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Experience of the week: The Lord of The Rings scenic helicopter flight, Queenstown

What is the experience?

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters showcase Middle-earth New Zealand on this 70 minute flight around the Southern Alps – flying over many film locations from The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

Experts in their field, Glacier Southern Lakes pilots know this part of Middle-earth intimately, giving you a special insight into these famous locations set amongst the dramatic scenery of the Southern Alps.

As you pass over the Shotover River and sweep through Skippers Canyon, your pilot will point out the Ford of Bruinen and the location where Arwen conjured the magical flood to dispel the Ringwraiths.

Remember the spectacular mountain range featured in the opening scene of The Two Towers? Fly over this range on route to a glacier landing and get a sense of what it might be like to cross the Redhorn Pass. As you fly via the Dart Valley to Glenorchy, you may recognise locations such as Amon Hen and Isengard from The Lord of The Rings. Land for a second time at one of these locations and find yourself truly immersed in Middle-earth New Zealand.

Where is it located?

Departing and landing in the adventure capital of the South, Queenstown, this flight passes over the famous Shotover River, Skippers Canyon, Mt Earnslaw, Dart Valley and beautiful Glenorchy.

Who would enjoy this?

If you have watched The Lord of The Rings or The Hobbit films, this scenic flight will bring your visions to reality offering a truly memorable experience of Middle-earth New Zealand. However, you don’t have to be a Peter Jackson fan to enjoy this experience. This region of New Zealand’s South Island will not disappoint; it’s home to rare wildlife, ice age glaciers, rugged mountains, deep lakes, winding rivers, and lush forests.

Interesting fact?

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters most experienced pilot, Alfie Speight, was the official aerial filming pilot for The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Therefore, by choosing to fly with Alfie, you will get a special behind the scenes insight into the production of Peter Jackson’s films.