Full day 6.5 hrs
Accommodation transfers, exclusive access to a high country station, private helicopter, rainforests, waterfalls and glaciers, gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments
1 hour walking
September to AprilEnquire Now
Explore the most remote corners of the lower South Island
The Helicopter is yours for the day to with your private guide and Pilot, and you will be touching down in magical places that have remained untouched for thousands of years. This backcountry heli tour is exclusive to Alpine Luxury Tours and will have you up close with wildlife, native rainforests, waterfalls and glaciers without crossing paths with another tourist.
Your adventure begins at your accommodation, where you will be picked up in a Luxury Vehicle and taken to your private Helicopter where you’ll meet your pilot before boarding the helicopter. Taking off across Lake Wakatipu, the first leg of your journey takes you over to the historic Mt Nicholas Station, a 100,000 acre sheep and beef farm run by one family. You'll be invited by the cocky (rancher) to tag along for an intimate look at rural New Zealand life on this remote farm accessible only by aircraft or boat.
After saying farewell and boarding the helicopter again, you will fly you over the Earl Mountain range. Passing the head of Lake Te Anau you will land on the edge of Lake Erskine, a surreal turquoise pool ringed by hanging glaciers. Icebergs floating in the high mountain lake create stunning natural sculptures.
By now it will be time for lunch, so after staking off again you will be flown over several rainforest covered valleys to touch down next to Lake Quill for a picnic to remember. This area averages 7m (23 ft) of rain a year, enough to power one of the tallest permanent waterfalls in the world, the Sutherland Falls homne of the filimg of Mission impossible 6 . Lake Quill is the small mountain lake that feeds Sutherland Falls, New Zealand’s second highest waterfall standing at 580m (1904ft).
After lunch, you will make your way up the West Coast, but not before an unforgettable flyover past one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions – Milford Sound. Coined the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Rudyard Kipling, you will be able to capture its grandeur from the sky, high above the packed cruise boats and buses below.
Flying out of the sound, the native rainforests framed by the Tasman Sea on your left will feel completely different to how they looked just an hour earlier. Landing at a private beach for photo of the wild West Coast.
The flight to your second last stop will take you to Middle earth waterfalls where we will be dropped down the valley this is where we embark on a 1 hr heli hiking experience in a valley of waterfalls and one of the most dramatic locations featured in The Hobbit. Our last stop is on the Isobel or Tyndall Glacier, where you can touch the ancient blue ice before returning to Queenstown over the Richardson Mountain range and the Shotover River; rich in stories from New Zealand's gold rush era.