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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown
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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

By Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 0-99, max of 6 per group
Duration: 50m
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Live guide: English
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  • Landing and facility fees
  • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Pickup details
  • Will self-drive Pick up location TBC Kamana Lakehouse Mercure Queenstown Resort Heritage Queenstown Crowne Plaza Queenstown I-Site Millennium Hotel Pounamu Apartments The Rees Hotel Sherwood Bus Stop (Frankton Rd) The Hilton Resort & Spa
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • Queenstown isite Visitor Information Centre, 22 Shotover Street, The Clocktower Building, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller 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: 9180P6

      • Most travellers can participate
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Infants will be charged at the child rate (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
      • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking.
      • 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.

      How much is 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown?
      50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown price starts from $804.78. Discover and book 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
      What is the 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown cancellation policy?
      50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
      Which company provides 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown?
      50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown is hosted by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters on Tripadvisor. Discover and book 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor
      How much time do I need for 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown?
      On average, this experience will take approximately 50m. Discover and book 50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown on Tripadvisor

      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: 9180P6

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      • Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
        961
        Queenstown, New Zealand
        Joined in October 2010
      • ondine64
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience!
        The flight was absolutely amazing, our pilot Will was so good, professional, very friendly, kept us informed all the time regarding the mountains we were flying over, and the landing on the glacier was so smooth and exciting.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • Connector88985
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Day trip to Milford sounds
        What an awesome day. We did a 4 hour coach ride from Queenstown to Milford sound, then a 2 hour boat cruise on the Milford sound and completed the day with a helicopter flight with glacier southern lakes helicopter back to Queenstown. Enjoyed both the coach ride there and the helicopter flight back. We did a landing with spectacular views.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • gablovesfreyja
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Ultimate way to see Milford Sound
        Incredible experience with amazing pilot Alfie - the most experienced pilot who did a year of filming for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We had the most stunning day. Beautiful scenery. Really really enjoyed it. Landed on a mountain with snow, then at Milford Sound airport, then on a beach on the Tasman Sea. Perfect weather. Incredible pilot.
        Written 28 February 2024
      • Austin230
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful half day in the air and at sea.
        Helicopter ride to Milford Sound then Cruise of Milford Sound then helicopter back to Queenstown. It was a spectacular tour. The weather was such that we got to land on a glacier. The views were unbelievable. Our pilot was great. The Milford Sound cruise was special and Milford Sound should not be missed. Highly recommend this tour.
        Written 25 February 2024
      • I4730WG_
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience of seeing the tremendous mountains of Queensland in New Zealand
        It is the first time to see the glacier and snow on the high mountains in New Zeland and the scene was amazing. The snow was really soft and was cool up there. I even drew some letters and simple stuff on the snow with my feet!
        Written 20 February 2024
      • 779jerryh
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best trip of my life
        The whole experience was outstanding and greatly exceeded our expectations. The pilot Jeremy gave an amazing commentary of all the sights and mountain names and the landing and view on the glacier was beyond belief. A truly amazing trip.
        Written 20 February 2024
      • Seaside815286
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A Must while in Queenstown!
        Our trip was incredible, world class views and service. Many thanks to Michael for a fantastic tour and souvenir photos!
        Written 19 February 2024
      • wanderlust303631
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing trip over mountains and through the sound
        Amazing trip -picked up on time - modern helicopter - pilot ( Luke ) was very competent - put us all at ease - and gave a great commentary - landed on a glacier which was amazing and flew the length of Milford sound I highly recommend this 2.5 hr option
        Written 15 February 2024
      • 348DebW
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best Family Weekend Away Ever
        Our bespoke family day out that included being dropped by helicopter to our activities around Oxbow, Highlands Motor sports and an alpine landing was all organised by Tash. She was amazing and ensured our day went smoothly. Our helicopter pilot was awesome giving us the best flying experience possible on the day. I recommend this as a great way to experience the action and adventure Queenstown has to offer.
