Rescuers had found the wreck of the helicopter in a crevasse at Fox Glacier, on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, but were unable to reach it due to difficult terrain, police said in a statement.
The identities of the pilot and six passengers have not been released. Police said the recovery operation and investigation was likely to take days.
The helicopter was operated by Alpine Adventures, which provides scenic flights and landings on the glacier, media said.
In 2010, a plane headed for Fox Glacier crashed while taking off from a nearby town, killing all nine people on board.