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The Helicopter Line West Coast

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Address: Main South Road | SH6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-752 0767
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Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced...

Discover the magnificent phenomenon of the glaciers. Experienced helicopter pilots share their knowledge whilst overflying the dramatic expanse of the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and snowfields, exposing extraordinary colours of ice flow, ice caves and pinnacles in this largely inaccessible alpine region. All flights feature a snow landing. Alternatively combine a scenic helicopter flight with an unforgettable guided helihike amongst the glacial ice formations with the professional and experienced Franz Josef Glacier Guides.

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US$226.05*
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
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Franz Josef Neve Discoverer Helicopter Flight
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Fox Glacier and Mount Cook Helicopter Flight

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With a recent incident in the area I was a bit hesitant about the heli hike we had booked. The guys and girls at Helicopter Line were great though. The pilots were in constant... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 December 2015
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48 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

With a recent incident in the area I was a bit hesitant about the heli hike we had booked. The guys and girls at Helicopter Line were great though. The pilots were in constant contact relaying weather reports to the ground crew and I felt much better knowing that safety was absolutely the basis for all decisions. Our heli hike... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. Safety is one of our largest concerns, especially when it comes to weather and we are glad that you were able to understand our decision to cancel your original flight. It sounds like you were still able to have a great time on one of our scenic... More 

Southampton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2015

We got a cracking day weather wise to go up and land on the glacier, with a steady pilot. Coming up through the low level fog we burst in to brilliant sunshine and set down on the glacier, whereby my friend decided a snow angel was the best thing to do! Quite surprising that the ice pack moves 1-4m per... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hey there! Thank you for taking the time to leave us some positive feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed your Twin Glacier flight over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, sounds like you and your friend had great fun during your trip with us! Enjoy the rest of your travels More 

Encinitas, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

This was an amazing way to see Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers. It was a perfect day, sunny, clear, with a few scattered clouds. The winds were calm. We flew over Fox Glacier landing gently at the top of Franz Joseph where we exited the helicopter and enjoyed the snow. We reboarded the helicopter and zipped down the valley over... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for leaving us a great review! It sounds as though you really enjoyed your trip up and around the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, and had great weather conditions for it too! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. From the team at The Helicopter Line West Coast More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Must do the glacier heli hike when in Franz Josef. A fantastic and well run adventure tour. Guides are very knowledgeable to give you the best experience. Medium fitness level required. Stunning scenery and an awesome experience. Well worth the price.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for such a great review! So glad we were able to get you up, over and on top of the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier. It is defiantly a once in a life time opportunity, one our guides take pride in sharing! Witnessing the biodiversity in the landscape, hearing history and the Māori tales of the Glacier is really... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Wow!! As soon as we walked into the office and spoke to Tanya we knew we would be well looked after. Driven to the helipad by Freya who was lovely too and very knowledgeable about the area

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for such lovely feedback, the girls were very happy to hear it. Awesome news we were able to get you up to experience the amazing glaciers we have here in Fox and Franz Josef. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

We were disappointed that our helihike was cancelled earlier in the day due to high winds but were more than happy after rebooking on this scenic helicopter flight over the glaciers. It was definitely worth the price with fantastic views of the glaciers. We landed on a snowy area up in the mountains and got some great photos. Staff were... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving us some positive feedback. We are happy to hear you eventually got up in the helicopter and experienced a landing up among the alps. It is definitely a “must do” while in New Zealand. Thank you for choosing The Helicopter Line! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Today we did a 30 minute flight with helicopter line. Our pilot Chris and was a lovely guy who made is feel welcome and told us about the glaciers. We flew over Franz Josef and then landed on Fox Glacier. It is one of the best experiences you can do but all too soon we were back on the helipad.... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review! We are glad that you enjoyed your flight over the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and that you found the pilot very friendly and welcoming. We hope the rest of your holiday can compare! From the team @ The Helicopter Line. More 

Albany, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

Although this is VERY pricey, it's an unforgettable experience. The helicopter flight to the glacier was astounding. The hike itself was fun but very slow. Most people on the tour had never worn crampons before and were pretty awkward. We just hung out in the back taking lots of photos to pass the time. We did get to go in... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time out to write a review, your comments were dearly noted. That’s great news you were able to adventure on the amazing glacier we are lucky enough to have here in Franz Josef! More 

Sydney
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Did a 20 min tour of Franz Josef Glacier, although a bit pricey, it was a memorable experience. The weather gods showed mercy on us and we ended up getting to the top. The pilot was friendly and did not shy from either answering questions or taking photos for us.

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback. Awesome news you were able to get up and experience the amazing glacier and alps we have here in Franz Josef. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

We were in town when the weather ended up with a rain out. Our previously booked flight was canceled when we arrived. The office staff was helpful and booked us on other flights that still ended up getting canceled. The professional staff did there best to get us up in the air, but Mother Nature had other plans. I would... More 

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TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind words. Hope you enjoyed your time in Franz Josef nonetheless and we would love to get you up in the air and on the glacier next time! See you soon. More 

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