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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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Overview
From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this 20-minute helicopter flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. The flight includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air.
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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 return to the starting point
Highlights
  • 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
Duration
20m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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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
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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We were delayed by weather and could not do the snow landing but the flight over the glacier was breath taking.Definitely worth the wait and I appreciate that the primary focus is on safety.
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Great experience, a really scenic ride and amazing experience to land on a glacier. Really friendly team and particularly liked how they managed the uncertainty around the weather. My first booking at 11.30am couldn't go up, but they moved me to a late afternoon spot, the
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This activity is so fun you gotta do it at least once. What a fantastic view and a great experience.
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 25 Nov 2019
Hello Lisa, Thank you for leaving a positive review. The helicopter tours we offer are a really enjoyable and interesting way to experience the glaciers we’re lucky to have down here on the Coast. We’re glad you had such a good time on your flight! Thanks again for your review, we hope to see you again next time you’re in the South Island. - The Glacier Helicopter Team
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One of the best activities I have done on a holiday. Would highly recommend. They only end up completing 40% of booked flights though due to weather so try and get a morning flight and be prepared for it to be rescheduled. Staff were helpful during the whole process and made
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 2 Nov 2019
Hello Emily and thank you for your excellent review. We are so happy that you found it to be one of the best things you’ve ever done on a holiday, what high praise! Unfortunately, the weather does scupper some of our plans here on the coast and we thank you for your understanding. We will always try to reschedule you if possible. Thank you again for your kind words and we hope you enjoyed your time on our stunning West Coast.
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Absolutely fantastic experience! Like no other, a must do! Weather was getting cloudy but managed to get up in time for a snow landing
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 5 Oct 2019
Hi there, Your photos are absolutely stunning! Safety here at Glacier helicopters is paramount and it looks like it was a beautiful day on the Geikie snowfield. Thank you for leaving a positive review, we all hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Cheers, The Glacier Helicopters team
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johnH13026
10
Beautiful
We were delayed by weather and could not do the snow landing but the flight over the glacier was breath
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CaseyG807
183
Amazing Birdseye View
Would highly recommend Glacier Helicopters to anyone looking to make the most out of their West Coast experience.
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G5324ZZantonias
Perth, Australia
91
That first step onto the snow :)
Having booked this trip months in advance we were very eagerly awaiting our helicopter ride onto the glacier. As
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garethj419
Yeovil, United Kingdom
60
Great fun, well worth it
Great experience, a really scenic ride and amazing experience to land on a glacier. Really friendly team and
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SRAF
kent
3616
WOW!
We were unsure of going up in a helicopter to FJ because of the price, don’t be, it is amazing. Sebastian our
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CarlieJordan
Gladstone, Australia
22
Highlight of our NZ trip!
Turned up just before 5pm to enquire about booking for the following day assuming they would be booked out your
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SGontour
Brisbane, Australia
10647
Highlight of the trip
We booked the Franz and Fox trip but due to the weather got downgraded to Fox only. Appreciated the safety first
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SuzyQIndiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
6517
Excellent!
We booked through The Helicopter Line, but upon arrival they sent us across the street to their other company,
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lisamiller666666
New Plymouth, New Zealand
40
A wonderful experience.
This activity is so fun you gotta do it at least once. What a fantastic view and a great experience.
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Casey C
New York, New York
233
Great experience!
Professional, courteous, friendly, and safe--I felt in good hands with this tour operator and very much enjoyed
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16robyn
New South Wales, Australia
165
Wow!!!
James our pilot was sensational! Funny and informative. Ground staff excellent. Very professional and safety was
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Emily D
Melbourne, Australia
178
Amazing experience.
One of the best activities I have done on a holiday. Would highly recommend. They only end up completing 40% of
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paulswinnie
Sydney, Australia
43
Highlight of our trip.
Truely blessed with a perfect morning for our flight. Dont let the cost stop you, it is a once in a lifetime
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beachbuddy10
Bridport, United Kingdom
505468
Forget the price, just go.
Poor Mrs BB opted to save money and go to a mediocre kiwi experience while I ticked off things on my bucket list.
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alijrad
Bolwarra, Australia
11
On top of the world - a trip we’ll never forget
This was an absolute highlight of our recent NZ holiday. We woke on the morning of our booking to heavy cloud and
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  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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