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Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

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Franz Josef, New Zealand
Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight

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icon20 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • 20-minute helicopter flight over Franz Joseph Glacier or Fox Glacier
  • Hover above crevasses and towering ice formations
  • Land in the snowfield atop a glacier and breathe in alpine air
  • Capture views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook (Aoraki)
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Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5 - 10 minutes)
Pilot guide
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Gratuities
The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier , Franz Josef, Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef 7856, New Zealand
This activity will end right where it started.
Arrive at the Franz Josef Glacier helicopter base. Following a safety briefing from the pilot, board your six-passenger helicopter to begin the 20-minute aerial tour to Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier.

With its ability to hover and land, the twin-engine helicopter is an ideal way to gain access to some of the most remote regions of the Southern Alps. The open cabin ensures excellent viewing of the panorama before you, as you lift off toward New Zealand’s most famous glaciers.

The helicopter takes you up close to towering peaks and crevasse-filled frozen waterways. Learn about the pristine ice-blue landscape as your professional pilot delivers informative commentary before landing in the snowfield at the top. Step out into a winter wonderland with views of Mt Cook/Aoraki, which reaches an elevation of 12,217 feet (3,724 meters).

Then re-board the helicopter for the ride back to the tour base.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Franz Josef
Experience Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier from the sky.
Pass By:  
Fox Glacier
Experience Franz Josef Glacier or Fox Glacier from the sky.
Pass By:  
Southern Alps
Admire views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook.
Pass By:  
Aoraki / Mount Cook
Admire views of the Southern Alps and soaring Mt Cook.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures. Moderate fitness is required.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

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

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

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star-5
This was a must do on our itinerary...
WolfsheadIE
, Jun 2017
This was a must do on our itinerary. We were not disappointed. Bit of confusion in Franz Josef as two companies offer the tour we booked and interchange the check-in. Other than that, super. Comfortable helicopter, smooth flight and utterly breathtaking scenery. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to appreciate the majesty of the southern alps.
star-5
This was the highlight of our New...
Christina H
, Jun 2017
This was the highlight of our New Zealand holiday. We would highly recommend it. We loved it. The pilot was very skilled.
star-4
Order good weather! The flight over...
Katherine_W
, Nov 2016
Order good weather! The flight over the glacier was wonderful, pity the clouds were so low. Our pilot was friendly, knowledgeable and competent.We were able to walk on the glacier, which is not always possible. Early morning flights are more reliable for hitting the better weather. Would do it all again.
star-5
Absolutely a delightful chance to...
Ivan H
, Oct 2016
Absolutely a delightful chance to fly up and see the glaciers up close in person! Really fun experience and a definitely must do attraction!
star-2
For the price and from the...
Renee_M
, May 2016
For the price and from the description, I expected more. The pilot didn't even describe anything we were passing over. I wish I had my money back!
star-5
Our Pilot, Blair was excellent. He...
Donna_W
, May 2016
Our Pilot, Blair was excellent. He made our trip so memorable - particularly for our younger boys who had not seen snow before. This was the highlight of our three weeks in New Zealand.
star-3
This was the first and only caravan...
Beryl P
, Nov 2014
This was the first and only caravan park we stayed in on our trip and it was poor cramped cabin really no value for money the weather closed in on us and our helicopter flight was cancelled however we saw enough of the bush walk and beautiful surrounds to make us want to return in better weather. This is the only place that we saw the Kiwi. Here is the best tip I can give travelers after being told that we should be extremely quiet as the Kiwi was shy we entered the dark enclosure where we looked for 15 minutes without seeing a Kiwi I let out a low whistle between the teeth and the two kiwis in the enclosure came running up to the fence where we could get a good look at this inquisitive bird so much for shy.
star-5
Fantastic! What an experience...
Barbie
, Apr 2014
Fantastic! What an experience. Landing on the glacier was unbelievable!
star-5
Lived up to expectations. Definite...
Jim B
, Mar 2014
Lived up to expectations. Definite one of the highlights of our tour with spectacular views. A unique experience.
star-5
Having never been in a helicopter...
Brian L
, Oct 2013
Having never been in a helicopter and also never seen a glacier this was double the excitement for my wife, our 14 year old son and myself. Amazing scenery, the stop on the mountain was also awesome. The day was beautiful weather which helped but it was the highlight of our trip to the South Island. The only thing that would have made it only a little better would be a slightly longer flight over the mountain and glacier, otherwise fantastic!

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