Franz Josef, New Zealand

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  • Franz Josef, New Zealand

    Following a pickup from your hotel in Franz Josef, 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, then travel back to your Franz Josef hotel where your glacier discovery tour will come to an end.

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  • Manoj M

    2014-01-06

    Quite an excellent trip


    Pentwynk

    2014-01-06

    I will give this company top marks for being understanding and tourist friendly. We had to change our booking due to a road closure caused by a slight landslide driving from Wanaka. They were more than happy to change our time. When we arrived there was cloud cover and our booked time was cancelled and rescheduled two hours later. The flight was excellent and we landed on Fox Glacier for photos etc. There was fresh snow which was very soft and almost every step we went down to our knees in the snow. The pilot was very helpful in assisting me around. We then recorded and flew over the ravines and onto Franz Josef Glacier which was just as spectacular and the whole trip was very memorable.


    Mrs Vicki L A

    2014-01-02

    FANTASTIC!


    danielle h

    2013-07-30

    The best thing that we did!!!! The beauty of this place is just amazing, being on top of the glacier was like being in another world, our pilot ben was amazing and the whole experience was just great!


    Robyn M

    2013-01-23

    Awesome. I rate it as one of the top ten experiences in my life. Well wort the money in hindsight it is actually very reasonable. As Franz Joseph glacier is disappearing very rapidly the view from the ground would have been a bit disappointing if I hadn' first seen it from the air. A must do!!!


    Geoffrey A

    2013-01-14

    A trip not to be missed! The pilot, Andrew, gave an excellent commentary as well as expertly flying the helicopter to ensure a smooth and stunning trip.


    john b

    2012-06-25

    It was awesome. We had a beautiful sunny day and the pilot was brill. We were just sad we didn't have enough time to do the heli-hike, if u have the time that would be even better.


    Denita S

    2012-01-18

    Fabulous, friendly staff, on time, first time kids touched and played with snow . Would highly recommend to others.


    Robert T

    2011-11-16

    Wonderful experience, a must do!!!


    Michelle K

    2011-10-19

    Great experience and service. We had planned to fly the next morning, but the weather forecast was bad, so at very short notice, they arranged for us to go up the afternoon before.


    Marco Antonio E

    2011-10-10

    The twin glacier helicopter flight was fantastic, we had a beautiful trip.The pilot was very helpful and very good photographer either. altogether would recommend to anyone.


    chocolate4jade

    2011-06-28

    Amazingly awesome! no words can really describe it


    Jane C

    2011-03-28

    The twin glacier helicopter flight was brilliant, we luckily had a beautiful day, blue skies, great pilot called Richard, very helpful and not a bad photographer either. altogether would recommend to anyone.


    Caroline A

    2011-03-29

    The helicopter trip was awesome and to stand on the glacier was fabulous. Only criticism is that the reception staff at The Helicopter line were very unhelpful and rude and the pilot's commentary was lack lustre. Apart from that brilliant!


    Marianne K

    2011-03-29

    Superb experience, friendly and knowledgeable staff who want to give you the best service possible while making sure everyone is safe Excellent!


    Peter W

    2010-05-28

    Words cannot descibe the experience..Totally awesome..Was the hilight of our trip.


    Bronwyn G

    2010-05-28

    Awesome!! Spectacular!! Worth every dollar!! Educational!! Spunky pilot!!


    Chris H

    2009-03-09

    We had to wait three days for the weather to clear, but it was well worth it.


    Jason W

    2009-02-03

    Sensational trip, we had super blue skies and a fantastic trip up and around Mount Cook. The helicopter company also gave us a free upgrade to the 40 Minute trip!


    Leanne T

    2009-01-19

    It's worth the money to be up on the glacier. In the sun and on the grass, then 5 minutes later in the sun and snow having a snowball fight. Awesome


    Skye L

    2009-01-06

    Amazing experience & a fantastic way to see the glaciers with 2 children, aged 5 & 11. Check time of year for flights, though, as during summer the weather can be unpredictable & flights don't go. We got lucky!


    Brooke M

    2008-08-24

    It was brilliant! The snow landing was great fun, especially when you don't get to see snow often coming from Australia!


    Lawrence W

    2008-08-24

    The staff was very friendly and well-informed. Overall, this was a great experience.


    Linda A

    2008-03-04

    After doubt whether trip could take place because it was too cloudy and postponement until 5pm, finally at 6.30pm the trip went to plan and was certainly well worth the wait. An amazing experience!


  • Inclusions

    • 30-minute scenic helicopter flight with snow landing

    • Pilot guide

    • Informative commentary during the flight

    • Hotel pick up and drop-off

    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 must present a paper voucher for this tour. We will email a link to access and print your voucher at the Lead Travelers email address.

    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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