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#13675 Exploring Dizzying Heights From a Bird's Eye View in New Zealand
South Island’s mountainous west side near Mount Cook conjures up perfect afternoons of picnics beside pristine crystal-clear lakes, traipses through trout-fishing streams, and “tramps” along snowy mountains. But why not go above and beyond and explore the South Island’s snow and wind-swept peaks from 10,000 feet off the ground? Take a 70-minute helicopter flight with Heliventures Limited and swiftly skim above the untouched alpine wilderness near Mount Aspiring, dip and dance above the popular Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, and dramatically land on a glacier carved between hundreds of snow-capped lofty mountains. As you step onto the spotless snowfield of the bowl, the dazzling-blue cobalt sky and dizzying heights of the surrounding snowy p eaks will literally take your breath away.
By Lori Wilson | Photo: Lori Wilson