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Our most recommended Southern Alps Snow & Winter Sports

Franz Josef Town: 3-Glacier Helicopter Ride with Landing

1. Franz Josef Town: 3-Glacier Helicopter Ride with Landing

Take in three of New Zealand’s most impressive glaciers during a helicopter ride. Land on the elevated snow landing site to take photos of the spectacular views. Meet at the local partner’s office to check in and attend a safety briefing. Then, following a transfer to a private hangar, you will meet your pilot and board the helicopter for takeoff. Put your headset on to listen to your pilot's guided commentary. Fly over the terminal moraine of the ancient Franz Josef Glacier and up the valley to see the big three from above. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are ice rivers that plug New Zealand's longest glacier: the Tasman Glacier. Take in their ice pinnacles and crevasses while flying amongst some of New Zealand’s biggest mountains. Admire Mount Cook in the impressive Southern Alps. Land on an elevated snow landing site to enjoy stunning views of Westland Tai Poutini National Park for 15 minutes. You will have plenty of time to take photos before returning to the hangar.

Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

2. Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

Board the helicopter at the local partner’s base in Franz Josef, then ascend into the New Zealand's highest mountain range known as the Southern Alps, where panoramic views await. Soar across the sky, passing over the spectacular ice pinnacles and crevasses of Franz Josef Glacier on the way to the snow landing site. Throughout the tour, soak up once-in-a-lifetime views of snow-capped mountains, ancient glacier as well as some of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Arrive at the landing site and take your first steps onto the snowy landscape. Be amazed by the sheer beauty of your surroundings as you are dwarfed by the size of this mountainous West Coast region. Enjoy enough time to take photos and soak up this magical location, then board the helicopter for the return journey to the base. Another view of this amazing and unique glacier formation as you descend back down across temperate rainforest and safe landing back at base.

Franz Josef: Scenic Glacier Flight Tour with Snow Landing

3. Franz Josef: Scenic Glacier Flight Tour with Snow Landing

Take off from Franz Josef for an incredible adventure by helicopter to observe the epic glaciers. Enjoy picturesque bird's-eye views from the sky as your pilot points out the mountainous terrain. Feel the adrenaline and chill in the air as you land on the glacier and walk through the snow. Make your way to the supplier's office to meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Go over a brief introduction before climbing into the helicopter and watching the ground disappear beneath you. Sit back and relax, enjoying the view as the city below turns into the wilderness and a horizon of the Southern Alps. Reach the glaciers and look down at the breathtaking ice formations on these giant shifting frozen islands. Come closer and closer as your helicopter touches down on the ice and take the chance to walk on the glacial snow. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take some great photos before flying back to base.

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What people are saying about Southern Alps

What an amazing trip. Megan was excellent with communicating to bring the trip forward to make the most of it before the weather changed. Gus the pilot was amazing, such a smooth flight with great local knowledge and history. Highly recommend this to anyone we had such a great time.