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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef, New Zealand
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See the Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a helicopter flight above ice falls, snowfields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snowfield to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the maritime glacier. This helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.
  • Franz Josef helicopter tour
  • See the glacier from the air
  • Panoramic views of the ice
  • Land in a glacial snowfield
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
Make your way to a central location in Franz Josef township, where you check in for the flight; helicopter departures are available throughout the day, and can be arranged after booking.

Lift off above the Franz Josef Glacier, which stretches through Westland Tai Poutini National Park, with thick forest that creeps to the edge of the ice. Mid-way through the flight, the pilot touched down on part of the glacier snowfield, in a location that could otherwise be reached only with specialized equipment and mountaineering guides. After time to snap some photos and enjoy the view, return to the helicopter for the flight back to Franz Josef township, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Franz Josef Glacier
Rise to the sky above Franz Josef in one of the modern helicopters as your pilot takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. See the stunning ice features, cracks and crevasses from above.  Your flight also includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air as you get your feet on pristine white snow.  Climb back aboard the helicopter for the descending flight, landing back in the Franz Josef township.
Duration: 20 minutes
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Amazing experience
Kristy M
, Oct 2019
Absolutely incredible to be able to stand on top of the Glacier. The views fromthe helicopter are breathtaking. Short and sweet experience but absolutely awesome.
Absolutely Outstanding !
David M
, Aug 2019
A spectacular flight over the glacier, organised by a very professional crew from Glacier helicopters.
Just Awesome
, Aug 2019
This is an absolute must-do in Franz Josef, without a doubt the best way to see the glacier. Friendly and professional staff and pilots. An awesome experience.
Help. Trip cancelled due to windy conditions
, Jan 2019
Conditions were too windy. Flight was cancelled. Helicopter company said I have to talk with Viator to ensure I am not charged for this flight for two people. I’ve tried reaching Viator with no success.
, Nov 2018
This trip is amazing and such a wonderful experience. The flights are subject to the weather conditions so it helps if you can be flexible. The booking/ground staff were so patient and accomodating under stressful circumstances in dealing with the changing weather and disappointed customers. I would highly recommend Glacier Helicopters in Franz Josef.
This was a fantastic experience...
Stewart T
, Mar 2018
This was a fantastic experience - almost an 'out of this world' sensation
It was amazing! Staff very helpful...
Aleksandra G
, Dec 2017
It was amazing! Staff very helpful, very informative. The experience itself was mesmeraising. I loved every bit of it! I reccomend this trip to everyone. Loved every bit of it!
OMG this Tour was the highlight of...
Sue W
, Nov 2017
OMG this Tour was the highlight of our holiday. Nervous as anything as never been on a helicopter....however our pilot was fantastic. Very informative and very calming. A must do in the South Island !!!!
This was a short, but wonderful...
Donald C
, Mar 2017
This was a short, but wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an adventure.
An amazing experience and the staff...
Mike D
, Feb 2017
An amazing experience and the staff and pilot were great. The photos from the top were incredible. My only complaint is that the entire experience is so short. You're up and down in 20 minutes. A longer trip would have been better.

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