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Company Blog | Glenorchy Air

Glenorchy Air is a family-owned scenic flight company based in Queenstown, New Zealand. We offer awe-inspiring flights to Milford Sound, Mt. Cook, Mt. Aspiring and beyond.

We've evolved over our 27 years of operation, growing from a single aircraft in 1992 to a fleet size of 5 in 2019. Glenorchy Air was the first Queenstown-based company to operate the GA8 Airvan in 2003 and use of this aircraft is now widespread for sightseeing tours in New Zealand and abroad. In 1999, when filming for Lord of the Rings started, we flew production crew and actors, memorably Sir Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen, around the region as well as transporting film and carrying out location reconnaissance. In more recent times, we have expanded our Mt. Cook products.

We’ve just been awarded Qualmark Silver – Tourism New Zealand’s official mark of quality

A little birdie (Kea to be exact), dropped in to deliver some exciting news this week! We have officially been awarded the Qualmark Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award! As New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality, this award means you can book your scenic flight adventure with us with confidence, knowing we’ll provide a quality, safe, and sustainable experience coupled with kiwi hospitality.

ZK-LOR rejoins the fleet

We are extremely excited to welcome back our second GippsAero GA8 Airvan back from its full rebranding, bright, ready and looking great for our busy summer season. Again, a huge thank you to Frew’s Restorations in Auckland for the incredible job on ZK-LOR and ZK-JRR.