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Glacier Explorer - 1 Glacier with Snow Landing - 25min

Glacier Explorer - 1 Glacier with Snow Landing - 25min

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Take in truly magnificent views of Franz Josef Glacier and surrounds with this helicopter flight. See lush rainforest, amazing glaciers, and the impressive Southern Alps mountain range. Part of this flight is a snow landing (approximately 10 minutes) where you get to land on top of a snowy peak and pause to take in the dramatic scenery.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$195.46
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US$195.46

Pilot's Choice - 2 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 35mins

Pilot's Choice - 2 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 35mins

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Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014. They still have their sleeves rolled up each day working their roles in the business and are both experienced pilots themselves. Our small team are passionate about what we do, to us it’s more than just a scenic flight. We want you to experience the real West Coast and would love for you to join us to see the rainforests, glaciers and mountains that form our incredible backyard. See two glaciers your flight; the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox or Tasman Glacier and enjoy a 10 minute snow landing in the Southern Alps on our 35 minute Pilots Choice Flight.
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  • 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$261.72
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US$261.72

Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike
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Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike

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On this Franz Josef Glacier helicopter tour and hike, land atop the glacier and explore ice caves and pinnacles with a small group. Soar above New Zealand’s Southern Alps during a scenic flight, then grab your crampons and make your way through dramatic ice formations during a moderately difficult hike. After your return flight.. Numbers are limited to 11 to ensure personalized attention from your expert guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$397.55
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US$397.55

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Appreciate the majesty and scale of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers from the air during a 30-minute helicopter flight and snow landing. Enjoy aerial views over both glaciers from your prime position in the sky, and hear live commentary from the professional pilot before landing atop either Fox or Franz Josef. Then hop out and focus your camera lens on a glacial scene of frozen icefalls, glowing blue ice fields and plunging crevasses — considered to be among New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$263.04
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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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.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$204.74
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Ultimate Discovery: 3 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 45mins

Ultimate Discovery: 3 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 45mins

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Glacier Country Helicopters is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014. They still have their sleeves rolled up each day working their roles in the business and are both experienced pilots themselves. Our small team are passionate about what we do, to us it’s more than just a scenic flight. We want you to experience the real West Coast and would love for you to join us to see the rainforests, glaciers and mountains that form our incredible backyard. See the Franz Josef, Fox & Tasman Glaciers and fly into the Southern Alps enjoying a 15 minute snow landing on our 45 minute Ultimate Discovery Flight.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$327.97
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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide.  Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a guided hike past deep crevasses and towering ice-blue pinnacles before the return chopper ride down. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$399.53
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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Explore the serene waters of Lake Mapourika in New Zealand’s glacier country on this kayak adventure from Franz Joseph Glacier. Paddle with your guide out onto Lake Mapourika, widely considered one of western New Zealand’s most scenic spots. Enjoy uninterrupted views as your guide explains the region’s fascinating geology, and marvel at the way the mighty Southern Alps are mirrored perfectly in the calm waters. Head into the estuaries of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, and discover some of the country’s oldest untouched rainforest as native birds sing overhead.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$86.13
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US$86.13

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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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.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$358.45
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Tandem Skydive 20,000ft from Franz Josef
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Tandem Skydive 20,000ft from Franz Josef

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Skydive over Mount Cook (Aoraki) and the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on this tandem excursion from Franz Josef. Get the best possible views of the area and an adventurous experience in the company of a seasoned instructor. This 3-hour experience departs multiple times a day, allowing for flexibility of scheduling.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$463.14
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The GRAND TOUR, snow landing (allow 40 minutes - departing Franz Josef)

The GRAND TOUR, snow landing (allow 40 minutes - departing Franz Josef)

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This short helicopter tour offers the unique opportunity to get close to two of New Zealand’s iconic glaciers, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Fly by some of the region’s many natural wonders, including Mount Tasman, Aoraki Mount Cook and Tasman Glacier, and make the most of incredible photo opportunities. This tour is operated by the only local company with Government permission to land on the snow inside Westland Tai Poutini National Park – you won’t get this chance with anyone else.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$356.78
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Mt Cook Supreme: 4 Glaciers with 2 Snow Landings - 60mins
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Mt Cook Supreme: 4 Glaciers with 2 Snow Landings - 60mins

