SCENIC FLIGHTS with VANTAGE HELICOPTERS
Glacier landing experiences that take you further, without the hike
If your ultimate glacier experience involves more helicopter time and less hiking, this is the trip for you.
Owned and operated by Helicopters Queenstown (established in 1980), Vantage Helicopters operate a modern fleet of Airbus Squirrel helicopters out of the township of Franz Josef and offer a range of scenic flights. Options include a Twin Glaciers flight that will take you close to the awe-inspiring Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata-a-Hinehukatere) and Fox Glacier (Te Moeka-o-Tuawe) or an Aoraki Mount Cook flight showcasing New Zealand’s two tallest mountains and the magnificent Southern Alps (Ka Tiritiri o te Moana).
There is no better way to discover the breath-taking beauty of this unique region; nowhere else in New Zealand our manuhiri (visitors) can view the Tasman Sea, our most famous glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak all during one scenic flight.
All scenic flights include a snow landing for the ultimate photo opportunity and in-depth commentary from your pilot.
FRANZ JOSEF SCENIC FLIGHT
Taking off from our base in Franz Josef township, this scenic flight takes you high above the Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata-a-Hinehukatere) offering mesmerising views of crevasses and rugged seracs, the rainforest and crystal-clear waterfalls descending from the mountains. After a snow landing to capture the views of the glacier and the Tasman sea, return to Franz Josef township.
Adult: $280 | Duration: 25 minutes | Snow Landing: 10 minutes
Starting from our base in Franz Josef township, fly over the spectacular azure blue ice, deep crevasses and rugged seracs of Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata-a-Hinehukatere) and Fox Glacier (Te Moeka-o-Tuawe). Disembark on snow before soaring up again, high above the snow-laden Southern Alps and the rainforest, taking in panoramic views over the Tasman Sea as you fly back to Franz Josef township.
Adult: $380 | Duration: 35 minutes | Snow Landing: 10 minutes
TWIN GLACIERS PLUS AORAKI MOUNT COOK
Embark on the ultimate scenic flight journey featuring New Zealand’s highest mountain – Aoraki Mount Cook, the second highest – Mt Tasman, as well as our two most famous glaciers, Fox Glacier (Te Moeka-o-Tuawe) and Franz Josef Glacier (Ka Roimata-a-Hinehukatere). Throughout your flight the scenery will transform from valleys blanketed in deep green rainforests and waterfalls, to the incredible glacier blue ice formations and snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps (Ka Tiritiri o te Moana), and ending with open views of the Tasman Sea. Top it off with a snow landing for a great photo opportunity. Scenic flight start and finish at our base at Franz Josef township.
Adult: $480 | Duration: 45 minutes | Snow Landing: 10 minutes
FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER HOT POOLS
Your glacier trip includes access to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. What better way to relax after a day in the valley than in the rejuvenating warmth of our hot pools?
Your experience with us would not be complete without spending some time reflecting on your adventure in the relaxing surroundings of the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools. Entry to the main pools is complimentary with your Franz Josef Glacier Guides experience, and access to the pools is through the same reception area that you check in for your Glacier Guides experience.
The hot pools are intimately nestled in the lush surrounds of native rainforest and offer three main pools of varying temperatures in which to unwind. As well the three main pools, our facility also offers three private pools available to Franz Josef Glacier Guides' guests for the exclusive upgrade rate of $41.
Our spa and massage facilities are just the thing for aching muscles; treat yourself to a relaxing massage from one of our therapists or an uplifting facial treatment. The perfect end to an unforgettable day.
Scenic Flight Variations
- Flights may vary due to weather and at pilot’s discretion.
- Child Rates: children and infants aged 0 – 11 years are eligible for child rates. Child rates are calculated at 70% of the adult fare. 12 years and over are considered adults.
- Minimum Numbers: on all scenic flights minimum numbers may apply. We carry a maximum of six passengers per aircraft within Civil Aviation Authority restrictions.