Adam's Travel Blog

Wow, Wow and triple WOW – Glacier Helicopter Ride

I have just taken such a fantastic ride in a helicopter which will be hard to ever beat. I managed to grab the front seat next to the pilot (I had to trip up an old lady, push a mother and pram in to the hedge and rugby tackle a zimmer, but managed to get the seat!). We flew between the mountains across glaciers and snow/ice fields and then looped around the three highest peaks in New Zealand. The views were ‘stupid smile’ level, and all I could do was nod when the pilot pointed out things of interest (like anything would be ‘not interesting’).

After about 30 minutes we landed at the top of the Frans Josef Glacier and had about ten minutes messing about in the snow. As you can imagine, I have quite a few* snaps of the trip.

We then got back into the chopper, this time I got a back/window seat for the five minute trip back to base.

This has to be one of the highlights of the trip so far, though in New Zealand you are spoilt for highlights.

When you get back it kinda puts a dampener on the rest of the day. What can I do now that can top that?

I know this sounds a bit daft, but these are ‘proper mountains’, high, jagged and covered in snow, I’m trying to rack my brains, but I think this is the first time I’ve been on a ‘proper’ mountain.