Start from Queenstown, Wanaka or Central Otago
Whether you’re after a Queenstown get-away, an extended Wanaka winery lunch or want to explore deeper into the Central Otago wine subregions, this customisable winery package has something for everyone.
Support Local – Flying with a boutique local operator
Family-owned Heliview Flights is a boutique scenic helicopter business based in Cromwell. The heart of the Central Otago wine region, and specialises in customised vineyard tours of the region, departing from Queenstown, Wanaka and Cromwell.
Central Otago – the hottest wine region in New Zealand (in more ways than one)
Central Otago is the only continental climate wine region in New Zealand and a land of extremes, being the most southern, hottest, driest and highest wine growing region in NZ. This brutal landscape delivers purity, complexity and subregional variety in every glass and is the reason that Central Otago is home to some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, not to mention impressive, vivid white wines.
On a typical Heliview Heli Wine Tour, you will meet local wine wine makers who will take you through the wine making process. They’ve show you their craft from planting the vines and nurturing the fruit through to the optimal harvest time and the ideal storage conditions – before you of course sample the end product.
Diving deep into the heart of Central Otago
You will also learn how the area’s gold rush of the 1860’s continues to influence the terroir and thus the fruit.
To break up the day, non-wine related activities such as a visit to Highlands Motorsport Park, a local cherry orchard. Pick some fruit or one of the many famous fruit stalls can be incorporated in this all-day excursion.
During your private helicopter flight, you will gain a bird’s eye view of the sub-regions and how the topography influences the individual vineyards below. An alpine landing adds another perspective of the sub-regions.
With Central Otago being the hottest wine growing region in New Zealand, what better way to travel between vineyards during the day than in an open-top Jeep Wrangler?