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These ultimate Queenstown helicopter tours will take you to new heights

If you thought Queenstown helicopter tours couldn’t be beaten, you were wrong.

As it turns out, Queenstown has been in competition with themselves.

They’ve outdone their ‘standard’ helicopter tours filled with endless views of alpine peaks and majestic rivers by adding an extra dose of culture and adventure.

Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, avid jet-boater, cyclist or keen golfer, take to the skies on these ultimate Queenstown helicopter tours.

Swap ordinary cycling for heli-biking

Queenstown and surrounds has some pretty epic mountains. And HeliBike NZ has exclusive access to a great number of them, across private high- country stations and DOC land in five Central Otago ranges.

Jump in a Squirrel helicopter to reach new heights. Then follow your guide down through dramatic alpine landscapes. Cycle along nature trails, sheep tracks, steep technical rock, undulating mountain grass slopes, 4WD tracks. Pick your playground and enjoy the ride.

Cycling the ultimate way © HeliBikeNZ

Ride the sea and the sky

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters partners with KJet and Shotover Jet to offer what is arguably the South Island’s most adrenaline-pumping day out. Enter the Remarkable Flyer (KJet) and Remarkables Scenic (Shotover) tours.

These activities unite a thumping jet- boat ride with a wondrous scenic flight that includes an alpine landing. You’ll be left breathless as you zip down the Kawarau and Shotover Rivers at speeds of 90kph. Add in a couple of 360-degree spins, and you’ll be ready to take to the skies with Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters.

The 20-minute scenic flight is spellbinding as you enjoy views of Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, the Crown Range and Cecil Peak before landing on the Remarkables Spur, some 1,524 metres above sea level.

Add a splash more adventure to your Queenstown helicopter tour © Shotover Jet

Make a pitstop at a winery on your Queenstown helicopter tour

The wineries of Gibbston are just a short drive away from Queenstown – see them in style with Appellation Wine Tours. The company’s private excursions see you chauffeured between some of Central Otago’s top cellar doors. Plus a guide on hand to answer all your questions.

Over the day, you’ll stop at three award- winning estates and enjoy a standout lunch. Then head to the air to see the vines from above, choppering over the region and enjoying an alpine landing at Slapjacks Point, offering breathtaking views of the Southern Alps.

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Wine tasting with sommelier in vines © Appellation Wine Tours

Heli-fishing in Queenstown

Avid angler? You’ve come to the right place. Over the Top offers a heli-fishing experience that comes complete with a chopper and pilot – and the remote streams of the South Island – at your beck and call for an entire day.

You can even leave your rod at home as everything is included. Cast off at your leisure and move on at your will. Then sit down to a hearty fisherman’s lunch, cooked on the banks of a river while you watch.

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A fine catch © Over The Top

Get a hole-in-one on a Queenstown helicopter tour

A hole in one at 1,400 metres above sea level? It’s a thing when you sign up for a day of Over the Top Golf. This is what you do when you’ve played St Andrews and The Hills and need another notch in your golfing belt. It’s just a single par-three fairway located amid the Southern Alps.

You arrive here via chopper. Then hit away to your heart’s content, backdropped by some of the most picturesque peaks in the Southern Hemisphere. Fly in, drive, chip and putt… then relax and enjoy those mesmerising views. Pick-ups are available from The Hills, Jack’s Point and Millbrook Resort.

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What a way to land on the green © Over The Top

This article first appeared in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style Ultimate Guide to Queenstown ebook. To download the latest issue click here.