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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this 20-minute helicopter flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. The flight includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air.
  • Take to the skies above Franz Joseph by helicopter with your pilot
  • Uninterrupted views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park
  • Hop out on the icefields and explore the frozen landscape on foot
  • Select the departure time to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to the helipad in central Franz Josef township, and check in for your sightseeing flight. Flights take off throughout the day and you can request your preferred departure time when booking, so you’re free to plan your trip as you please.
With your pilot at the controls, take a seat in your helicopter and take to the skies above Franz Joseph. From your high vantage point, enjoy panoramic views over the forests and icefields of the Southern Alps and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
Fly over the mighty Franz Joseph glacier, and see the stunning ice features, cracks, and crevasses from above. Then, touch down on the glacier snowfield and take a walk across the ice. Breathe in the pure alpine air, and capture the scenery on camera.
When your time on the glacier comes to an end, return by helicopter to base in Franz Joseph to conclude your tour.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first time in a helicopter, and it was an amazing experience. We had a pre flight briefing, walked to the helipad and took a short flight and landed in the snow on the glacier. The pilot was really competent and even offered...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank findnsecure
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Findnsecure. What an incredible experience to have as your first helicopter flight! We take great pride in our friendly professionalism, we’re glad to see that reflected start to finish in your time with us. The photos your pilot took will make excellent souvenirs of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I organised the helicopter flight with snow landing over Franz Josef for myself and my partner as a birthday present to my partner. We have never experienced something so incredible before in our lives. It was absolutely breathtaking! And our pilot was very nice/funny which...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank tiarnabeas
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Tiarnabeas, Thank you for giving us such a positive review. What a wonderful birthday present! It will be a hard experience to top! The views from above of our mountains and glaciers do have to be seen to be believed. We’re glad to hear...More

Reviewed 6 June 2019

I took my son, just watching his eyes, made this trip worthwhile, for the time in the air and the landing, the price was amazing.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Angela B
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2019

Hello angelambrown69 and thank you for your amazing review. I hope you managed to look out the window and see the incredible views as well as watching your sons eyes light up! We are so glad we could make your sons day by getting you...More

Reviewed 5 June 2019

Our family along with another did this trip. Our kids had never seen snow so it was a special treat to take the flight up to the Franz Josef Glacier and then the landing. As we were traveling around the South Island and there were...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Peter L
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2019

Hello Peter L and thank you so much for your incredible feedback! We will always be honest about the weather unfortunately it is unpredictable here on the West Coast and we will never fly in bad weather as safety is our first priority. You were...More

Reviewed 23 April 2019 via mobile

This was always on my to-do list when my partner and I first started planning our trip to NZ last year. We were lucky enough to arrive in Franz Josef on the most perfect day when the weather was great! Everyone from the ground staff...More

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TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2019

Hello jaemariee2017. What a wonderful place to experience your first helicopter tour! And what a bonus arriving on a blue bird day. Safety here at Glacier Helicopters is paramount, so we’re glad that this was conveyed in a friendly and professional manner. Your photos are...More

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14 August 2019|
Response from Lynne H | Reviewed this property |
No age limitations that I am aware of. So long as you are capable of climbing in and out of a helicopter you will be fine.
4 August 2019|
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Response from jaemariee2017 | Reviewed this property |
4-6... it actually goes on weight so everyone gets weighed and then they determine the groups.
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3 June 2019|
Response from Lynne H | Reviewed this property |
You meet and check in to be weighed at the main office in the main street then the pilot walks with you across the road to the helipad for the flight. Everyone gets weighed so they can work out where you will be seated to... More
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