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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing provided by Glacier Helicopters

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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The Franz Joseph glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. On this helicopter flight, choose the departure time to suit your schedule and admire sweeping views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Touch down to explore the glacial landscape on foot, and discover a world of deep crevasses and frozen ice.
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Franz Josef
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    Franz Josef Glacier
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    Rise to the sky above Franz Josef in one of the modern helicopters as your pilot takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. See the stunning ice features, cracks and crevasses from above.  Your flight also includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air as you get your feet on pristine white snow.  Climb back aboard the helicopter for the descending flight, landing back in the Franz Josef township.
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You'll end at
Franz Josef
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  • Take to the skies above Franz Joseph by helicopter with your pilot
  • Uninterrupted views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park
  • Hop out on the icefields and explore the frozen landscape on foot
  • Select the departure time to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to the helipad in central Franz Josef township, and check in for your sightseeing flight. Flights take off throughout the day and you can request your preferred departure time when booking, so you’re free to plan your trip as you please. With your pilot at the controls, take a seat in your helicopter and take to the skies above Franz Joseph. From your high vantage point, enjoy panoramic views over the forests and icefields of the Southern Alps and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Fly over the mighty Franz Joseph glacier, and see the stunning ice features, cracks, and crevasses from above. Then, touch down on the glacier snowfield and take a walk across the ice. Breathe in the pure alpine air, and capture the scenery on camera. When your time on the glacier comes to an end, return by helicopter to base in Franz Joseph to conclude your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • We recommend you bring along warm clothes, sunglasses, sturdy footwear, your camera and a sense of adventure!
  • For safety reasons, we do not allow selfie sticks, drones, flammable liquids, lighters, iPads/ tablets and bags of any description on any of our flights.
  • We fly all year round, weather permitting. Please note: On Christmas, we only operate for half the day (9 am - 12 pm).
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Graham K wrote a review 19 Mar
Glenbrook, Australia73 contributions15 helpful votes
We were booked on the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier flight with snow landing. The weather was overcast and it was uncertain whether or not we would get a flight at all. The company views safety very highly and won’t fly if it is at all unsafe. Fortunately for us the weather
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cmlmls wrote a review 08 Mar
New York169 contributions42 helpful votes
This was truly the highlight of our trip! Having been my first time in a helicopter, their dedication to safety was impressive and much appreciated...and made the experience that much more enjoyable! You truly cannot appreciate the beauty and scale of the glacier from the ground
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review. Here at Glacier Helicopters, our prime priority is the safety and comfort of all our passengers. We are glad you had an amazing experience on your flight. The views are truly spectacular from above the mountain tops. Glacier Helicopters operates in an alpine environment which makes the weather very difficult to predict. We do suggest staying in Franz Josef for a couple of nights to be able to have the best possible chance of flying. Your photos are gorgeous, and the sky looks so blue in your pictures! It looks like you hit the jackpot regarding weather for your flight! Thank you again for flying with Glacier Helicopters and leaving such great feedback! We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
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LashyDavid wrote a review 07 Mar
Looe, United Kingdom211 contributions75 helpful votes
A helicopter flight on to the Franz Josef glacier is an experience not to be missed, although quite often it has to be because of cloud or bad weather. We were very fortunate to enjoy an amazing sunny trip up to the snow with Glacier Helicopters, a very professional and safe
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from TotallyTourism, Marketing Coordinator at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello, Thank you for your great feedback. It’s a pleasure to hear that you had a fantastic time on your scenic flight. I’m sure you made some beautiful memories. We are lucky enough to have snow all year round, even on beautiful sunny days. The snow landing is often the highlight of our customers trip! We will pass on your kind words to Sebastian and to the rest of our staff. Once again, thank you for leaving such a kind review for us! We wish you all the best for the rest of your travels.
