True South Flights, Scenic Flights around Mount Cook

QUEENSTOWN AREA, OTAGO

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True South Flights is a locally owned and operated premier flightseeing company based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We take great pride in our unblemished safety record with CAA New Zealand and are one of the top-rated activities in Queenstown on TripAdvisor.

Welcome to True South Flights !


COVID CANCELLATION POLICY:
We're working to keep things running as normal, but we want all guests vaccinated (two doses) before they come. To help with this goal please use a RAT in the last three days - in the case of a positive test canceling your activity, we offer to postpone it to a further date. 


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True South Flights is a locally owned and operated premier flightseeing company based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We take great pride in our unblemished safety record with CAA New Zealand and are one of the top-rated activities in Queenstown on TripAdvisor. 

We currently operate five modern, luxury aircraft with leather interiors and large windows, guaranteeing every passenger a window seat to unparalleled views of the stunning Milford Sound region. Our fleet consists of, a 6-seater Piper PA32R capable of higher cruising speeds to all our destinations, three GA8 Airvans all fitted with large bubbles windows for unsurpassed views, and our pride and joy the Cessna C208B Caravan with 14 window seats and air conditioning ensuring a comfortable journey for all. 

Our seven highly experienced and knowledgeable pilots are experts in the surrounding region and eager to share their love of this beautiful part of the country. All our pilots are specifically trained in mountain flying ensuring the safest and most enjoyable experience. 

We have a variety of tour options available to guests, our most popular being the Milford Sound Fly-Cruise-Fly package, for the more intrepid traveller we also offer Glacier Hikes and Heliskiing in conjunction with Alpine Guides in Mount Cook along with a variety of Scenic Flight options and charters available. Take a moment to explore our product page for more detail on our experiences or call us today to find your fit, our dedicated team are always happy to discuss your needs and create a trip just for you or recommend one of our proven and popular tours. 

Whether you are ticking a trip off your bucket list, celebrating a special occasion, or simply out exploring spectacular NZ we are here to make your experience unforgettable.


Our activities:

Ski the Tasman Glacier ($1399/adult)


  • Total tour duration: 8 hours.
        Includes:
- 50 minute scenic flight from Queenstown to Mount Cook with pilot's commentary
- Ski plane flight from Mt Cook airport to the top of the Tasman glacier
- Experienced guide 
- Picnic lunch
- Rental ski gear (additional cost)

Leave Queenstown and fly with True South Flights to explore NZ’s largest glacier. Marvel at blue caves and incredible ice formations while you make turns down the 8-10km ski run and be back in Queenstown in time for dinner. A day trip skiing the Tasman glacier is the classic snow adventure guided by our partners, Alpine Guides; Mount Cook’s original and most experienced mountain guiding company

You will take a 50 minute flight to Mt Cook, along the spectacular Southern Alps from Queenstown in one of our modern and comfortable aircraft with guaranteed window seats for all passengers. One of our friendly and knowledgeable pilots will point out Mt Aspiring, numerous glaciers, glacial lakes and snow-covered mountains on the way. We can accommodate your ski equipment, or we can arrange for hire of specialist equipment in Mt Cook.

On arrival at Mt Cook airport we will introduce you to your ski guide who will brief you before boarding the ski plane for a scenic flight to the top of the glacier, 2,500m above sea level, to start the first of two runs. The 1,000m descent is and easy to moderate (green to blue grade) run and is all on natural snow. The runs are the longest in NZ up to 10kms long.

After your runs you will return by ski plane to Mt Cook airport where your True South pilot will be waiting to escort you to our aircraft and back to Queenstown.


Mount Cook Heliski ($1795/adult)


  • Total tour duration: 8 hours.
  • No children (14+ only).
        Includes:
- Return Scenic flight with commentary from Queenstown to Glentanner.
- Lunch on the snow.
- 5 ski runs over up to 6 mountains in Mount Cook National Park.
- Complimentary pick up from central Queenstown Accommodation.

A day trip from Queenstown to Mount Cook to ski across six mountain ranges and over 200 runs, then return to Queenstown with True South Flights will be a day to remember.

Departing Queenstown in one of True South Flights modern, comfortable aircraft with a guaranteed window seat for all passengers, you will travel along the spectacular Southern Alps to Glentanner airport where we will introduce you to our guiding partners, Alpine Guides.

