We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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
More
Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
From USD 185.75
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
From USD 185.75
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.
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.
Reviews (40)
1 - 5 of 28 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome

Absolutely awesome - a MUST DO! Fantastic views of the glacier and its surrounds. Spectacular views of the glacier surface, the length of the glacier and the mountains. Worth every cent!More

1  Thank Bonski23
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Bonski23, thanks for your review! You’ve summed up the experience we offer pretty well! The views of the glaciers and mountains that you get from our helicopters are hard to beat. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your holiday in our beautiful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
An unbelievable experience that you simply must not miss out on!

My husband, daughter, and I had the most amazing experience with Glacier Helicopters. Our pilot, Andy, was amazing and full of exuberant enthusiasm. The views are stunning and the entire experience left us with a huge amount of gratitude. It was simply breathtaking. Our pilot...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank smsmissy
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Smsmissy. It sounds like you had a once in a lifetime experience with us! It is incredible being able to experience snow in the middle of summer- we take great pride in being able to offer the snow landings all year round! We are...More

Reviewed 12 December 2018
Breathtaking AF! A must do in Franz Josef

Couldn't have had a better experience - or first ever helicopter flight! - than with Glacier Helicopters in Franz Josef. Katy Lou at the office was an absolute gem; friendly and super informative, I cannot thank her enough. Everyone from our lovely guide, who ran...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank thebeatofadventure
TotallyTourism, General Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2018

Hello thebeatofadventure, thanks for your fantastic review! We’re glad that we got to take you on your first helicopter tour, and that you had such a wonderful time! It sounds like you were extremely lucky with the weather as well. We are thrilled that all...More

Reviewed 23 November 2018
Majestic bird's eye view

When the weather finally permitted, seeing the glacier from the bird's eye view surpasses any views along the Glacier Valley walk. What a magnificent geological phenomenon!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Btbuggy
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile
Exceptional!!

The whole process was smooth, efficient, friendly, and amazing!! The staff were so lovely ... even made the weigh-in process very unconfronting! We would highly recommend this adventure ... felt safe at all times, cared for and fully informed. Ground staff and Andy, the pilot,...More

1  Thank leemo2016
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at Glacier Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Hi leemo2016. We’re thrilled your experience with us was exceptional! We take pride in making each trip with us run as smoothly and as comfortably as possible. We understand that taking peoples weights can be uncomfortable, but we do it purely for to make sure...More

View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Trek257368
1 October 2018|
Answer
Response from amybA2507XB | Reviewed this property |
It should be easy to find out online. Be aware that it's a several hour drive from Queenstown to Franz Josef.
0
Votes
Robert F
11 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Michael O | Reviewed this property |
The company will contact you and provide you with a take-off time. You cannot pick it. At least we didn’t. If you have a preference, I would email before you book it.
0
Votes
Travellers Also Viewed
Franz Josef Neve Discoverer...
25 Reviews
from USD 185.75*
Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from...
86 Reviews
from USD 240.79*
Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz...
13 Reviews
from USD 240.79*
Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including...
10 Reviews
from USD 185.75*
Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from...
86 Reviews
from USD 240.79*
Franz Josef Neve Discoverer...
25 Reviews
from USD 185.75*
Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter...
12 Reviews
from USD 240.79*
Fox Glacier and Mount Cook Helicopter...
24 Reviews
from USD 240.79*