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 20-minute helicopter flight above ice falls, snow fields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snow field to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the 7.5-mile (12-km) maritime glacier. This 20-minute helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.
  • 20-minute 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’ll 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 will touch 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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Doreen H
, 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.

Stewart T
, Mar 2018

This was a fantastic experience - almost an 'out of this world' sensation

Mariana S
, Mar 2018

An unbelievable experience, worth every cent.

jane D
, Jan 2018

fantastic, well worth the experience.

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!

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 !!!!

Donald C
, Mar 2017

This was a short, but wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an adventure.

Jon G
, Mar 2017

Great morning and an amazing trip!!

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.

Jonathan P
, Feb 2017

The helicopter ride and the glacier itself were spectacular and I would highly recommend it.

Although a little on the pricey side, it is a worthy experience.

On our arrival, we weren't able to go up the glacier as conditions were poor, which was completely understandable. However, although I do understand that they have alot of passengers and alot of re-scheduling going on, I don't understand why it would be so difficult to notify passengers whose flights are cancelled or re-scheduled by text or phone call, versus just asking you to keep coming back and checking. By the end of it, I think they were as frustrated seeing me as I was to keep on coming back to check.

That being said, the staff in general were very good, with Cameron in particular being excellent, and they were able to get us up to glacier bright and early the next morning. The pilot was fantastic, providing interesting observations and a really smooth ride. Overall a really good, enjoyable experience


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