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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0767
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Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced helicopter pilots share their knowledge whilst overflying the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields, exposing extraordinary colours of ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing. Alternatively combine a scenic helicopter flight with an unforgettable guided helihike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides.
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  • Very good14%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“heli hike” (87 reviews)
“fox glacier” (34 reviews)
“snow landing” (19 reviews)
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Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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+64 3-752 0767
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Reviewed 2 days ago

our trip was canceled on a cloudless sunny day. so visible weather signals nothing, wind on glacier decides everything. but it looked great, suggestion go on main street and book a copter(cheaper) (than solving it at their desk), book a flight that lands on glacier...More

Thank pkmcallen
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was our 'big' bucket list item on our trip...nothing disappointed us...the office staff & the pilot (Matt I think!) were awesum & helpful. We were so lucky to have perfect weather...didn't know until we were up there if we would get the full 40...More

Thank poplarbear
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your fantastic review. We are so pleased you got to tick off your “big” bucket list item with our breath-taking Mountain Scenic Spectacular experience! We hope you have had a thrilling experience while being in New Zealand.

Reviewed 6 days ago

This was such an amazing trip. Yes, the weather was fantastic (clear blue skies) but the staff and morning we experienced was just fantastic. We took a 7 minute scenic journey to the glacier and then enjoyed a 2 hour walk on the ice and...More

Thank steveplant
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Steve, We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your Heli Hike and the weather was amazing that day. We like to make sure our staff are trained on giving you all the best experience! Ben is very informative and is amazing guide! We...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had dan as our pilot and vicki and Kirstin look after us today. Hands down the best experience we've ever had and the everyone we're so lovely and happy. 5/5

Thank Meagan L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Meagan for an amazing review. The team in Fox are truly amazing, we are pleased to hear you really enjoyed your experience with us and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday in New Zealand.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our flight with another company was cancelled due to the weather (wind). This stopped us from doing our Helihike. We were told the Helicopter line could take us. We went there and for around £180 each, we flew for about 40 mins around the glaciers...More

Thank Jonathan E
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Jonathan, Thank you for leaving a great review! We are glad that you were able to fly with us on our Mountain Scenic Spectacular experience. The tips your have shared on your review are fantastic. A camera is definitely a must. We hope you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service and passionate staff! Our first time taking a helicopter ride and plus an amazing weather (clear day) was a blast! Would definitely recommend anyone to book with The Helicopter Line, because they are indeed a great company with a positive first impression!More

Thank ZahrahTheLion
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, thank your leaving us a fabulous review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your flight with us and you found our service to be excellent. We are all passionate about our work and enjoy being able to share our wonderful area with you. The...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to get perfect weather and see the entire glacier! The pilot Brooks was very friendly. This is a must do excursion!

Thank Brandon L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Brandon Thank you so much for leaving us a review!! We have had some great weather lately isn’t it stunning on a fine day! Brooke is very good at what he does. Thank you from the team on the West Coast.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best experience- huge thank you to Matt (wow wee) and the ladies in the office .. Kirsten and Tanya.. really was one of our highlights . Matt was reassuring and knowledgeable ❤️ thanks guys 🤣😄🌻👍🍻photo to comeMore

Thank 123Charlie1232014
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Charlie, Thank you for leaving us an awesome review. Fox Glacier is definitely one of a kind and we are so pleased to the that the staff over in Fox Glacier gave you a memorable experience. Our pilots are very experience and full of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The heli hike was an amazing experience and very well organised. You are kitted out with everything you need,- waterproof coat, over-trousers, boots and crampons. You're then taken in the helicopter for a short flight up over the Franz glacier and you land on the...More

1  Thank Sheilambutcher
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Sheila, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic review. We are glad the weather turned on a brilliant day for you. It really is a unique experience and our guides are full of knowledge of the Glacier. We are so thrilled you enjoyed everything...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing experience, the staff were very friendly, the trip was mind blowing. Worth every pennyMore

Thank Rebecca W
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Rebecca. Thank you for leaving us a great review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your ‘mind blowing’ glacier flight and that you found our customer service to be warm and friendly. We strive to give everyone who flies with us an amazing...More

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patfraut
My husband and I are planning a trip to Franz Josef during the first week of April this year. We would like to take the Heli Hiking tour on Saturday April 8th, the morning tour. My question is: should we book this well in advance to insure we have a spot, or are there usually openings if we wait until the morning of the desired day to book? I only hesitate to book ahead, due to not knowing what the weather will be like. If the conditions for viewing are poor, but the tour is not cancelled, I'd hate to loose all the money we have paid for the tour. I welcome any suggestions on how to handle this.
13 February 2017|
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Response from Damion M | Reviewed this property |
we signed up on the morning we went up the glacier. A Chinese man who had booked some monrths in advance was in the office and quite angry that they could not get the full tour at the time because of poor visibility... More
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william k
is there helicopter line base in /near twizel?
17 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hi William, We have a seasonal office in Twizel which is closed at the moment. The nearest base would be Glentanner, on your way to Mount Cook.
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TMcleish
Hello, we have three children (8, 10 and 12) and were hoping to do a helicopter ride and hike with them in February. Is this possible and if so, what do you suggest to get the best views of the area and explore things like ice caves? Thank you
6 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. Firstly, yes! It is absolutely possible to organise a helicopter ride and hike for three children. We offer a Heli-Hike here at The Helicopter Line - Franz Josef, which is an awesome... More
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