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“An amazing experience!”

Glacier Helicopters
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Fox Glacier
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Owner description: 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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Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews
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“An amazing experience!”
Reviewed October 24, 2010

The staff at Glacier Helicopters were very friendly and helpful to us. Unfortunately the trip we planned had to be cancelled due to weather on Mt Cook, however, the staff were very helpful and managed to get us on another flight (which we had all to ourselves - usually you can't fly with only two people!). The weather was perfect, and we had a great time. The pilot was very informative and also friendly. This tour is a must do when passing through the west coast of NZ!

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Hard not to be impresed by the pilots and the glacier”
Reviewed September 7, 2010

Excellent trip - let me just get that out there. Fox glacier is a small sleepy town, but the pub was good to hang around the night before - waiting for the big moment. And it didn't let me down!

I went on a half day heli-hike.. there was about 10 of us, which was two helicopter loads. They prepare you well with sox (clean!) and boots (useful!).. and the waiting wasn't too bad. The helicopter was ready and waiting, and the pilot was super smooth. Excellent fun - was my first time in a chopper, and got to sit at the front (sat in the back on the return, so it was shared around).

You fly half way up and get dropped off on some flats.. perhaps 7-10mins in the air? not long, relatively direct. We then had an argentinian tour guide, and she was fantastic.. knew what she was doing, always felt secure.. and we walked aorund for about 2 hours as she showed us various formations and gave us the background.. very good! The guide was actually from Fox Glacier Guides, who work in cahoots with Glacier Helicopters.

Very professional outfit, highly recommend. Cost: $380NZ all inclusive.. but you do pay for what you get. Our friends went the $190NZ half day hike on the glacier - and they got dirty ice at the bottom of the glacier, when we get the blue / white ice at the top and had much more time on it (they spent most their time getting there, and then only 30 mins playing around behind "barriers"!)

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Wiltshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Don't go to New Zealand without doing this !!!”
Reviewed May 9, 2010

We did the Helicopter flight after about a week of our trip around New Zealand and this is a must do without a doubt. It is totally amazing and probably the best way to see the glacier, we have friend which instead did the hike and they wished they had done the helicopter instead. The only down side to this is that if the weather turns then this can cause them to cancel.

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cambridge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Just do it!”
Reviewed March 15, 2010

Yes, it costs to go on a glacier helicopter fight, but how many times in your life will you have the chance? Book it up in advance-don't risk turning up on the day, especially if you are there in peak season (and especially don't turn up on spec hoping to get a room in a motel-book that before you get there). Then keep your fingers crossed about the weather because the 'copters don't always fly. If it's clear up top then the feeling of exhilaration when you land on the glacier is amazing. And coming back down in the helicopter when you "go over the top" and down the route of the glacier, is difficult to describe. The glacier looks just like a living thing.

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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Take the Flight - it IS worth it!”
Reviewed January 30, 2010

Mountain Helicopters took us on a 30 min flight that lasted over 40 min. Guaranteed window seat even in the back - we swapped over to the front seat after the snow landing. They do not land on the actual Fox Glacier but over the top with a stunning view of Mt Cook.

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