Queenstown Tours
20-Minute Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown
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20-Minute Pilot's Choice Scenic Flight from Queenstown

By The Helicopter Line Queenstown
Recommended by 97% of travellers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Fly over the high peaks of the Remarkables Mountain Range on a sightseeing helicopter tour that includes an alpine landing. Seeing the Remarkables by helicopter gives you access to the mountains' most remote snowfields, rugged terrain, and backcountry glaciers, hovering above Lake Wakatipu for spectacular views.
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Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 20m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Take in a dramatic mountain landscape from above
  • Land high in the mountains to see the Remarkables up close
  • Enjoy 20 minutes of flight time in a maneuverable copter
  • Convenient pickup and drop-off at Queenstown hotels

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Scenic helicopter flight with landing (20 minutes)
  • Pilot guide
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

Meet a driver at your Queenstown hotel for transfer to the helipad, where you’ll board a helicopter that seats six passengers in an open plan cabin that’s ideal for views. Lift off above Lake Wakatipu as the pilot points out landmarks on the ground, and look for the peaks of the Southern Alps on the far horizon. Watch the mountains approach as you fly over the Remarkables Mountain Range, then return to earth for a high mountain landing. You’ll have time to take a few memorable photos before climbing back in the helicopter for the beautiful return flight to Queenstown.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • The Helicopter Line, Queenstown, 29 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9348, New Zealand
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3434ZQN_HLQ5

      • All children must be accompanied by a fare paying adult
      • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures. Moderate fitness is required.
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3434ZQN_HLQ5

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        BEST EVER - DO IT
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        Outstanding views!
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        Absolutely magical flight. We had the perfect weather and scenery was spectacular
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        Absolutely 💯 Unforgettable
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        Nice ride over the mountain tops but...
        Nice ride over the mountain tops but would have been ideal if the pilot could speak more clearly to hear the spots he called out. It was not a technical issue but his verbal. And, one couple brought a water bottle and we were told to not do so -- too bad they put it in the snow at the glacier top and it showed up in the pics.
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        The soggy socks afterwards was more than worth it!
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      Brett C
      Sydney, Australia44 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2024 • Couples
      Booked short flight via tour agency in Queenstown, which was easy, but unfortunately our first flight was cancelled and on second attempt/following morning time was shifted to a time that conflicted with already schedules wine tour . First cancel due to us two being only pax so not economical for them to fly, we had cancelled a boat trip to do the helo ride. Second cancel due to weather. Be aware if booking that you need to call 15 minutes prior to pickup time to check it is on then you find flight cancelled or delayed. As we are only here 5 days, we book 2 x activities per day; the cancelled flights meant we lost 2 x half days waiting around in case we flew. Recommend you book when you have plenty of free time to waste and be prepared that your flight may be cancelled or time changed, so don’t schedule other stuff. Weather is outside operators control and they are running a business so understand hesitancy to take off with empty helo. Booking company said 2 pax minimum, yet company still cancelled flight as not enough passengers so someone telling porky pies. Takes 1 minute to snatch your deposit and weeks to get it back. In hindsight, wish we did not waste time trying to do a flight as better ways to enjoy time and money.
      Written 7 April 2024
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      Kia Ora Brett, We appreciate you taking the time to share your review. We are sorry to hear about your cancelled flights and apologise for the inconveniences caused. Safety is our top priority and as the weather in this region can change quickly. We understand that you are in Queenstown for a holiday and any disruption to your plans can be disappointing. We thank you for providing your feedback and will take on board your messages to better communicate the possibilities of cancellations in the future. Best wishes, The Helicopter Line
      Written 25 April 2024
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      Cindy
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2022 • Couples
      The staff! From reception to the pilot Mike. They all genuinely wanted us to have the best experience. We made a last minute decision to do a helicopter flight in Mt Cook. Other providers were all booked out with no flexibility.

      The Helicopter Line added us in at the end of their day and also offered a discount so we had options for our flight.

