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The Fox Glacier is widely considered among New Zealand’s most impressive natural attractions—but it’s impossible to appreciate its beauty from ground level. On this tour, take to the skies by helicopter for panoramic views over the glacier, and trek deep into the icy wilderness with your guide—where the forces of nature work their magic. With safety kit and crampons included, see the best of the Fox Glacier up-close.
This 30-minute helicopter flight with an expert alpine pilot takes you over the twin glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, with a snow landing at the head of either one. At the landing site above the icefalls, step out to marvel at the phenomenal glacial beauty of the crevasse-filled landscape below. Your helicopter tour soars above the magnificent carved valleys of the Southern Alps, and includes round-trip hotel transport to the tour base.
New Zealand's West Coast of the South Island where Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier are both accessible from the ground, whether you’re walking or taking a cruise, but these cruises and nature walks only offer a limited view of these majestic natural ice formations. On this short sightseeing tour by helicopter, see the glaciers in all their grandeur, extending down the Southern Alps at their full length. Fly around mountains like Aoraki Mount Cook and enjoy incredible views of the South Island landscape.
Land atop Fox Glacier during a 30-minute helicopter tour, narrated by an experienced alpine pilot. Watch snowfields and ice formations come into view as you hover above the legendary glacier, then land in the snow above the icefalls at the summit. Your scenic aerial tour takes in the majestic Southern Alps, with impressive views of Mt Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain.
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.
Let the alpine wonder of Fox Glacier captivate your senses on a 20-minute scenic helicopter flight and snow landing. From your vantage point in the air, you’ll experience the solitude of the remote landscape, nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. Hover above the ice-blue fissures of Fox Glacier before landing in a snowfield with views of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Hike Fox Glacier Valley on a guided walking tour that explores glaciology, geology, local plants, and animals. Walking alongside a local guide is a great way to learn the natural history of the Fox Glacier and the surrounding mountains, and should conditions allow, it means you can depart the main trail to explore an area that many visitors miss.
The scenic Southern Alps are a popular flyover destination, with incredible views of the mountains and glaciers from the air. Rather than just flying over, this tour adds a snow landing during your flight, so you can enjoy the sprawling alpine views and get astonishing landscape photos without a massive hike. Fly around the ice-trapped Fox Glacier and around Aoraki Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.
Explore the area around Lake Matheson on a guided nature walk. With a guide in the lead, you can focus on the scenery and listening to the guided commentary about the area's flora, fauna, and unique ecosystem. Get the chance to snap photos of Mt. Tasman and Mt. Cook reflected in the glassy surface of the lake. Early morning or late evening departures give the best possible reflections and ensure there is plenty of time in the day for other activities.