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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0767
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“heli hike” (87 reviews)
“fox glacier” (34 reviews)
“snow landing” (19 reviews)
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Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0767
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Reviewed March 21, 2016 via mobile

Today we did the helicopter ride to Franz Josef and Fox glaciers with a snow landing included, what an amazing experience. The staff at Helicopter Line are so friendly and Duncan our pilot was the best. Nothing was rushed about our experience and time spent...More

3  Thank Allymacklin
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2016

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We’re very glad that you had such a great experience, and that Duncan and our staff were able to assist with this. We hope you enjoy the rest of your...More

Reviewed March 18, 2016

As an over 60 traveler, I was hesitant at first to do the Heli-Hike on Franz Josef Glacier, but it couldn't have been a better experience. The pilot and staff were professional and safety conscious. Our guide, Connor from Colorado, was a lot of fun...More

Thank hartomine
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2016

Thank you for leaving us such a great review. We’re so glad that you enjoyed the trip, and that Connor was able to make your experience such an unforgettable one. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in New Zealand. Kind regards from...More

Reviewed March 17, 2016

We booked the Fox galcier & Mt. Cook (30min) helicopter tour. On the original day the weather s was to bad so we have been postponed to the next day on the early morning. As we arrived at the office there was the information that...More

Thank MiKa0212
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2016

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re glad that it all worked out in the end, and that you had a positive experience with our company. Best regards from the West Coast team

Reviewed March 8, 2016

Took a ride up to Franz Joseph, magical experience and breathtaking views on the way. Landed on Glacier and stayed for five mins. Don't miss out on this experience otherwise it will be one of those things you wished you had done after you leave....More

1  Thank butterfly552015
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your flight with us around the amazing glaciers we have. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday, The West Coast Team

Reviewed March 8, 2016

We got really lucky after reaching through rain( which was for the last 5 days ) , the sun suddenly came out , the day we had booked this hike we got great views ,and Sam was a very well informed ,friendly and funny guide...More

Thank Shantanu T
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2016

Thank you for leaving us such a great review. Seems that you were very lucky that the weather cleared up in time and that you were able to have such an amazing trip. We will let Sam know that you rated him very highly. Hope...More

Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Company was professional from start to end. Felt safe throughout. Our guide, Connor Wood, was amazing! Knowledgable, easy going and funny.

Thank KristlA
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are glad to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your Heli-Hike experience and were satisfied with our service. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday, The West Coast Team.

Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

The most exciting part of our visit to New Zealand has been our helicopter ride over the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. Our pilot Tyson did an awesome job of taking us up over both glaciers, and allowing us time to touch down on the...More

Thank Joannie450
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a lovely review. We’re so glad you had an enjoyable trip, and that it was such a highlight of your time in New Zealand! It’s great to hear that you have a photo to remember...More

Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing experience with the Helicopter Line and Heli Hike on Franz Josef Glacier. It's unbelievable to be on top off the world in the ice and snow of thousands years old. Special thanks to the team of Helicopter Line - they are...More

1  Thank Michaelrombouts
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review! We’re very glad you had an unforgettable experience, and that Ashley could be such a help. We look forward to seeing you next time! Kind regards from the West Coast team.

Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

The helicopter line flew us from Mt. Cool airport to the glacier on the side of the mountain. Great pilot. Ground staff super friendly. Highly recommended.

Thank Upnorthtransplant1
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded February 29, 2016

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We’re very glad you had an enjoyable trip. Kind regards, the West Coast team.

Reviewed February 5, 2016

We did the Heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier, OMG this was an absolutely incredible, amazing experience. I never expected to hike as far and high as we did and our guide Rob was really great and knowledgeable. It was a little unnerving with the ice...More

Thank Deborah W
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2016

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. The features of the glacier change daily and yes, there are a few ice/rock falls luckily not too near the hiking site Glad to hear to had a great time though! Kind regards,...More

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patfraut
My husband and I are planning a trip to Franz Josef during the first week of April this year. We would like to take the Heli Hiking tour on Saturday April 8th, the morning tour. My question is: should we book this well in advance to insure we have a spot, or are there usually openings if we wait until the morning of the desired day to book? I only hesitate to book ahead, due to not knowing what the weather will be like. If the conditions for viewing are poor, but the tour is not cancelled, I'd hate to loose all the money we have paid for the tour. I welcome any suggestions on how to handle this.
February 12, 2017|
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Response from Damion M | Reviewed this property |
we signed up on the morning we went up the glacier. A Chinese man who had booked some monrths in advance was in the office and quite angry that they could not get the full tour at the time because of poor visibility... More
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william k
is there helicopter line base in /near twizel?
January 16, 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hi William, We have a seasonal office in Twizel which is closed at the moment. The nearest base would be Glentanner, on your way to Mount Cook.
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TMcleish
Hello, we have three children (8, 10 and 12) and were hoping to do a helicopter ride and hike with them in February. Is this possible and if so, what do you suggest to get the best views of the area and explore things like ice caves? Thank you
January 5, 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. Firstly, yes! It is absolutely possible to organise a helicopter ride and hike for three children. We offer a Heli-Hike here at The Helicopter Line - Franz Josef, which is an awesome... More
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