Michael & his team were extremely helpful.... the ride in the helicopter was amazing and would recommend this company to anyone in Fox Glacier... definitely no 1 choice if looking for helicopter ride
The best experience of my life. So stunning. Evening flight from Fox on the West Coast up over Franz Joseph Glacier, a stop off at Tasman Glacier (a once in a lifetime experience, on top of the world) then over Fox Glacier all with the sun setting over the Tasman sea. The pilot Michael was sensational. So professional - smooth flight and great commentary. 100% recommend!
We paid for the 20 minute ride last week with ‘Mountain Helicopters’ at $229 per person.
We were very uncertain whether paying an extra $330 for another 10 minutes would be worth it and unfortunately it wasn’t. We wish we had of just paid $119 pp for 10 minutes...
We regret spending the extra $$$$ very much. The girl at front desk was lovely and the pilots wife was lovely but it went downhill from there.
As we approached the helicopter we were all thinking the same thing..’please don’t let that be the helicopter we are going up in’ as it looked like something off the Ark.
Needless to say it was the one we went up in....
It was lovely seeing the glaciers but certainly wasn’t as amazing as we thought it would be. We got just as nice a view from the snow fields we were at the day before. The pilot hardly spoke to us and seemed very rushed/preoccupied. The flight wasn’t the full time (we know it was cut short by 4 minutes as 2 of us timed it) and there was hardly any commentary at all. My husband remarked to me when we landed ‘weren’t we suppose to see more than that?? I know 4 minutes to lose doesn’t seem like much but it is over only 20 minutes.
Once back at the hanger we were left in the chopper whilst it cooled down and we watched the pilot racing around pulling another chopper out of the hanger and filling it up with fuel and then off he went. When we asked his wife about it she said he was going to pick up hikers. That explained why he seemed in a rush the whole flight and seemed preoccupied. We mentioned to her the flight was cut short and she said ‘only by a minute’. We will have to agree to disagree on that one!!!
If I had my time again I would have only booked the 10 minute flight and I would have asked to see the helicopter prior to booking as the one on their advertising material isn’t the same archaic machine we went up in.
We had an awesome flight over Mt Cook and Franz Joseph glacier. Truly an experience that is priceless! It was a pleasure to deal with Mountain Helicopters and their professional service comes highly recommended.
Just had a 10 minute flight to the glacier and i have to say only one word: Epic!! Go there,highly recommended!!!!
The best experience in New Zealand so far!! Best way to see the glaciers, the wife and I could not stop smiling the whole time, we would come back to NZ just do this again. The pilot went the extra mile to make sure we were happy, his customer service was second to none! Thanks mate!
Awesome, great views, worth it.
This was by far the highlight of our trip to New Zealand! It was absolutely incredible! My wife and I were driving through the South Island in a camper van without any real agenda. We saw signs in Franz Josef for scenic helicopter rides and glacier landings and decided to check it out. James at the kiosk was very friendly and helpful. We decided to do the best (and most expensive) option they offered, which included both the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, a flight around Mt Cook, and a glacier landing! Unfortunately, rain and weather rolled in, preventing us from flying over to Mt Cook. This was somewhat disappointing to us, although the flight was amazing, and Nathan the pilot was very personal and informative. We decided to ask if there was any chance of a refund, due to the fact that we were unable to see Mt Cook. We spoke to Therese on the phone, who was very understanding, and asked if we would come to their main office in Fox. We met Therese who gave us the option of a partial refund, or another flight, with no guarantee of seeing cook. We opted to take another flight and chance seeing Cook. As we waited in the office, they let us charge our phones and camera, and Ella the receptionist gave us tons of tips and suggestions for the rest of our trip. Finally, we boarded our second flight, which was unbelievably breathtaking! The sun was beginning to go down, making the views absolutely epic! And the weather had cleared enough for us to have spectacular views of the mountains, glaciers, and even a glimpse of Mt Cook among the clouds! It was one of the most incredible experiences of our lives! We can't recommend enough that you book a flight with Mountain Helicopters! Great experience and wonderful people and customer service!
