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Glacier Helicopters

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About Glacier Helicopters
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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Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fly over Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a high-mountain snow landing. Get a great perspective on the icy landscape by flying over the two dramatically-varied ice sheets, then see the frozen terrain up close once you touch down on the snow.
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30 minutes
from $235.59

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

The Franz Joseph glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. On this helicopter flight, choose the departure time to suit your schedule and admire sweeping views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Touch down to explore the glacial landscape on foot, and discover a world of deep crevasses and frozen ice.
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20 minutes
from $182.88

Fox Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Take to the skies and fly over Fox Glacier on a dramatic helicopter flight—one of the South Island of New Zealand’s must-do experiences. Combine stunning aerial views with an up-close experience of the frozen landscape thanks to an exciting snow landing. Walk on alpine terrain that’s accessible only to skilled mountaineers and pilots, enjoying an unforgettable, dramatic vantage point set high above the glacier.
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20 minutes
from $182.88
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JCMoof wrote a review Jul 2022
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Amazing experience - would highly recommend! Office staff were incredibly helpful and Jay (our pilot) did an awesome job of pointing things out and giving us a running in-flight commentary. Fantastic to land and take some snaps - thanks for such a memorable day.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Glacier Helicopters
Responded 5 days ago
Kia Ora, JCMoof, Thank you for such a positive review, we’re delighted to hear you enjoyed your experience of the glaciers with us! We’ll be sure to pass along your praises to our staff and Jay. We hope to see you flying with us again in the future!
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Sarah wrote a review Mar 2022
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Was an amazing experience. All the staff were really friendly and informative. If you go to Franz Josef this is definitely a must!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Glacier Helicopters
Responded Apr 10, 2022
Kia ora Sarah, We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight! Your praise has been passed back to Simon and the team, and we hope to see you here in Franz Josef again soon.
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Alvin wrote a review Mar 2022
Palmerston North, New Zealand53 contributions6 helpful votes
A bit pricey but worth every cent. My wife and I went on this trip and we had a fantastic time. We picked the right time in the morning with no clouds, and we saw three glaciers and landed on Franz Josef Glacier to look around, saw a wild goat running on the ice. This place is WOW!!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Glacier Helicopters
Responded Mar 21, 2022
Kia ora Alvin, it sounds like you had the perfect experience with us! We’re very proud to have the opportunity to show off our back yard, and we’re glad to hear how much you enjoyed it! Thank your for taking the time to leave us this review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday.
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F9430CFsuzanneh wrote a review Mar 2022
21 contributions2 helpful votes
Fantastic flight with Tim the office accommodated our wishes and got us up in the small fine window worth the experience
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Kia ora F9430CFsuzanneh, We’re pleased to hear you managed to get on a flight with us! The team in our office try to accommodate and work around the weather as best we can! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Coast.
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Nicole D wrote a review Mar 2022
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions4 helpful votes
If you're looking for a bucket list activity then this is it! My husband and I organised this for the morning of our wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed! The day was beautiful, the staff were friendly and the views were breathtaking. We've been recommending this to everyone we talk to! There is one thing I want to mention for anyone looking into this. It's common knowledge that you will be weighed before a helicopter ride, it's important for safety and proper loading of the helicopter. However, if you experience any type of eating disorder or body image disorder, just be aware because the moment you are weighed, you are from then on only referred to, out loud, to everyone, by your weight. I've been on many helicopter rides and this is the first time I've experienced this. Generally the weight is written next to your name but your name is used when calling out the loading pattern, not your weight. I'd hate for this to ruin anyone's experience of an amazing time.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Responded Mar 21, 2022
Kia ora Nicole D, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your praise. We’re thrilled to hear that you had a memorable wedding anniversary- what better way to spend the day than flying over our beautiful glaciers. In regard to people’s weights, you are correct that we have to weigh everyone before the flight in order to calculate the weight and balance of the helicopter. We do tend to keep that information private, exactly for the reasons you have said. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, causing anyone undue distress for any reason would be the last thing we would want. Thank you again for leaving your review, and for your recommendations! We hope that you enjoyed your time on the West Coast, and we hope to welcome you back soon.
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