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Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour provided by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour

Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
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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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 10m
  • 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
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
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 10m
  • 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.
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
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9180P9
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 70 minutes of flight time
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
1h 10m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
  • 35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must advise of weight at the time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 70 minutes of flight time
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
  • 35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
1h 10m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must advise of weight at the time of booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    35 Lucas Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Mount Aspiring National Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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11 reviews
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youngkiwicouple
7 contributions
Queenstown and beyond!
We originally booked the 50 minute glacier flight but were upgraded to the Lord of the Rings and Glacier Flight. We did two mountain landings, one on a grassy mountain and the other in knee-deep snow. The pilot was very nice and had lots of stories to tell. Such an awesome experience, highly recommend!
Written 23 July 2021
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GlacierSouthernLakes
Hi youngkiwicouple, Thank you for your review, I am glad we were able to show you some of the best LOTR sights on your flight. We hope to see you again one day! Kind regards, Ruby
Written 6 September 2021
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Hope
2 contributions
Beautiful, but less Lord of the Rings than expected
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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mbs5
Lansdale, PA154 contributions
Best Tour EVER!! Once in a lifetime adventure on New Years Eve 2020!
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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Karl
10 contributions
A must do, nothing like seeing middle earth soaring high
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a must do, we took the plunge and did a much longer flight but in reality there is one for any budget, chances are you've done the shotover Jet. This is another level. I have been to QT 3 previous times, and the place just amazes me. I thought I had seeing it from every aspect, till I flew.

While the LOTR /Glacier flight is altered in the warmer month as you can not land on a Glacier. We were told as soon as we booked, and all options to change etc were offered. Communication was great and prompt.

Our flight then became more or less a susprise. I do believe in the fact that the local guys know better than me, so let them choose. I wasn't wrong, and even got to fly with Alfie, in the Helicopter you see on the brochures. So it does happen!

I'm a LOTR fan and Alfie pointed out where many of the filming locations were, some not on the usual LOTR location maps you would find through google. Alfie also explained where the production units were setup, how some of the equipment were ferried in, how long it was just facinating.

It was a smooth, stunning ride in total safe hands. Will do again in the colder month for a Glacier landing, and other locations. A must do!
Written 25 April 2019
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Kia ora stomsoffate Thanks for writing such a detailed review. Alfie is certainly your man when it comes to insights from the filming of Lord of the Rings. So pleased you enjoyed your time with us. Sounds like Queenstown will welcome you again in the future. Kind regards Trish
Written 26 April 2019
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siena douglas
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
Incredible Scenery !!
Mar 2019 • Solo
The helicopter ride involved both an alpine and glacial landing. Both of these landings were in awesome locations. The views were incredible from here! The views from above were even better! We had a very helpful and informative pilot, Jeremy. He told us a lot about the area and engaged with all passengers. Very cool for lord of the rings fans too, you get to see iconic scene locations! Overall a 10/10 experience, value for money, would strongly recommend, Thankyou!
Written 1 March 2019
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John K
Knaresborough, UK1,505 contributions
Awesome.
Wow, we booked this months ago and was worried that may be the weather may get in the way. Well we couldn't have picked a better day. Beautiful blue skies.
Picked up from our accommodation on time for the 10 minute drive to the airfield.
Signed in and weighed and had our safety briefing.
Had around a 10 minute wait for another trip to finish.
Our pilot Stu came in and we were all introduced. Made our way to the helicopter and Stu strapped us all in.
There were 5 of us so 1 seat was empty up front. Stu told us we'd all swap places to get a chance of a window seat.
Took of and we set of for the mountains, absolutely amazing views. Photos cannot do the view justice. Stunning.
Really smooth ride over the peaks and then we put down on a dry mountain top. Views were superb.
Then we all changed seats as promised and then flew upto the snowy peaks.
Just amazing views, such a privilege.
Landed on the glacier, funny when you sink into the snow upto your knee.
Stu took photos for us all and then took his own.
The flight back to the airfield was just as good as the journey up.
We passed over several lord of the rings locations. Big fans so that was a huge plus for us.
Landed back at the airfield and got to see the photos Stu had taken.
Taxi was organised for out return..
Stunning.
Written 18 October 2018
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Kia ora John K Thanks so much for such an extensive review. Sounds like you had a great time and pleased that the day presented with blue skies for you. I'll pass your comments onto pilot Stu. Kind regards Trish
Written 28 October 2018
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Vicki R
Goulburn, Australia8 contributions
Stomping on a Galcier.
Aug 2018 • Couples
Amazing flight with pilot Luke. Incredible scenery. Small group of 4. Personalised service from the free hotel pick up to delivery back to our front door. What a bonus. 2 landings for photos. Luke was kind enough to take some couples shots for us. Reasonably priced. Well done all round guys.
Written 25 August 2018
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Kia ora Vicki R We appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences with us. And it sounds like you got some great photos! Thanks so much :-)
Written 2 September 2018
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Martin K
Bangor, UK78 contributions
Unbelievable
Jun 2018 • Family
I have been on many helicopters throughout my life, but I have to say this was one of the most scenic and outstanding tours to date. Me my wife and two sisters were picked up at our accommodation bang on time in fact the transport was early. Picked up some other people and then straight to the air field, I had brought a bottle of champagne to open on the glazier and it was no problem at all. Our pilots Luke and Alfie introduced themselves to us and off we went. The scenery is amazing and our first landing was at the location of middle earth, lots of photos and good info from our pilots. Then off again to the Tindall glazier landing at 6,400 ft above sea level and drinking the champers, FABULOUS. We spent about 15mins there and then continued the rest of the tour. I know this is an expensive tour but it is absolutely worth every penny, a once in a life time experience I can not recommend this trip enough. A well organised trip thanks to all the staff and our two pilots .
Written 11 August 2018
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Dear Martin K So pleased you had a great time on our trip and had such great times on the glacier (along with bubbles!), Middle Earth and beyond. We appreciate your comments about Alfie and Luke....thank you so much. Kind regards Trish
Written 13 August 2018
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TopPaddock
Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand224 contributions
Fantastic trip
We both loved this. We had previously done a shorter trip with another company in January 2017 and felt this was so much better. Reasons bring it was longer and there was some snow around which made for some beautiful photos. Only downside was it got quite cold on the mountain so make sure you dress really warm. Also the snow was a foot deep in some places so wear appropriate footwear.
Written 19 April 2018
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Kia ora dalehender0n Many thanks for taking the time to share your experiences about your flight. So pleased you enjoyed the longer trip and enjoyed the fresh snow falls. Great tips for other passengers regarding the climate and snow conditions. Kind regards Trish
Written 30 May 2018
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Kaye N
12 contributions
Best scenic helicopter flight ever.
Nov 2017 • Couples
Lord of the Rings route. Superb – best scenic flight ever, and we’ve done a few. Location the best. Our pilot, with 51 years of experience and a local, knew the Lord of the Rings film locations like he’d been there. In fact, he had – he assisted with spotting scene locations and ferrying film crews about. Landing on a knoll high above Lake Manapouri and flying over Doubtful Sound were highlights.
Written 15 December 2017
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Kia ora Kaye, Thanks for writing this review - however, please note you have reviewed on the wrong page as from the photos it doesn't look like you actually flew with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown? We do not use Robinson Helicopters in our fleet due to their substandard performance and limitations in mountainous environments. Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters only operate Airbus AS350 BA, B2 & B3e Squirrels, Airbus H130 T2 & Airbus EC135 P2 helicopters in our fleet. Kind Regards, Jayne McDonald Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Written 22 February 2018
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