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Imagen Franz Josef Wildlife Center Adm with Optional Backstage Pass

Franz Josef Wildlife Center Adm with Optional Backstage Pass

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30 minutes

Voted one of the 12 must-see things to visit in New Zealand by Lonely Planet, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South island and the foremost indoor, all-weather attraction in Franz Josef.  You are guaranteed to see live kiwi during the day inside our nocturnal house, including the world's rarest kiwis.  Discover the interactive glacier attraction and West Coast storytelling areas or go behind the scenes on the “Kiwi Backstage Pass Tour.”  Numbers are very limited on the 30-minute Backstage Pass Tour so advanced bookings are highly recommended.  You'll also find the best shopping in Franz Josef inside the all-weather facility and enjoy free Wi-Fi in the café.Visit: West Coast Wildlife Centre, Cnr Cowan & Cron Streets Bright Green Building, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7886 New ZealandBased in Franz Josef and proudly NZ owned and operated, the West Coast Wildlife Centre is the largest kiwi hatching facility in the South Island.  It's home to the world's two rarest kiwis: the Rowi and the Haast Tokoeka.  The centre is a great example of a special public/private partnership with the Department of Conservation.  The centre features an indoor and all-weather facility with free Wi-Fi where you can enjoy the best NZ shopping in Franz Josef or a delicious meal in the café. The centre is open every day from 8.30am.  Please set aside at least 1 hour for your visit. When you arrive, a guide can provide a 15-minute introductory talk and take small groups through the attraction.  The guides speak English, Chinese, French, and Spanish.   A free takeaway learning booklet is provided at no extra charge.  All tickets purchased are valid for 24 hours. This means that guests can come in and out of the attraction as many times as they like. During your visit, you'll be able to see live kiwi during the day inside the nocturnal house, discover the interactive glacier attraction and storytellin

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Imagen Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk

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3 hours

On this day trip from Franz Josef experience New Zealand's stunning nature of the Franz Josef Glacier. This relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier is the perfect opportunity to learn the role of the Franz Josef Glacier in shaping this remarkable landscape. With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glaciers history, venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced guide.Take a day trip from Franz Josef to experience New Zealand's stunning nature and picturesque views of the Franz Josef Glacier.Once fitted out with all your equipment, take a short bus ride to the outskirts of the glacier. Your guide will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk that will take you up alongside the mighty Waiho River bed following the glaciers path of retreat in this remarkable landscape. You will learn about the glacier's history, see what is left behind by this majestic giant, and learn the legend of Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere. Near the terminal face, you will cross over the public barriers and after a brief climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the rapidly changing terminal face of the glacier.

$48

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Imagen Lake Matheson Eco Tour

Lake Matheson Eco Tour

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3 hours

Visit this iconic Lake which has just been named NZ's Great Short Walk. World famous for it's stunning mirror-like reflections of our highest mountains - Mt Tasman and Mt Cook. Relaxed guided nature walking tour through an incredible primeval rainforest to magnificent reflections and mountain views. Departure times vary throughout the year as we like to give you the best possible chance of reflections (early morning or late evening). Your experienced guide will give you information on the local flora, fauna, history of the area, and how this lake relates to the surrounding glaciers and landscape. * please note there is no option to go off track on this tour.**Minimum group numbers apply.Start times vary depending on the time of year, usually between 5:00pm - 6:00pm October - March (daylight savings) and 3:00pm April - September.  Or early morning.   Complimentary transport available from Franz Josef or Fox Glacier, as well as wet weather gear, umbrellas, walking poles, and morning tea or supper provided (hot drink & biscuit). Ability to talk to your guide and ask lots of questions due to our small group numbers. HIGHLIGHTS •  Learn about the flora and fauna of this area, find hidden gems like native orchids and brightly coloured wild mushrooms amongst the dense rainforest • One -on-one time with your guide, ability to ask as many questions as you like • Small group numbers  • Experienced and knowledgable guides • If the weather is great then experience mirror-like reflections  • Personalised, relaxing low pace tour - plenty of opportunities for photo taking • Morning tea or 'supper' (hot drink & biscuit) provided* please note there is no option to go off track on this tour.**Minimum group numbers apply.

