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Address: Main Road, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-752 0716
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty...

Our fixed wing scenic flights promise an incredible view of the mighty Franz and Fox Glaciers and rugged Westland National Park before traversing Mount Cook to explore the vast Mount Cook National Park. Every seat a window seat – get the big picture! Experience breathtaking alpine scenery on an exciting scenic glacier flight with Air Safaris from their base at Franz Josef in Westland National Park on the West Coast - a must-do South Island tourist attraction.

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A magnificent experience

The expertise of the pilot with which he flew the plane allowing all of the passengers to see the glaciers and Mt Cook up close. A wonderful memorable experience that gave me a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Margaret N
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Hobart
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Hobart
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The expertise of the pilot with which he flew the plane allowing all of the passengers to see the glaciers and Mt Cook up close. A wonderful memorable experience that gave me a better understanding of the perils of mountain climbing.

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Thank Margaret N
Deddington, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a MUST DO when in the area. A little expensive but one which you will always remember. The pilot is helpful friendly and the whole trip is stunning. Try to pick a clear day as you will land on the top of the mountain for great photography.

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Thank ChelseaMike_13
New Delhi, India
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The helicopter ride is fantastic. We flew over glaciers, then landed for five minuts and came back. Little expensive but worth it

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Thank tyagiyk
Sydney
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52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had originally booked the 40 minute flight but it was deemed to be too windy around Mt Cook to be safe, so we did the 30 minute flight instead. There were 3 of us in the helicopter - I had the front seat and the others had a side window each. We flew across to view the Fox Glacier... More 

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Thank Sandiefran
Leeds, United Kingdom
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343 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

We have taken many helicopter tours over the years but none more spectacular than the Franz Josef Glacier. The pilot was young but very experienced, putting everyone at ease and very informative. Would highly recommend this as a must to see the Glacier up close and at it's best.

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Thank PATRICKDON
Northampton, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Really great loop of some of NZs most stunning scenery inc Mount Cook, the glaciers and lake tekapu. Really professional service, great pilot with an informative commentary. Had great weather for it to. Many thanks!

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3 Thank James S
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi James, Thanks for your review, We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the flight! We greatly appreciate your comments also and hope you enjoyed your time in the area. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

My husband and I wanted to celebrate our first year anniversary in New Zealand and no better way to do it than starting the day with a one hour scenic flight over The Grand Traverse. Our pilot Leon was excellent, friendly, knowledgable and provided great commentary, oh yeah, and also provided a very smooth flight for the whole duration, I... More 

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4 Thank Paula S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

The day dawned clear but with a bit of early cloud cover - the flight was delayed for an hour to make sure the conditions were optimal - a good chance for a walk and a coffee! I am so glad we waited as the conditions were supurb - it was wow factor from every window. Many thanks to Tony... More 

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Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi 837787, Thanks for your review. It sounds as though you were very patient and ended up with a beautiful day in Franz. We're pleased to hear you enjoyed your flight with Tony. We hope you had a wonderful time in Franz Josef. Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Absolutely the best experience. When I arrived at Franz Josef, I was worried as the weather seemed to be very cloudy. But the reception staff assured me, with real time weather cameras, that the weather where we would be flying would be perfect, and she was absolutely correct. The views were incredible. The pilot was fantastic; professional, friendly and informative.... More 

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Massachusetts
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62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

We were so lucky to have had this experience. It is weather dependent, so some people leave without a flight, but we arrived on a perfect fall day with unlimited visibility. The person who helped us at the desk went way over and above the call of duty to the point where he picked us up the next day so... More 

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2 Thank Nancy A
Air_Safaris, Front Office Manager at Air Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Nancy, Thank you for sharing your review. We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your Grand Traverse flight with Tony. We pride ourselves on being able to offer everybody their own window, it makes for a unique experience. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you treated yourself to some of Steve's jewelry! Kind regards, The Air Safaris Team More 

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