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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

From US$324.45
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Highlights
  • 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
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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight
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Overview
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.
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So our first flight of the morning was canceled due to bad weather for anyone that is visiting New Zealand and booking any kind of scenic flight tours the one thing I must warn you is be ready to either have your flight canceled or...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank originaljsoz
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased the weather turned it on for you and you were able to fly with is. The weather is a huge factor in our operations and we do unfortunately cancel roughly 50% of our trips. We...More

Reviewed 22 March 2019

I booked the flight for my wife and i a month before the flight. We arrived in Franz Josef on a Thursday eve. Rang the company to confirm the 1:00pm flight for Friday. Only to be told the booking i had made was for Thursday....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Wal M
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2019

Hi Wal M, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic review! We are so pleased we managed to work things out for you and get you flying, and we really appreciate the kind comments about our team. It is a stunning flight and the photos...More

Reviewed 28 February 2019

Had perfect weather which obviously makes a big difference to the experience. Well organised. Friendly and attentive staff, helpful and understanding.More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank graham j
TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2019

Hi graham j, We really appreciate the positive feedback, thank you. It’s great that the weather was on your side as the flight is an amazing experience and it has to be perfect weather to do the big 40 minute flight that you were able...More

Reviewed 7 January 2019

One of the high points of our trip. What better way to see the glacier than to take the flight over the peaks and be close at hand! We opted for the shorter version avoiding the hike, but the awe the sight inspired in us...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2019

Hi JaiddepN18, Thank you for your fantastic feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your trip with us. The flight you took is the best way to see the Glaciers and the surround areas. The views from the air are far more than you will see...More

Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Thank you for all your help getting us on our 20 minute Franz flight! We had a great time in the air and in the snow. Will defiantly recommend to anyone we pass. Thomas and Alice :)More

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Hi Thomas L, Thanks for taking the time to give us an awesome review! All of our scenic flights offer stunning views over at least one glacier and amongst the snowy mountains, so we are thrilled that you were able to fly. We hope you...More

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