Best side to sit on landing/take-off from Queenstown, NZ?

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PaulST

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Hi all,
I'm flying into and out of Queenstown airport (New Zealand) next month and I'm curious to know which side I should sit on? From what I've gathered, the view should be quite impressive.

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I flew into ZQN in October 2013, just a couple of weeks before the You Tube clip was filmed.

this is why we fly.... - YouTube
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxmFCw-Dig

The cloud cover was higher on the day I flew in, so we broke through a little earlier. The mountains looked like snow capped velvet and we followed the crystal blue river. I was in 1A on a perfect flight with a wonderful crew, and I will never forget it. I can't listen to Coldplay's 'Paradise' without a lump in my throat.
 

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If you are ever in Zqn, cough up the $$ and fly to / from Milford Sound...you will be blown away by the spectacular views of the alps!
 

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Thanks for the replies.
That video is fantastic although I can't but help think how it would have been improved with the LOTR playing in the background. :) Demonstrates how amazing aero engineering is too as it looked like they were heading towards a mountain when they dropped down into the cloud.

Yep I'll be visiting Milford Sound (driving there via Te Anau). I am considering a day flight from QT up past Mt Cook and the Franz Joseph glaciers, though. But I'll wait for the weather forecast.
 

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Have done the flight into Queenstown a few times. Left hand side is best, especially if flying in from Auckland. I've been lucky to always have landing to the north so had the figure 8 (I think) approach which is spectacular.

Def do the helicopter flight return to Milford if you can. Pricey but well worth it.
 

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The weather has been fantastic lately. Here are some shots taken last Wed from the Right side on take off to the North for BNE

zqn1.jpg zqn2.jpg zqn3.jpg
 
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