After a safety briefing you will board your helicopter to some of NZ’s highest helicopter landing areas in small groups of up to four guests per guide to ensure a safe personalised experience to suit all levels of heli-ski ability.  The longest runs are four kilometres in length averaging 800 vertical metres and up to 1,300 vertical metres on a variety of terrain, runs and snow quality. You will get five incredible heli-ski runs and you will be provided with all required safety equipment and provided with lunch on the snow.

We have terrain to suit all levels of heli-boarders and heli-skiers; from cruisy powder bowls and open faces to steep gnarly chutes. We also boast more advanced-level terrain, and glaciated runs than the Queenstown or Wanaka region.

After completing your last run, you will descend back to Glentanner airport by scenic helicopter flight to meet your True South pilot. Your pilot will load you and your equipment for a 50-minute flight back to Queenstown in time to catch the Queenstown Après ski scene.


Franz Josef Glacier Helihike ($1299/adult)


  • Total tour duration: 4.5 hours (flight time: 2 hrs).
  • Departures: 9:30am, returning by 4:00 pm.
  • Min. 2 people.
        Includes:
- Courtesy transport between your accommodation and Queenstown Airport
- 60-minute flights between Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier township, taking a different route back via Mt. Aspiring if possible
- Window seats guaranteed
- 4-hour heli-hike, with 2 hours of time on the ice and scenic helicopter flights to and from the glacier
- All equipment provided: crampons, boots, socks, ice axes

Our Glacier Heli-Hike is one of True South Flights’ more popular tours, allowing you to enjoy all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park glaciers have to offer within a single day.

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier is just the beginning of a day filled with spectacular scenery. You’ll fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers, to Franz Josef Glacier on the western face of Aoraki/ Mt Cook or the Tasman Glacier on the east. The weather in this mountainous region can be very changeable with rain frequent on the western side. We have the flexibility with our guiding partners to be able to alternate from one side to the other should the weather not be suitable to visit the glacier of your choice, and our tours to both are very similar.

On arrival at either the Franz Josef glacier tour, we’ll accompany you to your check in with our helicopter and guiding partners, Alpine Guides, who will provide you with all your necessary equipment and a safety briefing.

The experienced guides will then take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Your helicopter will pass over the deep crevasses of the icefalls and waterfalls to land at the upper Franz Josef icefall.

Here, you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the glacier ice, exploring ices caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

Both the Franz Josef glacier tour and Tasman glaciers tour offer very similar experiences and you will not be disappointed with either option. At 23 kilometres the Tasman Glacier is much longer, and the Franz Josef is steeper—but when you hike the glacier there is little to separate one from the other. We suggest you book your preferred option but remain flexible on the day to swap if the weather requires.


Tasman Glacier Helihike ($1299/adult)


  • Total tour duration: 7 hours (flight time: 2 hrs).
  • Departures: 10:00am returning by 4:00 pm.
  • Min. 2 people.
        Includes:
- Courtesy transport between your accommodation and Queenstown Airport
- 60-minute flights between Queenstown and Mount Cook, taking a different route back via Mt. Aspiring if possible
- Window seats guaranteed
- 4-hour heli-hike, with 2 hours of time on the ice and scenic helicopter flights to and from the glacier
- All equipment provided: crampons, boots, socks, ice axes

Our Glacier Heli-Hike is one of True South Flights’ more popular tours, allowing you to enjoy all that the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park glaciers have to offer within a single day.

The one-hour fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Mt Cook for the Tasman Glacier is just the beginning of a day filled with spectacular scenery. You’ll fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3000 small glaciers, to the Tasman Glacier on the east. The weather in this mountainous region can be very changeable with rain frequent on the western side. We have the flexibility with our guiding partners to be able to alternate from one side to the other should the weather not be suitable to visit the glacier of your choice, and our tours to both are very similar.

On arrival at the Tasman Glacier tour, we’ll accompany you to your check in with our helicopter and guiding partners, Alpine Guides, who will provide you with all your necessary equipment and a safety briefing.

The experienced guides will then take you into a deep part of the glacier via a scenic helicopter flight. Your scenic helicopter flight will transport you over the Tasman terminal lake to land at the middle of the Tasman Glacier.

Here, you’ll be fitted with crampons for the two hours on the glacier ice, exploring ices caves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island’s glaciers.

Both the Franz Josef glacier tour and Tasman glaciers tour offer very similar experiences and you will not be disappointed with either option. At 23 kilometres the Tasman Glacier is much longer, and the Franz Josef is steeper—but when you hike the glacier there is little to separate one from the other. We suggest you book your preferred option but remain flexible on the day to swap if the weather requires.


Mt Cook Scenic Flights ($599/adult)