50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand
50 Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

From US$418.40

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 50 minutes
  • Flight time: 50 minutes
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take your Queenstown visit to new ‘heights’ of adventure thanks to this 50-minute helicopter flight complete with a glacier landing. Soar above the spectacular scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park, gliding above turquoise ice formations, hidden alpine lakes and towering mountains before landing on top of a glacier for photos.
  • Enjoy a 50-minute helicopter flight from Queenstown, complete with a glacier landing
  • Soar above the stunning scenery of Mt. Aspiring National Park
  • Admire aerial scenery of blue-green ice formations and sky-high mountain ranges
  • Land on top of Clarke Glacier, one of the region's largest, for photos
  • Spot hidden alpine lakes and Skippers Canyon on the return trip
  • Great way to get a new perspective on New Zealand's stunning scenery

What's Included

  • Landing and facility fees
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 35 Lucas Place
    35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

  • 10/1/2023 - 9/30/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Will self-drive Pick up location TBC Kamana Lakehouse Mercure Queenstown Resort Heritage Queenstown (bus stop) Crowne Plaza Queenstown I-Site Millennium Hotel (Bus stop) Pounamu Apartments The Rees Hotel Sherwood Bus Stop (Frankton Rd) The Hilton Resort & Spa

What To Expect

Receive a pickup from your Queenstown hotel or make your way to the tour operator offices to begin your adventure. You can choose between a convenient morning and afternoon departure options.

When you take off, climb rapidly above the scenery of Queenstown before zooming like a bird over Paradise Valley as you head toward Mount Aspiring National Park. Feel like you’re looking down at a real-life postcard as you take in the captivating scenery of blue-green ice formations and majestic mountain spires.

You’ll cap off your flight by landing on top of Clarke Glacier, the largest in the region, allowing you time to take photos to share with friends and family back home. Then climb back aboard your airborne chariot for the ride back to Queenstown, passing above secluded alpine lakes and Skippers Canyon.

Come back to earth by landing in Queenstown, after which you’ll receive a complimentary drop-off back at your accommodations.

Mount Aspiring National Park

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Alfie our pilot was amazing. He saw how much fun everyone was having on the glacier and did not rush us through anything. Great pilot, amazing views certainly the highlight of our trip. The snow was up to our knees.


87 reviews
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Geoffrey_M, Sept 2023
Amazing experience with beautiful scenery and knowledgeable pilot. Would highly recommend to do whilst in Queenstown
Not good enough to get a refund
Eltee_I, Sept 2023
Couldn’t make it due to unfortunate reasons couldn’t get a refund because they said my reason wasn’t good enough ruined my whole weekend
Best thing to do in Queenstown
Justin_W, Aug 2023
A unique lifetime experience. Genuinely friendly staff. Luke is clearly a good pilot AND a great photographer.
Worth every cent
Jamie_S, Aug 2023
Alfie our pilot was amazing. He saw how much fun everyone was having on the glacier and did not rush us through anything. Great pilot, amazing views certainly the highlight of our trip. The snow was up to our knees.
Magic morning flight
Bree_M, Apr 2023
A perfect, sunny morning flight through the mountains to land on a glacier! It was magic. Our pilot was fantastic! It was so good we did it again the next day with our son and friends.
One of the best experiences in Queensland
OnlineShopping_M, Apr 2023
From the time they picked us up from the hotel to the time they dropped us off - there is nothing I didn’t like. The staffs were warm, clear, on-time. The pilot was friendly, communicated clearly, helpful. The view is spectacular. Converting from PHP to NZD might appear expensive but our local helicopter ride costs half when it is only 20 mins… so this 50 min ride is definitely worth it.
Breath taking views! Our...
Sharon_S, Mar 2023
Breath taking views! Our pilot Jeremy was great. This will be my most memorable experience! This has been a trip of a lifetime!
Must Do!!
Tiana_P, Mar 2023
This experience is breathtaking to say the least. The admin ladies made things such a breeze during the weather pre-check, as well as checking upon arrival. They were very informative when going over the safety briefing. The pilot was very experienced and knowledgeable and he had a great sense of humor. The views were absolutely amazing. Definitely would do this again when all the mountains are covered in snow. I can only imagine what the views will look like. Although there wasn't much snow, we were still able to see, land and play in the snow. Love this and will definitely recommend to everyone.
Do it!
nichole_w, Mar 2023
An amazing experience! Such wonderful views. The pilot was incredible. This is a once in a lifetime experience!
thoroughly enjoyed highly recommend Luke was an excellent tour guide and pilot
matthew_j, Feb 2023
Took off, cruised around, landed in snow, took off again, cruised around some more landed in tussock, took off again , landed. Great Fun would do again in an instant!
Had a great time got to...
debbie_b, Dec 2022
Had a great time got to see snow for the first time helicopter ride was great pilot pointed out places along the way
Up there with the best 😊.
Stuart_W, Oct 2022
My only previous helicopter flight was over the Grand Canyon via Hoover Dam out of Las Vegas and landing on the canyon floor for a champagne lunch. This trip/adventure was every bit as good.
Amazing experience....
Steve_B, Aug 2022
Amazing experience. Truely a once in a lifetime experience. Bring your camera and feel what it's like to land on the top of a mountain.
Stunning views
whillas, Jul 2022
The whole ride was incredible, approaching the glacier and landing on snow was such an memorable experience. All family enjoyed, happy to do it again. Pilot Alfie was awesome, good sense of humour
My trip got cancelled
Sagarika_S, May 2022
Our trip got cancelled due to bad weather conditions. We got refund. I was so excited to go but once I got call it canceled me and my parents got sad but we replanned our trip and made good dat by doing Gondola.
Response from Host, May 2022
Hi there, We understand this has been very disappointing for you and unfortunately the poor weather, meant we were unable to fly. We aim to fly in the best weather conditions, so we give our customers the best the experience we can and we we do our best to reschedule when the customers are available. We are very sorry for any inconvenience. Kind regards, Liv
It was surreal. We are glad to have...
robinsmom1212, Jun 2017
It was surreal. We are glad to have booked this tour. And we are grateful to Glaciers South Lakes Helicopters and our pilot Jeremy, for making the flight an unforgettable experience for us.
Fabulous experience of a lifetime...
Sarah J, Apr 2017
Fabulous experience of a lifetime. Operator extremely professional and friendly. Highly recommended

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