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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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This 20-minute scenic helicopter flight takes you soaring above Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier with a snow landing at the top — the perfect opportunity to get up close to a glacier in the South Island. You’ll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over towering ice formations before a soft landing in a snowfield. Admire Mt Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak, from the glacial summit.
  • 20-minute helicopter flight over Franz Joseph Glacier or Fox Glacier
  • Hover above crevasses and towering ice formations
  • Land in the snowfield atop a glacier and breathe in alpine air
  • Capture views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook (Aoraki)
Arrive at the Franz Josef Glacier helicopter base. Following a safety briefing from the pilot, board your six-passenger helicopter to begin the 20-minute aerial tour to Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier.
With its ability to hover and land, the twin-engine helicopter is an ideal way to gain access to some of the most remote regions of the Southern Alps. The open cabin ensures excellent viewing of the panorama before you, as you lift off toward New Zealand’s most famous glaciers.
The helicopter takes you up close to towering peaks and crevasse-filled frozen waterways. Learn about the pristine ice-blue landscape as your professional pilot delivers informative commentary before landing in the snowfield at the top. Step out into a winter wonderland with views of Mt Cook/Aoraki, which reaches an elevation of 12,217 feet (3,724 meters).
Then re-board the helicopter for the ride back to the tour base.

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, Jun 2017

This was a must do on our itinerary. We were not disappointed. Bit of confusion in Franz Josef as two companies offer the tour we booked and interchange the check-in. Other than that, super. Comfortable helicopter, smooth flight and utterly breathtaking scenery. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to appreciate the majesty of the southern alps.

, Jun 2017

This was the highlight of our New Zealand holiday. We would highly recommend it. We loved it. The pilot was very skilled.

, Nov 2016

Order good weather! The flight over the glacier was wonderful, pity the clouds were so low. Our pilot was friendly, knowledgeable and competent.We were able to walk on the glacier, which is not always possible. Early morning flights are more reliable for hitting the better weather. Would do it all again.

, Oct 2016

Absolutely a delightful chance to fly up and see the glaciers up close in person! Really fun experience and a definitely must do attraction!

, Jun 2016

For the price and from the description, I expected more. The pilot didn't even describe anything we were passing over. I wish I had my money back!

, May 2016

Our Pilot, Blair was excellent. He made our trip so memorable - particularly for our younger boys who had not seen snow before. This was the highlight of our three weeks in New Zealand.

, Jan 2015

This was the first and only caravan park we stayed in on our trip and it was poor cramped cabin really no value for money the weather closed in on us and our helicopter flight was cancelled however we saw enough of the bush walk and beautiful surrounds to make us want to return in better weather. This is the only place that we saw the Kiwi. Here is the best tip I can give travelers after being told that we should be extremely quiet as the Kiwi was shy we entered the dark enclosure where we looked for 15 minutes without seeing a Kiwi I let out a low whistle between the teeth and the two kiwis in the enclosure came running up to the fence where we could get a good look at this inquisitive bird so much for shy.

, Sep 2014

Absolutely fantastic.Recommend to anyone,

, Apr 2014

Fantastic! What an experience. Landing on the glacier was unbelievable!

, Mar 2014

Lived up to expectations. Definite one of the highlights of our tour with spectacular views. A unique experience.

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