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Imagen Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Eco Tour

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3 hours

Get out and explore on this 3-hour guided walking tour in the Franz Josef Glacier Valley.  Walk through native rainforest and learn about native flora and fauna, waterfalls, the Waiho River and the Franz Josef Glacier. Tour includes complimentary morning tea. Free use of umbrellas, rain gear protection, and walking poles is also included.This tour will take you on an adventure in the Franz Josef Glacier Valley, through native forest, then out onto the river bed,  past waterfalls and off the beaten track and away from the general public.*   Learn about the native flora and fauna, glaciology, geology, climate change and history of the area, in a small group informative tour.  Stop for a rest with a magnificent view, a cup of tea/hot choc/coffee and a biscuit (included) and the opportunity to chat one-on-one with your guide. Raincoats, overtrousers, umbrellas and walking poles, as well as all transport to your tour destinations are provided. There is a maximum of 10 people per guide to ensure that you are able to ask questions and receive the best experience the Franz Josef Glacier has to offer.  If you are interested in birds, trees, nature & wildlife, or just want to have a personal guided experience, this is the tour for you.

$48

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Imagen Okarito Eco Tour

Okarito Eco Tour

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3 hours

Explore the old gold mining village of Okarito - one of New Zealand's unique hidden gems.  Reknown for New Zealand's longest natural wetland and feeding ground to the Kotuku (White Heron), home to Royal Spoonbills and 74 other species of birds including many seabirds like the Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, pied Stilts and Oyster Catchers.   The village itself has rich gold mining and flax (harakeke) export history, with an old wharf shed now converted into a mini museum.   Well known for it's beautiful picturesque sunsets, 360 degree stunning views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman (NZ's highest mountains) as well as views of the Franz Josef Glacier, lagoon, kiwi sanctuary/forest and beach and Okarito township.Meet in our office in Franz Josef Glacier, (or we can pick you up from your hotel accommodation in the Franz Josef township).   Enjoy the beautiful drive past rivers and Lake Mapourika, to the village of Okarito. Approx 30 min drive.  We may stop along the way to show you specific interests we think you may enjoy ie historic or natural highlights.Visit the historic wharf shed of Okarito and talk with your guide about the historic whaling, flax and gold mining industries this village used to provide. Depending on the day and your requirements, we may go out to the beach to get a good view of the mountains for you to photograph.  We then begin the Okarito Trig Walk, a 1.5 approx walk up to a lookout to get those 360 spectacular views.Head back to our office in Franz Josef in our minivan (or transfer back to your accommodation in Franz Josef township).

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Imagen Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruise from Franz Josef

Lake Mapourika Scenic Cruise from Franz Josef

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2 hours

Your 2 hour small group scenic cruise is on Lake Mapourika, which is a scenic gem on the Wild West Coast and only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier. Lake Mapourika boasts calm reflective waters, panoramic mountain and glaciers views as well as some of the last remaining untouched Kahikatea rainforest. The back of Lake Mapourika is home to NZ's rarest kiwi - the Rowi. Get up close and view native birdlife from the front viewing platform. Shelter from the weather can be taken in the cabin area. This is a great activity for all ages.ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Lake Mapourika, Jetty Bay, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New ZealandEnjoy the panoramic views from lake Mapourika of the Franz Josef Glacier and Southern Alps.Duration: 2 hours

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Imagen Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

Kayak Adventure from Franz Josef Glacier

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3 hours

A unique kayak adventure, only minutes from Franz Josef Glacier! Set out across Lake Mapourika's mirror-like water and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding Southern Alps and Glaciers.Explore a kiwi sanctuary set amidst some of the oldest untouched rainforest in Westland!This tour lasts up to three hours and is designed to complete your Glacier Country Experience!Lake Mapourika was created by the mighty Franz Josef Glacier as it retreated some 14 000 years ago, now it sits sandwiched between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. The mirror-like water and unbeatable views make it one of the scenic gems of the West Coast!The back of the lake borders a protected habitat of the rarest birds on the planet - the Rowi. Follow your guide through the narrow estuaries of the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary and enjoy some of Westland's oldest untouched rainforest. Slide silently past 900 year old Kahikatea trees and enjoy the unique song of New Zealand's native birds!   Free high quality digital photos are provided with each tour. We also provide specialist equipment to keep you warm and dry, and a selection of quality sea kayaks to choose from.

