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“Expensive but totally worth it!”

Mountain Helicopters
Ranked #8 of 17 things to do in Fox Glacier
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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

My wife booked the flight the night before our scheduled flight. There's no point in booking early as the weather can change rapidly. The day before our flight it was pouring rain. The day of our flight was calm with crystal clear sky. Don't be cheap if this is your first ever helicopter ride. It was totally worth the money. The booking was simple. On our arrival at the check in, we were instructed on the safety procedures. We waited about 20 minutes before we were driven to the helipad 5 minutes away. We flew on the green helicopter. The flight was smooth and we felt safe the entire time. The pilot was informative and accommodating. The front seats had better views but the back seats were more spacious. We were fortunate to do a snow landing as the weather was clear and beautiful. We saw fox and franz Josef glaciers, mt Tasman, mt cook and many other landmarks. After a while, all the mountains and glaciers looked the same, stunningly beautiful. Overall, we had a fantastic time even though this was the most expensive part of our trip touring New Zealand.

Thank Vinh V
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

WOW. We booked this when we arrived in Fox Glacier. We were undecided if we would do the helicopter ride due to the weather.( Misty & Showery.) My husband went into see these guys and talk to them. They were honest but also showed us a picture from a Camera they have mounted above the Glaziers. The weather above was magnificent. We decided to go ahead. What an experience. You must do at least one of the Glaziers, a landing and mount Cook as well. The scenery was mind blowing, (I'm not a fan of heights etc) but these guys new what they were doing and at no time did a feel unsafe. Standing in the snow opposite Mt Cook with the scenery and snow was WOW. Money well worth spending, would do it again no problems. Thanks to these guys for making a great memory of NZ

Thank 215happy
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Reviewed 15 March 2014

It is an expensive tour, but was just amazing. The views of the mountains and the glaciers are spectacular. These guys are pros and with the weather being so unpredictable they did a goodmjobmof keeping us updated. First rate.

Thank Evelyn R
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

We didn't book this in advance and when we arrived the weather had been poor and it seemed like there was no chance of flying. But the weather the next day looked promising so we booked into a mid-morning flight. By a slightly strange set of circumstances we ended up with the just the two of us and the pilot in the front of an MD500. So, the weather broke the next morning and it was a beautiful day for the flight up Fox and round Mount Cook with a landing. What a fabulous experience and a special thanks to the pilot who talked to us throughout about what we were seeing. Of course, it's not the cheapest thing to do in NZ but it was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. All round a perfect and unforgettable experience.

Thank Claptonite
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Mountain Helicopters seem to give you more for your money than some other operators. They have offices in Fox Glacier and Franz Josef, really friendy staff - if a little shambolic, when we called a few hours before our arrival they seemed to have lost our reservation but you get the impression they shuffle stuff around and you get what you wanted. Pilot did a good commentary and we put down on the snow and got photos etc. We were lucky with the weather, some clouds but their presence somehow emphasis how high you are. Terrific trip. Expensive! But as I say, cheaper than others for the same kind of trip.

Thank RedHeadPeter
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