About Us

Who we are

The leading helicopter company in New Zealand

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters is locally owned (operated by Helicopters Queenstown 2020 Ltd) have been operating since 1980, pioneering glacier landings.

We pride ourselves on a truly professional service and the presentation of our aircrafts so that passengers enjoy the most comfortable experience possible.

We operate a fleet of modern 6-seater large turbine engine helicopters serviced and maintained to ensure maximum passenger safety and comfort. All our maintenance procedures comply with New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority safety standards. Safety is always our main priority.

Our pilots are highly experienced with extensive knowledge of the local mountain environment and all of our pilots have high flying hours.

We are Department of Conservation approved and hold concessions to land in Fiordland National Park and Mt Aspiring National Park. This means that part of your fare contributes to conservation in New Zealand – all the concession fees we pay to the Department of Conservation go back into supporting the great work they do around this beautiful part of New Zealand.

Our Pilots

We are extremely proud of our helicopter pilots - meet the team by clicking below.

Meet the team

Why fly with us?

  • We have the most modern fleet of Airbus Helicopters in New Zealand. All are kept in pristine condition and are maintained according to the Civil Aviation Authority Standards.
  • We only operate large turbine engine, 6-seater helicopters – most suited to the mountainous environment. We are very proud of our fleet which consists of AS 350 B2 Squirrels, an AS 350 B3e Squirrel & an Airbus H130 T2.
  • The combined experience of our pilots is over 100,000 hours of flying time. We only hire pilots with high flying hours and extensive experience.
    *We have one of the Civil Aviation Authority’s highest audit ratings for operations and safety.
  • We are New Zealand’s aerial film specialists and completed the aerial film work for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, and Mission Impossible - Fallout, to name a few.  We continue to work in the film industry today due to our expertise in this area.
  • We are proud to hold a Qualmark Gold certification as a helicopter operator.
  • Ranked the #1 helicopter company in Queenstown on Trip Advisor! Why would you want to fly with anyone else?