Glacier Explorer Flight 105  Enjoy an exhilarating flight into Mt Aspiring National Park
MILFORD SOUND (FLIGHT 201)  Discover isolated valleys of ancient forests and pristine rivers.
Lord of the Rings & Glacier Explore (FLIGHT 107) 
Fly with New Zealand’s Aerial Film Specialists
Mt Tutoko glacier, Fiordland National Park
An unforgettable Glacier Landing
MIDDLE-EARTH (FLIGHT 108)  A fantastic scenic flight combining the best of Queenstown and Middle-earth.
Smooth, Quiet, Luxury
Queenstown’s only Airbus H130 T2
Fiordlander Flight 302 - The ultimate Fiordland National Park experience.

About us – Who we are

The leading helicopter company in New Zealand – Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters (operated by Helicopters Queenstown Ltd) have been operating since 1980, pioneering glacier landings.

We pride ourselves on a truly professional service and the presentation of our aircraft 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 and Mt Aspiring National Parks. 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.

We operate scenic flights in Franz Josef with our brand Vantage.



• 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 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?

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Unbelievable Experience:

"Literally one of the best things I have ever done in my life. It was my first time in a helicopter and I loved every moment of it. I could not get over what I was looking at, it felt like a dream. The pilot had fantastic knowledge of the whole area which made the whole experience that much better." (Lauren N)