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“An unbelievable experience”

Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices
Ranked #6 of 11 Tours in Franz Josef
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Fox and Franz Josef Heliservices offer scenic helicopter flights and snow landings above the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. View Mount Cook, Mount Tasman New Zealands highest peaks. 4 and 6 passenger modern turbine helicopters. Private charters available. Easy to find us on the Main Street at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.
Reviewed June 6, 2013

Came to Fox Glacier specifically for the glaciers (obviously!) but decided to not do the 4 hour trek as I was a bit lazy :) Decided to go for the 30 minutes Flight B option (Fox Glacier and Mt Cook) to allow us to have maximal views. My wife and I turned up early (we booked 11 am flight) as we checked out of our motel at 10 am. We were the only people flying after 10 (2 flights went out earlier) so we requested 1030 flight (which was kindly approved). The day was sunny and clear; and the whole experience was unbelievable.

First off, the service and friendliness of Kevin (front desk) and Toby (pilot) were of the highest standard. They made us welcomed and explained everything carefully throughout our whole trip. As it was only the 2 of us, we were both seated up front with Toby so we could both have the best view and the view was amazing. It was just spectacular and Toby was really good at guiding us through the flight plus he was very gentle on the flight pattern. We then got 10 minutes of time on the ice up Fox Glacier and he was very good at photo-taking too. The whole experience was amazing and if you are able to do it, this is a must do!! You will not regret coming with this company.

2  Thank MJJC_1982
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Originally we wanted to do a glacier hiking, but I have a doubt whether I am physically fit as I was pretty tired after so many hike and trek along the journey, we decided to do twin glaciers helicopter tour, weather was not so good on the day that we arrived, all the helicopter tour were cancelled, thus we hope the next day will be better, in the morning we went for a walk to the base of the glacier, back to hostel the front office staff told us that the weather is good and most of the helicopter start to operate the tour, thus we just walk to the helicopter nearby our hostel and book the trip, we came back 2 hours later and great things is only me and my friend, we were happy to have our private tour, the view is amazing, wonderful and exciting experience, bonus point is the 10 mins snow landing whereby it was really breath taking ! A must do if you are not ready for glacier hiking, if not, why you come to Franz Josep ?

1  Thank ngsiewcheng
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

We arrived at Franz Josef wanting to do the helicopter ride over Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and landing on one of them. We were told that the weather had been no good for a couple of days and they were unlikely to go that afternoon again. It turned out they didn't get to go that afternoon, but we were told that there might be a chance next morning early. The staff were great in keeping us informed.
We got up early and got our ride. It was fantastic. The pilot handled the helicopter with seemingly great ease and put us down on Franz Josef glacier. The scenery over the two glaciers was fantastic as well as the surrounding mountains.
It is a magic experience and well worth the money even if the budget has to be re-worked.

1  Thank AntarcticBound
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We chose the middle option where we visited Fox glacier and landed on Franz Josef. This was worth every cent of the cost.

1  Thank sstoney52
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Our flight was in danger of being cancelled due to bad weather, however the pilot re-shuffled the take off time and we became the only flight to land on the Fox Glacier that day. My wife had a badly broken arm which looked like preventing her from getting into the helicopter and missing the flight. The pilot searched around the hanger a came out with a small set of steps so that she could get into the helicopter and at least enjoy the flight, even if she could'nt get out on top of the Glacier. The flight was great, the views spectacular and when he couldn't land in his first choice spot the pilot flew us across the Glacier to an alternative where we were able to land. It was fantastic, the colours of the ice and the surrounding mountains were wonderful. The pilot was brilliant, he handled the machine so well and his efforts saved the day for us.

Thank Mickrush
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