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The Helicopter Line West Coast

Main South Road | Sh6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef
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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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“fox glacier” (37 reviews)
“snow landing” (21 reviews)
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Main South Road | Sh6, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

I arrived at 10 am for my flight- as was instructed on my voucher-which I purchased months in advance through a travel agent who booked through Viator. I got there and was told that I was not booked- because Viator sometimes "goes rogue," and doesn't...More

Thank Weezergata
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Hi Weezergata, Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. First of all please accept our apologies for the customer service you received, which by the sounds of it was not up to the standard we expect from our staff. We take great...More

Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic experience! Definitely a bucket list experience. We got lucky with a glorious day. The views were spectacular and the hike was informative and lots of fun. A must do!More

Thank Kim L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2017

Hi Kim! Thank you for the wonderful review of your experience of the Heli-Hike, we really appreciate any feedback from our customers. We agree that the Heli-Hike is the ultimate glacier experience, offering the most proximate views of the crevasses and ice caves on the...More

Reviewed 26 February 2017

First time on a helicopter, and what an experience ! Took my family to NZ for 3 week vacation and this was the consensus highlight. Was apprehensive of the cost but a nephew convinced me I would never have another chance to hike on a...More

Thank ICIowa
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a great review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your Heli Hike with us and that your mind was blown by the amazing place are we live in. It never ceases to amaze us either! King Regards,...More

Reviewed 23 February 2017

Woke up,this morning for our twin glacier helicopter flight it was misty and low cloud but by 9 am the sky cleared for take off!!! Wow what a fantastic flight with amazing views we landed on the Fox glacier for photo opportunities our pilot Sam...More

Thank Mike16751
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2017

Hi Mike, thank you for your great review. We are glad you managed to get onto the glaciers and see them in all their glory with one of our scenic flights. You also witnessed how fast the weather can change here on the West Coast!...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Recommended to me by a number of people who have done it and I was not disappointed. Very professional, friendly and organised. Not a cheap excursion but well worth the money. The helicopter flight (my first) was spectacular with great views of the mountains and...More

Thank Jetset19692015
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Hi Jetset, Thank you for leaving us a great review. It is always an awesome experience to see spectacular glaciers from up close. We totally agree that there is no alternative to seeing the glaciers from the air and having the chance to touch the...More

Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic heli-hike - we got really lucky with the weather (we actually went a day early because we could see it was forecast for rain). The staff were all friendly and helpful. The actual hike was spectacular, just being up there is...More

1  Thank travellovex4240
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2017

We understand that the weather can be hard to predict so we are super pleased you decided to join the Hike a day early. We strive to provide the best customer service to ensure that the whole tour is relaxing and enjoyable. The Glacier Guides...More

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We were very lucky with the weather and managed to fly over the glaciers, admire the mountains and Mt Cook and land on Franz Joseph glacier! How amazing to be able to say I landed on a glacier?!?!?? Cannot recommend them enough! The staff was...More

1  Thank Lavinia1001
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your Scenic Flight with us and that the weather co-operated with you. We strive to provide an amazing experience that leaves you with lasting memories. We hope you share...More

Reviewed 25 January 2017

Family of four (2 x teens) were booked on the Franz Josef Heli Hike but due to bad weather this was cancelled. Other similar tours over the next few days were either cancelled due to weather or fully booked. The Helicopter Line team could not...More

1  Thank Bill P
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2017

Thank you for leaving us such an awesome review. We are really sorry that the weather did not co-operate and rendered you unable to participate in the Franz Josef Heli Hike but we are thrilled that you enjoyed your shorter scenic flight up on the...More

Reviewed 17 January 2017

The fact that the glacier extended way beyond where it is now even a few decades ago is a sobering thought, going way beyond those articles and Facebook feeds you read about climate change. It brings the evidence to your doorstep in an irrefutable way....More

1  Thank Damion M
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thorough and passionate review of our scenic flight. Firstly, we are delighted to hear that you did enjoy the scenic flight, and were inspired by the experience. The natural scenery in Franz Josef is unique...More

Reviewed 14 January 2017

Having traveled during New Zealand's springtime on purpose, we were fortunate to be able to book on the day of the flight, Oct. 30, 2016. The weather cooperated, we had a beautiful partly cloudy day, and the ride was smooth with no wind. This being...More

Thank Charles L
TotallyTourism, Front Office Manager at The Helicopter Line West Coast, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so pleased that the weather co-operated with your itinerary and you were able to enjoy the natural beauty of New Zealand’s West Coast. We pride ourselves on being the premier company for...More

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patfraut
12 February 2017|
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Response from Damion M | Reviewed this property |
we signed up on the morning we went up the glacier. A Chinese man who had booked some monrths in advance was in the office and quite angry that they could not get the full tour at the time because of poor visibility... More
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william k
16 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hi William, We have a seasonal office in Twizel which is closed at the moment. The nearest base would be Glentanner, on your way to Mount Cook.
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TMcleish
5 January 2017|
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Response from TotallyTourism | Property representative |
Hello, thank you for your enquiry. Firstly, yes! It is absolutely possible to organise a helicopter ride and hike for three children. We offer a Heli-Hike here at The Helicopter Line - Franz Josef, which is an awesome... More
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