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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

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icon30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Overview

Appreciate the majesty and scale of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers from the air during a 30-minute helicopter flight and snow landing. Enjoy aerial views over both glaciers from your prime position in the sky, and hear live commentary from the professional pilot before landing atop either Fox or Franz Josef. Then hop out and focus your camera lens on a glacial scene of frozen icefalls, glowing blue ice fields and plunging crevasses — considered to be among New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes.
  • 30-minute helicopter flight over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers in New Zealand
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the glaciers from your vantage point in the air
  • Hear interesting commentary from your professional pilot on route
  • Land on either the Franz Josef Glacier or the Fox Glacier to appreciate the glacial landscape up close
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Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5-10 minutes)
Pilot guide
Informative commentary during the flight
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Heli Hike, Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7856, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your Southern Alps glacier discovery at the nearby Fox Glacier helicopter base for your 30-minute flight. Strap yourself into your seat and prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime ride, soaring above the pristine scenery of New Zealand’s Franz Josef and Fox glaciers — the result of millions of years of geologic change.

En route, listen to live narration from your experienced pilot and gaze out the panoramic windows to find a stunning frozen landscape below. Your helicopter hovers above a mantle of sheet ice and snow, then makes a thrilling snow landing at the summit of either the Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier. Hop out to get up close to the breathtaking scene, including shimmering blue icefalls, ice caves, deep crevasses, pinnacles and seracs.

Take some time to pose for photos, capture the alpine terrain on camera and take in the mountaintop views over the valley beyond. After, settle back inside your helicopter for the short flight back to the base.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Franz Josef Glacier
Experience both Franz Josef Glacier & Fox Glacier in one trip!
Pass By:  
Fox Glacier Hiking Trails
Experience Fox and Franz Josef Glacier in one trip!
Pass By:  
Southern Alps
Admire views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook.
Pass By:  
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Admire views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult, Children weighing less than 15kgs are required to sit on a parents lap.
  • 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Totally Tourism - The Helicopter Line

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Plan your trip for the morning as the weather appears to turn for the worst after midday." See review

Reviews

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Poor customer service
Siegfried_v
, Mar 2020
I booked our trip month in advance and paid in full. Sadly on the day the weather was not good so all flights got cancelled. I was promised by the receptionist that she processed the refund and I should receive the money on my credit card within a week. 3 weeks have passed and I have checked with my bank but no refund has been processed. So either the “The Helicopter Line” or Viator is holding my money. This is disgusting.
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Excellent. Not to be missed.
Denis_B
, Feb 2020
Absolutely amazing. Very nice and helpful staff, lovely helicopter and we were blessed with fantastic weather.
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Thrilling
Gary_P
, Feb 2020
Fantastic experience! Our pilot, Scott, was friendly and informative but more importantly SAFE. This is a 5star experience!
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The helicopter flight was excellent...
kwarlum
, Feb 2018
The helicopter flight was excellent - well worth doing. The Helicopter Line crew were professional, and the flight wet too quickly. It was great landing on the Glacier- we had a beautiful sunny day. Plan your trip for the morning as the weather appears to turn for the worst after midday.
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Excellent, good pilot, amaizing views...
Val B
, Feb 2018
Excellent, good pilot, amaizing views, worth every penny.
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As the Helicopter takes you up over...
LOIS B
, Dec 2017
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.
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We were lucky with the weather which...
Brian G
, Dec 2017
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.
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Again a well organised tour, taking...
Nicholas F
, Dec 2017
Again a well organised tour, taking off on time and doing everything the advert said. Viator certainly know how to organise experiences
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we were not able to do fox trip due...
Howard S
, Oct 2017
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
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The most amazing experience our...
Kelly D
, Jul 2017
The most amazing experience our family has had! Worth every.single.cent! Wish we had taken the longer trip.
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