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Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
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Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour

By Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
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Soar above 'Lord of the Rings' film sites on this helicopter tour, flying above the fictional Middle-earth locations of the Misty Mountains, Isengard, Lothlórien, and more. Make two spectacular landings, on Clarke Glacier in Mount Aspiring National Park and in Skippers Canyon. Your pilot—who worked on the 'LOTR' and 'Hobbit' trilogies—shares stories and commentary throughout the scenic flight.
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 1h 10m
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Highlights
  • Thrilling scenic 'Lord of the Rings' helicopter tour with two landings
  • Get both panoramic and up-close views of key film sites
  • Gain an insider perspective by flying with 'Lord of the Rings' film crew
  • Convenient round-trip transportation from select Queenstown hotels

  • Landing and facility fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 70 minutes of flight time
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

After pickup at your Queenstown hotel, head to the airport to meet pilot Alfie Speight, who completed aerial film work for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit.'  Once your helicopter lifts off, cover some gorgeous terrain, starting with the mountain range whose peaks became the films’ Misty Mountains and Redhorn Pass, then cross to Glenorchy via Dart Valley and Mount Earnslaw. Along the way, your pilot points out the places that Peter Jackson transformed into Isengard, Amon Hen, and Lothlórien. Two separate landings let you see the remote terrain up close! First, touch down on the massive Clarke Glacier, and then land in Skippers Canyon, a beautiful gorge with towering sides. Lift off a final time for the return trip to Queenstown Airport, where a shuttle meets you for transfer back to your hotel.

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: 9180P9

      • Most travellers can participate
      • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must advise of weight at the time of booking
      • Infants will be charged at the child rate (0-3 years old sit on adults lap)
      • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

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

      How much is Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour?
      Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour price starts from $1,069.78. Discover and book Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour on Tripadvisor
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      Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour on Tripadvisor
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      On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 10m. Discover and book Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour 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: 9180P9