We(my wife & I) flew with Michael in a Squirrel Helicopter from Fox Glacier, climbed over the Franz Josef then dropped into the Tasman Glacier where we landed for a walk around and some pictures with the helicopter and selfies with Mt Cook.
We then flew down the Tasman Glacier for a closer look at Mt Cook before flying down the Fox Glacier back to where we started.
Amazing views all the way. There had been a light dusting of snow at high altitude the night before our flight and Michael explained the fresh snow crystals enhanced the view!!
A fourty minute flight on the brochure but we were away longer.
Thank You to the crew at Mountain Helicopters for a superb scenic tour.
We had to wait around for an hour or so for another couple to join before our flight could proceed but we that was time well spent as it turned out.
I highly recommend this operator and flight option..
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How do I even begin to tell you how simply AMAZING this company are? This once in a lifetime trip encompasses the best New Zealand has to offer; from the staff, who truly are the embodiment of Kiwi hospitality, to the absolutely breathtaking views... it was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best day I spent on my tour of New Zealand! Easily the best value for money and an incredible bonus to land on the glacier and have photos taken (free of charge) with such an insane backdrop. These guys are so on point when it comes to customer service and that's purely because of their genuine enthusiasm and passion for what they do. The landscape made this an experience; the company made it a memory. Thank you so much for an unforgettable day!
You need a higher score than ten for this one, we did the 40min flight with Nathan and it is without doubt the best thing we have ever done - brilliant, scenic, breath taking and value for money. Commentary was excellent, snow landing wonderful and Nathan was happy to take photos of all of us to remember this experience. Can't recommend this company, tour, and pilot more highly, didn't just want to take our money, wanted us to have a memory that will last forever even having us delay until the best moment to see everything this area has to offer. Just amazing if you're going to do a helicopter flight choose this company you wont be disappointed.
Took the 10 minute Fox overflight with
Nathan as pilot.
Great Commentary & Views
From the top of the Fox we could see
Good Value for $99.00
This flight up the fox glacier and on to Mt. Cook exceeded all our expectations. The pilot was amazing and very professional, when we come back for our next trip to NZ we must do this again. Well done and we highly recommend you and your team. Regards Ian & Sheila
Amazing experience, incredible beautiful place, fantastic helpful and really friendly stuff. Thank you for everything !!!
Maria den Otter
Unfortunately I can't give an 11. Best life time experience. Did the 40 min flight, really recommend this one. Not only the flight is fantastic, the people at Mountain Helicopters are too!! Its weather depending, but these friendly people did everything to get me up in the air! If you can't choose between all these agencies (or if you can), book these guys! They have great deals too! You won't regret. Thnx again guys!!
Glyn and Karen Farlow
Short trip over Fox Glacier, informative, well priced at $99 per person, obliging staff, well worth the experience.
used mountain helicopters based in fox/wanaka for a number of years for a multitude of differing wilderness adventures. From the tame to extreme wilderness drops great local knowledge and friendly and efficient team coupled with excellent machines (helicopters) makes it a service to use time and time again...... you will not be disappointed. Luke Roberts '14 - global adventure vagabond.
Had a wonderfull flight over Fox and round mt cook.
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After visiting other operators in Franz Josef, we booked a flight with Richard, who was very informative and helpful,arranging the chopper flight to suit our timetable etc. from Fox Glacier the next day. The flight was supreme, the views simply stunning,up the Fox Glacier, over the top between Mt.Tasman and Mt Aoraki( Cook), the snow landing, photo's taken of us by Nathan our pilot and return flight down the Fox. To the whole team, Richard, Nathan, Mike and Terese of Mountain Helicopters, absolutely awesome.
Everything from booking in, the short transport to airfield, flight, snow landing and return was brilliant with friendly informative staff that made the whole experience fantastic. The landing on Middleton snowfield was a particular 'high' as was the 360 degree views of Mount Cook - absolutely brilliant.
