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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown provided by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown

50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown
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from $518.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 50m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9180P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly • Hotel pickup and drop-off • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
50m
Departure details
35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Headsets to hear the pilot clearly • Hotel pickup and drop-off • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
50m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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)
Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must supply accurate weights upon booking.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    35 Lucas Place
    35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • 1
    Mount Aspiring National Park
    Stop: 10 minutes
    Enjoy a landing on top of a snowy glacier .
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  • You'll end at
    35 Lucas Place
    35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    See address & details
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Osceola A
5 contributions
Spectacular!
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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Jet64758409426
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
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Higgos
5 contributions
Fantastic experience.
Mar 2021
Fantastic experience. I am not great with heights but this is a must do. You will never get a better view of the mountains and landing on the glacier was fantastic. Pilot Jeremy was great, very friendly and knowledgeable. The whole team were excellent, keeping us informed to make sure we got on the flight due to itinerary changes as a result of lockdown. Highly recommended.
Written 10 March 2021
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Jet64758409426
Hi Higgos, Thank you very much for your review. So glad to hear you conquered your fear of heights - in the best way possible! Sounds like you had an amazing time. Kind regards, Claudia
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Isaac J
6 contributions
Great Pilot, Great Flight.
Mar 2021 • Couples
Great experience. The pilot, Luke, was very friendly. Luke gave great commentary as we were in the air and offered to take photos for us when we did the landings. All staff involved were very accommodating and helpful as we had to shuffle our booking around due to weather conditions. I would highly recommend Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters Queenstown.
Written 1 March 2021
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Jet64758409426
Hi Isaacja, Thank you for your review and flying with us. We are glad to hear you had a great flight with Luke and enjoyed your experience with us. We hope to see you back in Queenstown in the future. Thanks, Liv
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Stephanus Na
51 contributions
Breathtaking and magnificent helicopter ride and land on glacier.
Dec 2020 • Solo
Very breathtaking and magnificent views especially landing on glacier. Truly enjoyable 50 minutes ride. Highly recommend.
Written 21 December 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Stephanus, Thank you for your review. Looks like you had an awesome time with Pilot Jeremy - epic photos! We hope to see you again one day. Kind regards, Claudia
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Karen H
5 contributions
Awesome Experience
Nov 2020
This was an awesome trip. Luke the pilot is experienced and provides great commentary and information about the area we are covering.
The scenery is fantastic and landing on the glacier in the snow was amazing. Totally recommend this company and trip.
Written 29 November 2020
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Jet64758409426
Hi Karen, Thank you for taking your time to write a review. We are very glad to hear you had such an awesome flight with Luke. We hope to see you again in the future. Kind regards, LIV
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Janelle M
Auckland, New Zealand30 contributions
Stunning scenery and just THE best experience
Nov 2020 • Couples
This would have to be one of the best tourist experiences I have had in all of the places I’ve been around the world. The staff were really friendly, and our pilot Luke was very knowledgeable about the geography and history of the area. However the real star of the trip was the magnificent, breathtaking scenery. We actually got to land on a glacier on a beautiful fine spring day with stunning views everywhere. The whole experience, including a helicopter flight, which I had never done before, was unforgettable and I would totally rate this as a top thing to do in Queenstown.
Written 6 November 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi Janelle! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so pleased to hear your first experience in a helicopter was unforgettable and you got to experience the magnificent scenery! We do hope to see you again in the future!
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RonicaAuckland
Birkenhead, New Zealand44 contributions
Memorable experience
We had an awesome trip and were thrilled to be able to land on Clarke Glacier. Our pilot was Jeremy who is a very experienced and friendly pilot. He told us so much information about the area as we flew over awesome scenery . It was not our first visit to Queenstown but without a doubt the best thing we have done there and we would recommend this trip to our friends and fellow travellers.
Darren picked us up and dropped us back at our hotel and he went out of his way to tell us about Queenstown and gave us an interesting ride back. Sincere thanks Jeremy and Darren for such a great experience.
Written 25 October 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Kia Ora Ronica Thank you for leaving such a wonderful review! We are delighted to hear you had such a memorable experience! It really is a fantastic way to see the incredible view here in Queenstown! We do hope to welcome you back in the future!
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sarebeareinc
Waimauku, New Zealand100 contributions
Absolutely Amazing!
This was an absolutely amazing experience! We had Matt as our pilot, he was an excellent pilot and very knowledgeable, he pointed out interesting landmarks to look at! The views are amazing! Highly recommend this trip! Matt also took photos for us up at the Glacier, so that was greatly appreciated! Do yourself a favour and book now!!
Written 8 October 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Kia Ora! Thank you for leaving a wonderful review, we are so pleased to hear you had a fantastic trip with Matt on our Glacier Explorer Flight! We do hope to welcome you back soon!
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USCKaboom
New York City, NY5,115 contributions
Wow. Stunning
Our Franz Joseph heli hike was canceled so we were able to rebook in Queenstown for the 50min glacier hike. We loved it. Landing on a glacier was a breathtaking experience. Learned a lot about nature as well as Lord of the Rings shooting history in the area. Sad that the glaciers have all shrunk. But great time.
Written 7 March 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you had incredible trip and you enjoyed the incredible Glacier landing! We hope to see you again in the future!
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Meander&Co
80 contributions
Clarke glacier scenic flight
We hadn't initially planned on doing this trip - we'd been booked to do a heli-hike tour at Franz Josef which had been cancelled due to bad weather. As we were only in Franz Josef for a day it was impossible to rebook that tour but the company gave us a voucher to be used with their sister company Glacier Southern Lakes and the transition to booking this tour was wonderfully simple!

I think the lady at the desk in Franz Josef was called Anna, if not I'm sorry, but she was lovely! Very accommodating of our situation and appreciated our detailed itinerary allowing us to choose a tour date/time with ease. She explained the process to us and contacted the Queenstown base on the spot to organise our flight.

Having never been in a helicopter before, really not a good flier and flying the day after the sad incident with Kobe Bryant & co., I was on edge throughout the whole flight, but that's my issue, not the company's. The scenery around us was fantastic and some small distraction for me. Our pilot, Jeremy, gave some interesting commentary on the features we were seeing. We landed on Clarke glacier (ironically my surname!) and had 10 minutes for photo opportunities and throwing an ice ball or two. Jeremy very nicely took some photos of all the passengers and had a chat with us - he seems like a really down to earth guy, despite his high in the skies job.

We landed back at the Queenstown base safe and sound (thank you!!) and still had the rest of a beautiful day to enjoy ourselves. We feel privileged, tinged with sadness, that we've been able to see and stand on one of the magnificent glaciers in the region - a feature of nature that despite its incredible longevity may soon be something confined to history books. The irony of taking a helicopter to do so does not escape me, and since going on this tour and learning more about the glaciers, offsetting our personal carbon footprint here is something we will aim to achieve sooner rather than later.
Written 4 February 2020
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Kia ora! Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased to hear you had incredible trip with our Pilot Jeremy and you enjoyed the incredible Glacier landing! We hope to see you again in the future! Yes, we agree that we need to do more to support Ca We do hope to see you again in the future!
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Awesome trip to the Glaciers
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Remarkables are just that!!
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