Soak Up the Views - Glacier Flights & Snow Landings Available from Heli Tours

Wednesday 31 October 2018, 10:11PM
By Beckie Wright

The ski season may be over, but glacier flights and snow landings are available from tour company Heli Tours all year.  Heli Tours Queenstown offers scenic flights and activities including alpine snow and glacier landings, Dusky and Milford Sound trips, wine tours, high and low-adrenaline adventures, relaxing scenic spa and picnic activities, and personalised custom tours.

The Alpine Snow Landing flight is a popular 45-minute flight departing from Queenstown into an alpine environment with their experienced pilot. Tourists can enjoy touching and seeing snow for their first time and can find some perfect photo opportunities. After 10 to 15 minutes in the snow the tour returns back to base with views of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown and surrounding mountains.

These popular flights have had great reviews. “Scenic flight above Queenstown with landing in the snow above the mountain. Very friendly staff always up to take pictures and helping make this experience as memorable as it can be. Thanks, team, definitely recommend it!” said Scherby, who wrote a review on TripAdvisor after one such flight.

The Glacier Direct flight is a stunning flight from Queenstown, through the Richardson and Harris Mountains towards the Glaciers of Mt Aspiring National Park. Tourists can enjoy a glacier landing at 7,000ft offering spectacular views over the Tyndall Glacier, Mt Tyndall, Mt Tewha and Headlong Peak. The flight returns back down the Shotover River valley to Queenstown.

The Glacier – Rivers of Ice Flight to the west of Queenstown is an hour-long experience through the spectacular views of the braided Rees and Dart Rivers, Mt Earnslaw and many magnificent glaciers. Tourists can view the deep blue “Rivers of Ice” and experience a glacier landing before returning to Queenstown. Heli Tours can customise this glacier flight and can shorten it if requested.

Heli Tours Queenstown is locally owned and operated by Paul and Katherine Mitchell, New Zealanders who grew up in the Queenstown and Canterbury regions. With a passion to showcase their extensive knowledge of the local geography and history, Heli Tours specialise in providing bespoke helicopter flights around Queenstown, Milford Sound, Fiordland and the South Island.

“We could not fault the service both at the site and in the air. Our pilot was accommodating and knew the area so well he was able to provide insight and some history. The route was incredible and breath taking and when we landed on the glacier, well that was another level of amazing! A wonderful addition to our holiday,” said a recent reviewer Natasha on TripAdvisor.

Heli Tours operates from its base at Queenstown International Airport.

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Heli Tours can be contacted on 0800 435 486 or