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Queenstown & Skippers Canyon: Middle Earth Helicopter Tour

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Explore the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies on a breathtaking helicopter flight high above the Middle Earth locations.


  • Fly over the rugged Remarkables to Lake Alta and the crumbly schist slopes used to film Dimrill Dale
  • Glimpse the Kawarau River before crossing into the historic gold mining valley of Skippers Canyon
  • Land at Skippers Canyon high above the Shotover River - recognised as Ford of Bruinen


Enjoy a scenic 45-minute helicopter flight combining the best of Queenstown and Middle-Earth. Take flight with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, New Zealand aerial film specialists, who have provided the aerial filming for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies. Uncover special Middle Earth Locations with your pilot. Follow the path of the Fellowship as you explore the spectacular scenic highlights of Whakatipu Basin and the surrounding area. Discover many recognizable locations from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies including the rugged Remarkables, Lake Alta, and the crumbly schist slopes used to film Dimrill Dale in which the Fellowship fled towards Lothlórien. Fly over the historic gold mining valley of Skippers Canyon, landing high above the Shotover River which can be recognized as the Ford of Bruinen. Catch a glimpse of the mountain tarn which is featured alongside the Rohirrim Refugees and share the view Legolas had of the approaching Wargs.


Courtesy coach transfers from selected pick up locations Qualified pilots and full safety briefing 45-minute helicopter flight with an alpine landing In-flight commentary

Important Information

  • You are strongly recommended to book in advance and at the start of your Queenstown itinerary to ensure you are not disappointed.
  • The away times (flight durations) specified in the flight tour itineraries are approximate and can be subject to weather conditions. On occasion, flight paths and landing locations may change at the pilot’s discretion. You will always be informed of any changes to the published information.
  • If flights are canceled due to adverse weather, the operator can transfer your booking to another day. Alternatively, if you would prefer, we can refund you in full.
  • Cancelation Policy: If you cancel your reservation more than 24 hours from the departure time, a full refund will be made. Cancelations within 24 hours of the departure time will incur a 100% cancelation fee.
  • Minimum numbers apply. Individual bookings may be combined & upgrades offered if necessary to achieve minimum numbers.
  • Please advise the operator in advance if you weigh >100kilos.

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