5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:50 minutes

Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

Take to the skies on a 50-minute Queenstown helicopter flight that includes a snow landing on Jura Glacier. Soar above Lake Wakatipu’s northern shores and discover unparalleled views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps from an aerial perspective. After your pilot lands atop the glacier, snap photos of surrounding alpine peaks, such as Mt Aspiring, before the return helicopter ride over glacier-fed lakes and the Rees and Dart River valleys.


  • Breathtaking 50-minute helicopter flight from Queenstown
  • Views of Mount Aspiring and the mighty Rees and Dart River valleys
  • Be surrounded by mountain peaks as your flight includes a snow landing
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Commentary from pilot
  • Pickup and drop off from centrally located Queenstown hotels

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What You Can Expect

Southern Glacier Experience Helicopter Flight from Queenstown

The Remarkables, Queenstown

This helicopter flight is the ideal choice for aerial sightseeing from Queenstown; with its ability to hover and land, the copter brings you up close to towering peaks, crevasse-filled glaciers and sparkling waterways.

After pickup from your centrally located Queenstown hotel to the base, get settled aboard the helicopter and prepare for a spectacular round-trip flight with a snow landing on Jura Glacier. Your highly trained pilot has specific experience flying in New Zealand's alpine environment, and shares lively commentary on South Island landmarks throughout your 50-minute tour.

Taking off from the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, you’ll see the rugged peaks of the Remarkables mountain range come into view. Flying high above Queenstown, you’re soon treated to the full glory of the Southern Alps en route to the glacial summit.

After a snow landing atop the ice, step out onto Jura Glacier to soak up the panoramic views and admire the remote alpine landscape, crowned by the towering 9,950-foot (3,033-meter) Mt Aspiring (known in Maori as Tititea, translated as ‘Glistening Peak’). 

Then climb back into the helicopter for the return flight, gliding smoothly over the picturesque valleys of the Rees and Dart rivers back to Queenstown, where you’re transferred to your hotel. 

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The scenery during our helicopter flight landing on the Jura Glacier was simply breathtaking. Callum our pilot pointed out local attractions along the way. His landing on the virgin snow was smooth and confident. We witnessed the very rugged landscape up close and got good value for our money. We were picked up from our accommodation and returned as part of the deal. All went like clockwork and our souvenir photo now sits prominently in our living room as a reminder of a truly remarkable experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Tour was awesome. Great views, smooth flight, polite staff.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We'd previously been on a helicopter over the Franz Josef glacier but this time we thought we'd try one of the Queenstown flights - we opted for the 50min ride. Dave our pilot was very friendly and informative. It was our son's first ride in a helicopter and he got to sit in front with his grandmoth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Fantastic experience....I'm not a great flyer but the pilot was fabulous, informative and very reasuring

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Had an amazing trip, the weather was perfect for a trip to Milford Sound , scenery was unforgetable.
This is a must do on your trip to Queenstown.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2012

When all other companies were offering 8 mins and 3 mins, your flight was 50 mins and it was extremely good value for money. The pilot was knowledgeable and friendly but the main thing is the flight didnt feel like it was over too quickly. It was a memorable experience. Loved every minute of it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Absolutely fantastic! Not to be missed. Some turbulences to give you just the right amount of thrill and the landing on the glacier just made the best Xmas present ever. Beware of the repeated cancellations due to Queenstown's changeable weather conditions though.

Jeremy W
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

This is a fantastic way to see the area in a short amount of time. One minute we were in eighty-degree heat, and twenty minutes later we were standing on a glacier with amazing views.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Jason was a very competent and confident pilot. We weren't able to land high on the glacier because of the winds, but the spot he chose to land was excellent. We were very happy with the experience, as were the American couple who shared our flight. The scenery was greatly varied and the whole flight enjoyable.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2011

It was an absolutely 5 star experience; but fair to say it was pretty expensive. We were travelling from Australia so the exchange rate worked in our favour. Get your video camera ready for the take off from the glacier.....i have re-watched mine 100 times.
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