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This is a local, family owned and operated company based in Franz Josef, on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014. They still have their sleeves rolled up each day working their roles in the business and are both experienced pilots themselves. Our small team are passionate about what we do, to us it’s more than just a scenic flight. We want you to experience the real West Coast and would love for you to join us to see the rainforests, glaciers and mountains that form our incredible backyard. See the Franz Josef, Fox, Tasman & Shackleton Glaciers and fly into the Southern Alps past Mt Cook enjoying a two snow landings on our 60 minute Mount Cook Supreme flight.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$460.49
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US$460.49

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$263.04
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Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier
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Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier

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Enjoy exclusive access to our private rainforest trail, only accessible by boat! The rainforest trail journeys through a Kiwi Conservation region and some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.07
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US$96.07

Twin Glacier Franz and Fox, snow landing (allow 30 mins - departing Franz Josef)

Twin Glacier Franz and Fox, snow landing (allow 30 mins - departing Franz Josef)

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Visit both the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier on a single tour from Franz Josef on this flight tour that includes a snow landing. Get up close with the blue ice of these mammoth glaciers and snap unbelievable aerial photos from both the air and the ground level. Learn about the glaciology and environment of the area through your pilot's guided commentary.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$261.64
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2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika
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2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika

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Enjoy views of Jurassic rainforests, glaciers, and snow-capped mountains reflected on calm Lake Mapourika on this small-group boat cruise on the lake. Visit a kiwi conservation area and learn more about New Zealand’s native bird. You’ll be cruising for around two hours so bring some snacks or a bottle of wine to drink as you relax and take in the beauty of the West Coast.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.20
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Franz Josef Glacier and snow landing (allow 20 minutes - departs Franz Josef)

Franz Josef Glacier and snow landing (allow 20 minutes - departs Franz Josef)

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Get aerial views of Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier on this air flight, including a snow landing. Take fantastic photos of the pinnacles and sheer crevasses, then make a snow landing for more shots of you and your party. Multiple departure times throughout the day make for a flexible outing, and you'll learn about the glaciers through your guide/pilot's informative commentary.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$203.87
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4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
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4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

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Discover the natural wonders of Lake Mapourika on this 4-hour kayaking adventure. Paddle around the lake against a backdrop of the Franz Josef Glacier, head ashore for a hike around the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary, and learn more about New Zealand’s famous Kiwi birds.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$102.70
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Tandem Skydive 13,000ft from Franz Josef
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Tandem Skydive 13,000ft from Franz Josef

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Skydive Franz Josef Glacier for a spectacular free fall with views of soaring mountains, ice fields, and the rugged coast. The option to select between tandem jumps from 16,500 or 19,000 feet (5,029 or 5,791 mt.) means you can customize the day to your preferences and budget, and all-digital video and photography will arrive in your inbox within 48 hours so you can share your skydiving experience with friends and family.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$251.12
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Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Fly above Mount Cook’s glacial icefalls, crevasses, and neves on a 40-minute helicopter flight from Franz Joseph, and see both of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers from the air. Your route crosses the spine of the Southern Alps, circles the summit of Mount Cook, then touches down for a snow landing, with spectacular aerial views of Westland Tai Poutini National Park throughout the flight.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$358.45
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Fox Glacier Nature Tour
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Fox Glacier Nature Tour

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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.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.63
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Franz Josef Nature Tour

Franz Josef Nature Tour

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Enjoy the amazing natural scenery around the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier with this nature-focused tour. Starting out in the town of Franz Josef, drive to the glacier car park and then head off into the forest. Learn about the local environment, as your guide provides lots of information about glaciology, geology, geomorphology, flora & fauna and more.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.37
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3-Hour Fishing Charter Experience at Franz Josef Glacier
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3-Hour Fishing Charter Experience at Franz Josef Glacier

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Go straight to the best fishing spots on Lake Mapourika without wasting time searching for them when you join this half-day fishing charter. Trout and salmon can be found here, which you can take home to prepare for dinner (if they’re of a legal size and in season). Enjoy the sounds of native birdsong and views of ancient forest along the way. The boat is fully covered for your comfort.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.01
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US$106.01

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass

Skip the Line: Franz Josef Wildlife Center Ticket with Optional Backstage Pass

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Learn about the New Zealand native bird, the kiwi, with admission to the Franz Josef Wildlife Center. Tour the largest kiwi hatching facility on the South Island and opt to include a Backstage Pass Tour, where you'll get 30 minutes of access behind the scenes. Your ticket also includes access to the West Coast storytelling areas and an interactive glacier exhibition. Buy your passes in advance to guarantee your admission to this popular attraction, great for all weather and all times of year.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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What people are saying about Franz Josef & Fox Glacier Tours

