The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SU­SAN KUROSAWA

NOvis­i­tor to Queen­stown, the out­door sports and ad­ven­ture hub of New Zealand’s South Is­land, should pass up the chance to get air­borne and savour all those snow-topped peaks and pris­tine Lord of the

scenery from on high. Glacier South­ern Lakes He­li­copters has a de­lec­ta­ble-sound­ing North­burn Deca­dence ‘‘heli-wine-and-food’’ pack­age that’s per­fect for a fam­ily or group of friends. Pas­sen­gers are whisked off from Queen­stown to North­burn Sta­tion win­ery, in an idyl­lic ru­ral set­ting at Cromwell, for a pri­vate wine tast­ing and gourmet lunch at The Shed cel­lar-door restau­rant over­look­ing Lake Dunstan and the Pisa Moun­tains; then it’s off for another tast­ing at one of Cen­tral Otago’s award­win­ning winer­ies. The four-hour ex­pe­ri­ence starts at $NZ575 ($507) a per­son, in­clud­ing ho­tel trans­fers, for a min­i­mum of four per­sons. If you pre­fer the idea of a Mid­dle-earth hop, the com­pany’s pi­lot, Al­fie Speight, was in­volved with most of the aerial film­ing for the Peter Jack­son big-screen epics. More: glacier­south­ern­lakes.co.nz.

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