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Alpine Heli Fondue in the Press

Dip Into a Bite-Sized Taste of Luxury This Winter

We love this article, recently featured in the Cromwell Bulletin about our exciting new Heli-Fondue Adventure – check out what they had to say…


A New Winter Offering For Kiwi Travellers Visiting Central Otago

We may not be able to jet off to their favourite winter destination this year, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on a dose of wanderlust, or new international taste sensations.

“We want to offer kiwis the chance to sit back, relax and simply unwind with friends and family. And what better way to escape the everyday than with mountain views and food from a place we can only dream of… right here in their own back yard?”

Jolanda (Owner & Operations Manager)

A Cheesy Treat for Domestic Kiwi Travellers

This new adventure brings a taste of Swiss-style luxury to Central Otago with a price tag that won’t make their eyes water. For families looking to make the most of the winter holidays, couples looking to create lasting memories or independent travellers looking to break away from the beaten tourist track -there could be worse options than Swiss-style dining in the Southern Alps.

Authentic Central Otago fare with a Swiss twist

Husband and wife team Richard and Jolanda have been living in New Zealand for 20 years ensuring they are no strangers to kiwi hospitality. Guests will take off in the H120 helicopter with the spectacular vineyards that line Central Otago as their backdrop.

Pilot Richard will indulge guests with his knowledge of the local area and its rich history. Authenticity is key Swiss foodie Jolanda, who is working with Gourmet Picnics Central Otago, ensuring guests won’t find a better fondue this side of Zurich.

Making Memories That Will Last a Lifetime


Guests flying with Heliview Flights will land at a secluded alpine landing spot with views of the Southern Alps, famed Mount Cook and the magnificent Mount Aspiring National Park. Richard & Jolanda know first-hand experiences like this don’t come along often and so they know how important it is to make them last. The Alpine Heli Fondue package includes photographs as well as an in-flight video, for guests to take home, usually valued at $100.

Sink into the Snow and Dip into Delicious Fondue

Whilst visitors take in the feast for the eyes, the team will set up the fondue. Guest can choose between cheese or chocolate fondue to accompany their bottle of specially sourced Central Otago wine.

Once visitors have had enough dipping and sipping, it’s time to head back to base with an equally stunning return flight – life is about the journey after all.

Cutting (through the cheese) to the chase

Even the thought of an ‘affordable’ helicopter experience will be enough to make most kiwis eyes roll but this 2-hour adventure starts at only $262/person based on 4 passengers.

That’s about as much as it costs to get your car serviced, your hair cut and coloured, or buy a flash new pair of shoes. When it comes to holiday spending, there’s not a lot of need to wonder which you might remember more, 10 years down the track.

This Package Includes:

  • Scenic helicopter flight over Cromwell Basin vineyards
  • Exclusive alpine snow landing
  • A choice of a cheese or chocolate fondue, provided by Gourmet Picnics Central Otago
  • A bottle of delicious Central Otago wine
  • An in-house photos and flight video package as a keepsake (valued at $100).

Prices & Availability:

$949 (From $475/person) based on a min of 2 people.
$999 (From $333 per person) based on 3 people flying.
$1049 (From $262 per person) based on 4 people flying.

Available during the winter months (July – September).

Check availability here.

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