$72

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Imagen 4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

4-hour Lake Mapourika Kayak and Hike adventure, with Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary

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4 hours

Explore all that Lake Mapourika has to offer in this half day guided Kayak & Walk excursion - just minutes away from Franz Josef Glacier! Paddle across the calm, reflective waters and take in the panoramic views of NZ's tallest peaks and Glaciers. Follow your guide through the rain forest trail and enjoy coffee and tea while taking in the views. Plus, FREE photos (emailed after tour)ItineraryDip your paddle into Lake Mapourika's glassy waters and set foot upon the ancient soils in the Okarito Kiwi Sanctuary. This is your chance to get up close and personal with South Westland's oldest untouched Jurassic age rainforest. Stop At: • Lake Mapourika, Jetty Bay, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand

$87

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Imagen Fishing Charter - Lake Mapourika

Fishing Charter - Lake Mapourika

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3 hours

Join us on a fishing charter that you'll never forget!  The Hanna-k can seat a large group comfortably inside the cabin area, and can have four fisherman out on the back deck and one spinning off the front platform.  The Skipper will provide on board commentary and share his fishing expertise throughout the trip.  Feel free to BYO (bring you own) food and beverages.  We provide complimentary hot and cold refreshments.  The scenery on Lake Mapourika will keep even the non-fishers engaged and having fun!ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Glacier Country Lake Tours, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7856 New ZealandMeet with us at our office in Franz Josef Glacier where we can sort you out with Fishing Licenses and provide courtesy transport (if you require) to Lake Mapourika for your Fishing Adventure!All fishing equipment is provided, and Licenses cost an additional $34 (NZD).  Feel free to BYO (bring your own) food and beverage on board.  We provide complimentary tea, coffee and hot chocolate.    • The Hanna-K is designed for the West Coast and is fully covered to keep you warm and dry in any weather conditions. • There is a toilet facility on board • No previous experience required • Brown Trout can be caught ALL YEAR • Lake Mapourika is stocked annually with Salmon and there's also sea-run Quinnat Salmon to be caught as well Fishing Seasons: Brown Trout can be caught all year around.Quinnat Salmon (both sea-run and lake salmon) can be caught from October 1st to March 31st annually.

$87

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Imagen 2-Hour ATV Quad Bike Tour from Franz Josef

2-Hour ATV Quad Bike Tour from Franz Josef

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2 hours

Tucked under the majestic Southern Alps on New Zealand's rugged untamed West Coast sits Franz Josef village and the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier offering spectacular mountain views & dense rainforest. This is where you will experience a 2-hour small group quad bike journey.Imagine following ancient glacial pathways carved into the landscape by ice and water and the thrill of driving these fun 2-seater quad bikes through this wild place. You will be amazed at what is around every twist and turn as you are guided through rainforests, riverbeds, grasslands, sand and mud. Feel the thrill of fresh air in your face and the excitement of riding quads.Once you have signed in at the office, you will be able to begin your adventure. After a short 5-minute walk down to the containers you will get dressed up in the provided wet weather gear, gumboots and helmet.You will then have a short detailed safety brief before you will test your skills on the two test tracks. The journey will then take you through dense rainforest, riverbeds and grassland all with the back drop of the spectacular Southern Alps. There are plenty of selfie opportunities with a break halfway to give you some local information on the area.This place is truly special, one of only a handful of places in the world where ice and forest meet in such a spectacular manner and the ATV quads are the ultimate way to view it all. The quad bike adventure is fun in the sun and even better in the rain.Enjoy a truly memorable adventure as you ride with the guides to gain views of the Franz Josef glacier and its surrounding snow capped peaks.

