• Location: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
  • Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)
From USD $ 169.75 View price calendar

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See the Franz Josef Glacier from the air on a 20-minute helicopter flight above ice falls, snow fields, and crevasses. Touch down on a snow field to see the icy landscape up close, and take in sweeping views across the 7.5-mile (12-km) maritime glacier. This 20-minute helicopter tour departs from a helipad in Franz Josef township.


  • 20-minute Franz Josef helicopter tour
  • See the glacier from the air
  • Panoramic views of the ice
  • Land in a glacial snowfield
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day

What You Can Expect

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Scenic Beauty

Make your way to a central location in Franz Josef township, where you’ll check in for the flight; helicopter departures are available throughout the day, and can be arranged after booking.

Lift off above the Franz Josef Glacier, which stretches through Westland Tai Poutini National Park, with thick forest that creeps to the edge of the ice. Mid-way through the flight, the pilot will touch down on part of the glacier snowfield, in a location that could otherwise be reached only with specialized equipment and mountaineering guides. After time to snap some photos and enjoy the view, return to the helicopter for the flight back to Franz Josef township, where this tour concludes at the original departure point.

Customer Reviews

Stewart T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a fantastic experience - almost an 'out of this world' sensation

Mariana S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

An unbelievable experience, worth every cent.

jane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

fantastic, well worth the experience.

Aleksandra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It was amazing! Staff very helpful, very informative. The experience itself was mesmeraising. I loved every bit of it! I reccomend this trip to everyone. Loved every bit of it!

Sue W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

OMG this Tour was the highlight of our holiday. Nervous as anything as never been on a helicopter....however our pilot was fantastic. Very informative and very calming. A must do in the South Island !!!!

Donald C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This was a short, but wonderful experience. I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys an adventure.

Jon G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Great morning and an amazing trip!!

Frances P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Short but sweet trip. Gave an excellent perspective of the glaciers!

Heinrich O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Was absolutely amazing! Friendly staff, breathtaking views and the pilot let us spend quite some time up the glacier front. Highly recommended to anyone visiting the glaciers.

Mike D

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

An amazing experience and the staff and pilot were great. The photos from the top were incredible. My only complaint is that the entire experience is so short. You're up and down in 20 minutes. A longer trip would have been better.

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