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Neve Discoverer Helicopter Tour from Franz Josef

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Get an opportunity to get up close to a Glacier with this spectacular 20-minute helicopter flight on the South Island. You will be lifted off and flown over the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and land on a soft snowfield.


  • Enjoy this adventure of a 20-minute helicopter flight over the Fox glacier or the Franz Josef glacier.

  • Be captivated as you hover around towering ice formations and crevasses.

  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Southern Alps and learn about the ice-blue landscapes as your pilot provides insightful commentary throughout your flight.

  • The helicopter will land on the snow-filled plains of the glacier and you can jump out and have your winter wonderland moment.

  • This adventure gives you an opportunity to view the soaring Mt Cook/ Aoraki - New Zealand’s highest mountain peak at 12,217 feet.

  • Fun fact: The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are constantly moving - the glacier you land on will be dictated by the daily movement of ice formations.


  • A scenic helicopter flight of 20 minutes

  • A snow landing atop a glacier for 5-10 minutes

  • Informative pilot commentary


  • Gratuities

  • Hotel transfers

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

If you are an adventure junkie, then this helicopter flight over the glaciers will prove to be an experience of a lifetime for you.

Arrive at the Helicopter Line Base, situated on the Main Road (State Highway 6), Franz Josef Glacier, 7856 where you will be given a safety briefing by your pilot before you take off on this 20-minute aerial tour of Fox glacier or the Franz Josef glacier. This two-engine helicopter helps access the most beautiful and remote regions of the Southern Alps.

The helicopter will take you up and very close to the water-filled crevasses and towering ice formations. Admire the panoramic views of the glaciers, and the mountains as you receive informative commentary from your pilot. Step out on the pitstop made at the glacier’s snow plains and have your winter wonderland moment. You will get to witness the glory of New Zealand’s highest peak Mt Cook/ Aoraki from the glacial summit before you head back to the base.

Important Information

  • Infants aged under 4 years are required to sit on the laps of their parents/guardians.

  • This experience is subjected to good weather conditions. Please wear warm clothing and sturdy covered shoes to ensure no snow enters your body.

  • Children who weigh 15kgs and above are given their own seats.

  • Flights, landings, and routes may vary due to weather and at the pilot’s discretion. Flight times are approximate and include your landing.


  • People with heart problems or any other serious health conditions are not allowed to participate.

  • While phones and cameras are allowed on this flight, iPads, and selfie sticks are prohibited for safety reasons.


  • Daily: 9am to 5pm
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Please display your mobile voucher along with a valid photo ID at the departure location.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to avoid any delays.

Departure Location

  • You will depart from The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier.

  • Address: Main South Road SH6, Franz Josef 7856, New Zealand.

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Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Franz Josef. It is a quick 1-minute walk to the departure location.

  • Buses Greymouth-Fox Glacier and Queenstown-Franz Josef will get you there.

By Car

  • From Greymouth, take route along SH 6 and you will reach the location in about 2.5 hours.
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