        Written 11 February 2024
      • Dean T
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience with pilot Kurt.
        Perfect weather for the perfect birthday surprise for my wife. Our pilot Kurt was incredible and really knowledgeable of the area. He made everyone onboard feel really comfortable and I loved the way he rotated everyone’s seating position after each landing so we all got to experience the front seat and feel like a chopper pilot ! A must do when visiting Queenstown.
        Written 10 February 2024
      • krystalb759
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Remarkable views of New Zealand landscapes
        Our journey with Heliworks was flawless, offering a perfect start-to-finish experience. The 20-minute helicopter ride to the top of the Remarkables was simply extraordinary, particularly under the radiant sun, which revealed breathtaking views of New Zealand's picturesque landscape. This adventure reaffirmed that exploring the country from such heights is unparalleled in its beauty and magnificence.
        Written 10 February 2024
      • Connector49525083592
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing service and amazing experience
        It was a great experience flying over the mountains, getting shuttled straight to the cruise and then flying back. Huge thanks to our pilot Will who made the trip all that more special by sharing stories and answering all our questions, thanks Will!
        Written 9 February 2024
      • elaine0601
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best day ever
        Everything was amazing , our pilot was the best. The photos we took were outstanding. It was the highlight of our tour so far.
        Written 1 February 2024
      • Marilyn_aus
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommend
        Breathtaking view from the helicopter. I would highly recommend this to everyone. The staff are nice make my inquiries smoothly .
        Written 29 January 2024
      • csored
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very impressed!
        We were so pleased with our experience with glacier Helicopters. The staff were very friendly and helpful, from the person on the phone to the pilot. Jeremy was an excellent pilot, he kept the helicopter ride very smooth, even though it got a bit windy at the end of the day. We landed on a virgin glacier, so fun to be the first and make the only footsteps on the glacier! Highly recommend this company as the best of the best.
        Written 22 January 2024
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      john m
      Nottingham, UK56 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2021 • Couples
      One of the best trips we’ve ever done. The bus driver, pilot and the booking crew were so friendly and informative, and courteous, the flight itself was so good. We went just close enough to the mountains and glacier face you felt like you could touch it and the time out the helicopter on the glacier itself was just long enough to take photos which the pilot was happy to take for you.
      Not cheap but well worth it
      Written 22 July 2021
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      Hi John, Thank you so much for your review. So glad to hear you loved your experience, we really appreciate your feedback :) Kind regards, Ruby
      Written 6 September 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Amy F
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2023 • Solo
      This by far is the best way to view the mountains and glaciers up close. You are able to go really low and close and are able to see from all seats. Of course having a window seat is more ideal for views! Our day was super clear with beautiful blue skies. Couldn’t have asked for a better day. Landing on the glacier and being able to take pictures where you cannot go on your own was priceless. The staff are super friendly and pilot was really engaging and knowledgeable. I’d definitely do this again
      Written 9 April 2023
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      Hi O7369MVamyf, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us. We love hearing that this was the highlight of your trip and absolute bonus with the weather too. We thank you for choosing to fly with GSLH, we hope to fly you again in the near future! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 30 April 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      TheBurgerReviewer
      Cranleigh, UK222 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Solo
      Wow wow wow !
      Once in a lifetime experience
      Worth every penny !
      Michael was an excellent pilot keeping it smooth but also allowing us to get a good look at the glaciers & mountain edges on the way up sweeping close but keeping a safe distance
      You really felt like you were in capable hands
      His narration was great too letting you know the various peaks etc
      Landing on the glacier and getting out of the helicopter to take pictures was awesome - just mind the ice as it’s slushy in places as some has melted as it is summer !
      I would not hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone
      Do it - you won’t regret it !
      Written 15 February 2024
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      Hi TheBurgerReviewer, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your recent experience with us! Sounds like you had an absolutely incredible time during your Glacier Explorer flight with Pilot Michael and we are pleased to hear Michael made you feel safe and kept the flight nice and smooth. I will make sure to pass along your kind words to him. Thank you for allowing us to share with you our stunning backyard of mountain peaks and glaciers! We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and thank you so much for choosing to fly with Glacier Southern Lakes. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 19 February 2024