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Glacier Explorer - 1 Glacier with Snow Landing - 25min
"Landing on the glazier, and being able to share this experience with my two daughters. Nothing I have ever done before compares to this experience."..."
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Pilot's Choice - 2 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 35mins
"We were blessed by the weather : Mount Cook / Aoraki and Mount Tasman with no clouds!!! Remember to arrive 30’ before your flight 😊"..."
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Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike
"Fabulous tour, friendly and knowledgeable staff, we were lucky to have great weather the entire time"..."
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
"Well worth paying for the opportunity to see glaciers close up, the scenery over the ridges is awesome and the snow landing a bit of added fun"..."
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
"It was an amazing experience, once in a lifetime, loved it. Would definitely do it again. Would recommend for everyone."..."
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Ultimate Discovery: 3 Glaciers with Snow Landing - 45mins
"Friendly and professional. Contacted me the day before to offer earlier flight to ensure better weather. Poppy the pilot was lovely and I had a great flight. I choose this company as they offered 45 minute flight over 3 glaciers with a landing. It was good value for money."..."
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Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour
"The walk on the glacier was amazing and the helicopter trip was great fun! The guide was friendly and helpful."..."
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Small-Group Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier
"What a lovely afternoon on lake Mapourika. Our guide Ariel was fantastic, he was able to tell us so much about the wildlife and the area and added much to the enjoyment of the trip. Really stunning place and great fun. Thank you!"..."
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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight
"This was a truly spectacular way to see the glaciers up close and worth every penny! We had scheduled the 40 min tour that went closer to Aoraki/Mt. Cook, but due to weather we had to be rescheduled to another day on a shorter 30 min tour. It was an incredible experience to see the mountains from the sky and land on the glacier. Our pilot, Richard, was wonderful and all the staff were professional and courteous. Would highly recommend."..."
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Tandem Skydive 20,000ft from Franz Josef
"People were great, very friendly and willing to answer any questions. They made you feel safe and secured properly to the 4 points on harness. The veins were amazing and the adventure was epic"..."
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The GRAND TOUR, snow landing (allow 40 minutes - departing Franz Josef)
"This trip is an absolute must. Amazing, awesome and any other word you could use. We had the most perfect weather. We were meant to do the 40min flight but the winds on the other side of Fox down into the valley were not cooperating. They gave us the refund for the difference. Pilot was so informative. Would definitely recommend."..."
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Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
"Seeing how much Global Warming has affected the Glaciers - which is more than expected. Being able to play in the snow in January! Flight was amazing. Thank you!"..."
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Cruise & Rainforest Walk - Franz Josef Glacier
"Great, almost untouched, natural scenery with a knowledgeable guide. With just myself and wife on the tour it was very personal and allowed us to ask a lot of questions and have in-depth conversations about the area. Definitely worth checking this one out."..."
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Twin Glacier Franz and Fox, snow landing (allow 30 mins - departing Franz Josef)
"The whole trip was wonderful. We were lucky with the weather and the views were tremendous. I had wondered whether it would be value for money as it is a short trip and expensive but worth every penny. Our pilot was great, shifting us around on the return journey so everyone got great views and plenty of time on the snow landing to take photos"..."
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2-Hour Scenic Cruise in Lake Mapourika
"The beautiful scenery and our guide Dale was excellent, very knowledgeable of the area and had us enthralled with his story telling of the kiwi and more"..."
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Franz Josef Glacier and snow landing (allow 20 minutes - departs Franz Josef)
"What an adventure! A must do when visiting Franz Josef! It is an experience you do not want to miss. Life is short"..."
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4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary
"Great guide. It was raining. He was so cheerful. Made us all hot chocolates & coffee. Better photos would have been great."..."
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Tandem Skydive 13,000ft from Franz Josef
"Amazing Experience. The team made me feel safe the entire time. The video is worth buying. Three different videos and over 300 photos were sent within hours."..."
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Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
"A once in a lifetime experience for my wife and I. Brilliant flying between the snow capped mountains and spectacular walking around the top of the glacier. Great pilot!"..."
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Fox Glacier Nature Tour
"our tour guide was awesome! we were picked up at our accommodation @ Glenfern Villas which was great as we didn't have to drive. pick up on time. met others in town and continued on to glacier. Knowledgeable, relaxed and informed tour. we thoroughly enjoyed it. would recommend as we had done Franz glacier independently."..."
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Franz Josef Nature Tour
"Sophie - enthusiastic and clearly loves her work. Very knowledgeable too and this made the tour most worthwhile."..."
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