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Heliview - 20 Minute Cromwell Basin Flight

Join Heliview Flights to experience the charms of Central Otago and see why this place is a world of difference.


  • The perfect experience if this is your first helicopter flight.
  • A glimpse into Cromwell’s rich gold mining history and a great aerial view of the many award winning Central Otago vineyards and orchards.
  • Breathtaking views of snow capped mountain ranges and Lake Dunstan with Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook in the distance.
  • See where the Clutha and Kawarau Rivers join forces and flow towards the mighty Clyde Dam.
  • Fly over the Highlands Motorsport Park.
  • Informative and interesting commentary throughout the flight.

Be in awe at the grandeur of the snow-capped rugged mountain ranges that cradle the Cromwell Basin on all sides to create a sheltered micro-climate for the many award-winning vineyards and orchards that have put this region on the world map.

This trip is ideal for first-time flyers. Past passengers have raved about the smoothness and comfort of our helicopter and how safe they felt in the air.

This operator is a UNIQUE FAMILY OWNED business with over 35 years of flying experience – not a big corporate company. They spend more time with you, making your trip special. Small groups guarantee a personalised experience.

“Our customers feedback continually mentions our duration of experience and time in the air is the best value for money in the market.”

Fly in the safest and most versatile H120 turbine helicopter with unparalleled visibility including the latest modern avionics to enhance safety, comfort and reliability, including wireless active noise-cancelling headsets.

Allow approximately 45 minutes for the whole experience (arrival, registration, safety briefing, 20 min scenic flight, post-flight debrief)

Per Person $249.00

What's included

  • 20 Minute scenic flight
  • Interesting in flight commentary


  • Allow approximately 45 minutes for the whole experience


  • Weight restrictions apply - please advise weight of individual passengers as you proceed through check out. Passengers that weigh more than 115kg (254lb ) may be required to purchase a second seat to ensure the comfort of all passengers. Overall weight limits also apply to the helicopter which varies depending on the number of passengers and duration of the flight. Please contact us if you have any questions about your particular scenario.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.


  • Flights are weather dependent and at the pilot's discretion.
  • Minimum numbers apply - flights confirmed with 4 passengers, smaller bookings may be waitlisted to confirm.
  • We offer free parking outside our departure lounge at the Cromwell Racecourse Airfield - plenty of space for campervans.
  • Public transport options include Ritchies Transport (who will drop off at our base on request) and InterCity buses.
  • Cancellation fees may apply if bookings are cancelled less than 24 hours before departure.

    Infant/toddlers (age 0-3yrs) may travel on an adult's lap for an additional $75 (maximum 2 per flight). Please add this information as you proceed through checkout. Children over 4 years old require their own seat by law.

    Location: Cromwell Racecourse Airfield, 24 Ord Road, Cromwell, Approx 45min drive from Queenstown and Wanaka.


    Purchase a video of your flight for just $50 on your way to checkout. Why not create a combo with a Goldfields JetBoat Ride and/or lunch at a Central Otago Winery? Add a remote alpine landing on the mountainous Kopuwai Conservation Reserve. Goldfields Jet Boat ride $100pp and Central Otago Winery Lunch (Carrick, Mt Difficulty, Scott Base or Stoaker Room) inc helicopter drop off $150pp.

Available Bookings from October 20 to October 26

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


7 reviews

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marcelw1 from New Zealand wrote on 05 November 2019


Staff were friendly, flight was amazing, can't really fault it.

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Luis Alfonso Leh from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2018


It was our first time riding a helicopter and it was amazing. We had so much fun and we felt like we were well looked after. The owners and operators are very friendly and accommodating and they are happy to help you and make you feel special. We gained memories and friends at the same time. We will surely fly with them again for a different trip. Thank you Richard and Jolanda!

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From Heliview - 20 Minute Cromwell Basin Flight

Dear Luis and Rose Thank you so much for flying with us last weekend. It was a pleasure meeting you both and showcasing the Cromwell Basin to you from above :). We look forward to welcoming you on board again sometime soon to experience more of our beautiful Central Otago region on another flight. Warm regards, Jolanda and Richard Foale Owners, Heliview Flights

Ankur Bajaj from New Zealand wrote on 25 November 2017

Loved it!

Absolutely worth it!

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From Heliview - 20 Minute Cromwell Basin Flight

Dear Ankur Thank you so much for flying with us last week! It was a pleasure meeting you both and showcasing our Central Otago backyard from above. We hope to welcome you on board again sometime soon. Kind regards, Jolanda and Richard Foale Heliview Flights

Murray Deadman from New Zealand wrote on 11 November 2017

Awesome experience

We so loved the wonderful communication and expertise. An amazing flight with great commentary. A must do.

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From Heliview - 20 Minute Cromwell Basin Flight

Dear Murray and Helen Thank you so much for your great review. It was a pleasure to showcase our backyard to you from the air. We hope to welcome you on board again soon. Kind regards, Jolanda and Richard Heliview Flights

Hetal shah from India wrote on 09 December 2015

good scenic flight

Good scenic flight. If you are expecting to fly above snow mountains, try something else. else, friendly & loving people. Very co-operative. Detailed information provided on flight.

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From Heliview - 20 Minute Cromwell Basin Flight

Thanks for the feedback Hetal. We hope you get another chance to visit New Zealand during winter - we'd love to show you our backyard from the air again when it's wearing its white coat :). Kind regards, Jolanda and Richard Foale Heliview Flights


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