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

Husband and wife team Gus and Poppy started the company in January 2014. They still have their sleeves rolled up each day working their roles in the business and are both experienced pilots themselves. Our small team are passionate about what we do, to us it’s more than just a scenic flight. We want you to experience the real West Coast and would love for you to join us to see the rainforests, glaciers and mountains that form our incredible backyard.

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Customer Reviews

Pam Bridger

Was the most enjoyable experience of our lives! Fantastic people on the ground and the pilot Poppy was awesome. Recommend them to everybody!

Denis Ryan

All I imagined it would be and better! 

Mitchell Green

Would like to thank Gus and Poppy for making our last minute decision to take a ride in the helicopter a great one! A very friendly and professional locally owned and operated business that deserves all the accolades.

Vicki Archer

An incredible experience with fantastic staff to make sure we all really enjoyed it. Loved the commentary as we were flying, giving us a lot of information about what we were seeing. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to others – well worth it!

Louise Simeon

Was the highlight of our South Island tour. Pilot gave us a great commentary throughout the flight. Would highly recommend this as a South Island must do!