PREMIER SCENIC FLIGHTS

Our Premier helicopter flights departing from Queenstown offer awe-aspiring scenery and exclusive landing locations for those seeking something a little extra special.

These scenic helicopter flights include extended flying time, allowing you to explore Fiordland National Park and further afield in greater detail and get far off the beaten track.

Choose our Fiordlander (Flight 302) to discover all the beauty and hidden gems that Fiordland National Park has to offer or our Southern Alps Circle (Flight 305) for all the true highlights of the entire South Island.

The highlight of all these luxury helicopter tours has to be shutting down on a remote alpine peak to take some time out and really make the most of your time in New Zealand, all while enjoying a delicious gourmet picnic lunch and Central Otago wine.

Perfect for couples and groups looking to celebrate a special occasion.

YOUR CHOICE OF HELICOPTER:

*For Private Charter flight options: you have the choice of either our Airbus H130 T2 or a Squirrel Helicopter: please contact info@glaciersouthernlakes.co.nz for pricing and availability.


MILFORD EXPERIENCE
(Flight 301)

Mitre Peak beckons as your helicopter lifts off to begin your journey into Milford Sound. Discover isolated valleys of ancient forests and pristine rivers famous for their fishing as well as mountains sculptured from ice over thousands of years. Upon landing in Milford, enjoy a short nature walk and gain that iconic Mitre Peak photo. Fly the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls, out to the Tasman Sea and the wild West Coast. Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko Glacier, an awe inspiring experience with ice formations and crevasses to astound.

Time for a gourmet lunch and wine in remote alpine wilderness before returning to Queenstown with views over the famous Moonlight and Shotover Canyons, rich in gold mining history.

Price: $1,750 per person (min. 2)
$1,340 per person (3 or more)
Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Time Away: 2.5 hours
Landing: icon_helipadicon_valleyicon_picnicMilford, Glacier & Alpine picnic

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FIORDLANDER
(Flight 302)

Fly across Lake Wakatipu into the heart of Fiordland National Park to the breath-taking Lake Quill and the 1900ft Sutherland Falls. View the famous Milford Track en route to the Tasman Sea and West Coast before flying the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Experience an exhilarating flight past spectacular mountains and blue-green ice falls, and land upon Mt Tutoko Glacier, an awe inspiring experience with ice formations and crevasses to astound.

Then we continue on wards to an alpine picnic while enjoying the peace and tranquility of the wilderness. One of our most popular flights.

Price: $2,055 per person (min. 2)
$1,465 per person (3 or more)
Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Time Away: 3 hours
Landing: icon_helipadicon_valleyicon_picnicLake Quill, Glacier & Alpine picnic

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DOUBTFUL EXPERIENCE
(Flight 303)

Fly west from Queenstown over Lake Wakatipu, above the famous Walter Peak Station and onwards to the stunning waters of Lake Manapouri offering views up the Iris burn, home of the Kepler Track. Across the Wilmot Pass, Doubtful Sound appears, remote and spectacular, landing amongst the beautiful inlets and dramatic views.

Experience the vastness of Doubtful Sound, three times longer and ten times larger than Milford Sound by flying out to the Tasman Sea on route to a gourmet lunch and wine in remote alpine wilderness before returning to Queenstown via even more outstanding scenery from Fiordland National Park.

Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Time Away: 3.5 hours
Landing: icon_ridgeicon_picnicAlpine & Alpine picnic

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FIORDLAND ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE
(Flight 304)

The ultimate Fiordland experience traverses Milford and Doubtful Sounds as well as the lesser known George and Bligh Sounds.

Fly west from Queenstown over Lake Wakatipu, above the famous Walter Peak Station and onwards to the stunning waters of Lake Manapouri offering views up the Iris burn, home of the Kepler Track. Across the Wilmot Pass, Doubtful Sound appears, remote and spectacular, landing amongst the beautiful inlets and dramatic views. Experience the vastness of Doubtful Sound by flying out to the Tasman Sea and fly high above the wild west coast en route to the breath-taking Lake Quill and the 1900ft Sutherland Falls.

View the famous Milford Track and McKinnon Pass before flying the length of Milford Sound past sheer cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Experience our pioneering glacier landing at Mt Tutoko and and then it’s time for a gourmet lunch and wine in remote alpine wilderness before your return to Queenstown.

Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Time Away: 3.5 hours
Landing: icon_ridgeicon_helipadicon_valleyicon_picnicAlpine, Lake Quill, Glacier & Alpine picnic

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SOUTHERN ALPS CIRCLE PRIVATE CHARTER (Flight 305)

All the icons of the South Island in one day, Mt Aspiring, Mt Cook, Mt Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The journey begins heading North over Mt Aspiring and the many glaciers that surround it, and onwards past Wanaka and the beach forests of the Landsborough valley to the lakes at the foot of Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand.

Venture across the divide where the two mighty ice rivers of Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers await. Admire this World Heritage Area by flying over the many crevasses and beautiful blue-green ice falls which cut through dramatic glacial valleys to flow into temperate rainforest.

After lunch continue along the untamed wilderness and rugged West Coast to Haast and then into stunning Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park, a must-see on anyone’s itinerary.

Several landings in the remote areas of the West Coast are included in this special day.

Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Time Away: 4-5 hours
Landing: icon_helipadicon_valleyicon_ridgeicon_snowFox Glacier Township, Glacier, Snow & Alpine

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STEWART ISLAND / RAKIURA PRIVATE CHARTER (Flight 306)

Recognised as Rakiura National Park in 2002, Stewart Island is a destination that is offering everything that is excellent about natural New Zealand. Stewart Island features virgin forest, deserted beaches, rugged coastline, and is rich in bird and marine life.

Fly by helicopter from Queenstown to Stewart Island where our professional guides will be more than happy to share their local knowledge of the history, flora and fauna and what Island life is like. You are welcome to explore and enjoy the Island at your own pace with activities such as guided walks, kayaking, fishing, and diving available.

However a private tour to the magical Ulva Island in Paterson Inlet is a must-do experience and shows a glimpse into New Zealand’s ancient past. One of only a few open island sanctuaries in New Zealand, Ulva island offers a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds including South Island Saddleback, Yellowhead, Rifleman, Stewart Island Robin and Stewart Island Brown Kiwi.

Visit Stewart Island by helicopter on a day trip including private guided tour of Ulva Island or stay overnight with boutique luxury lodge accommodation included.

Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Overnight Price: Private Charter – Price on Application
Landing: icon_helipadStewart Island

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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)
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