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The glassy rivers and snow-capped peaks of the Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier are among the highlights of New Zealand’s South Island, and the West Coast glaciers are even more spectacular from above. Here are your options for Franz Josef and Fox glacier helicopter tours.

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  • Soar over the magnificent Southern Alps, Mt. Cook, Lake Matheson, and the West Coast region on a scenic helicopter flight.
  • Reach areas only accessible by experienced mountaineers and marvel at the vast glacial landscapes. 
  • Enjoy aerial views of both glaciers on a 30-minute helicopter tour, including snow landings.
  • Explore the glacial icefalls and ice caves of the Franz Josef glacier on a thrilling heli hike.
  • Make the most of the photo opportunities as you climb from sea level over the mighty peaks of the Mount Cook National Park.
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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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.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.02
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$263.02

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

Franz Josef Heli Hiking Guided Tour

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Experience a Franz Josef Glacier heli-hike as you explore ice caves and other glacial terrain with a professional guide.  Then don provided boots, jacket and ice axe for a guided hike past deep crevasses and towering ice-blue pinnacles before the return chopper ride down. Choose from seasonal departure times to suit your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$354.34
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Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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See the Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a helicopter flight above ice falls, snowfields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snowfield to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the maritime glacier. This helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.57
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$204.57

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

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This 20-minute scenic helicopter flight takes you soaring above Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier with a snow landing at the top — the perfect opportunity to get up close to a glacier in the South Island. You’ll be captivated as you lift off and fly up and over towering ice formations before a soft landing in a snowfield. Admire Mt Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak, from the glacial summit.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$204.57
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Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are New Zealand’s largest and most magnificent glaciers, and many visitors find it hard to choose between them. This helicopter tour takes in both with a thrilling flight over snowy peaks and frozen waterfalls, and an unforgettable snow landing overlooking the glacier.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.02
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$263.02

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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Take a guided hike to the terminal face of Franz Josef Glacier, scrambling along an exclusive pathway over the riverbed of the mighty Waiho. During the interpretive valley walk to the glacier, your guide covers the geographical features of this magnificent alpine landscape. Upon reaching the viewpoint, you’re treated to an up-close look at the advancing glacier. Numbers are limited to 13 people per group for a more personal experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.69
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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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See the imposing Southern Alps on an aerial tour with a helicopter landing on the snowfields of Franz Josef Glacier. Your 40-minute helicopter flight soars above the stunning alpine landscapes of the South Island, narrated by the professional pilot. Enjoy prime views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from above before descending toward the lush rainforests at the edge of the Tasman Sea.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$358.00
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$358.00

Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes)

Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes)

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Get aerial views of Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier on this air flight, including a snow landing. Take fantastic photos of the pinnacles and sheer crevasses, then make a snow landing for more shots of you and your party. Multiple departure times throughout the day make for a flexible outing, and you'll learn about the glaciers through your guide/pilot's informative commentary.
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$209.82
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Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

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Visit both the Franz Josef Glacier and the Fox Glacier on a single tour from Franz Josef on this flight tour that includes a snow landing. Get up close with the blue ice of these mammoth glaciers and snap unbelievable aerial photos from both the air and the ground level. Learn about the glaciology and environment of the area through your pilot's guided commentary.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$273.51
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Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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Fly above Mount Cook’s glacial icefalls, crevasses, and neves on a 40-minute helicopter flight from Franz Joseph, and see both of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers from the air. Your route crosses the spine of the Southern Alps, circles the summit of Mount Cook, then touches down for a snow landing, with spectacular aerial views of Westland Tai Poutini National Park throughout the flight.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$358.00
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