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“Experience of a lifetime”

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
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$237.96*
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30-Minute Alpine Scenic Flight from Queenstown
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$171.47*
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20-Minute Remarkables Helicopter Tour from Queenstown
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$398.93*
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50-Minute Glacier Explorer Flight from Queenstown
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Owner description: Glacier Southern Lakes is Queenstown's leading scenic heli-flight company with a reputation of providing a high standard of professionalism and service. We offer daily scenic helicopter tours over the mountains, lakes, glaciers and fiords in and around Middle-earth, Queenstown, Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park & Mt Aspiring National Park. Alpine or snow landings are part of all our flights and glacier landings are included in all our Milford Sound flights. We have the most experienced team of helicopter pilots in Queenstown who will share their extensive local knowledge with you. For Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit fans we can show you many of the Queenstown film locations like nobody else, with pilots who were part of the film crew.
Reviewed January 12, 2013

We had never been on a helicopter, hence we had researched what company to book with and we are so glad we chose this one!
The day before our trip we had to call reconfirm for a weather check.
Chris kindly asked if we would change our 10am booking to 3pm instead due to weather, we were more than happy to do this putting safety foremost.
We were picked up from our hotel half an hour before our trip and taken to the launch area located at the airport.
Inside we were warmly greeted and thanked for changing our time, then given a full safety brief for the trip.
We were permitted to take our camera and camcorder to capture everything, not many operators let you do this.
Our pilot "Andy" arrived and greeted with excitement, reiterating the safety points approaching and disembarking the helicopter.
Once on board the brand new helicopter, we were in the air in no time with earphones and microphones to ask questions and listen to the great commentary from Andy along the way.
The experience of viewing the landscape was jaw dropping, with snow as far as the eye could see and amazing given that in Queenstown it was 26 degrees!
We landed in snow and we able to get out and take pictures, throw snowballs and enjoy the views.
Andy took a company photo for us to view on our return.
After about 15 mins we were back in the air taking in more of the picturesque views.
Returning to the airport launch was the only negative,because we just wanted to keep on going it was so fantastic we didn't want it to end!!
Andy escorted us back into the office shook our hands and thanked us and showed us the photo he took together with a DVD of images and footage of what we had just experienced.
There was no pressure to buy, but at $25 it was great value as a souvenir from the experience of a lifetime.
HIGHLY recommend this and we can't wait to return!

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Reviewed January 8, 2013

The scenery was unbelievable. I know this may be perceived as a very expensive tour option, however it is absolutely worth every cent. There are scenes you can ONLY see via helicopter and our tour certainly made the most of it. The pilot very professional and at all times we felt safe. If you are thinking about this - don't hesitate, just book it!

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We knew we were splurging to do this helicopter/cruise/helicopter of Milford Sound but this was the most incredible thing we did on our New Zealand trip. We saw sights that we would never have seen in a week of sightseeing in our rental car or on other tours. It gave us a look at New Zealand that was priceless. Andy, our pilot, was teaching us from the get go. It was so smooth and easy as we rose over peak after peak, seeing glacier pools on mountain tops, landing on the glacier for photos and walking thru untouched snow, as we truly gained a zillion insights into the topography and saved ourselves 4+ hours of bussing it to Milford Sound. They led us thru every turn even after we landed at Milford. Well worth it. This company was professional, prompt, so very friendly and answered every question as we began and then provided us with an unforgettable experience. Say Yes! It was worth every cent! We are still in awe of our photos!

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Did the alpine peaks and snow landing on the last day of NZ trip.
Great deal and the staff and crew were very professional.
Will be back for the glacier one!

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Great trip! We went to places that only a heli can takes us. We were given enough time at each landing to allow us to take pictures. The pilot were knowledgeable and provided a good overview of what we were flying over and looking at. He was also very glad to take pictures for me. It is a pricey trip, but it is worth it to have a look at Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Southern Alps from the sky. The heli was a bit crowded for the 6 passengers that were on board. Otherwise, good trip.

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