West Coast, Franz Josef & Canterbury Weather Event - December 2019

All the latest regarding the Weather Event we're experiencing in December 2019

The West Coast and Canterbury regions of NZ are experiencing an unusual weather event, with heavy rainfall.
On Tuesday, Franz Josef received over 500mm of rainfall – the same as what London receives in a year.

Below is all the information you need to help you.

If your, or someone else’s life is in danger, call 111. 

(Last updated 11am, Tuesday 10th of December)

Current Base Updates

Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier: Due to the closure of the road from the North into Franz Josef – SH6 Whataroa to Hari Hari, we’ll be closed until this road reopens – expected to be around Christmas Time. Please contact us to reschedule at one of our other dropzones, Skydive Abel Tasman (NZ’s Most Epic Skydive) or Skydive Mt. Cook (NZ’s Most Spectacular Skydive). 

Skydive Mt. Cook (Pukaki): Operations were unaffected
Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helis: Operations were unaffected
Skydive Abel Tasman: Operations were unaffected
INFLITE Taupo: Operations were unaffected
INFLITE Charters: Operations were unaffected

Evacuations and Relocations

Our fleet of aircraft are available to help you move your group or family between locations across the South Island. We’re able to fly from Aoraki/Mt Cook or Twizel/Pukaki to Christchurch – we’ve completed the first flights this morning.


Based on the latest information we’ve had, the Fox Hill (road heading South from Franz Josef to Fox Glacier and on towards Wanaka) will be closed until Friday. Mt Hercules (road heading North from Fran Josef towards Abel Tasman) is expected to be closed for a lot longer. The roads in and out of Christchurch from the South are expected to open today, possibly for essential traffic only.

Latest Weather Update

Rescheduling, Refunds & Cancellations

If your travel plans will change due to the weather, please contact us and we’ll be able to help.

We can help with rescheduling to a later date or transferring to one of our other locations – including Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters and Mount Cook Glacier Guiding or one of our partner dropzones, including Skydive Abel Tasman or Skydive Mt. Cook.

We can also help with arranging travel, and provide the latest road conditions and weather reports.

Contact our team and let us help.

Need Picking Up?

Our fleet of 8 helicopters and fixed wing planes are available to help if required.

If you need air transport around the South Island, please contact our National Office 24/7 on +64 9 377 4406

We can assist with relocation’s or evacuations for people, plant or stock.

Our team and pilots are on standby and willing to help.