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The Helicopter Line

The Helicopter Line Introduction

The Helicopter Line operates with a fleet of modern turbine helicopters offering scenic helicopter tours in New Zealand, based at Mount Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier and Queenstown.

Our fleet consists predominantly of AS350 Squirrels. These helicopters are ideal for scenic flights as they offer an open plan cabin, which makes for excellent views.

The Helicopter Line has the highest level of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter flights in New Zealand, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of our operations.

Our pilots are passionate about the region they fly in and call home, and look forward to sharing their environment with you on one of our sightseeing tours in New Zealand.

We are Qualmark rated which is an endorsement of the emphasis we put on safety and standards.

The scenic flights from these locations will impress as you discover the stunning views of New Zealand's national parks, glaciers, mountains and lakes.

Not only are our New Zealand scenic flights popular but we also undertake other activities including private charters, glacier heli-hiking, heli-skiing, hunting, fishing, adventure combo trips and more.

A scenic flight in progress

The Helicopter Line – Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

A Helicopter Line Helicopter Landed One of our helicopter glacier flights Flying towards Mt Cook Amazing scenery from one of our helicopters Inside a Helicopter Line Helicopter Flying above the mountains with The Helicopter Line Take off and land on a Glacier Walk on NZ Glaciers

The Helicopter Line at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island offer a truly amazing glacier experience. A New Zealand scenic helicopter flight uncovers extraordinary colours of the ice formations and tracks the path of the glacier before a snow landing in the remote alpine environment.

For the fitter traveller we also offer the famous Franz Josef Heli Hike. This combines two awesome helicopter flights over the glacier with a two-hour hike amongst glacial ice formations—time to explore the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs up close.

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Experience Mt Cook from the sky

The Helicopter Line – Mt Cook

At Mt Cook, The Helicopter Line offers flights around New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook, in the Mt Cook National Park. Amazing hanging glaciers, vast snowfields and mountains combine to overpower the visitor to this region. Traversing the Southern Alps reveals the wild West Coast and the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

There is always time for an alpine landing on these New Zealand scenic flights, to appreciate the remoteness and solitude of this harsh environment and capture the humbling landscape on camera. We now offer year round heli hikes on the Tasman Glacier.

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Queenstown from above

The Helicopter Line – Queenstown

Queenstown is the 'Adventure Capital of the World' and The Helicopter Line flights in Queenstown are no exception. Helicopter flights combined with the adrenalin activities are designed to amaze, enthrall and excite—heli rafting, jetboating, bungy jumping, skydiving, canyon swing, mountain biking, many choices.

Our scenic flights in Queenstown are designed to uncover the truly spectacular scenery of the region. The lakes and mountains of the Queenstown region quickly become glaciers, alpine lakes and lush rainforest as flights head towards Milford Sound and the Tasman Sea—mountains to the sea, a true contrast in geography.

For real decadence, a Heli Wine Tour is also available as is the Heli Hike through Milford Sound for those wanting an energetic experience in the back of beyond.

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