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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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Overview
The Franz Joseph glacier ranks among Westland’s most impressive natural attractions, but its scale can only be fully appreciated from the air. On this helicopter flight, choose the departure time to suit your schedule and admire sweeping views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Touch down to explore the glacial landscape on foot, and discover a world of deep crevasses and frozen ice.
Highlights
  • Take to the skies above Franz Joseph by helicopter with your pilot
  • Uninterrupted views over the Franz Josef glacier, the Southern Alps, and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park
  • Hop out on the icefields and explore the frozen landscape on foot
  • Select the departure time to suit your schedule
What to Expect
Make your way to the helipad in central Franz Josef township, and check in for your sightseeing flight. Flights take off throughout the day and you can request your preferred departure time when booking, so you’re free to plan your trip as you please. With your pilot at the controls, take a seat in your helicopter and take to the skies above Franz Joseph. From your high vantage point, enjoy panoramic views over the forests and icefields of the Southern Alps and the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Fly over the mighty Franz Joseph glacier, and see the stunning ice features, cracks, and crevasses from above. Then, touch down on the glacier snowfield and take a walk across the ice. Breathe in the pure alpine air, and capture the scenery on camera. When your time on the glacier comes to an end, return by helicopter to base in Franz Joseph to conclude your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
Duration
20m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • We recommend you bring along warm clothes, sunglasses, sturdy footwear, your camera and a sense of adventure!
  • For safety reasons, we do not allow selfie sticks, drones, flammable liquids, lighters, iPads/ tablets and bags of any description on any of our flights.
  • We fly all year round, weather permitting. Please note: On Christmas, we only operate for half the day (9 am - 12 pm).
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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This activity is so fun you gotta do it at least once. What a fantastic view and a great experience.
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One of the best activities I have done on a holiday. Would highly recommend. They only end up completing 40% of booked flights though due to weather so try and get a morning flight and be prepared for it to be rescheduled. Staff were helpful during the whole process and made
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hello Emily and thank you for your excellent review. We are so happy that you found it to be one of the best things you’ve ever done on a holiday, what high praise! Unfortunately, the weather does scupper some of our plans here on the coast and we thank you for your understanding. We will always try to reschedule you if possible. Thank you again for your kind words and we hope you enjoyed your time on our stunning West Coast.
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Absolutely fantastic experience! Like no other, a must do! Weather was getting cloudy but managed to get up in time for a snow landing
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Response from TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 5 Oct 2019
Hi there, Your photos are absolutely stunning! Safety here at Glacier helicopters is paramount and it looks like it was a beautiful day on the Geikie snowfield. Thank you for leaving a positive review, we all hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Cheers, The Glacier Helicopters team
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We were blessed with the famous sunshine and organised a flight on short notice to the top of Franz Josef Glacier. The whole experience was to die for. Full safety brief with all care from the booking ladies explaining the weather conditions and timeframes for when we were
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Response from TotallyTourism, Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 14 Sep 2019
Hello Carl, thank you for your wonderful review. It sounds like you had the perfect experience, it’s always a pleasure to show off the best of our backyard! The mountains, valleys, glaciers and snow are breath-taking- we’re glad to hear the weather pulled out all the stops so we could show you just how beautiful the West Coast is. We will pass your kind words about Chris and our customer service team to them, and we all hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand. The Glacier Helicopter Team
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My husband and I were very lucky to be able to get on a flight the day we were going through Franz Joseph. From Office Staff to Pilot all I can say is exceptional service. We were lucky enough to land on the Glacier with photos taken by the lovely Pilot and I still cant stop
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Response from TotallyTourism, General Manager at Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
Responded 20 Aug 2019
Hello Jo1969_12, thank you for leaving a great review. We’re thrilled to hear you had a great experience with us from start to finish. We take pride in delivering a high standard of personable professionalism and we’re glad that this was shown throughout your time with us. Your photo of the Giekie is remarkable! All that fresh snow would have been a joy to experience- there are definitely perks coming all the way to the West Coast in winter! Thank you again for the positive review, and we hope that you enjoy the rest of your holiday.
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  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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