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Franz Josef Mountain Scenic Helicopter Flight

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US$ 314.41
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    What to Expect
    Board your twin-engine helicopter for a premier 40-minute flight including a remote snow landing above the eponymous glacier. Within the open-plan helicopter cabin that seats up to six passengers, look down upon two of New Zealand's finest national parks, divided by the imposing Southern Alps.

    From your vantage point in the air, discover the vast expanse of Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. You’ll get up close to towering peaks and crevasses, and learn about the alpine wonderland of the Murchison Glacier valley, as your pilot delivers expert commentary en route.

    Then descend onto a snowfield with a helicopter landing at around 7,000 feet (2,134 meters), and walk along the main divide, which offers panoramic views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier.

    Back in the air, continue down toward the coastal rainforests bordering the Tasman Sea before returning to the tour base.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    The Helicopter Line Base
    Departure Time
    Flights are operated from 7:30am - 9:00pm (October to March) and 8:00am - 6:00pm (April to September).
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5 - 10 minutes)
    • Live commentary on board
    • Pilot guide
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Items of a personal nature
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures. Moderate fitness is required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    We wanted to do the helihike for several days, but couldnt do it because of bad weather conditions. Despite of the bad weather, then the front desk personal tried everything they could to get us in the air, and in the end we finally managed...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank Passport819621
    TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2019

    Thank you for leaving us a wonderful review. Unfortunately, as you experience the weather does play a major role in our operations, however, your patience was rewarded and we are thrilled that were able to experience a scenic flight with us. We do our best...More

    Reviewed 11 June 2019

    So our first flight of the morning was canceled due to bad weather for anyone that is visiting New Zealand and booking any kind of scenic flight tours the one thing I must warn you is be ready to either have your flight canceled or...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2019

    Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased the weather turned it on for you and you were able to fly with is. The weather is a huge factor in our operations and we do unfortunately cancel roughly 50% of our trips. We...More

    Reviewed 22 March 2019

    I booked the flight for my wife and i a month before the flight. We arrived in Franz Josef on a Thursday eve. Rang the company to confirm the 1:00pm flight for Friday. Only to be told the booking i had made was for Thursday....More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Wal M
    TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2019

    Hi Wal M, Thank you for leaving us a fantastic review! We are so pleased we managed to work things out for you and get you flying, and we really appreciate the kind comments about our team. It is a stunning flight and the photos...More

    Reviewed 28 February 2019

    Had perfect weather which obviously makes a big difference to the experience. Well organised. Friendly and attentive staff, helpful and understanding.More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank graham j
    TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2019

    Hi graham j, We really appreciate the positive feedback, thank you. It’s great that the weather was on your side as the flight is an amazing experience and it has to be perfect weather to do the big 40 minute flight that you were able...More

    Reviewed 7 January 2019

    One of the high points of our trip. What better way to see the glacier than to take the flight over the peaks and be close at hand! We opted for the shorter version avoiding the hike, but the awe the sight inspired in us...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Tullster69
    TotallyTourism, General Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

    Hi JaiddepN18, Thank you for your fantastic feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your trip with us. The flight you took is the best way to see the Glaciers and the surround areas. The views from the air are far more than you will see...More

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