$97

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Imagen Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes)

Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes)

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Fox or Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 20 minutes) Fly from our Franz Josef or Fox Glacier Heliport to the top of the Fox or Franz Josef icefall and land on the snow for a fantastic photographic opportunity. This entry level flight will show you why so many are impressed by the sheer crevasses and pinicles that form the ice scapes of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Be sure to book from the correct departure location (Fox or Franz Josef) - book for a Franz Josef departure if you are overnighting at Franz Josef OR book for a Fox Glacier departure if you are overnighting at Fox Glacier.Flights depart daily from our Franz Josef and Fox Glacier bases (departures and snow landings subject to suitable weather conditions and safety decisions from your pilot). The Franz Josef Glacier is included for departures from our Franz Josef Heliport, and the Fox Glacier is included for departures from our Fox Glacier Heliport. During the Summer period departures are available from 7.30AM to 8.30PM or during the Winter period from 8.30AM to 4.00PM. Autumn and Spring departures can be flexible depending on the time of year and weather conditions as the days become longer into the Summer, or less leading into the Winter period.

$163

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Imagen Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

Franz Josef Glacier Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing

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20 minutes

From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this 20-minute helicopter flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. The flight includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air.Rise to the sky above Franz Josef in one of the modern helicopters as your pilot takes you on a once-in-a-lifetime experience.From sea level rising to the heart of the magnificent Southern Alps, this flight explores the awe-inspiring ice falls of the Franz Josef Glacier. See the stunning ice features, cracks and crevasses from above. Your flight also includes a snow landing, an excellent opportunity to really take in the surroundings and breathe the clean alpine air as you get your feet on pristine white snow. Climb back aboard the helicopter for the descending flight, landing back in the Franz Josef township.

$163

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Imagen Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Fox and Franz Twin Glacier Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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30 minutes

Twice the ice! Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers - Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier on this 30-minute helicopter flight. 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.The only thing better than one glacier is two glaciers, so why not experience twice the ice. Explore the glacial ice falls of the mighty Fox Glacier and the incomparable Franz Josef Glacier on this twin 30-minute helicopter flight.Each Glacier has its own different characteristics but both are magnificent and make for an unforgettable West Coast experience.  You will 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. It’s an adventure you'll remember forever and is often cited as a highlight of a New Zealand trip by holidaymakers.

$211

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Imagen Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes)

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30 minutes

Twin Glacier Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier including snow landing (allow 30 minutes) This flight gives you the opportunity to discover the scenic wonders of both the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier's. With departures available from Franz Josef or Fox (separate schedules), you will be amazed by the wonderful blue ice of these two beauties as you soar across the snow covered pinnacles onto the snowfields of the Fox or Franz Josef glacier. These catchment areas, or Neve's, accumulate years of Winter snow which over time descends into the lower valley's as the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.This flight departs from our Franz Josef OR Fox Glacier base (be sure to book the correct departure town to be on the correct schedule). check in time starts 30 minutes prior to departure and will require a quick weigh in, wristband and full name details. Once payment is confirmed at check in time (if you have booked and paid via Viator we will already know however be sure to have your voucher available - printed or on your smartphone - so we can double check details). After a short waiting period we will collect passengers for transport to our heliport, safety briefing and flight departure. Seat placement will be managed by our ground crew (and Pilot following the snow landing).    There are weight limitations per helicopter so please inform us when booking of any passengers above 75kg and we will ensure to allow space for everyone's comfort and safety.

