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“With a name like "Choppy" How cool is she......???!!!!!”

Over The Top - The Helicopter Company - Tours
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US$203.77*
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Remarkables Discovery Helicopter Tour from Queenstown
Ranked #57 of 162 Tours in Queenstown
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Owner description: OVER THE TOP – more than a helicopter flight. With the latest helicopters available, our interpretive excursions incorporate Queenstown, Milford and the Fiords of southern New Zealand, alpine glaciers and remote lakes with gourmet picnics, hiking, boating, extreme golfing, wine tours, fly fishing or skiing.Our selection of relaxed experiences distils the essence of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery whilst immersing you in the natural history of the area.Meet, friends of ours, local photographers, artists, high country farmers, wine makers, skippers all of whom are delighted to share their expertise and friendliness. Safety is paramount and continued investment has seen our fleet grow to include the Eurocopter, the worlds most advanced flight seeing helicopter with its enhanced safety features and incredible viewing.
Guildford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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“With a name like "Choppy" How cool is she......???!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

We were met by Choppy with her spotless Eurocopter on the lawns of Blanket Bay. This very cool lady took us under her wing and we felt like we had known her for years. She made our trip (our honeymoon) to NZ. We saw more with an hour with her than the rest of our 8 day trip around the South Island put together. My wife, Suzie and I are used to choppers and light aircraft so can recognise a great pilot when we see one. Choppy you're a star and thank you for showing us around your lovely backyard. When we return to NZ we will definitely be seeing you again and get some fishing in. Best wishes Frosty & Suzie x

Visited April 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Best Helicopter Tour Company - Flight to Milford Sound and Glacier”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

My husband and our 5 year old daughter had tried unsuccessfully to fly (by plane) over the Mountains in North Island the previous month. We arrived in Queenstown and after a few days it became apparent that our plane trip to Milford Sound was also unlikely to happen due to the weather. After a few recommendations and phone calls we decided to cancel the plane and gor for a helicopter as it might have a better chance with the weather. So we contacted "Over The Top' - we were lucky and had a break in the weather - they collected us promptly from our hotel - our trip was on!! What an amazing flight - once in a lifetime and we will never forget it. Michael our pilot made us feel very secure throughout and was constantly gauging the weather as it was changeable. Unfortunately we were unable to land on the Glacier due to the low cloud but Michael got us pretty close. We also had the opportunity to stop on a remote beach (no vehicular access) - Michael flew off to the other end of the beach giving us a chance to walk and stretch our legs. There were a lot of midges and sand flies and although we were covered as it was chilly our exposed hands got a bit chewed so take repellant with you (small price to pay anyway for the most amazing trip). On our way back we saw a couple of wild deer which was a bonus. If you do a helicopter trip then this is the best one to do - especially if you don't have the time to spend on a coach!

Visited March 2014
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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“First Class Helicopter tours company”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

I was passing through Queenstown whilst on holiday and wanted to take a helicopter excursion in order to propose to my girlfriend. With only a couple days notice, I booked an "Alpine snow landing" through Over The Top". From the start their team were extremely helpful in making things happen in order that my proposal went smoothly! From organising champagne glasses to providing suitable footwear for my girlfriend - who was not really properly attired for a surprise landing on a snow covered mountaintop in the middle of summer!
The helicopter was a "Squirrel" which was very comfortable and the pilot was friendly and knowledgeable about the area we flew over - and maintained normal conversation despite the (very slight) turbulence we encountered!
An amazing company for an amazing event.

Visited February 2014
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Devon, United Kingdom
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“Quite simply stunning”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

We booked the “Alpine Snow Landing Tour” in the Eurocopter EC130 and were lucky in the fact we picked a stunning day.

We were very privileged to have Louisa a.k.a. “Choppy”, the company owner, as our pilot who was great.

Depleting Queenstown we were soon over the top of the mountains admiring the stunning views. We then set down on a snowy area to enjoy the views and fresh mountain air. The vistas that we saw on the trip were amazing and those memories will stay with us forever.

The EC130-B4 aircraft is amazing – very spacious, comfortable and with great views for all seats so well worth the extra few $.

The entire OTT crew – Louisa, Rachel, Pedro and of course Cocoa made us feel extremely relaxed and welcome and really made it a great tour.

Highly recommended – this company is clearly the “Rolls Royce” of Queenstown helicopter companies.

Visited February 2014
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Westhampton, Massachusetts, Usa
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“Unbelievable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We took a flight from the lawn of our accommodations at Whare Kea in Wanaka. Michael was our pilot and he was terrific. We flew over the top of Mt Aspiring, landed on a nearby glacier (stopped and walked around), then onto Milford Sound where we again landed and walked to the lookout. We flew out over the sound and headed back over the mountains, stopping again near an alpine lake for champagne, cheese and fruit. Michael spotted red stags and dolphins, named water falls, lakes, peaks, and told us much about the geology of the area. We had three hours of exceptional travel and service. If you can swing this... Do it. You will remember it for a lifetime.

Visited February 2014
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