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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0767
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US$232.79*
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
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Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced helicopter pilots share their knowledge whilst overflying the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields, exposing extraordinary colours of ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing. Alternatively combine a scenic helicopter flight with an unforgettable guided helihike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“heli hike” (76 reviews)
“fox glacier” (36 reviews)
“snow landing” (21 reviews)
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Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0767
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We booked an ice hike but were told on arrival that it has been cancelled due to the wind. Speaking to the staff, this sounded like a common occurrence with many trips being cancelled. We therefore had to wait until the next day to rebook....More

Thank CharAj2709
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want bang for your bucks then check out the awe inspiring helicopter flight over either of the glaciers, the massive expanse from above is breathtaking. The only slight downside was the age of the base building but as the company is about to...More

Thank Andre_Chalmers
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Andre, Thank you for your great review. We are so pleased you found your flight breathtaking! It is rather expansive in the national Park and the best way to see is definitely from the air. From the look of your photos there seemed to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had 2 of our flights cancelled when we were in Queenstown due to the weather. So we decided to continue our road trip and just randomly stop and enquired when we reached Fox Glacier counter. We wanted to take our 4 years old to...More

Thank DeAceFamilie
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi DeAceFamilie, Your review is fantastic and we thank you for this. We understand how frustrating the weather can be in New Zealand but thrilled your random stop in Fox Glacier was good weather and that your flight was beautiful and exciting. We are pleased...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely do this if you have the chance! Many helicopter flights are unable to go because of bad weather. (We tried on five different occasions during our trip in November 2016, but were able to get only one time where the weather allowed us to...More

Thank Alisco
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Alisco, How disappointing that the weather inhibited you flying the first time you visited us, but it seems your second visit to New Zealand proved successful with the weather. It always plays a huge role in whether we are able to fly but we...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived in Franz Josef at about midday, aiming to take a scenic flight to the glacier. We were aware that the weather was closing in and opted to take a flight at 13.10. Kamil booked us in, weighed us and did the safety talk....More

Thank samab120
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, Thank you for your brilliant feedback. We are so thrilled that you had a fantastic flight with us here and that Vicky, Kamil and Brooke gave you that experience despite the weather closing in. We do our best to keep clients informed about...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you to the wonderful team at The Helicopter Line for an unreal scenic flight. If you are in Franz Josef this is a MUST DO to see the Glacier. The service was professional and friendly and we were made to feel safe the entire...More

1  Thank Bayleigh29
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Bayleigh, Thank you for your awesome review. We are so glad you enjoyed your twin Glacier with us here at The Helicopter Line and that you found our service to be professional and friendly. We strive to ensure that all our clients feel welcome...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall, I had a fantastic time, and if you want to experience the glacier, a heli-hike is certainly the way to go (rather than merely viewing it from afar in the valley). I had walked on a glacier before, but thought it was super cool...More

Thank Jason G
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jason, Thank you for your excellent and thorough review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Hike up on the ice. We agree that it is the best way to get up close and personal with the ice. We are so thrilled you...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017

First of all, make sure you plan to stay at least a couple days in Franz Josef before you decide to book one of these flights and/or hikes. The mountains experience drastic weather changes almost by the hour. While your initial tour might get cancelled...More

Thank Jonathan L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Jonathan, Thank you for your amazing feedback. We understand how difficult it can be when to comes to weather which plays a deciding role in whether a trip goes ahead or not, but we are thrilled you were able to experience our Heli Hike....More

Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Our family of 4 with 2 young boys, 6 and 4 years, thoroughly enjoyed our 20 mins flight with snow landing. We weren't sure if we were going to experience this as the weather forecast didn't look good. But the morning of 12th August the...More

Thank HappyBingo
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your awesome review. It sounds like this flight was a highlight for your holiday and we are so thrilled that you had an awesome experience. We are so glad that the weather was in your favour on the day as it does...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

While I suspect that most of these tours are similar if not identical, we were processed, suited up, and briefed fairly efficiently, even though it did take an hour between when we arrived and when we boarded the helicopter. We did a quick zip over...More

Thank Tim L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hi Tim, Thank you for your great feedback. We usually take one hour for boot-ups as we normally have 22 people on our Heli Hike trips and this gives us sufficient time to boot-up and safety brief before heading down to the Helicopter which runs...More

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patfraut
13 February 2017|
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Response from Damion M | Reviewed this property |
we signed up on the morning we went up the glacier. A Chinese man who had booked some monrths in advance was in the office and quite angry that they could not get the full tour at the time because of poor visibility... More
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william k
17 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hi William, We have a seasonal office in Twizel which is closed at the moment. The nearest base would be Glentanner, on your way to Mount Cook.
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TMcleish
5 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. Firstly, yes! It is absolutely possible to organise a helicopter ride and hike for three children. We offer a Heli-Hike here at The Helicopter Line - Franz Josef, which is an awesome... More
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