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“Heli flight over the glaciers ”

The Helicopter Line West Coast
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US$225.79*
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
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US$225.79*
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Fox Glacier and Mount Cook Helicopter Flight
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US$175.61*
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Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight
Ranked #7 of 11 Tours in Franz Josef
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 24 September 2017 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. This meant changing our plans slightly so just be aware that you may need to be a bit flexible with your timings. In the end, we booked onto a scenic tour flight the next day. This was about 20 minutes in the helicopter and 10 minutes walking on the snow which was amazing! The views were stunning and by far the best experience in New Zealand. It's expensive but so worth it on a clear day.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Hi there,
Thank you for your valuable review.
We are so pleased to hear our staff were informative about the weather. We do our best to make sure everyone is fully aware of the flying situation as weather is a key factor in whether we are able to fly. We are thrilled that the weather was beautiful the following day so we could get you up on one of our scenic flights. They are amazing and we are pleased the price did not put you off from having “by far the best experience in New Zealand.”
Thank you again for your excellent review.
Kind Regards, The West Coast Team

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

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 do an upgrade it should be top notch by the time you arrive to experience this "must do" attraction.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2017

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 be some fresh snow up there, making the experience extra magical. Thank you again for the awesome review. We hope the rest of your holiday was equally as awesome.
Kind Regards, The West Coast

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

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 ride one of his favourite transport. And it not only, impressed him but us too! I was excited when I was chosen to sit at the front. The scenic flight was beautiful and exciting! The pilot, staff at the Fox Glacier counter and the chatty funny driver that drove us to the helicopter was friendly and we enjoyed every moment we had there. Worth the bucks!

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

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 you found our customer service friendly and enjoyable. Our flights are definitely worth taking as you see so much more of our National Park than you would walking from the ground. Once again, Thank you for your review and we hope the remainder of your trip was as exciting as our Glacier Flight.
Kind Regards, The West Coast Team

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

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 go.) It's a bit expensive, but it's so phenomenal. I really can't say whether one company is better than any other. We tried to do research, but they all seemed to be more or less the same. We were happy with the Helicopter Line; they gave us an amazing experience. Flying over the glaciers is stunning; landing on one and walking around is even more incredible!

Thank Alisco
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

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 are glad you found our flight phenomenal. It is an incredible experience getting to fly over the glaciers and land on the snow fields above them and it thrills us to know you found the experience we gave you amazing. Thank you for your awesome feedback.
Kind Regards, The West Coast Team

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Reviewed 4 September 2017 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. We were then escorted to the helicopter by Vicky who warned us that the weather was worsening and we may not land. (We were a party of four and had the helicopter to ourselves as a family group. )We decided to take that gamble and were expertly flown by Brooke to touch down on the glacier. He was most informative on the trip there and back and we had ample time to take photos on the glacier. No payment was taken until after our flight. It was a great experience and although it was expensive, it was thoroughly worth it. Thank you team!

Thank samab120
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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

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 the weather and any potential changes such as possible landings, so it seems your gamble payed off and the weather stalled to allow your landing. Thank you again for your awesome feedback and we hope the remainder of your holiday was just as spectacular.
Kind Regards, The West Coast Team

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