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Glacier Helicopters - Fox Glacier

New Zealand is home to spectacular mountain peaks, deep mysterious lakes and creeping, icy glaciers. This is the perfect environment for flying in, walking on the Fox Glacier. The rugged West Coast is hemmed between the wild Tasman Sea rolling in to its western coastline and the vast Southern Alps to the east. It is remote and sparsely populated, boasting two of the world’s most accessible glaciers, the Franz Josef and the Fox Glacier.

Glacier Helicopters West Coast, pioneered glacier and snow landings in New Zealand in 1970. Since then they have enabled thousands of visitors to interact and enjoy some of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world.
Their helicopter flights allow people with limited time to ‘get away from it all’ and experience an area of New Zealand’s wilderness renowned for its outstanding natural beauty.
Not only do they offer spectacular scenic helicopter flights but they also partner up with Fox Glacier Guiding for the Heli Hike on the Fox Glacier. Glacier Helicopters fly from both Fox Glacier and Franz Josef villages. Their helicopter base is centrally located on the Main Street in Fox Glacier and complimentary pick up and drop off transfers are available if required.
Offering a range of scenic helicopter flights from 20 minutes to 40 minutes means Glacier Helicopters have flights to suit many budgets. Charter flights are also available. Their flights encompass the Mount Cook National Park, and both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. All flights include a landing – a very special snow landing on the glacier itself. Being a chosen company with consent to land on the glacier makes the flight a privileged experience.
Flights that explore the glaciers and include a glacier landing:
From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the icefalls on either the Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers. Experience the seclusion of a snow landing in this largely inaccessible alpine region.
Time away: 20 minutes (includes snow landing)
Fox and Franz Josef Twin Glacier (Flt 303)                        
Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers – Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover up close their neve and unusual ice formations - landing on the snowfields is a highlight and will make for superb photos, snowballs and memories.
     Time away: 30 minutes (includes snow landing)
Fox Glacier to Mount Cook (Flt 304)             
Imagine flying the entire length of the Fox Glacier, then soaring at eye level against the west face of Aoraki/Mount Cook. There’s time for a glacier snow landing before descending the Glacier Valley, with the mountains behind – conquered!
Time away: 30 minutes (includes snow landing)
Mount Cook Spectacular with landing (Flt 306)                       
The ultimate glacial experience – this flight tour covers it all! `Glacial icefalls, crevasses and neves, views from ocean to Alps. Cross the Southern Alps spine and circle the peak of magnificent
Aoraki/Mount Cook. Get cameras ready for the spectacular snow landing.
     Time away: 40 minutes (includes snow landing)
Essential Wear for Snow Landings
  • Sunglasses
  • Covered shoes (trainers are fine) or hiking boots
  • Bring a camera and sense of adventure
  • Clothing - Wear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for wearing on the snow. Occasionally the temperate can be 5-10 degrees cooler on the snow than it is in the village. Check with the ground-crew if unsure of what to wear

The staff at Glacier Helicopters look forward to being of service.

Booking and more information:

P: +64 3 751 0803
NZFREEPHONE: 0800 800 732
F: +64 3 751 0709

Main South Road,
Fox Glacier,
New Zealand



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