      Note: Cafe closed however cold beverages sold in the gift store at reasonable prices. We travelled in late September
      Written 27 September 2022
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      Hi Cindy and Mike, Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're so glad you decided to come for a flight with us in Mount Cook. It surely is a beautiful place for a flight. We thank you for joining us and appreciate your support of The Helicopter Line. Kind regards, The Helicopter Line, Mount Cook
      Written 27 February 2023
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      Richard W
      Renwick, New Zealand142 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2021
      At short notice we were able to get the flight as our Flight to Milford was cancelled due to high winds. All the staff were helpful and friendly. we booked through the I site centre. The company picked us up from town in their van which was super convenient for us. Our pilot was Jarrod and he was a real character and full of information. WE had an awesome flight and saw so much. Great option to see the world.
      Written 3 April 2021
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      Hi Richard Thank you for your comments. We are happy to hear that we were able to get you up in the air to view the beautiful surroundings of Queenstown. Also great to hear that you were able to take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service as well. Gerard is awesome, I have passed your comments onto our team. Thanks again! Kind regards The Helicopter Line
      Written 21 May 2021
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      Greg C
      Hamilton, New Zealand65 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2021
      Exciting and enjoyable experience. With our safety front and centre with clear and precise instructions it waylaid any fears. The pilot was personable and gave a good running commentary of locales that were in view during the flight.
      Written 26 September 2021
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      Kia Ora Greg, We are glad to hear you had an exciting and enjoyable experience with us. Safety is extremely important to us so it is great to hear you felt comfortable on your flight! Many thanks for your wonderful feedback. Kind regards The Helicopter Line.
      Written 11 October 2021
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      Bowentownbeachboy
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023 • Couples
      Amazing. Our pilot Jono made us feel really safe and he flew in a way that gave us fantastic views without the cowboy flying we have had with other operators. He was really friendly and had a rich understanding of the local area that he shared passionately with us. 100 percent worth the money. Do it!
      Written 13 January 2023
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      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your review. We’re so glad to know how much you enjoyed your flight with Jono. We look forward to flying your son for his birthday. Thank you for joining us. We appreciate your support of The Helicopter Line.
      Written 23 January 2023
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      JP
      Sydney, Australia3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022 • Family
      This was a great experience for us adults and the kids alike (we even had a 4 1/2 year old with us). To fly over the mountains and land up on the ice was something special. Our pilot Jono was great too! Would definitely recommend.
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Hi JP, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a review and sharing such a cool photo. We’re so glad your family enjoyed the flight with Jono. We thank you for including us on your Queenstown adventure.
      Written 25 October 2022
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      daisy
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022
      Are you adventurous? Well if so this is the place for you! I had the most "Out of this World" helicopter flight on Sat may 2022, with an incredibly talented and fun Pilot Ben. For me, it was my 1st ever flight in a helicopter. Even though our flight was only a 30min adventure, landing on Mount Vanguard, it was an experience I will never ever forget!

      It was so surreal. All of our friends from Auckland had such an amazing time and said it was the highlight of their trip. We started off by weighing ourselves to see where we should sit, then we all got into 2 helicopters. 3 people in the front including the pilot and 4 in the helicopter. The pilots were really friendly and were telling us about the history of the mountains and landmarks.

      Overall, I had so much fun! There were amazing views and amazing people. It was such an awesome experience and I’d definitely do this again. If you are looking for something to do in queenstown, it's definitely worth your time! Its suitable for all ages (me being 12) I’d definitely do this again! I think it was super fun and every age would enjoy.
      Written 13 November 2022
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      Hi Daisy, Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your awesome review. We’re so happy to know how much you enjoyed your flight with us in May with your friends. I’ll be sure to pass along your feedback to Ben. Flying to Vanguard is a beautiful trip. We thank you for including us on your Queenstown adventure. We appreciate your support of The Helicopter Line.
      Written 28 November 2022
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      ZipEchucaAUS
      Moshi, Tanzania251 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022
      This was the most spectacular flight I have ever been on. The views over Queenstown were stunning. The part I loved the most was landing on the snow at Double Cone and being able to walk around to take the most amazing photos down the valley and across the peaks. Our pilot Ben was very professional and informative and pointed out all the main mountain ranges. The office team took us through our pre flight checks. Everyone was so friendly and helpful.
      This flight is a MUST DO when you are in Queenstown, you will make very special memories forever. We even had a proposal on our flight :)
      Written 14 November 2022
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      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us and Ben a wonderful review. We are so happy to know how much you enjoyed your flight with us. Will be sure to pass along your feedback to Ben. It looks like you had a gorgeous day for a flight. The views above Queenstown certainly are spectacular. We’re thrilled to be able to share them with you. Thank you for joining us.
      Written 28 November 2022
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      BZONCE
      Auckland, New Zealand936 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Thank you to our pilot Jeremy (Jezza) for an amazing flight, something we definitely will never forget and was awesome hearing some background about our surroundings.

      Today in summer we got to land on a mountain and enjoy some snow :D The photo opportunities were endless and beyond amazing. This is definitely a must do while visiting Queenstown!!!
      Written 20 December 2022
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      Kia Ora, Many thanks for your feedback. We're so happy to know how much you enjoyed your flight with Jeremy. Queenstown is such a special place to be seen from above. Thank you for joining us. We appreciate your review. We hope to fly with you again in the future.
      Written 27 February 2023
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      Shane B
      Te Awamutu, New Zealand799 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2022
      After two cancelled flights due to weather on a previous visit finally got in the air with The Helicopter Line. Staff were friendly and helpful we received a good safety brief prior to flight. Our pilot Pete was informative and more then happy to take couples photos on our Alpine Landing which we had a good amount of time to have a good look around the panoramic views. Booked on book me very good value for money compared to others.
      Written 10 April 2022
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      Hi Shane, We’re happy to be worth the wait. Thank you for taking note of each part of your experience with team members. Will be sure to pass along your note to Pete. A flight above Queenstown is very special and we’re thrilled to be part of your adventure. Thank you for your support.
      Written 23 May 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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