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.
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