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  • Location:Franz Josef, New Zealand
  • Duration:40 minutes (approx.)

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

See the imposing Southern Alps on an aerial tour with a helicopter landing on the snowfields of Franz Josef Glacier. Your 40-minute helicopter flight soars above the stunning alpine landscapes of the South Island, narrated by the professional pilot. Enjoy prime views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from above before descending toward the lush rainforests at the edge of the Tasman Sea.


  • 40-minute helicopter flight with snow landing on Franz Josef Glacier
  • See views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from the summit
  • Soar over the Southern Alps and the Murchison Glacier valley
  • Listen to fascinating commentary from the pilot
  • Pickup and drop-off from Franz Josef village

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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

After hotel pickup from Franz Josef township, board your twin-engine helicopter for a premier 40-minute flight including a remote snow landing above the eponymous glacier. Within the open-plan helicopter cabin that seats up to six passengers, look down upon two of New Zealand's finest national parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps.

From your vantage point in the air, discover the vast expanse of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. You’ll get up close to towering peaks and crevasses, and learn about the alpine wonderland of the Murchison Glacier valley, as your pilot delivers expert commentary en route.

Then descend onto a snowfield with a helicopter landing at around 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and walk along the main divide, which offers panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier.

Back in the air, continue down toward the coastal rainforests bordering the Tasman Sea before returning to the tour base with ground transport back to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very scenic flight and pilots made me feel safe I would highly recommend this scenic flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome view from the top, and our pilot flying so close to the mountain. Walking and playing at Mt Cook Glacier remind us of God wonderful creation everywhere. So blessed!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Awesome experience. The only way to see the glacier.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2011

Sadly, due to constant bad weather, the flight was taken from Glentanner Park, Mt Cook, a week later. The experience was well worth the wait. thank you for an easy and reliable booking service.

Anne C
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Fantastic experience, we were lucky with the weather. Brilliant pilot who shared his knowledge of the area we travelled over.
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