Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight - Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was a must do on our itinerary. We were not disappointed. Bit of confusion in Franz Josef as two companies offer the tour we booked and interchange the check-in. Other than that, super. Comfortable helicopter, smooth flight and utterly breathtaking scenery. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to appreciate the majesty of the southern alps.

Christina H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

This was the highlight of our New Zealand holiday. We would highly recommend it. We loved it. The pilot was very skilled.

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!

Warren S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2012

A totally awesome experience not to be missed! Spectacular views.

Christine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2011

Our flight was fantastic, excellent viewing of Mt. Cook and glacier landing.

Pauline G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2011

Booked on internet system worked perfect. Trip was excellent and staff brilliant. You should be proud

Chris C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2010

Was the highlight of our New Zealand trip. Only last night sharing our photos with friends telling everyone what a wonderful experience it was.

Lee B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2010

Excellent experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2009

We were very lucky, the weather was not great the few days before our helicopter tour of Franz Josef. But on the day the weather was perfect, the helicopter tour was thrilling, the entire experience was a "must do"! Thanks.


4 star rating: Recommended
November 2016

Order good weather! The flight over the glacier was wonderful, pity the clouds were so low. Our pilot was friendly, knowledgeable and competent.We were able to walk on the glacier, which is not always possible. Early morning flights are more reliable for hitting the better weather. Would do it all again.

Smokescreen Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2012

Great fun, very easy to organise. Only regret was that it was all over a bit too quickly. Flight was very comfy and we got to spend a good 5 mins on the glacier, snowball fighting. Would recommend to anyone coming to FJG.

Shiam K Papua New Guinea

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2011

Fantastic view of the ice and the frozen waterfall from the helicopter! It was a quick way to get up to the top of the glacier and run around, kicking and screaming, on the ice. Time on the ice felt too short, but perhaps its because we were having too much fun!

Marimel A Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2009

The helicopter flight is absolutely a "must do" activity, especially if you have a very limited time in hand. When we arrived in Franz Josef we were told at the reception of the helicopter office that there were only 2 of us doing the helicopter flight, so we were advised to wait for an hour or come back at 4:15. Each flight requires a minimum of 3 passengers. While waiting we drove around town. Unfortunately, no one showed up to do the Franz Josef Neve Helicopter Flight. We were then asked if we wanted to wait until the next day, have a full refund or upgrade to the 30-minute flight as an option and pay extra NZ150 on top of what we already paid. There was no other choice because we travelled so far to enjoy and not spoil our holiday and we had schedule to leave the next day.

Who said money can't buy happiness? We did upgrade, and it was indeed definitely worth doing and we can't think of a better way of celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. It was a truly enjoyable, incredible, amazing and memorable experience.

We love New Zealand, it is a very beautiful country and the locals are very hospitable and warm. We would love to visit again someday with family and friends and enjoy more of it's spectacular and breathtaking sceneries!

Beryl P

3 star rating: Worth doing
January 2015

This was the first and only caravan park we stayed in on our trip and it was poor cramped cabin really no value for money the weather closed in on us and our helicopter flight was cancelled however we saw enough of the bush walk and beautiful surrounds to make us want to return in better weather. This is the only place that we saw the Kiwi. Here is the best tip I can give travelers after being told that we should be extremely quiet as the Kiwi was shy we entered the dark enclosure where we looked for 15 minutes without seeing a Kiwi I let out a low whistle between the teeth and the two kiwis in the enclosure came running up to the fence where we could get a good look at this inquisitive bird so much for shy.

Renee' M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
June 2016

For the price and from the description, I expected more. The pilot didn't even describe anything we were passing over. I wish I had my money back!

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