Assessing the weather conditions is essential when it comes to flying helicopters, particularly when the New Zealand Southern Alps are concerned. Not only do we want passengers to be comfortable during their scenic flight and view as much of the magnificent scenery as possible but flying in safe conditions is always our number one priority.
Fiordland’s rugged terrain can cause some unusual and unpredictable weather. Yet it is this quality that gives Fiordland its unique character. Milford Sound is one of the wettest places on earth and receives 7200 mm of rain a year!
Every morning and throughout the day our Queenstown-based pilots assess the weather conditions and advise the reservations team of what’s happening, what flying conditions are to be expected and make the call when poor weather conditions mean scenic flights are unable to go ahead as scheduled.
We ask that all our guests call in for a weather check before their departure time. We always do our best to keep our guests fully informed on the situation and if a flight is cancelled we work closely with guests to rebook them on another day, or fly an alternative route. For this reason we always recommend that guests book their flights at the start of their stay in Queenstown so we have time to reschedule before they leave.
Some of the websites we use to assess the local weather conditions are below: