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Get to know us

  • "Where the road ends GCH takes off"

  • "Discovering something new every day"

  • "Vast, Unpredictable and Majestic"

  • "Adventuring as it should be"

  • "There is only one way to see this land"

  • "Let the Adventures begin"

Welcome to the ultimate helicopter experience in New Zealand. The gateway to the famous glacier region, best accessed by helicopter.

Glacier Country Helicopters is a local family owned and operated helicopter company based in Franz Josef Glacier on the, West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Our scenic flights depart on demand. We pride ourselves in being more than just a helicopter company to us it’s a sharing experience. Taking our guests into the stunning alpine wilderness of mountains, glaciers and rain forests. A real journey of discovery and adventure.

Glacier Country Helicopters are passionate about what they do, providing visitors from around the world with an amazing journey into their backyard.

View nature at its best, the Franz and Fox Glaciers beautiful remote rivers of ice cascading down their valleys and entering the rain forests below. This is a rare and unique attribute to New Zealand.

Lift off from our Franz Helipad at the foot of the Southern Alps. The scenic views have already started, within seconds you are looking at the world famous Franz Josef Glacier, as we fly over this iconic attraction we climb above and beyond to reveal the real heart of the truly magnificent Southern Alps. Take a deep breath as the highest Mountain in New Zealand comes into view. Mount Cook shouldered by Mt Tasman and the Southern Alps.

Unsurpassed views await those that embark on a journey with Glacier Country Helicopters Ltd, spectacular mountain vistas, panoramic ocean seascapes and New Zealand wild life in their natural habitat.

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Our Playground

The Team

Glacier Country Helicopters has nationally and internationally experienced pilots operating in the Glacier Region with a combined experience of more than 20,000 hrs mountain flying. Our team have grown up in the glacier region and consider it to be a big part of their backyard.

Poppy Tuck

Poppy Tuck

CEO / pilot

John Funnell

John Funnell

Operations Manager & Training Manager

Mike Goodall

Mike Goodall

Quality Manager / Occurrence Investigator.

Gus Gordon

Gus Gordon

Adventure Man / General Manager / Pilot

Song Lian

Song Lian

Chinese Sales and Marketing Specialist. Client/Customer Translator.

Poppy Tuck / CEO/ Line Pilot / CAA No: 70695

Poppy Tuck is Glacier Country Helicopters CEO and line pilot. She was brought up in the helicopter industry in the glacier region and is from a family of helicopter pilots.

JOHN FUNNELL / OPERATIONS MANAGER / TRAINING MANAGER / CAA NO: 14269

John Funnell is our chief pilot and brings with him over 40 + years of mountain flying experience in the aviation industry

Mike Goodall / Quality Assurance Manager / Occurrence Investigator / CAA NO: 41705

Mike is a freelance QHSE specialist and brings with him over 20 years of helicopter aviation experience, Internationally & within New Zealand. Mike is also our Quality Assurance Manager and Occurrence Investigator. He is highly experienced and qualified in HSE and Safety Management Systems. Mike is a great fit for our company focusing on safety as well as being involved in the marketing and day to day running of our tourist flying operation.

GUS GORDON / Adventure Man / General Manager / Pilot / CAA NO: 45308

Gus was brought up in the aviation industry and is from a family lineage of aviators dating back to when his grandfather began flying as a pilot in 1917. He has many years of experience working within industry. Gus is our “Go To” organiser for exciting adventures.

Song Lian is a new fit to the GCH team taking on the role of Global Sales & Marketing, Company/Client Translator & Negotiator. specializing mainly within the rapidly growing Chinese market. Song's other duties include looking after the many Chinese visitors that want to fly with us. Through Client/Customer liaison,ticketing, bookings & translation with the product, helicopter safety awareness & safety briefing.

Safety

Safety is core to the success of our business. At Glacier Country Helicopters Ltd we continually strive to maintain an impeccable standard of aircraft and crew training. Our professionally trained and internationally experienced pilots have specialist skills for flying in New Zealand’s alpine environment. All of our team is qualified to ensure your safety both in the air and on the ground.

Conservation

Department of Conservation – Approved air operator

Flights We Offer

We offer spectacular scenic helicopter flights designed with you in mind. Click the link below to find one that best suits your adventure.

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flights we offer