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KennyJ53 wrote a review Feb 2020
Warrington, United Kingdom50 contributions20 helpful votes
We had a fantastic experience this morning courtesy of Glacier Helicopters in Franz Josef. We have flown before in the UK but this was something special as we went up the mountain to reach the glaciers, truly breathtaking. From reception through safety briefing and loading,
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello, Thank you for your lovely review on one of our scenic flights with Glacier Helicopters. Flying above the glaciers and snow-capped mountains is a once in a lifetime experience as I’m sure you would agree. Customer service is one of our priorities at Glacier Helicopters. We are so pleased to hear that our staff provided you with such great service! We will pass your kind words onto Nat and Eddie. It looks like you had beautiful weather for your flight. The sky looks so clear and blue in your photographs! We are so pleased that you had such a special experience. All the best for the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
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Peter S wrote a review Feb 2020
Rome, Italy2 416 contributions164 helpful votes
Helicopter Ride, Franz Joseph, Westland Courtesy of that special wedding anniversary/loved ones, we had a couple of tickets for a helicopter ride to the ranges above Franz Joseph; and planned the ride as part of one of those popular ‘loopy trips’ around the West Coast of the
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Date of experience: April 2019
Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Hi Peter, thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough review of not only our tours but also of the beautiful West Coast. The fact that we are isolated adds to the charm of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. Our scenery is unique to New Zealand - having glaciers that start in the Southern Alps and end in rainforests and the Tasman Sea being so close, our tours showcase the best parts of New Zealand in a single flight. As you mentioned, the weather here can be wild and unpredictable. We do have to cancel or reschedule flights due to the weather as flying in poor weathers is simply not safe. Extreme weather events, such as the bridge washout last March, can take a huge toll on the tourism industry here on the Coast, but the calm after the storm and the ever-changing landscape in our backyard certainly makes waiting through bad weather worth the experience of flying so close to the vast glaciers. Your close up photo of our helicopter on your snow landing highlights this, you can see the glacier stretching up, clinging to the mountain and beyond off camera. What a special idea for a gift, certainly one that has made memories to last a lifetime. Thank you again for leaving a review, and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. The Glacier Helicopters Team
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About the operator

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By: Glacier Helicopters
Trustworthy Heli-folks
As two couples, literally and separately drove into town, Franz Josef, and booked a flight takeoff for an hour late
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Experience of a Lifetime
We had a perfect day for our flight. The staff very friendly and well organised. Safety was a priority. Our pilot G
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good is good weather
been there 29 years ago and wanted rapid all again, because it was something really special, but weather was no goo
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Great Customer Service
Sadly our trip didn't go quite as planned as the weather had other ideas - heavy cloud coming in as we were due to
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Wow thrilling
Exhilarating once in a lifetime experience, loved every second. Slightly apprehensive but need not have worried, th
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Scared to ecstatic
I was very apprehensive about going on a helicopter up to the glacier but I am so glad I did. It was the most fanta
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Khalid A
Flight to Glaciers
It was incredible. The staff at The Glacier Helicopters were professional and efficient. The pilot was very informa
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Such a great experience!
The tour we did was amazing! Such great views and it was great to land on the snow and take some photos. Our pilot
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Lydia H
What a way to visit a glacier!
Our young pilot was awesome. We careened past waterfalls and rock faces like an eagle. The whole experience will
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Top Notch!
We had an excellent experience with this company from the time we booked to the end of the flight. All the staff w
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Awesome experience flying in a helicopter to Fox Glacier - brilliant young pilot very knowledgeable and friendly
Do it! The most fantastic experience to land on a glacier and then walk on the glacier! We saw first hand the effe
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Great Experience
It might only be 25 minutes in total, (due to the weather we only went to Fox Glacier), but having never been on a
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Just do it!!
Amazing experience flying over the two glaciers and landing on the snowfield. Not cheap but now we have done it we
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Awesome Experience
I knew the weather would be an issue with the helicopter flights, so fortunately did allow 3 days on which to do it
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Fantastic experience
What a fantastic experience. All excellent from booking in, safety briefing, boarding and alighting the helicopter,
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  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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