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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Franz Josef / Waiau, New Zealand
Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Overview

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.
  • 40-minute helicopter flight with snow landing on Franz Josef Glacier
  • See views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from the summit
  • Soar over the Southern Alps and the Murchison Glacier valley
  • Listen to fascinating commentary from the pilot
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Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5 - 10 minutes)
Live commentary on board
Pilot guide
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Departure Point

Main South Road, Franz Josef / Waiau 7856, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your twin-engine helicopter for a premier 40-minute flight including a remote snow landing above the eponymous glacier. Within the open-plan helicopter cabin that seats up to six passengers, look down upon two of New Zealand's finest national parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps.

From your vantage point in the air, discover the vast expanse of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. You’ll get up close to towering peaks and crevasses, and learn about the alpine wonderland of the Murchison Glacier valley, as your pilot delivers expert commentary en route.

Then descend onto a snowfield with a helicopter landing at around 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and walk along the main divide, which offers panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier.

Back in the air, continue down toward the coastal rainforests bordering the Tasman Sea before returning to the tour base.
Itinerary
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Franz Josef Glacier
Experience both Franz Josef Glacier & Fox Glacier by air on our premier 40-minute trip! From above you’ll view and appreciate the incredible natural phenomenon, towering ice formations and vastness the glaciers. Top it off with a snow landing. Stand on the ancient ice of the glaciers.
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Tasman Glacier
You’ll also fly over the Tasman Glacier on the eastern side of the Southern Alps and close to Mount Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand’s highest peak.
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Southern Alps
Soar past the spectacular Southern Alps!
Pass By:  
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Fly close to Mount Cook/Aoraki, New Zealand's highest peak
  • 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. Moderate fitness is required
  • 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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight.

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Ken_R
, Sep 2020
Expected it to be cancelled due to inclement weather however we were in for a treat, while I didn't get the full flight I booked it was non-the-less a fantastic experience and one I will do again. The team were friendly and outgoing. The pilot was pins on paper professional.
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Trip of a lifetime
pughstephen9
, Feb 2020
This trip was absolutely awesome - I can not praise it enough. The organisation of the trip was superb - the staff are very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The actual flight was very punctual and we were helped into the helicopter very safely and efficiently - flying up to the glacier was stunning and then we landed, got out and went for a walk - amazing - something I will remember for the rest of my life!
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Five stars are not enough for this...
SANDRA B
, Mar 2017
Five stars are not enough for this trip! What an experience! We had to wait a little while for the weather to clear but so glad we did as the views were amazing from the helicopter! Landing on the glacier was awesome! Don't forget your camera!
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Awesome experience. I was initially...
Stuart R
, Feb 2017
Awesome experience. I was initially nervous at my first flight in a helicopter yet I could hardly tell I had left the ground. That anxious moment over the rest of the trip was so amazing. The flight over the glacier was amazing with the pilot turning the helicopter to give all passengers great views. The landing on the glacier was great fun. Definitely an experience I would recommend. Thank you.
star-5
This is a truly magical experience...
Alan R
, Feb 2017
This is a truly magical experience and is well worth the ticket price. Soaring way above the galaciers and seeing how extensive and beautiful the ranges are should not be missed. The short stop on the Franz Josef glacier gives you an experience of a lifetime. Go for it!
star-5
New Zealand is full of fabulous...
Glenda F
, Sep 2016
New Zealand is full of fabulous experiences, but this was without doubt THE BEST. Thanks!
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We were fortunate to have beautiful...
Charles H
, Mar 2016
We were fortunate to have beautiful weather, so had a fantastic flight!
star-5
Very scenic flight and pilots made me...
Fee R
, Aug 2015
Very scenic flight and pilots made me feel safe I would highly recommend this scenic flight
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Awesome view from the top, and our...
Raymond Phau
, May 2015
Awesome view from the top, and our pilot flying so close to the mountain. Walking and playing at Mt Cook Glacier remind us of God wonderful creation everywhere. So blessed!
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Awesome experience. The only way to see...
Sharon L
, Dec 2014
Awesome experience. The only way to see the glacier.

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