Blue Lake National Park Scenic Helicopter Flight

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Highlights & inclusions

60 minute flight time 2 hour experience
One mountain landing mid scenic flight
Blue Lake - the clearest lake in the world
Fly over Nelson Lakes National Park
Informative and experienced pilot
View unique land forms

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Tue, May 21, 2024

What you can expect

One of the best ways to explore Nelson Lakes National Park is by air! Book this 60 minute scenic helicopter flight here and fly over New Zealand's Southern Alps with aerial views of the world's clearest fresh water lake-Blue Lake. As you take to the skies, watch in awe as the breathtaking views of the mountain range and natural scenery unfold before you. Among some of the lakes that the flight path will cover are Lake Rotoiti, Lake Rotoroa and the famous Blue Lake. Listen in on your headset to interesting commentary as the pilot flies over unique landforms, habitats and shares the stories behind the sacred Maori waters of Blue Lake. A mountain landing is included in the experience on the boundary of the National Park giving you the opportunity to stop and marvel at the scenery.

The entire experience will last 2 hours with a 60 minute flight time and passengers can choose between a flight at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. All helicopter flights depart from the Nelson Base. This incredible scenic flight is great for all ages and is certainly a memorable holiday experience you won't forget. To reserve your spot on this scenic flight, book online here!


What you need to know

  • Enjoy a 60-minute scenic flight viewing Nelson Lakes National Park in the northern reaches of New Zealand’s Southern Alps
  • Fly over the clearest natural fresh water in the world, the sacred Māori waters of Blue Lake
  • View breathtaking mountain landscapes
  • Admire unique landforms, habitats, plant communities, and wildlife
  • Two-way communication between you and your pilot
  • One Mountain landing on the National Park boundary
  • 60 minutes flight time, entire tour duration approximately 2 hours
  • Complimentary tea or coffee
  • Departures are available at 10am, 12pm and 2pm
  • Further departure times may be available, please call our friendly reservations team to discuss further departure times on 07 5592 2233
  • Approximately 60 minutes flight time, entire tour duration approximately 2 hours
  • Departing from Reid Helicopters Nelson Base at 256 Eighty Eight Valley Road, Wakefield, Nelson
What To Bring
  • Windbreak jacket for landing in the cooler months
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
Additional Information
  • All flights are subject to change and weather conditions
  • Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee
  • Please note the Blue Lake is a protected wilderness area which we are only permitted to overfly
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at the time of booking
  • Upon completion of the purchase, please print the voucher and present on the day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher

Need help?

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  • Help code: D2B-33A7
  • This experience is supplied by New Zealand South Island Scenic Helicopter Flights


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  • We are committed to sustainability
  • We have an approved Science Based Target
  • We use third party verified standards
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