If you're on a tight time frame you can still explore a large amount of the country, and get swept away by its beauty, by taking a plane or helicopter.
There is a good spread of regional airports, which makes flying a very attractive option. In fact, with half hour check-in times, no security queues and a 5 minute wait for your bags at the other end, it is like flying used to be with the added bonus of incredible scenery along the way.
With an increase in high-end travel in New Zealand travelling by helicopter is becoming an increasingly common mode of transport. Many luxury lodges have landing pads and offer transfers to and from the regional Airports.
If you are after an exclusive or jaw dropping experience there are a large number of breath-taking heli-hikes available across New Zealand. Some of our favourites include exploring Franz Josef and Fox Glacier; taking an eagle's eye view of Middle Earth from the hobbit movies with Eco-Wanaka; or taking a private flight from Queenstown to visit the stunning scenery around Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and Dusky Sound.
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