There are endless epic spots you can go when you add a helicopter for your photos. Below are the places I have been lucky enough to fly around the Queenstown & Wanaka region (and I love going to new places!).

Note that each location looks different depending on time of year, weather, and time of day you fly.
Regardless it’s always an unforgettable experience and amazing photos!

Earnslaw Burn

A majestical location (as seen in Lord of The Rings) on the valley floor beneath Mt Earnslaw glacier. 100’s of waterfalls cascade from the glacier down the rocky mountain side, which in the winter they freeze.

Mount Crichton

Stunning mountain range overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy & The Southern Alps.

Lake Erskine

An amazing alpine lake at 1390m in the Fiordland National Park, Lake Erskin is easily one of my favourite locations! In the winter the lake freezes and there can be lots of snow to walk in, and in the summer the crystal clear blue lake drains over the edge into a waterfall and the surrounding mountains has snow year round.

Lake Lochnagar

A spectacular flight 40kms from Queenstown takes you to this remote and crystal clear alpine lake.

Coromandel Peak

Roys peak

By far the most popular location for mountain top photos in Wanaka. With stunning iconic views across Lake Wanaka from the peak below Mt Roy.

Bayonet Peak

Close to Queenstown with diverse views of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkable’s, Cecil Peak and down the Valley between mountains.

Fog Peak

Amazing views down the Matukituki Valley, Mount Aspiring and The Southern Alps. They often have (abit of) snow year round, although the photos below were taken early winter.

Vanguard Peak

Short 10min flight from Queenstown, Vanguard Peak has 360 degree views of surrounding mountains and looks down the valley to the Upper Shotover River. It’s an epic spot that is more likely to have snow than the other closer mountains or golden tussocks in the summer.

The Remarkables

Queenstown’s most impressive mountain range. Breathtaking views over Lake Wakatipu, rugged rock face and steep drop offs.

Cecil Peak

The ledge

The most popular landing spot from Queenstown because of its stunning views and short flight and affordability. Stunning views over Lake Wakatipu & awesome cliff edges you can stand on which is where it gets it’s name – The Ledge.