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Helicopter Flights - Franz Helicopter Line Franz Josef
Helicopter Flights - Franz Helicopter Line
Hovering overhead in a roomy, modern turbine helicopter, you will get the chance to experience the amazing views of New Zealand's most iconic glacier – The Franz Josef Glacier (or, Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere in Māori). With each flight including a stint on the snow, you have yourself a perfect New Zealand Southern Alps experience!
Located on the west coast of New Zealand's Southern Island, the Franz Josef Glacier is truly majestic in its position in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. This beautiful 12 km long glacier shares its uniqueness with Fox Glacier (20km away) by terminating at less than 300 metres above sea level, into an emerald green rainforest. With a flow rate nearly ten times that of other glaciers, the amazingly beautiful landscape of Franz Josef changes almost daily, ensuring a unique perspective on every trip.
Another beautiful aspect of this glacier is the Māori legend surrounding it. Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere (‘the tears of Hinehukatere'), is the traditional name of Franz Josef. The story behind the name tells of Hinehukatere's lost love, Wawe, who was swept to his death by an avalanche. It is said that Hinehukatere was so broken hearted, that her tears flowed down the mountain and froze to form the glacier. From a helicopter above the glacier, it is not that hard to believe this beautiful and magical story.
With daily 'on demand' helicopter flights in a European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrel, or an AS350 Squirrel, The Helicopter Line invite you to join them on one of their spectacular aerial adventures from their Franz Josef base.
The Helicopter Line are proud to hold the highest level of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations. This means that regular monitoring and auditing of all aspects of their operations occur, ensuring your safety is their highest priority.
Mountain Spectacular - 40 minutes
The Mountain Spectacular delivers exactly what its name promises. Flying over the spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier snowfields, you will see two of the most beautiful national parks in New Zealand, as well as scenic views of the Tasman Glacier and Mount Cook. With a landing at high altitude, you have the chance to step out onto the pristine white snow and breathe in the unbelievably fresh air.
Twin Glacier - 30 minutes
Fly above both Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier and then land at the head of one or the other in this Twin Glacier adventure. You will be awestruck by the power of the glacier as you view its carved path from the mountains above to the valleys below.
Neve Discoverer - 20 minutes
This short but very sweet option takes you over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter. Witness the gorgeous scenery unfold, before landing to give you the opportunity to touch the snow. You will marvel at the peaceful stillness of this amazing alpine paradise.
Franz Josef Glacier Helihike
For those ice lovers who want to experience even more time on the ice, the Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike is the perfect option.
- Scenic helicopter flight
- Snow landing
- Informative commentary
- Franz Josef accommodation transfers
- Allow 2 hours including accommodation transfers
- Morning & afternoon
- Departs from The Helicopter Line's Franz Josef Glacier base, situated on the main road of Franz Josef Glacier
- Franz Josef accommodation transfers available
- Operates daily all year
- All flights include a snow landing
- Infants under 4 years travel for free
- Children prices available for kids aged 4 - 14 years
- All scenic flights require minimum numbers to confirm
Prices & Options
- adult NZD$240.00
- child (4-14yrs) NZD$168.00
- adult NZD$310.00
- child (4-14yrs) NZD$217.00
- adult NZD$450.00
- child (4-14yrs) NZD$315.00
Latest Questions about Helicopter Flights - Franz Helicopter Line (Franz Josef)
Hi does the Twin Glacier Helicopter ride have a snow landing included?
Also could you take 6 passengers
Do you Fly from Franz Josep to Te Anau on Jan.1,2016/and ,if so, what cost for 2 adults?
Hello, How far in advance should we book a flight (2 adults, 3 children)?
Hi, can you tell me please how many people can the Helicopter take for a tour at one time.
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