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South IslandWest CoastFranz Josef Glacier

Scenic helicopter flights and snow landings above the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, West Coast, New Zealand

Fox and Franz Josef Heliservices offers scenic helicopter flights with snow landings above the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers with panoramic views of New Zealand's Southern Alps. With 4 and 6 passenger modern turbine helicopters we cater for individuals and groups from our Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Haast and Lake Tekapo bases.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime, with the most memorable experience of scenic wonder. We are the only 100% locally owned and operated helicopter company licenced to land within the Westland National Park. Operating 364 days of the year, subject to suitable weather conditions and at pilots discretion. Your safety is our priority. Find us at www.scenic-flights.co.nz

Flight 1 - Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers including snow landing (allow 20 minutes) - view our website for latest pricing

*Explore the Fox or Franz Josef Glacier to 6000’ and land on the snow with exceptional views of New Zealand's Southern Alps

Flight 2 - Fox Glacier and mount Cook including snow landing (allow 30 minutes) - view our website for latest pricing

*Explore the Fox Glacier then fly by the sheer west faces of Mount’s Cook and Tasman. A snow landing provides opportunities to photograph the magnificent scenery.

Flight 3 = "Twin Glacier" Fox and Franz Josef including snow landing (allow 30 minutes) - view our website for latest pricing

*This flight gives you the opportunity to discover the scenic wonders of both the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. Again while landed on the snow photograph Mount’s Cook and Tasman.

Flight 4 the "Grand Tour" including snow landing (allow 40 minutes) - view our website for latest pricing
*The “grand-daddy” of all flights! Explore both glaciers as well as taking in Mount’s Cook and Tasman. We top this off by landing you on the snow for photo opportunities. As a bonus, weather permitting we cross the main divide for you to view the Tasman Glacier.

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Email: info@scenic-flights.co.nz

Website: Fox & Franz Heliservices

Phone: 0800 800 793

Phone (intl): +643 752 0793

Franz Josef Glacier Address:
Alpine Adventure Centre, Main Road, Franz Josef

Fox Glacier Address:
Fox Guides Building, Main Road, Fox Glacier

Business Times: Operating all year round (365 days) - WInter 8.00AM to 6.00PM / Summer 7.00AM to 9.0PM

44 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

S Weslake's avatar

S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

If you break the price down, it really isn’t expensive. 2 short helicopter rides, a guided 3 hour hike on the ice, with all equipment/safety briefings necessary, and access to the thermal spa after... the glacier won’t be here for ever and I think it’s not bad value for money. It’s not expensive, just a lot of money.
We could not have chosen a better day. Not a single cloud in the sky, baking hot sunshine and the views were just breathtaking. I loved the hike, squeezing between the gaps in the ice and walking though ice-tunnels. Very accessible. So fantastic. And access to the thermal spa later that evening made this day even more memorable. A really perfect way to relax after a day exploring. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend it.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2018

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Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A trip highlight. Worth every penny. Guide was very friendly and knowledgable. Views were fantastic!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Audeme Mechain

France

Ranking: 10/10

An expensive must do, amazing experience with magic views and fun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Audeme Mechain, Thank you for your review. I am pleased you found the heli tour with us an amazing experience with magic views. It certainly is a stunning and magical flight in the glacier region. Thank you for flying with us.

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

This was a once in a lifetime experience. We saw Fox Glacier, Mt Tasman and Mt Cook with a clear sky. Lovely, though it was very experience.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Brenda Oomen, than you so much for your review. I am very happy you were able to see the Fox Glacier and Mt Cook with a clear sky. Very lovely is a good description.

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Fabian Rodriguez

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice personnel, very professional, excellent chopper trip !!!!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Fabian, thank you so much for your kind review of our staff and helicopter tour. I am very pleased you liked it!

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Markus Spitzmueller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Was just perfect - we had if for free, so normally it is too expensive for us!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Marcus for your review and for being our Heli Flight prize winner.

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Peer Krumrey

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Staff were friendly and the guide okay. However, the groups were too big so that you end up waiting most of the time. It was also quite a lot of money.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Peer,

We only offer the scenic flights by helicopter with a pilot. The tours that include a guide on the glacier are with another company? (Helihike? or Ice Explorer?)

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Stefanie Menz

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Flight too short, groups should be split into levels - the guides are quite knowledgable.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Stefanie,

We only offer the scenic flights by helicopter with a pilot. The tours that include a guide on the glacier are with another company? (Helihike? or Ice Explorer?). It must be another company?

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Karin Genyn

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Good price, great trip.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Fantastic review, thank you Karin

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Evelyn Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!! Wonderful personal service.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Evelyn for those kind words. I am very pleased you enjoyed the tour and our great customer service!