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      Osceola A
      South Island, New Zealand5 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2021 • Couples
      This trip was an amazing experience. We had an awesome pilot Alfie. He took photos for those who wanted them while in the air and took his time so that we could get great photos and videos. The scenery was spectacular and the weather was great. I recommend this 50 minute flight for those who love the beauty of New Zealand seen in a different way.
      Written 3 April 2021
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      Hi Osceola, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we will pass your kind words onto Alfie. We are glad you loved your trip with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters. Kind regards, Claudia
      Written 10 April 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Terri S
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2021
      Don't miss this, honestly if you can only do 1 tour in Queenstown, do this and do it with these guys. Amazing experience never to be forgotten and the team were great. We felt totally safe, equipment/helicopter was new and very comfortable. Our pilot Jeremy was informative, professional and very calming. We had to change times due to weather and the team were very flexible and helpful. We'll definitely go back for another tour.
      Written 14 June 2021
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      Hi Terri, Thank you for your amazing review! We look forward to seeing you again in the future for another exciting trip! Kind regards, Claudia
      Written 19 June 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Nicky2015
      Sydney, Australia488 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience: best pilot and best landing ever on a glacier. Luke our pilot was incredible, very good commentary from him while he flew and answered questions. Great flying skills as well manoeuvred smoothly along mountains and onto powder soft snow for our landing.
      Written 6 July 2022
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      Hi Nicholle, Thank you very much for your lovely review! We are so pleased that you had such an incredible experience on our trip whilst in Queenstown. We proud ourselves on our amazing pilots and their knowledge of the local area, I will certainly pass on this wonderful feedback. We hope to see you again in the near future! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 10 July 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      David W
      Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2021 • Couples
      The helicopter experience was one of the best things I have ever done. The close views of the snowy mountains are just stunning, and you have plenty of opportunity inside and outside of the helicopter to take pictures or video. The staff are all very friendly, calm and professional, with plenty of local knowledge. The helicopter is very modern with excellent views due to the all-around glass windows. The flight was very pleasant and smooth. You can tell that the pilot is very experienced and loves what he does. Definitely reccommended! Thank you very much for an awesome experience
      Written 20 June 2021
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      Hi David, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear you loved your trip and had such an amazing experience with us :) We hope to see you again in the future! Kind regards, Claudia
      Written 25 June 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Diane
      Christchurch, New Zealand20 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2021
      Great service, we were unable to do the flight we wanted due to weather. So pleased with the company to ring us and bring our flight forward and offer another flight. Jeremy was a great pilot and very accommodating to us girls who are scared of heights. The boys loved it. Great company to fly with very professional.
      Written 10 August 2021
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      Hi Diane, Thank you so much for your feedback, we are glad you loved your experience with us and we will be sure to pass this on to Jeremy. Kind regards, Ruby
      Written 6 September 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      MaureenF760
      Paraparaumu, New Zealand50 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2022
      This was a magical experience, and worth every dollar. We flew up to the top of Lake Wakitipu, landed and spent time on glacier before soaring up and over other peaks. Cld see Dart river as we flew. Good commentary by our pilot Luke.
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Hi Maureen, Thank you very much for your review. We are so happy that you had such a magical experience whilst on your flight with Luke. Thank you so much for choosing to fly with GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 9 October 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Coggyrob
      Old Bar, Australia67 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was an amazing experience . Michael our pilot made us feel so safe and comfortable . He flew us over beautiful snow covered mountains , it was so beautiful , it did help that we had a great weather but still he was able to show us some blue ice and spectacular scenery which you just don’t see out of a plane window or from the ground .we landed on a glazier very high up with snow that just sparkled in the sun light .the company was great to deal with and so worth the trip . Thank you Michael and Crew .
      Written 13 June 2023
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      Hi Coggyrob, Thank you for your recent review. It warms our hearts to hear that you had such a wonderful time with Michael during your Glacier Explorer Flight. Thank you for your very kind words and we are so pleased that we got to be part of this incredible experience. I will pass along your words to Michael and the Team. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 13 June 2023
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