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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)
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

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What You Can Expect

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

After hotel pickup, you’re transferred to 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, where you’re transferred to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

Ivan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Angela S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Absolutely fantastic.Recommend to anyone,

Barbie Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

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

Jim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

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

Brian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Having never been in a helicopter and also never seen a glacier this was double the excitement for my wife, our 14 year old son and myself. Amazing scenery, the stop on the mountain was also awesome. The day was beautiful weather which helped but it was the highlight of our trip to the South Island. The only thing that would have made it only a little better would be a slightly longer flight over the mountain and glacier, otherwise fantastic!

Jennifer T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Most amazing experience, was the only way to truly appreciate the beauty of the area. Pilot was very friendly. Would definitely recommend this to anyone travelling in the area. Definitely worth every cent.

Helen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

The highlight of our New Zealand holiday. The pilot gave us a great flight and commentary.

Dean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

A spectacular way to view the glaciers! Landing was awesome, our pilot was very informative and the staff most helpful in organizing this once in a lifetime/must do event.

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

The flight was incredible and was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand!

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