We chose this helicopter flight over the Queenstown area as it appeared to give the best value for money. The previous day, we had planned a trip over Fox glacier but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate. This service came recommended by our travel guide and we weren’t disappointed.
We had door to door pick up and return via minibus to our accommodation which was prompt and friendly.
After our safety briefing, and with perfect, calm weather, we were strapped in for our adventure, 1.5 km above Queenstown.
Our pilot gave a running commentary of what could be seen all around us and reassuringly gave plenty of notice of his manoeuvres so that there were no surprises.
Landing in the snow at this time of the year was a treat we will never forget. It was soft and powdery, as we sunk up to our knees and laughed so much it hurt until we found firmer footings. There was about 10 minutes of “magic time” to take photos and to try to absorb the breathtaking vistas that totally surrounded us.
A quick reshuffle of seating was organised to share photo opportunities for our return journey back to the airport.
Optional souvenir photos were available to purchase from the reception area upon our return.
It may be a comparatively short flight, but it certainly lived up to the advertised promise and provided a “grand view” of the Queenstown basin topography.