Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef, New Zealand

From $328.34 USD

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40 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • 40-minute helicopter flight with snow landing on Franz Josef Glacier
  • See views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from the summit
  • Soar over the Southern Alps and the Murchison Glacier valley
  • Listen to fascinating commentary from the pilot

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5 - 10 minutes)
  • Live commentary on board
  • Pilot guide
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)


  • Items of a personal nature
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

The Helicopter Line Base

Departure Time

Flights are operated from 7:30am - 9:00pm (October to March) and 8:00am - 6:00pm (April to September).

All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

Board your twin-engine helicopter for a premier 40-minute flight including a remote snow landing above the eponymous glacier. Within the open-plan helicopter cabin that seats up to six passengers, look down upon two of New Zealand's finest national parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps.
From your vantage point in the air, discover the vast expanse of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. You’ll get up close to towering peaks and crevasses, and learn about the alpine wonderland of the Murchison Glacier valley, as your pilot delivers expert commentary en route.
Then descend onto a snowfield with a helicopter landing at around 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and walk along the main divide, which offers panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier.
Back in the air, continue down toward the coastal rainforests bordering the Tasman Sea before returning to the tour base.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures. Moderate fitness is required
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2017

Five stars are not enough for this trip! What an experience! We had to wait a little while for the weather to clear but so glad we did as the views were amazing from the helicopter! Landing on the glacier was awesome! Don't forget your camera!

Stuart R
, Feb 2017

Awesome experience. I was initially nervous at my first flight in a helicopter yet I could hardly tell I had left the ground. That anxious moment over the rest of the trip was so amazing. The flight over the glacier was amazing with the pilot turning the helicopter to give all passengers great views. The landing on the glacier was great fun. Definitely an experience I would recommend. Thank you.

Alan R
, Feb 2017

This is a truly magical experience and is well worth the ticket price. Soaring way above the galaciers and seeing how extensive and beautiful the ranges are should not be missed. The short stop on the Franz Josef glacier gives you an experience of a lifetime. Go for it!

, Feb 2017

A real experience, something every one should do.

Pik Yok W
, Jan 2017

It's amazing and unforgettable moments!!

Glenda F
, Sep 2016

New Zealand is full of fabulous experiences, but this was without doubt THE BEST. Thanks!

Charles H
, Mar 2016

We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, so had a fantastic flight!

Sananda A
, Dec 2015

The tour did not go due to weather.

Fee R
, Aug 2015

Very scenic flight and pilots made me feel safe I would highly recommend this scenic flight

Raymond Phau
, Jun 2015

Awesome view from the top, and our pilot flying so close to the mountain. Walking and playing at Mt Cook Glacier remind us of God wonderful creation everywhere. So blessed!

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