The staff are so friendly and accommodating. We had limited time and we knew the weather was closing in, but they offered a short flight of 10 minutes over Fox Glacier. Although we had to split the flights in 2 as we had 5 of us, this didn't detract from our enjoyment of this flight. Our children were amazed and spellbound. Would definitely recommend this small personalised company over their rivals for their friendly service and price!
It was absolutely amazing! It was stunning, beautiful and unbelievable!
The pilot and rest of the staff were so friendly. I felt really safe
You could see everything perfectly. It was incredible to be so close to the glacier and we saw a lot, you could even see the Tasman Ocean!
Thanks a lot for this amazing experience! I recommend it to everybody!
Bad aaaaass!!! Loved the trip with you guys!!! Had never experienced that before and felt amazing being so close to the glacier, the waterfall, the mountains, everything!! Would always do it again, so worth the money, even flew a bit longer than we paid for!
Awesome experience, Really good pilot with a great knowledge of the area, Nice machines, friendly staff, A small company with a real personal touch. I would highly recommend a flight with Mountian helicopters to anybody entertaining the idea of a scenic flight in the Fox and Franz regions, you won't be disappointed.
Mountain Helicopters are an impressive outfit. We took the 20 minute flight over Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers today. It was a small helicopter which we shared with one other couple which made it a more personal experience. The pilot/owner of the company is very experienced and knowledgeable about the terrrain. Given that it cost about $100 NZ less per person that their nearest rivals, we would seriously recommend them. This is one not to be missed!
This was one of the best experiences that I will have ever done in my life. My two best friends came along with me and it's like no other. Surreal! Nathan is the pilot to ask for. Very informative and so kind. It is worth every penny. You feel like you are walking on the moon. GO NOW to a local family owned business run by Michael.
This have been my first helicopter flight and I can say... wow! It's been incredible. We had the helicopter for two people alone. The pilot was young but very experienced. He explained us everything and gave a very good flight with an amazing landing and feeling secure through the entire flight. It's a must to do experience.
THE MOST IMPRESSIVE VIEW YOU CAN GET !
Just amazing to see this wilderness from so close, the views are just stunning ! The Mt Cook range and the tasman valley are one of the most impressive sights I've seen in 5 years in NZ ! A once in a lifetime opportunity ! Would have liked to have better sound in the headphones and more comments from the pilot about the different mountains though !
Mountain Helicopters operates out of Fox and Franz Glacier townships. Out of Fox, they offer a $99 10 minute ride, which is great for those of us who don't want to spend hundreds of dollars.
I've never taken a helicopter ride before and it was really something! Pilot, Brooke, was just excellent, and whole experience was a high point of our trip.
The Helicopter flight was absolutely amazing. We got to see Fox Township, three different glaciers, Mount Cook, Mount Tasman and a whole lot more. The pilot pointed out all the things so we new what to look for. The snow landing was beautiful as well and we had enough time to take in the stunning scenery and to take photos. A must-do while in Fox!
Best Xmass present ever!!!
wauw not only the flight and the scenery are amazing but also the staff is so amazing. One of the greatest people i ever met in my entire life! A warm welcome and an experience i will never ever 4get! highly recommended!
A must do Trip. After much discussion with my family it was decided we choose Mountain helicopters at Fox's Glacier township to fly with because of the friendly team, best price and the garantee of window seats for the whole flight. Glad I did as we were looked after from the moment we stepped in the office. Our flight covered a lot more glaciers than the other company there (I took this trip with a different company 4 1/2 years ago) and the pilot this time took photos of my family and I for free!! I have photographed from helis a lot and was impressed with the pilots skill. Don't bother paying higher prices for a shorter flight with the other company.
Excellent tour and very good guide and pilot.
Irene and Werner Keil
Beautiful early morning flight of 20 minutes. Next time we'd take a longer one. It was too great and too short.
That's the greatest thing we've ever done so far!!!!
It's really amazing to see the Fox glacier and the valley from above! We loved it!
