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  1. New Zealand
  2. West Coast, South Island
  3. Franz Josef Town
  4. Franz Josef Glacier / Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere

Franz Josef: 45-Minute Glacial Sightseeing Helicopter Ride

Product ID: 295385
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Embark on the ultimate scenic journey as you fly over some of New Zealand’s highest mountains, including Aoraki Mt Cook. Admire breathtaking views and marvel at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier, then enjoy a snow landing for fantastic photo opportunities.
About this activity
Duration 45 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Admire the panoramic and breathtaking landscape of the Southern Alps
  • Experience a 10-minute snow landing among the mountains for an epic photo opportunity
  • Marvel at New Zealands highest, most impressive mountains, including Aoraki Mt Cook
Full description
Meet at the local operator’s base in Franz Josef township, then get checked in by the friendly ground crew. After check in, head to the helicopter pad to meet your pilot for the experience who’ll provide detailed commentary on the region's history, glaciology, and flora and fauna for the duration of the flight.

The flight begins in the direction of the Fox Glacier township and then through the valley, passing by icefalls and snowfields along the way. Continue on towards the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook next, and soar over the snow capped mountains which make up the stunning Southern Alps. As you fly, discover a number of smaller glaciers on the approach to Franz Josef Glacier.

Your pilot then lands the helicopter in the snow amongst the mountain tops, where you can enjoy the opportunity to immerse yourself in the landscape and take epic photos of the experience. After 10 minutes taking in the picturesque surroundings, hop back on the helicopter for the return journey to Franz Josef township.
  • Experienced pilots and in-flight commentary
  • Transport to and from the helicopter
  • 35-minute scenic flight experience
  • 10-minute snow landing (weather permitting)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Vantage Helicopters reception is inside the Glacier Base Building at 63 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Closed-toe shoes
Not allowed
  • Selfie sticks
Know before you go
• Extendable selfie sticks and smoking or electronic cigarettes are not permitted in or around the aircraft
• Please dress warmly and wear closed toe shoes for the snow landing
• Bags and other personal items can be left at reception
• The Road leading north out of Franz Josef is closed until further notice due to flooding. Targeting to reopen with restrictions before Christmas, weather dependent. As of Wednesday 11th December, 2019 full access south from Franz Josef on State Highway 6 through to Wanaka is open with some delays to be expected.
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Vantage Helicopters

Product ID: 295385