Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

From US$ 187.41 per person

Soar above scenic snowy landscapes and enjoy unsurpassed views of Franz Josef Glacier on this epic helicopter tour. From a unique birds-eye perspective, admire views of some of New Zealand’s highest peaks, then stop for a once-in-a-lifetime snow landing.

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Duration 20 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Spectacular views of ice pinnacles and crevasses of the Franz Josef Glacier, an ancient river of ice descending from the Southern Alps of New Zealand
  • Soak up the magical atmosphere from your snow landing and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities with panoramic views of the Southern Alps of New Zealand
  • Named after the last Emperor of Austria, the Franz Josef Glacier is one of the worlds unique glaciers descending down into temperate rainforest
Full description
Board the helicopter at the local partner’s base in Franz Josef, then ascend into the New Zealand's highest mountain range known as the Southern Alps, where panoramic views await. Soar across the sky, passing over the spectacular ice pinnacles and crevasses of Franz Josef Glacier on the way to the snow landing site. Throughout the tour, soak up once-in-a-lifetime views of snow-capped mountains, ancient glacier as well as some of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Arrive at the landing site and take your first steps onto the snowy landscape. Be amazed by the sheer beauty of your surroundings as you are dwarfed by the size of this mountainous West Coast region. Enjoy enough time to take photos and soak up this magical location, then board the helicopter for the return journey to the base. Another view of this amazing and unique glacier formation as you descend back down across temperate rainforest and safe landing back at base.
  • No need to board a courtesy van, after checking into our Franz Josef office take a short 200m walk down to our heli-pad where your helicopter awaits to take you on your once in a lifetime journey
  • Headsets provide for a running commentary provide by your pilot as you take in the amazing views below and in front
  • Our professional and knowledgeable pilots will tell of the glacier history and point out the major points of interest such as Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, New Zealand's highest peaks
  • Hotel/Motel collection not included, you must check in to our Franz Josef office in the centre of town. Parking is available onsite or council park below the rear of our building.
  • Clothing not included, bring your own jackets if needed, Check with our sales staff for temperature conditions of the day and suggested attire
  • Footwear not included, must wear covered in shoes (sneakers or trainers are fine, hiking boots can be worn if you prefer - no spikes or crampons please as they will damage the helicopter)
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

Know before you go

  • If the tour is cancelled due to weather conditions, you will be refunded
  • All seats in the helicopter come with listening headsets that allows for the pilot to give a running commentary on the views and highlights of your tour
  • The road leading north out of Franz Josef is closed until further notice due to flooding. It is targeted to be reopened (with restrictions) before Christmas, depending on weather
  • As of Wednesday December 11, 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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Awesome view and wonderful experience.

October 5, 2022

Product ID: 325023