A quick update with goings on from shooting Real Estate Video and Drone over the last couple of months.

$23,995,000 Nelson Lodge Drone Pictures

I was fortunate to be able and go and shoot some drone aerial stills pictures of this special piece of coastal New Zealand Wilderness recently which was also featured in the NZ Herald https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12093885  Here’s a couple of my favourite pics;



Sometimes a Real Estate Video is better without the drone!

Here’s an example of a recent real estate video I did and after discussion with the vendor we decided not to use the drone.  The main reason for this was that there was construction happening on 3 out of the 4 corners of the property which would have been hard to eliminate from the drone pictures.  Added to that was that the south side of the house was under frost!



Can I use a Drone within 4kms of the Airport?

The basic rule of thumb is that you cannot operate a drone within 4 kilometres of any aerodrome.

The large blue circles in the picture opposite are the 4 kilometre radius boundaries from the airport.

Our local Queenstown Airport’s 4km radius covers quite a large chunk of both residential and commercial property and one of the most common areas I strike is shooting drone of properties on the Kelvin Heights Peninsula.

You’ll also notice there is a large blue radius circle which is from the Heli-pad up at the skyline gondola.

So to answer the question, No and Yes.  If you meet certain CAA criteria and qualifications (which I do being CAA102 certified) you are allowed to operate a drone within the 4km radius with conditions.  This can still come down to approval from the Queenstown Control Tower (which you need for all flights within the Wakatipu basin).

In a nutshell as long as you adhere to the rules and specific Queenstown control tower requests drone video and photography is still do-able in most places.  The ones to watch out for are Kelvin Heights, Frankton and Jacks Point due to the skydiving operation being so close there.

If in doubt give me a call and I can find out.


Thats it from me, if you need a quote for your next Property drone shoot or video, give me a call.