Glacier Country Helicopters

Glacier Country Helicopters

Glacier Country Helicopters
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company in Franz Josef. Husband and wife team Gus & Poppy started the company in January 2014 and are both experienced pilots themselves. We offer both scenic helicopter flights over the glaciers in the Southern Alps with snow landings and private charters. We have a small fleet of fantastic helicopters including AS350B2 Squirrels & a MD520N. All aircraft are maintained to high standards. We use modern technology including equipping all our aircraft with V2Track systems that use satellite tracking so ground staff are in contact with pilots at all times. Our team of highly skilled pilots have extensive experience flying in the unique mountain environment we operate in and we have been awarded the Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award. Our company and pilots all have outstanding safety records and we are certified under the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) so you know you'll be in good hands flying with us!
Franz Josef, New Zealand

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Nix L
Melbourne, Australia130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
From start to finish this was a great booking experience. As a "fatticus" I was a little worried that I would be too heavy or wouldn't fit in the helicopter. And whilst weight is important in relation to balance and loading - I was ok (At 115Kgs) so don't be afraid to ask when booking.
Also, I want to acknowledge the company's commitment to experience.
We were a person down on our flight but they still went ahead and took us up to see the glaziers. We did the three glaziers and a snow landing just under the Great Divide! Ours were the first prints on the ice for the day and the views on the way up are breath taking. I can only imagine that they will improve as we move seasons. To see all the falls with water running down them would be amazing but don't let that stop you visiting now the skies were clear, the temperature perfect and the views amazing!
The safety brief was well performed, the pilot Gus Gordon (Owner/Operator) did an amazing job of taking us up to see the mighty Southern Alps, glaziers (Franz, Fox and the Tasman) and he takes some pretty good photos himself - I had more photos taken of me to chose from than I have had in the last 10 years.
It was well worth the price as the experience along with some amazing photos will be treasured for a lifetime.
Thanks team - it was amazing!!
Written April 8, 2022
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Renee
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Rys was so so so helpful for us, we had a bout of bad weather, but on the day we were leaving Franz Josef, the weather cleared enough for us to go on the 'Pilots Choice' flight up and over Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Able Tasman Glacier and many other Glaciers, even spotting Mt Tasman and Mt Cook's peaks. But the highlight was a snow landing, and as we had some lousy weather on the day before, there was some fresh snow on the field, we were the first up on the mountain in the morning, so there was not a single footstep in the snow when landed. Our pilot was very experienced, and gave us a lot of dirrection. We enjoyed our flight on their 'Notar', described as the Mercedes of the Skies, and we'd agree with that, very comfortable and roomy with lots of views. Highly highly highly recommend Glacier Country Helicopters from a view from the sky
Written November 4, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! So glad the weather cleared and you got to experience Glacier Country from the air! Jay loves the photo you've taken of him here, if you could email us a copy too would be amazing - bookings@gch.nz - Thanks again!
Written November 11, 2020
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Karen B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We don't usually write reviews, but this trip, courtesy of Heather, her husband, and pilot son Josh was so good we've put metaphoric pen to paper.

Because it's outside Wataroa, it's longer than most flights from Franz Josef, and actually a little bit cheaper.

The flight is spectacular and the highlight of our holiday.

We strongly recommend this outstanding family business.

Karen and Dave.
Written February 25, 2020
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Hi Karen & Dave, Thanks for your great review. We're not located in Whataroa and don't have a Heather or Josh on the team, so I think it may be for someone else - I'm sure they'd love to hear from you! Glad you got to experience Tai Poutini National Park though, a scenic flight is definitely the best way to do it. All the best, Amanda
Written February 25, 2020
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Jeff and Vicki R
Perth, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Sadly my wife and I never got to go on our helicopter ride to Franz Josef due to poor weather, however I am writing this review to complement the company's professionalism on their excellent handling of the process. Nicole from Glacier Country Helicopters was a very engaging person and we kept in contact via email and face-to-face for the two days we were in Franz Josef. She provided weather updates and options for alternative flight times, unfortunately none eventuated because of the conditions. Not for want of trying, our booking was eventually cancelled and a full refund was confirmed to us via email within an hour. Thanks for your efforts Nicole.
Written March 4, 2024
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Tracey H
Christchurch, New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Just awesome, one of the highlights of our South Island Road trip and highly recommend Glacier Country Helicopters. The experience from booking to actually flying was first rate. Megan was great, from doing all the paper work at the office to giving us a run down on the history on the Glacier on the ride out to the Heli Pad in the van. Then the flight, wow. Our Pilot gave us a fantastic experience from info of the area and the shear skill of flying in this spectacular environment. Loved how everyone took the time to talk with us and make it a truly personal experience.
Written November 6, 2021
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Voodoo78
London, UK56 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Has a good time visiting Whataroa Glacier (just off the smaller Shackleton Glacier).

The flight was very scenic and got to spend about 10 mins on the glacier, which is sadly receding.

All of the staff were very professional and friendly. We had to delay our pre booked flight by one day and they were very accommodating.

We opted for the private flight for a family of four, however the MD500N offers restricted visibility from the rear, compared to other helicopters. They also placed our 3 year old in the middle, in the front, next to the pilot, which meant he couldn’t really see out.

Overall, I wouldn’t spend the extra money for a private flight. There were only 4 people on the other, bigger helicopter.
Written January 16, 2024
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niftynotfifty
Crewe, UK1,146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Unfortunately the weather wasn’t the best during our stay in Franz Josef, which meant there were no snow landings. However the team soon rearranged us onto a fly over trip instead. We really enjoyed the whole experience and found the team to be very professional indeed whilst remaining friendly and helpful. The booking in office was very convenient for our accommodation too. Would highly recommend.
Written March 8, 2023
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Greg S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Words don’t describe how awesome a trip this is !!
We had a safe, professional and overwhelming experience with Glacier Country Helicopters !!
The staff in the main office were very helpful in placing use on this experience !! We both can only sing there praises
The pilot Dion is very professional and made the views and experience even more spectacular.
We would only advise DO THIS TRIP you will make memories for life.!
Greg & Cherie.
Written March 3, 2023
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Tash W
Pukekohe East, Auckland, New Zealand40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
It was amazing to go with Poppy, our pilot from Glacier Helicopters. We did the 20min Franz Josef Glacier with a snow landing. The experience was a once in a lifetime and worth every minute. We all enjoyed it, 2 adults and 2 teenagers.
We phoned and made a booking, then they confirmed the weather conditions were right and we checked in 30mins prior to our flight time. Then we paid. So that was fantastic. Thank you to Megan and Poppy for making a dream come true x
Written January 29, 2022
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northh_23
Manchester32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Well what an experience! I just happened to pop in on the off chance that they’d have space and they did - 15 minutes later! Please do not cancel if there’s ‘only’ a flyover. Getting to see the glacier up close is so worth it, however that can happen! We had a wonderful flight right up close to the Fox Glacier and the Franz Josef Glacier. The cloud really just added to the atmosphere of the whole thing! Our pilot was knowledgeable and gave us lots of information on the whole trip. I’d 100% recommend this company, it’s very important we all support small family owned and operated companies. Especially when they’re as good as this one!! 100% recommend!
Written February 17, 2023
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