5 Epic Queenstown Helicopter Tours

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Helicopter Flights in Queenstown

Nothing captures the dramatic alpine scenery of Queenstown quite like a helicopter flight. Flying by helicopter from Queenstown not only means that you can soar over the landscapes of a UNESCO World Heritage Area, but land in remote locations that no one else could enjoy. Queenstown helicopter tours can be anything from 20 minutes to three hours of breathtaking scenery where every single photo in you take is bound to be a prize-winner. All helicopter tours include a landing, whether it’s on a glacier, to ski on pristine slopes or enjoy a gourmet picnic by a remote lake. Take a look at the list of helicopter tour companies in Queenstown below and start planning your adventure like no other.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Queenstown Must-Dos and 5 Best Scenic Flights to Milford Sound from Queenstown.

1. The Helicopter Line Queenstown

Fly over Queenstown’s iconic mountains with a snow landing almost always included in the experience. The Helicopter Line Queenstown is Queenstown’s original helicopter tour company, taking you to the scenic highlights of Queenstown or even further afield to Mt Cook, Twizel, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. They offer four set tours, with the most popular being The Remarkables with a landing in the mountains or the Southern Glacier Experience with a landing on the Jura Glacier.

The Helicopter Line Queenstown© The Helicopter Line Queenstown

2. Over The Top – The Helicopter Company

Over The Top mixes scenic flights over Queenstown, Milford Sound and Fiordland with adventure experiences. Combine your flight to alpine glaciers or remote lakes with a gourmet picnic, hiking, boating, extreme golfing, wine tastings and fly fishing. Check out their Private Champagne Picnic or Altitude Golf Experience for examples of their unique helicopter tours in Queenstown.

Over The Top - The Helicopter Company© Over The Top - The Helicopter Company

3. Glacier Southern Lake Helicopters

Soar over Queenstown, Mt Aspiring, Fiordland National Park and Middle-earth scenery on a scenic helicopter tour with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. The helicopter company owns an up-to-date fleet of Airbus helicopters, offering spectacular tours to Milford Sound including a glacier landing, a tour of The Remarkables with a mountain landing, or treat yourself to something extra special with a Private Charter Fiordland Ultimate Helicopter Tour.

Glacier Southern Helicopters © Glacier Southern Helicopters

4. Alpine Adventures

Alpine Adventures offers a wide range of luxury activities in Queenstown, from wine tours to heli-hikes. Among their offering, are scenic helicopter flights through Queenstown’s remote backcountry, to Milford Sound, and most famously, for a heli-picnic at the Middle-earth Waterfalls, otherwise known as Earnslaw Burn. Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or not, it’s hard to not be impressed by this hanging glacier creating tumbling waterfalls. Find out more about the Middle-earth locations in the area with our Lord of the Rings Locations in Queenstown.

Alpine Adventures© Alpine Adventures

5. Alpine Heliski

Swap the busy Queenstown ski fields in the winter season for remote and uncrowded runs in a heli-skiing experience with Alpine Heliski. Land on a remote mountain with powdery snow for a couple of long runs following your expert guide through stunning scenery. Mid-way through the tour, you’ll enjoy a hot gourmet lunch with tremendous alpine views. Choose to pay for extra runs or head back down to Queenstown Airport with hotel transfers included. Learn more about skiing in Queenstown in our The Ultimate Guide to the Queenstown Ski Season.

Alpine Heliski © Alpine Heliski

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