There are several companies operating scenic helicopter flights from Queenstown. A lot of backpackers take a helicopter flight as part of a combo package or heli-rafting trip.
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters are a highly recommended company that operates several scenic flights departing from Queenstown, including a 20-minute flight over the Remarkables ($245), a 50-minute flight into Mount Aspiring National Park with a glacier landing ($570) and a 70-minute flight that combines a flight into Mount Aspiring National Park (complete with glacier landing) with many of the locations from the Lord of the Rings films ($755). If you’re going to take a scenic flight to the Lord of the Rings locations then who better to do it with than the same company that completed the aerial film work for the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogies.
The Helicopter Line
The Helicopter Line run scenic flights that include a 20-minute flight over the Remarkables ($245), a 50-minute flight over the Southern Alps with a snow landing on Jura Glacier ($585) and a 1½ hour flight to Milford Sound that includes three landings in the mountains ($925).