Thank you so much for taking us up there!!
Anne & Nadine
The farmer sutra Van ;-)
This is the helicopter group you want to take to Fox, Franz, and over the mountains. Small group, all windows, great staff and most accomodating. We were thrilled by the customer service, customization of a trip and additional very useful advice which made our stay in Fox a really great experience.
The highlight of our trip to the South Island! My husband, my 2 grown daughters and I took the 30 min. Mt. Cook & Fox Glacier flight and it was absolutely awesome! Nathan, our pilot, was a very skilled pilot and the Bell helicopter is well-known to us Americans as being one of the safest ones ever made so no worries! We all loved landing on the glacier and having our pictures taken by Nathan. Thank you for a once in a life-time adventure guys!
My wife, my sister, my brother-in-law and I booked a flight and were looked after by Brooks friendly service. Our pilot Nathan was extremely capable and friendly and gave us all the best experience of our holiday.
We would all have no hesitation in recommending Mountain Helicopters to anyone
Thanks very much Guys
My wife and I stopped in at Fox Flacier while on our South Island adventure and stopped off at Mountain Helicopters to find out about a flight. From the onset the service was fantastic, friendly and very informative. After deciding on the 40 minute flight we returned the next morning and took off into a crisp day. We were not dissappointed - the flight was smooth and the views were incredible! We landed high on the mountain where the pilot took photos of us and we had a great time playing in the snow. Highly recommended.
Great experience. Very friendly staff and Nathan was a great pilot. Our kids loved it and a perfect Mother's Day present!
Kevin and Teresa
Superb experience. The only way to get a full appreciation of the glaciers is to see them from the air. Amazing views of the mountains and an unforgettable landing for 5 mins of photos. Highly recommended.
My wife and I stopped in at Fox Flacier while on our South Island motorcycle tour. We went into Mountain Helicopters to find out about a flight. The guys were fantastic. Informative and relaxed, nothing was a problem. We decided on the 30 minute flight and we were not dissappointed. We even landed high on the mountain where the pilot took photos of us. Speaking of the pilot, Nathan's handling of the helicopter was poetry in motion, awesome. My wife is not a keen flyer so this really helped her relax and she enjoyed the experience to the max. Nathan also provided great commentary. Highly recommended.
An amazing flight to see the glaciers, Mount Cook, Mount Tasman... a very friendly and professionnal staff who took pictures of us when we landed on the snow. Perfect service and the best thing I've done in New Zealand
Loved the flight over the glacier. Great experience.
Awesome experience, very friendly and professional staff, one of the best things we've done in New Zealand!
Flight over the Fox, Tasman and Franz Josef Glaciers was spectacular.
20 minute tour. Was fine, very good.
We walked into the office and were greeted with a smile, we got a great run down on our options for the flight and decided on the 30min Mt Cook flight! We landed and our pilot Nath was amazing! He was really informative. Then we came back down the Fox Glacier past the big water fall and back home to be greeted by our Driver, who dropped us back into town and helped us with a few more things.
Unreal!! Truly the highlight of my 3month trip round NZ. Great Pilot and the staff were very helpful. Great Crew! All Window seats!!! Thanks guys!
Stunning scenic flight around Fox Glacier. Thanks.
fantastic trip thru the nevis,thought the pilot displayed outstanding decision making,the maimai humour was side splitting.go nvg"s
Beautiful clear day, we had a great flight. Very informative. All very pleasant people. Needs a bigger sign to find it!
Ian and Judy
Flight was a 10! A few frills might have been nice though, like if someone had taken out photograph, we would have liked that.
Absolutely fantastic tour of the glacier and surrounding mountains. Without a doubt THE best and most exiting way to see and appreciate the landscape in and around Fox. Extremely professional and hospitable management. Friendly and informative pilot. Very well run. A great experience and an absolute must do!
Top notch all round - a thorough recommendation!
Really good, but I went a bit deaf. Pilot really informative, people really nice. They even offered us free coffee!
Very professional, well organised.