These two glaciers are considered some of the most spectacular scenery in the South Island of New Zealand and the best way to see them is to take a helicopter tour. You will fly high over the frozen icefalls, plunging crevasses and pristine ice fields and take in breath-taking views from your vantage point high in the sky.
See Franz Josef and Fox Glacier from Above
A helicopter tour is an exciting and unforgettable way to see Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and see the true untouched beauty of New Zealand’s South Island as you glide overtop of these enormous sheets of ice.
It is possible to take a walking tour of the glacier, but it will take a long time and it will end at the first icefall because it is not possible to walk any further. This is why helicopter tours are such a popular option, as you will get a chance to go between the first and second icefalls. A modern helicopter will allow you to glide smoothly over the glaciers – dipping down to see the landscape up close with agile manoeuvres.
A typical helicopter journey will glide over the lush sub-tropical forests of Westland National Park first before climbing up to 6000 feet to land on the snow. See the scenic wonders of the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and take opportunity of this amazing chance to take some of the best photos of your life. Your guide will provide you with interesting commentary to inform you about the nature and history of the area and the story of how this enormous ice-flow formed millions of years ago.
You will listen to live commentary from your experienced professional pilot as you look down at the enormous sheet of ice and snow below. Many helicopter rides will also include landing on the head of either Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier so that you can hop out and explore the frozen landscape up close. This is an amazing chance to see the glacier up close, to feel the ice under your feet and to take photos while standing on this natural wonder.
Enjoy a Bird’s Eye View of New Zealand’s Natural Beauty
New Zealand is a dream destination for nature lovers and this remote island nation has truly stunning scenery that will take your breath away. In order to see this stunning scenery in its full glory the best way is to take a helicopter tour – so why not book one for your next trip?
If you are planning on taking a helicopter tour to explore Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier during your travel adventures in New Zealand, we can help. To find out more about these tours and other helicopter tours contact us at any time.