An iconic destination with a cult following, explore the diverse landscape of Mt. Cook National Park on this scenic helicopter flight from Christchurch.
The setting for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this epic location can only be appreciated from the air – showcasing the magnitude of its jagged peaks and vast valleys. High in the Southern Alps, travel in style along its highest flanks – touching down at impressive summits for a private viewing of New Zealand’s tallest peak.
This activity is run & operated from Christchurch and travels the Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and on to Mount Cook. Including ample time for a snow summit landing, the total flight time is approximately 2.5hours.
Meet your pilot at the airbase in Christchurch for this scenic helicopter tour of Mt. Cook National Park. An impressive flight for Jackson fans and nature lovers alike, this helicopter flight accesses parts of the park that are inaccessible by any other form of transport. A truly unique experience, your pilot will set off from central Christchurch and travel over the Canterbury Plains, soaring high over manicured agricultural land and into the rugged badlands of the national park. Home to New Zealand’s tallest peak, enjoy impressive views of Mt. Cook (3,724 metres) along with the other 23 peaks that make up the Southern Alps region. During the course of your flight, your pilot will also propose a snow landing, touching down at an isolated summit high on the Tasman Glacier. From here, you will be free to explore on foot – marking the moment with postcard-quality photos of Edoras, the capital of Rohan. On your way back to Christchurch, your pilot will detour over the area's iconic lakes which take on a unique milky quality – the perfect end to this three-hour adventure in Tolkien country.
Flights are completed in an EC130 B4 type helicopter that can accommodate six passengers (weight dependent) with a leather interior, air conditioning, noise-cancelling headsets and emergency flotation devices. This helicopter’s low noise emissions make it ideal for central city operations & scenic flights.