manny, Thank you so very much for your review. We're so glad you got to meet Tiana and hear her local recommendations. We hope you enjoyed your time on the West Coast. We hope to see you on your next visit for a flight. Kind regards, Glacier Helicopters
Written March 3, 2023
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Bhavna M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
My boyfriend and I were traveling through to Haast and stopped in Franz Josef town to check what deals they had going due to covid.
We dealt with Nat, Viki and Neeraja. Awesome girl squad who clearly value their job and customers. Very warm, welcoming and friendly bunch. The pilot Clark was no less. Swift landings, super knowledgeable of the area and friendly too. Highly recommend these guys to anyone. Well worth your time and money. Thanks a bunch for an awesome experience from start to finish!!
Written July 11, 2020
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Kia ora! A flight to the glaciers with a snow landing is well worth the stop if you’re passing through the West Coast, especially if the weather is as good as it looks in your photo! You can see a smaller glacier working it’s way up the mountain on the top left of your photo. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s hard to grasp the scale of the glaciers, valleys and the Southern Alps until you are right up close to them on one of our scenic tours. Here at Glacier Helicopters we take pride in our work from start to finish. We are thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful time with Vicky, Nat, Neeraja and your pilot Clark. We will pass your amazing feedback to all the team, and we all hope you had a safe journey home.
Written July 16, 2020
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Jenna
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We were gutted when our trip the day before was cancelled due to weather. Luckily we had about two hours of good weather the next morning. All the staff were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Truly a once in a lifetime flight and we were so grateful to experience it.
Written September 9, 2020
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Hi Jenna! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are so glad that you were able to experience a flight with us at Glacier Helicopters. Unfortunately sometimes the weather prevents us from being able to fly, so we are glad you were able to reschedule and there was a clearing in the weather for you to be able to have your flight with us. Thank you again and we hope you had a spectacular experience on the West Coast. Kind regards, Glacier Helicopters
Written October 13, 2020
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