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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

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Overview
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    35 Lucas Place
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Mount Aspiring National Park
  • You'll end at
    35 Lucas Place
    35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
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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
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
35 Lucas Place, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
Duration
1h 10m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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)
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Additional Info
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • 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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Hope wrote a review Jan 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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mbs5 wrote a review Jan 2020
Lansdale, Pennsylvania153 contributions60 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Feb 2, 2020
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!
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Karl wrote a review Apr 2019
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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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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Lord of the Rings and Glacier Helicopter Tour
Responded Apr 25, 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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siena douglas wrote a review Mar 2019
Queenstown, New Zealand1 contribution
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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Date of experience: March 2019
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John K wrote a review Oct 2018
Knaresborough, United Kingdom1,479 contribution328 helpful votes
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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 28, 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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isaacjakobs
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Great Pilot, Great Flight.
Great experience. The pilot, Luke, was very friendly. Luke gave great commentary as we were in the air and offered
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Kellie527
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Absolutely amazing experience
Absolutely brilliant. Worth every penny. Outstanding service, breathtaking scenery. Had tears of joy. My husband’s
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Dity M
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Floating on Cloud 9
From start to finish, this was a beautiful and fun experience. Booking online with Liv was easy, informative and ac
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Bridgeyc
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Exceeded our expectations
This tour is worth every single penny. Landing high up in the mountains, flying in close to lakes and glaciers, it’
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Sveasteel
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Fabulous helicopter trip
Fantastic day out with these guys. Great customer service, very friendly and accommodating. Had the most amazing da
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Ilovetravel094
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Awesome trip to the Glaciers
Absolute best thing we have done here in Queenstown. Incredible value for money for an amazing experience. Friend
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DebT398
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Remarkables are just that!!
10/10 for These guys were fantastic - Darren was a knowledge of information on must do's in the south Island much a
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Erya419
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Amazing experience
Amazing experience. Staff and crew were incredibly friendly, professional and helpful. 10/10 recommend
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EnigmaTraveller11
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Amazing experience
What an awesome experience! Super friendly staff. Breathtaking and magnificent helicopter ride. Truly enjoyable rid
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NJTito
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Amazing experience
Such an awesome experience! Our first time in Queenstown. We had booked as part of a deal with KJet jetboating so w
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Robina S
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THE BEST Experience we have had in New Zealand!
What a life memory WOW experience! A Sooooper pilot- thank you Jeremy, and the most mind-blowing scenery in the wor
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Robina S
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A Once in a Lifetime WOW experience!! WOW WOW WOW!!
This was one of THE most beautiful experiences of our lives!! Yes this a mind-blowing scenic experience, and yes th
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21SSSN
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Breathtaking and magnificent helicopter ride and land on glacier.
Very breathtaking and magnificent views especially landing on glacier. Truly enjoyable 50 minutes ride. Highly reco
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thehulk034
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Amazing trip!!
Loved every bit of it😄. You’re in good hands if you choose these guys to fly with👍🏽.Very helpful and friendly st
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nitinasar
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Perfect
Very nice ride. Had fun. Everything was smooth and nice . Fantastic team 👌👌 Very very welcoming staff and Matt -
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 10m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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