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“Take Helihike for once in a life time experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Helicopter Line West Coast

The Helicopter Line West Coast
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$223.20*
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
Ranked #7 of 11 Tours in Franz Josef
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Owner description: 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.
Guangzhou, China
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Take Helihike for once in a life time experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is absolutely a wonderful experience. We were lifted by choppers to have a great view of glacier mountains before we were landed on the glacier. Our experienced guide helped our way high up the glacier. Along the way we saw magnificant ice caves with pink blue colour, ice gaps, ice creeks where water was drinkable! All these views were abosultely stunning whch we never imagined before! Though extremely expensive but well worth the price!

Visited September 2013
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to place a review for your Heli-Hike trip. We’re really pleased that you enjoyed it and that our guide was able to show you all the unique ice features of the Franz Josef Glacier. We’re quite proud of our Heli-Hike trip as it’s a great mix of a scenic flight coupled with a close up glacial experience. Thanks again!
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Awesome Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

My husband and I did the Heli Hike on Franz Josef. It was expensive but definitely worth it. The views from the helicopter were amazing and then to be dropped and to hike around on the glacier was something you don't do everyday! Our guide Dave was very friendly and helpful. We did have a few people in the group that didn't listen to him which made going slow at times as he was constantly calling them back but that happens. We were given waterproof pants, jackets and boots which were all in good condition and kept us warm and dry. I would definitely recommend this it is an amazing experience

Visited June 2013
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for your review on our Heli Hike, as we pride ourselves in offering great customer service it is always good to hear positive feedback about the guides. We think the Heli Hike is the best of both worlds as you get to take in the Glacier by air with an amazing scenic flight and then also to be able to hike among all of the ice formations is defiantly something you don’t do every day!

Once again thank you for you review.
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London, United Kingdom
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“Expensive but once in a lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

Cloud obscured the mountains but we could see that the mountains themselves behind and above the low coastal cloud were clear. Having come all this way and without knowing what the future holds for the glaciers and ability to access them we took a spur of the moment decision to take a half hour chopper ride up to Mount Cook and Fox Glacier. Half the party were pretty (very actually) nervous about the chopper ride but later agreed that there had been nothing to worry about and that it was a ride of a lifetime. Clear bright skies up in mountain and a wonderful opportunity to land for a few minutes and get out on the top of fox glacier. Expensive, yes - very, if it had not been a spur of the moment decision and if they could not have done the flight almost straight away I might have talked even myself out of it.... but well worth it.

Visited March 2013
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Thank you for your comments about our Fox Glacier and Mount Cook Flight, I am so pleased that you made that “spur of the moment decision” to take the flight as you got to experience the beauty that the Glaciers have to offer, this flight truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
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Gladstone, Australia
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“AWESOME Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

My husband & I absolutely LOVED our Helicopter Flight. We did the Twin Glacier flight with Craig who was really informative & friendly. We had been in NZ for nearly 2 weeks, tried several times to fly but were cancelled due to bad weather but at Franz Josef, everything came together and to top it off, the flight was ON MY BIRTHDAY! What a highlight.. Our 2 young children (age 4 & 2) loved it also. It was the first time they & my husband had ever seen/touched snow so it was a special day for them. Thanks & eight thumbs up!

Visited April 2013
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
We love to hear stories like this. So glad we could make your birthday that extra bit special !!
The Twin Glacier flight really is memorable, we'll be sure to pass on your feedback to Craig the pilot.
We hope you got some great photos, and enjoyed the res of your time in New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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“Enjoyable trip, some improvements needed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

We loved our trip with Helicopter Line to the FJ Glacier. We did the Heli-hike on FJ which cost $399. The guide from the FJ Glacier Guides, Tai, was very good. Our equipment was serviceable but old. One of the hoods was missing off a jacket and there were holes in the water proof pants. Boots however were very goo. Also there was little explanation on the ground of what would happen when we got to the top. We knew where we were going, but not what we would really be doing. There was also no commentary on the short helicopter tour, which would have been nice for $399 per person. A good amount of time on the ice, good exposure to blue ice, caves and the Victoria Falls. An enjoyable day out.

Visited April 2013
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review, May 27, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, its always good to have feedback.
We are glad you enjoyed your heli hike with us, the time on the ice is very special, we hope you got some great photos of the blue ice caves and Victoria Falls.
We have pass on the feedback to the team regarding our equipment as we are all assessing and replacing it.
Due to the high volume of air traffic on the glaciers there are times when unfortunately our pilots are unable to give commentary, apologies if this was not explained to you, but we do hope you enjoyed the flight.
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