How long does it take to drive to the airport?
Queenstown airport is located in Frankton. Most wedding venues are within a 15-20 minute drive from the airport although some actually have their own helipads. In my Wedding Venue blog (LINK?) I have marked those that do.
How do I book?
Leave the organisation part up to me. No extra costs, I just find it’s easier for me to book as I have an account with them meaning you will just need to pay the balance on the day at the heli office and they can liaise with me about things such as weather and weight of passengers.
When do we need to check-in?
Check-in is 15 minutes prior to our flight
What about the season?
We have four very distinct seasonal weather patterns to pay attention to in the mountains of the Lakes District. There is a pollen season around springtime, good to know if you suffer from allergies! Don’t be fooled by Queenstown and Wanaka being searing hot in Summer, for known Winter destinations. Of course in Winter, there are less-than-ideal weather conditions and concerns like road access, icy roads, and plenty of traffic at peak season – but you cannot beat those snow-blanketed peaks! Autumn is a stunning season for the area, with Arrowtown being unbeatable in quaint historical charm, against an explosion of Autumn colours across the valley. It is also a popular time of year for the small village nestled between Wanaka and Queenstown. You still need to wrap up warm in Autumn too, with the height of Summer being the only time it’s ‘hot,’ and that is around late Jan-Early March.
In Winter June- September you may be able to land on the snow at some locations which would be bare in the warmer summer months. If you are here for the snow then go for it!!
What kind of locations can we go to?
Below you will find a list of my favorite Helicopter locations in Queenstown & Wanaka.
You can opt to land on snowy glaciers, Alpine lakes, Schist ledges and rocky outcrops overlooking the lakes and surrounding mountain ranges.