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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.
  • 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, you’ll 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
35 Lucas Pl, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up included from all local Queenstown accommodations.
Departure Time
1h 10m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 70 minutes of flight time
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and weight / balance of the aircraft, passengers must advise of weight at the time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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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
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Apr 24, 2019
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
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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
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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
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Oct 27, 2018
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
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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
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Sep 1, 2018
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 :-)
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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
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Aug 11, 2018
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
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