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.