Vantage Helicopter Experiences

Extensive experience from the pioneers of glacier landings in New Zealand.

The scenic heli transfer included in our Franz Josef Glacier Guides Heli Hike and Ice Climb tours is provided by Vantage Helicopter Experiences.

Vantage Helicopters is owned by Helicopters Queenstown which has been operating since 1980 and which pioneered glacier landings in New Zealand.

Helicopters Queenstown are New Zealand's aerial film specialists and have been involved in the aerial filming of Mission Impossible, Lord of Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, Pete's Dragon, Vertical Limits and much more.

Their modern fleet of Airbus Squirrel helicopters are complemented by highly experience pilots with extensive knowledge of the unique local mountain environment.

The scenic heli transfer in both the Franz Josef Glacier Guides Heli Hike and Ice Climb tours is approximately 6 minutes long each way, with a flight path that follows a portion of the Waiho valley up to the landing pad on the Franz Josef Glacier itself. This is followed by up to three hours of hiking or climbing on the glacier.

If you're interested in a longer scenic flight with a snow landing (that doesn't require any hiking at all), Vantage has a range of tours available. Please view the Vantage website for more information or visit the Vantage booking desk at 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef.