Exclusive Heli Queenstown Wine Tours
Cost: From $520pp
Flight times: Daily
Allow: 2 – 3 hours
On the Heli Tours Exclusive Heli Wine Flight, you’ll enjoy a scenic flight over the Gibbston Valley as we make our way from Queenstown towards Cromwell and Bannockburn. You’ll enjoy the beautiful scenery of the western and central areas of Central Otago and a bird’s eye view of many of the region’s wineries and vineyards before landing at Mt Difficulty restaurant to enjoy a luxury lunch and award pairing wines.
New Zealand’s highest wine region, Central Otago, is also the most southern wine region on Earth situated at latitude 45º south. The region, made up of six sub-regions, is ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges making it one of New Zealand’s most spectacular vineyard setting. The mostly glacially derived soils are ideally suited to Pinot Noir which make up 80% of the plantings in the region. Though the wine industry is young by worldwide standards, the wines of Central Otago are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and are winning international awards.
Mt Difficulty’s outstanding cellar door and restaurant opened in February 2003, and the facility has gained quite a reputation for the majestic views and stylish yet uncomplicated cuisine. It is the most perfect setting to sample our award winning wines. Mt Difficulty’s executive chef is well respected Werner Hecht-Wendt. Werner began at Mt Difficulty in early 2008, coming to us via restaurants at Nugget Point and Amisfield. His focus is on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. He is a keen gardener, and has established a small vegetable garden at the Cellar Door.