Franz Josef, New Zealand

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  • Franz Josef, New Zealand

    Head to the nearby Fox Glacier Helicopter Base to begin your tour. Take a seat in your helicopter and, as the powerful blades begin to whir noisily outside, strap in and brace yourself for the trip of a lifetime!

    The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are considered by many visitors to offer some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. Pristine ice fields, plunging crevasses and frozen icefalls lead from the glaciers’ towering peaks down to the valley beneath, and the scenery is truly breathtaking.

    Take in panoramic views from your vantage point in the sky and listen as your professional pilot delivers informative commentary en route. The glaciers are the result of millions of years of tectonic plate movement, and their majesty and scale can only be truly appreciated from the air.

    After a short flight, touch down at the head of either the Franz Josef Glacier or the Fox Glacier and enjoy a little time to admire the landscape up close. Pose for photographs, capture the mountain scenery on camera and take in beautiful views out over the icy terrain to the lower valley beyond.

    When your 30-minute tour is over, hop back in your helicopter for the short flight back to the Fox Glacier Helicopter Base.

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  • Val B

    2018-02-07

    Excellent, good pilot, amaizing views, worth every penny.


    LOIS B

    2017-12-28

    As the Helicopter takes you up over the glaciers you get an absolutely breath-taking view of the stunning ice walls and crevices of this majestic work of Mother Nature. Then you land on the top of Fox Glacier to take in the serenity of the snow and ice where the Glacier starts. We had a stunning day when we did this tour, so got to see it at it's very best. Absolutely amazing!!!
    However weather conditions can change very rapidly over the Alps so be prepared for your Tour to be cancelled and rescheduled.
    It is not safe to fly in cloudly or windy conditions, so it is simply something that is out of the control of the Helitour company and they have your best interest in mind, so just bear that in mind if you have to reschedule.
    It is reasonably expensive to do this activity, but believe me it is worth every cent once you have done it!!!
    Breathtakingly, amazingly beautiful. Mother Nature at her very best without a doubt.


    Brian G

    2017-12-20

    We were lucky with the weather which was perfect and the views were astounding, our pilot Richard was very informative with his knowledge of the ares and the flight was very comfortable. The experience was very enjoyable.


    Nicholas F

    2017-12-08

    Again a well organised tour, taking off on time and doing everything the advert said. Viator certainly know how to organise experiences


    Howard S

    2017-10-01

    we were not able to do fox trip due to weather but we were able to change trip to a flight in Queenstown it was amazing really recommend it


    Kelly D

    2017-07-23

    The most amazing experience our family has had! Worth every.single.cent! Wish we had taken the longer trip.


    Peter E

    2017-02-26

    If travelling to the South Island in New Zealand, be sure to take a flight to the glaciers from Franz Josef. A great little town and amazing scenery.


    Daclimit13

    2017-01-27

    This flight was brilliant. Companies involved did everything they could to accommodate our family and the pilot Chris could not be faulted and was outstanding with our young daughter. The weather wasn and #39;t going our way but the flight was delayed and we managed the full tour with landing 2hours later.


    William G

    2016-12-06

    Due to the high snow the day before, we were fortunate to see a high volume of snow on the glacier. The tour was short only 30 min, but it was a fantastic activity where we stopped on the glacier itself and got to experience the majestic scenery. Definitely worth a try if you are to visit New Zealand's glacier.


    wmwakefield

    2016-11-01

    This was our first helicopter flight. It was absolutly amazing. We saw it all, Mt Tasman, Mt Cook, Franz Josef Glaicer and we actually walked on Fox Glacier. I would recommend it to anyone.


    Richard P

    2016-09-07

    A fantastic experience.
    A must for any one travelling to NZ. Put it on your bucket list.


    kees.sjakolien

    2016-08-19

    Fantastic, easy, relaxed and beautiful


    Brian T

    2016-06-21

    All we imagined it would be


    Peter S

    2016-05-04

    A great experience


    Deleanu C

    2016-04-28

    This tour was amazing and they also changed our booking to the other town that we been on the other side of the glacierwas a GPS bad location from Here Services and we ended up on the other side 50km, now I always double check with Google maps. I would also go with glacier hiking but for fast pace you can use only this helicopter tour.


    Nicole M

    2016-04-27

    Awesome flight, we were lucky to have clear weather which made it even better. Tour was really well organised and the pilot was great.


    Daryll M

    2016-04-06

    absolutely fantastic


    Abigail C

    2016-02-26

    This tour was amazing!


    Robert C

    2016-02-24

    A stunningly beautiful day up on the glaciers. Our pilot Tyson did a wonderful job of taking us up there and back, and telling us about what we were seeing. We were impressed that he didn't rush us while we were out on the glacier, and offered to take our pix. And he printed off his own pix for us to purchase at a reasonable price. Awesome trip!


    Martha V

    2016-01-09

    It was just a fantastic experience, the tour guides were very helpful and friendly. aA must do for all tourists


    Catherine J

    2015-12-21

    A wonderful experience, first class service. And the weather was perfect. Would love to do it again.


    Robert C

    2015-09-25

    Absolutely loved the whole experience, fabulous


    dfossa

    2015-09-17

    Highly recommend


    Alex C

    2015-06-29

    The most amazing, spectacular experience! I just wanted to go again, it's not to be missed!


  • Inclusions

    • 30-minute scenic helicopter flight with snow landing

    • Pilot guide

    • Informative commentary during the flight

    Exclusions

    • Food and drinks

    • Gratuities (optional)

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult

    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund

    • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures

    • Passengers MUST advise individual weight at time of booking

    Voucher info

      You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

    Return details

      Returns to original departure point

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    Scenic helicopter flight, Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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