Glacier Explorer Flight 105  Enjoy an exhilarating flight into Mt Aspiring National Park
BECOME A GLACIER EXPLORER
MILFORD SOUND (FLIGHT 201)  Discover isolated valleys of ancient forests and pristine rivers.
GET LOST IN THE HEART OF FIORDLAND
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.
JOIN THE FELLOWSHIP
Smooth, Quiet, Luxury
Queenstown’s only Airbus H130 T2
Fiordlander Flight 302 - The ultimate Fiordland National Park experience.
INDULGE IN A GOURMET PICNIC

NEW ZEALAND AERIAL FILMING

New Zealand is globally recognised as a highly sought-after filming location. Filming in New Zealand provides not only the most spectacular scenery but world class support services.

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters operated by Helicopters Queenstown Ltd provides expert and professional aviation services dedicated to the worldwide film industry. For more than 25 years, Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters has proudly served the film production industry. When top industry professionals require an experienced aerial production team, they know to call us first.

Our Team

Film Manager and Pilot, Alfie Speight has had a varied career which has thus far encompassed every imaginable helicopter activity from air charter, medical evacuations, supply drops, avalanche control, fire-fighting, long line work and lifting work to four stints in Antarctica supporting Italian & American scientific research.

It is however aerial filming where Alfie’s passion lies. With over 15,000 hours experience, having been the principle filming pilot for worldwide features such as The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit trilogies, Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, King Kong, Wolverine, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon & much more – it is easy to see why he is so highly regarded in the aerial film industry.
Whether it is people, trains, planes, automobiles, marine vessels or wildlife, Alfie’s reputation is unsurpassed as “the best in the business” when it comes to aerial film work & production filming.

General Manager Aviation, Pat West is among the finest and most experienced aerial coordinators in New Zealand. Fifteen years as a Queenstown aerial coordinator and 7,000 hours of flight time speak for themselves. Having worked with every available camera system and with a wide array of cinematographers and film pilots, Pat has the insight and ability to make your aerial sequences a success. He was the main aerial coordinator in New Zealand on the movies Vertical Limit and 10,000 BC.

See us at work in this behind-the-scenes video from Peter Jackson during filming of The Hobbit.


Equipment

At Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters Queenstown we are familiar with using most types of aerial mounts including Continental, Libra, Super G, Spacecam, Wescam and Cineflex.
Recently Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters has been working with John Coyle’s local company Shotover Camera Systems to test their new state-of-the-art next generation gyro-stabilised camera.

Check out some behind-the-scenes footage using the Shotover heli gimbal from Tim Pierce – Zeros&Ones.


Services

We are your total solution for Aerial Cinematography Services:

  • Air to air cinematography
  • Aerial coordination
  • Ground to air cinematography
  • Location scouting in conjunction with Independent mountain guides and others
  • Painting and mock up services
  • Permit acquisitions
  • Fuel support
  • Mountain / Alpine safety
  • Radio FM Communications systems

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For rates and to check availability please contact Alfie Speight


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)
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