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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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About The Helicopter Line West Coast
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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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier on an adventurous mountaineering tour that explores the Southern Alps from the air and on the ice. Flying over Franz Josef Glacier is great for panoramic views of crevasses and ice falls, and the guided hike gets you to a fantastic vantage point high on the glacier to explore ice caves and glacial terrain up close, with all mountaineering equipment provided.
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3 hours
from $333.35

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fly over Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier on a spectacular helicopter tour that includes a landing right on the snow. Seeing both glaciers on a single helicopter flight offers incredible perspective and understanding of New Zealand’s massive ice sheets, and you touch down on one of the glaciers to snap up-close photographs of the frozen terrain.
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30 minutes
from $247.43
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260sammy wrote a review Jan 20
Queenstown, New Zealand10 contributions
Amazing experience! Nothing can prepare you for how incredible it is walking on a glacier. Well organised, great communication and fantastic guides. Cale was excellent and provided a lot of great information for us about the glacier!
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 2 days ago
Kia Ora Sammy, We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your heli hike! We’ll pass your praise back to the team and Clae, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Coast.
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Jo C wrote a review Dec 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand7 contributions1 helpful vote
I was privileged enough to recently do the Heli Hike and tick of a bucket list item. To say my mind was blown, is an absolute understatement, there are no words to aptly describe being on a glacier and literally having the guide carve out your next steps in front of you - you are literally the first person to walk on that part of the glacier. Romina our guide, what a legend, so incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what she does, her guiding skills put you at ease straight away. The helicopter ride to/from the glacier, again no words, other then I wish the trip took longer hehe. If you have ever thought of doing this, just do it, irrespective of your age, if you can walk, you can do this. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour or any tour that the Franz Josef Glacier Guides do to anyone. Carpe diem!
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia ora Jo, What an amazing review you have left us! We’re thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your experience of the Glacier with us. You’ve summed up our premier product well- there is nothing like being on a glacier. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a glowing review, we’ll pass your praise on to Romina and the team.
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Dave_in_NZ wrote a review Sep 2021
Wellington, New Zealand24 contributions4 helpful votes
We picked up a great deal through BookMe. The weather was a little unpredictable but the staff were comunicative and patient with us. We managed to nab a gap in the weather - getting some incredible views of the Franz Josef glacier that you really just couldn't replicate from the ground. We also managed to get a snow landing up the mountain, giving us a chance to take some photos for the memory books! The staff were very professional, the views were gorgeous, and the memories are timeless. Helicoptering can be pretty pricey, but honestly - its worth it!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded Oct 20, 2021
Kia ora Dave, we’re pleased to hear you had a wonderful time on one of our tours. Our Staff take great pride in being able to offer unforgettable experiences of the Southern Alps, I’m sure that you’ll agree that photos can’t compare to seeing the glaciers or yourself! Thank you for taking time to leave us a great review and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time on the Coast. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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Kerri B wrote a review Jul 2021
Nelson, New Zealand3 contributions
We were delighted to get up close to the mountain and step out onto the glacier. The team at The helicopter Line we warm and friendly.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded Aug 9, 2021
Kia ora Kerri We’re pleased to hear you had such a wonderful time on one of our tours. Getting up close and personal with the mighty glaciers of the West Coast is an experience not to be missed. Our team take great pride in delivering the best of the West Coast. Thank you for taking your time to leave us a review, we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time on the coast. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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Macsmith308 wrote a review Jul 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
Great experience great staff support and adventure. Loved the variety of flights, walking, climbing and ice experiences Romana was fantastic full of knowledge laughs and supportive of the family
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from TotallyTourism, Team Leader at The Helicopter Line West Coast
Responded Aug 9, 2021
Hi Macsmith308, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Hiking on the Franz Josef glacier is an experience that few are lucky to have, we’re pleased to hear you had a wonderful time. Romina is an excellent guide, you’d have been in very safe hands with her. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards The Helicopter Line
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