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  • Location:Fox Glacier, New Zealand
  • Duration:40 minutes (approx.)

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Take a helicopter flight above New Zealand’s pristine Southern Alps and make a snow landing atop Fox Glacier. This 40-minute aerial tour offers commentary by the professional pilot and provides stunning views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier and the Tasman Sea from above. Appreciate the South Island’s imposing vistas, from alpine snowfields to the lush rainforests at the coast.


  • 40-minute premier helicopter scenic flight
  • Amazing views of national parks, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, Tasman Glacier and the stunning Mount Cook
  • Includes snow landing
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop off

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What You Can Expect

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Fox Glacier Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

After hotel pickup from Fox Glacier township, you’re transferred to the helicopter base for a 40-minute flight. Buckle up inside the 6-passenger twin-engine helicopter before the pilot takes off for the impressive Southern Alps, with a remote snow landing above Fox Glacier.

From your viewpoint in the air, look down upon the gleaming blue ice peaks, crevasses and frozen rivers as your helicopter soars through this alpine wonderland. Listen as the pilot delivers expert commentary en route to the Fox Glacier snowfield where you’ll make a soft landing at approx. 7,000 feet (2,134 meters).

You’ll walk with your guide along the main divide, which boasts impressive views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier. Back in the air, descend toward the coastal rainforests bordering the Tasman Sea before returning to the tour base with ground transport back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Apart from the fact that the day was perfect - no wind, no clouds, the whole experience was 6 stars. Weighing the people was a good safety measure; no baggage was another one. We were impressed with the pilot's concern for the other passengers when one of the passengers brought an ipad, thus tending to block the view of the others. He put a stop to it, very kindly. His knowledge was great, and this is one of the events where I'd say to everyone "Save your pennies and do this trip. Magical! Many many thanks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

a wonderful experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

Had to wait a day because of the weather but well worth it! The front seat helped but it was definitely the trip of a lifetime! The photographs that I took were fantastic and who would have known that a glacier was blue?

Graeme G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2011

The whole tour was amazing to land on the glacier was magic

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

Excellent. The pilot gave us an experience we will remember for a long long time. If you are going to New Zealand, do not miss this.

Garry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

Our first helicopter flight! My 80 and 82 year old parents were with us and found the experience awesome. It was probably the highlight of our holiday and would recommend it as a must to anyone. Any age can do it!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2008

We were blessed with the most perfect day imaginable to take our helicopter flight to the top of the Fox Glacier. The sky was a vivid blue and the snow sparkling white. Our flight took us up and over some stunning mountains and glaciers. Our pilot was so friendly and kept us informed as to what we were viewing as he guided the helicopter up to the point where we landed. The flight and the experience of actually walking on a glacier on the most spectacular of days was the HIGHLIGHT of a wonderful ten days we spent travelling around the south island of NZ.

Dale P

4 star rating: Recommended December 2010

it was fantastic one of the highlights of our trip . to see the glaciers from the air as well as the landing on them as well is something i will never forget and the photo of mt cook i took up there was something quite special .the i would like to yhank all the staff as well from the girls behind the desk ,the loader and the piolet they were all fantastic

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2013

We were seated in the back seat behind the pilot and could hardly get a decent view throughout the flight. I have registered a complaint with your customer care team. Expected a lot more for the price paid! Would only recommend to others if they were able to get a front see in the helicopter.

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