Being able to admire the snow and glacier covered mountains of New Zealand from a helicopter is truly a surreal and jaw-dropping experience. It just makes you appreciate the scale and beauty of these mountains, glaciers and valleys on a different level. I was lucky enough to live in Franz Josef Glacier for three months. So, during that time, I had the great opportunity to take a few helicopter rides around this mountain range. The tallest peak of the Southern Alps is Aoraki/Mount Cook. Looking at this striking mountain face to face is surely one of the most memorable experiences I will ever have. And then there are the glacier landings. Getting off the helicopter and setting foot on top of a glacier as you feel the cold breeze on your face is a special experience. I hope this post inspires you to visit New Zealand’s South Island!

I also added a few shots from the plane at the end of this photo diary. If you’re flying over New Zealand’s South Island, make sure to book a window seat!

Bonus: To complement this post, I also created a  short video of this amazing experience, added it below,  I hope you enjoy!

Be sure to check out the rest of my New Zealand adventures here.

 
Southern Alps From Above Aoraki Mt Cook Up Close View From Helicopter
Southern Alps From Above Mountains And Glacier
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Mountain Range And Glacier View
Southern Alps From Above Mountains And Clouds View
 

 
Southern Alps From Above View Of Glacier From Helicopter
Southern Alps From Above Mountain Range View
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Top Of Fox Glacier View
Southern Alps From Above View Of Top Of Fox Glacier And Mountains From Helicopter
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Glacier Crevasses
Southern Alps From Above Mountains And Glacier View
Southern Alps From Above Mountains On Top Of Fox Glacier Neve
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Glacier Landing Couple Standing In Front Of Mountains
Southern Alps From Above Glacier Landing Woman Taking Photo
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Man Standing On Top Of Franz Josef Glacier Neve
 

 
Southern Alps From Above Aoraki Mt Cook Up Close View From Helicopter
Southern Alps From Above View From Plane Franz And Fox Glaciers View
Southern Alps From Above View From Plane
Southern Alps From Above View Of Aoraki Mt Cook From Plane
 

 
 

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New Zealand Southern Alps From Above Mountains Sunrise View
 
 

 

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