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      • You'll return to the starting point
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      • I4730WG_
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        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
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        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
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        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!
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      • wanderlust303631
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        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
      • TheBurgerReviewer
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        Bucket List Experience
        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
      • 348DebW
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        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
        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.
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      • krystalb759
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        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.
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        Amazing service and amazing experience
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        Written 9 February 2024
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        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
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        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
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        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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        If you do ONE thing in New Zealand, it MUST be THIS!
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        Written 17 January 2024
      • DayTrip23479056112
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        A breathtaking experience
        Exceptional experience! The glacier landing was something I’ll be forever grateful for. The views from the helicopter were brilliant and the way we swooped over ridges to reveal more landscape was breathtaking and somewhat cinematic.
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      Sunshine17063961356
      1 contribution
      Nov 2023 • Family
      Amazing highlight of my trip to Queenstown. I highly recommend a trip with Luke! His competence and experience shows an ability to reassure and make passengers feel safe, especially those anxious about flying. Stopping on a glacier was an especially memorable. Specular views of the mountainous and lake terrain were breathtaking. Don’t hesitate, you’ll love it! Mauri ora Fabian.
      Written 11 November 2023
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      Kia Ora Mauri ora Fabian, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback on your recent scenic flight. I am so pleased that your Pilot, Luke made you all feel safe during the flight, meaning you had a more enjoyable experience! We trust you took many photos and videos to look back on. Thank you very much for choosing to fly with GSLH. We hope to fly you again in the near future. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 13 November 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      mbs5
      Lansdale, PA162 contributions
      Dec 2019
      Our family of 8 traveled to New Zealand and spent New Years Eve 2020 in Queenstown. We were split into 2 helicopter and given a tour of a lifetime! Matt and Jono showed us the breathtaking landscape of Queenstown and pointed our Lord of the Rings sites throughout our trip. They took pictures of our group and were so friendly! I like Lord of the Rings but really signed up because it was the longest tour. You see so much!!! We landed twice....once on a snow covered peak/glacier!! There is no better way to take in the beauty of Queenstown and surrounding areas! I would recommend everyone do this!! Thank you!
      Written 2 January 2020
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      Kia ora! I am so pleased to hear what a wonderful experience you had with us! Queenstown certainly has breathtaking views! Matt and Jono are great pilot with a huge amount of experience and I am glad it was a great memorable experience for you all - what a way to enter 2020! We hope to welcome you back in the future!
      Written 2 February 2020
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      Elena
      Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
      Mar 2023 • Solo
      This was a last minute booking for my birthday and GSLH were able to squeeze me on to one of their afternoon LOTR flights. All I can say is it turned out to be one of the highlights of my whole trip! Not a lot of LOTR content but the scenery and the thrill of my first helicopter flight eclipsed that. Will definitely be back again soon to do another helicopter tour with these guys. Great customer service with pick up and drop off options for Queenstown.
      Written 6 May 2023
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      Hi Elena, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent LOTR + Glacier Flight. We are so happy that we were able to accommodate you and especially seeing as it was your first every Helicopter flight! I will certainly pass along your wonderful feedback to our wider team and be sure to mention your comment about more LOTR commentary. Thank you again for choosing to fly with GSLH and we are so honoured to have flown you on your first evert flight! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 15 May 2023
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      MeeAe M
      3 contributions
      Jan 2023
      This was such a GREAT experience! I'm terrified of heights and I've never felt safer. Jeremy was knowledgable and friendly. It was a last minute splurge for our Honeymoon and worth every penny! I'm a huge LOTR fan and they even gave a booklet with extra information!
      Written 11 January 2023
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      Hi Meeaem, Thank you very much for sharing your recent experience. We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful time during your flight and what an added bonus that you got to experience so many of the LOTR filming locations. Congratulations and we hope you had a wonderful rest of your Honeymoon, we are so glad that we could be apart of it! Thank you very much for choosing GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 16 January 2023
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      Vanessa M
      Sydney8 contributions
      Jul 2023 • Couples
      We loved this tour! Our pilot Michael was excellent! Amazing views throughout the whole experience. Highly recommend
      Written 26 July 2023
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      Hi Nessandkev, Thank you very much for sharing your lovely feedback. We are so pleased to hear that you had such an incredible flight. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Michael. Thank you for choosing to fly to GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 30 July 2023
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      Brian H
      5 contributions
      Jun 2023
      This was an awesome experience. The two landings were stunning. Michael our pilot was fantastic with a great commentary showing some great filming locations. The view of the landscape from above was outstanding.
      Written 30 June 2023
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      Hi W6524HPbrianh, Thank you for your taking the time to share your recent experience. We are so pleased to hear that you had such an incredible flight with Pilot Michael and enjoyed the stunning landings along with the commentary. Thank you for choosing to fly with GSLH Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 2 July 2023
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      Sandi
      1 contribution
      Jun 2023 • Family
      My family had a fabulous experience.
      We were picked up close to our hotel and shuttled to the airport. Our pilot took great care of us and pointed out numerous points of interest during our flight. Our two mountain landings were perfect! It gave us an incredible view of the area surrounding Queenstown and was the highlight of our vacation!
      Written 27 June 2023
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      Hi Sandiredhead, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent Lord of The Rings + Glacier Explorer flight. We love to hear that your entire experience from your pick through to your flight was fantastic and best of all it was the highlight of your trip!! Thank you so much for choosing to fly with GSLH. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 28 June 2023
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      Jodie B
      Whangarei, New Zealand8 contributions
      Michael the pilot was great. The views were stunning and being able to land on a glacier and walk around was pure magic. Great to have a couple of landing to settle the tummy was great. The blue ice glaciers will be something I will always remember.
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Hi Jodie, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent flight with us. The glaciers in Mt Aspiring National Park are something else! We are so happy to hear that you had a wonderful flight with Pilot Michael. Thank you so much for choosing GSLH, and we hope to see you in the near future. Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 9 October 2022
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      Jodie B
      Whangarei, New Zealand5 contributions
      The pilot Michael was great. Awesome flight with great details of the area. Loved being able to land on the glacier and the blue of the glacier was stunning
      Written 8 October 2022
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      Hi Jodie B, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent flight with us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your flight with Michael and had an incredible landing on the Glacier! Thank you so much for flying with GSLH! Kind regards, Tegan
      Written 9 October 2022
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      Hope
      2 contributions
      Jan 2020
      The views were gorgeous on the ride, but I was disappointed that our pilot Chris seemed pretty uninterested in Lord of the Rings, cursorily pointing out different filming locations but giving none of the insider perspective advertised.
      Written 15 January 2020
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