$211

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Imagen Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

Heli-Hike Franz Josef Glacier Walk

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4 hours

Discover the best of New Zealand’s natural beauty on this small-group 4-hour Franz Josef Glacier walk. Travel by helicopter to the Pinnacles area of the glacier with your guide. Navigate your way through the maze of ice on your moderately difficult hike. Learn of the dramatic environmental changes affecting the glacier and gain insight into the geological forces at play. Afterwards, take a soak in the hot pools to warm up and soothe your muscles (complimentary). Group size is limited to 11 to ensure a personalized experience.Choose from four different morning departure times to suit your schedule, then head to the centrally located tour base in Franz Josef to meet your guide. Wrap up against the elements with the protective jacket, trousers, hats, gloves and leather boots provided, and don’t forget to grab your crampons! When you’re fully kitted out, head to your helicopter and start your journey with a short flight up onto the Franz Josef Glacier.Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier and surrounding area from your vantage point high in the sky, then land gently on the glacier and set off with your guide. An amazing sight to behold, there are forests of ice formations jutting out at different angles from the mighty glacier .Follow your experienced guide through the maze of ice as you explore the magnificent natural landscape. Discover first-hand the dramatic environmental changes that are affecting the glacier and gain insight into the amazing geological forces at play.At the conclusion of your glacier hike, return to Franz Josef by helicopter and relax with a soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. Nestled in a lush rainforest on the edge of town, the hot pools are fed by pure glacier water. Sit back, relax and rejuvenate your muscles in the soothing water — the perfect way to end the day in style!

$289

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Imagen The GRAND TOUR including snow landing (allow 40 minutes)

The GRAND TOUR including snow landing (allow 40 minutes)

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40 minutes

The GRAND TOUR including snow landing (allow 40 minutes) The “grand-daddy” of all flights! Explore both glaciers as well as taking in Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. We top this off by landing you on the snow for photo opportunities. As a bonus, weather permitting we cross the main divide for you to view the Tasman Glacier.  This will be your ultimate helicopter scenic flight excursion from Fox or Franz Josef on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Be sure to have plenty of space on your camera memory card and bring your phone as well. You will be amazed by the stunning scenery topped off with the snow landing where you will have the chance to photograph the magnificent scenery. (allow 40 min)Operates from Franz Josef (Alpine Adventure Centre, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef) OR Fox Glacier (Fox Guides Building, 44 Main Road, Fox Glacier). Report time is 30 minutes prior to departure - bring sunglasses, covered in shoes and your camera. Sometimes cooler conditions will prevail and our helpful sales staff will inform you of the temperature to dress for. Departures only in suitable weather conditions and at the pilots discretion. Snow landings subject to suitable weather conditions and at Pilots discretion. From our 4 passenger or 6 passenger helicopters you will view these mighty glaciers of the Franz Josef, Fox and Tasman. View New Zealand's highest peaks of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. We are the only 100% locally owned and operated helicopter company with a Department of Conservation concessions to land directly above the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers for the most prestine views of the Southern Alps. A rare opportunity to land on the snow inside the Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Carparking, rest room facilities are available at all our locations right in the central CBD of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. Be sure to confirm your preferred departure point (Fox or Franz Josef) as they do not join together - each base operates in a separate schedule

$290

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Imagen Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

Mount Cook Spectacular Helicopter Flight from Franz Josef

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40 minutes

Enjoy the ultimate glacial experience on this 40-minute Mount Cook spectacular helicopter flight from Franz Josef. This flight tours covers it all including glacial icefalls and crevasses and neves. You will have views from the coast to mountain tops and you will get to see both glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak. Cross the spine of the Southern Alps and circle the top of magnificent Mt Cook. Topped off with a spectacular snow landing, this is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast.Your tour begins when you arrive at base on the Main Street of Franz Josef.Take off on this 40-minute ultimate Mt Cook helicopter flight when you fly over the glacial icefalls, crevasses and the neves. You will experience views from the coast to the mountain tops as you get to see both of the amazing West Coast glaciers (Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier) and New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook. Cross the Southern Alps spine and circle to the top of the magnificent Mt Cook before taking the opportunity to top it all off with a spectacular snow landing, getting your feet on snow and taking the best holiday photos. This is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast and perhaps even in all of New Zealand.

$290

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