Michael Nolan
General Manager

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Steve Goodyear

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent trip. Commentary could have been better - could not hear much of it. Seating was a little cramped in the front seats. But overall a very good service, to be recommended. Expensive but competitive with other providers.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Steve for your recommendation. I am very pleased we offered a good service.

Michael Nolan
General Manager

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Louis Smit

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Great experience but there was no switch of the back seats to the front seats after the glacier landing. When telling afterwards at the office they were not so friendly anymore.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Sarah and Uli Glas

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

30 minutes Fox Glacier and Mount Cook, Mt Tasman scenic heli flight, (could be cheaper).

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Fabian Rodriguez

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice personnel, very professional, excellent chopper trip !!!!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Fabian, thank you so much for your kind review of our staff and helicopter tour. I am very pleased you liked it!

44 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

S Weslake's avatar

S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

If you break the price down, it really isn’t expensive. 2 short helicopter rides, a guided 3 hour hike on the ice, with all equipment/safety briefings necessary, and access to the thermal spa after... the glacier won’t be here for ever and I think it’s not bad value for money. It’s not expensive, just a lot of money.
We could not have chosen a better day. Not a single cloud in the sky, baking hot sunshine and the views were just breathtaking. I loved the hike, squeezing between the gaps in the ice and walking though ice-tunnels. Very accessible. So fantastic. And access to the thermal spa later that evening made this day even more memorable. A really perfect way to relax after a day exploring. If you can afford it, I would highly recommend it.

Reviewed 8 months ago and experienced in March 2018

Jozef Pinkerton's avatar

Jozef Pinkerton

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

A trip highlight. Worth every penny. Guide was very friendly and knowledgable. Views were fantastic!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Audeme Mechain's avatar

Audeme Mechain

France

Ranking: 10/10

An expensive must do, amazing experience with magic views and fun.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Audeme Mechain, Thank you for your review. I am pleased you found the heli tour with us an amazing experience with magic views. It certainly is a stunning and magical flight in the glacier region. Thank you for flying with us.

Brenda Oomen's avatar

Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

This was a once in a lifetime experience. We saw Fox Glacier, Mt Tasman and Mt Cook with a clear sky. Lovely, though it was very experience.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Brenda Oomen, than you so much for your review. I am very happy you were able to see the Fox Glacier and Mt Cook with a clear sky. Very lovely is a good description.

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Fabian Rodriguez's avatar

Fabian Rodriguez

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Nice personnel, very professional, excellent chopper trip !!!!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Fabian, thank you so much for your kind review of our staff and helicopter tour. I am very pleased you liked it!

Markus Spitzmueller's avatar

Markus Spitzmueller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Was just perfect - we had if for free, so normally it is too expensive for us!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Marcus for your review and for being our Heli Flight prize winner.

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Peer Krumrey's avatar

Peer Krumrey

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Staff were friendly and the guide okay. However, the groups were too big so that you end up waiting most of the time. It was also quite a lot of money.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Peer,

We only offer the scenic flights by helicopter with a pilot. The tours that include a guide on the glacier are with another company? (Helihike? or Ice Explorer?)

Stefanie Menz's avatar

Stefanie Menz

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Flight too short, groups should be split into levels - the guides are quite knowledgable.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2013

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Hi Stefanie,

We only offer the scenic flights by helicopter with a pilot. The tours that include a guide on the glacier are with another company? (Helihike? or Ice Explorer?). It must be another company?

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Karin Genyn's avatar

Karin Genyn

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Good price, great trip.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Fantastic review, thank you Karin

Evelyn Mackie's avatar

Evelyn Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!! Wonderful personal service.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Evelyn for those kind words. I am very pleased you enjoyed the tour and our great customer service!

Michael Nolan
General Manager

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices is open for business… Visit Website …now's your chance to take a closer look.

Steve Goodyear's avatar

Steve Goodyear

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent trip. Commentary could have been better - could not hear much of it. Seating was a little cramped in the front seats. But overall a very good service, to be recommended. Expensive but competitive with other providers.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Heliservices responds:

Thank you Steve for your recommendation. I am very pleased we offered a good service.

Michael Nolan
General Manager

Louis Smit's avatar

Louis Smit

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Great experience but there was no switch of the back seats to the front seats after the glacier landing. When telling afterwards at the office they were not so friendly anymore.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2012

Sarah and Uli Glas's avatar

Sarah and Uli Glas

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

30 minutes Fox Glacier and Mount Cook, Mt Tasman scenic heli flight, (could be cheaper).

Reviewed over 7 years ago