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
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.