Wanaka Helicopters offers a range of different scenic flight options with trips ranging from 10 minutes to all day adventures that encompass dramatic mountain landscapes, ocean and alpine vistas than anywhere else in New Zealand.
No Minimum passenger numbers apply to our flights and we fly weather permitting 7 days per week.
See the best of Wanaka has to offer taking in the mighty Clutha river, the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka, flying over high country sheep and cattle stations and see the amazing views of the Southern Alps with its glaciers, blue ice, waterfalls, shher rock faces, alpine tarn sand native forests.
Experience the raw beauty of the rugged West Coast and our trip to Milford Sound via Mt. Aspiring is the premier helicopter flight in New Zealand and words cannot describe the thrill of landing on a glacier, where you can play in the snow anytime of the year.
Wanaka Helicopters is a Safety Award Winning company having operated since the mid 1990’s in the Southern Lakes region and into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. Our pilots are highly experienced scenic pilots and helicopter ?flight instructors, that are genuinely passionate about our activity and environment and having years of experience, on every flight you can expect a safe, highly professional and reliable service that will be memorable, educational and totally personal.
The views from this 4000 ft landing site high up on Coromandel Peak overlooking Wanaka is considered by us to be NZ’s best kept secret.
You will be astounded by the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, the glacial remnants including islands, hills and valleys that have been shaped and carved by the glaciers that covered this region long ago. To top it off, the area is surrounded by the Southern Alps with 10,000 ft Mount Aspiring as the feature backdrop.
Our Grand Circle trip is a longer version of the Wanaka magic flight, allowing you to see more of the local area and Lake Wanaka but still landing high up on Coromadel Peak for a short walk around and capture some stunning photo’s.
An amazing alpine flight with a high altitude landing that explores Mount Aspiring (Tititea), the glaciers and the National Park.
Fly over the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, past islands that are remnants of the last glacial period over 25000 years ago, to make a high altitude landing amongst the impressive mountain grandeur near Mt. Aspiring. This landing site is snow-covered for 9 months of the year. We then fly on to see close up, cascading cliffs of compressed blue ice, deep crevasses, steep, short hanging glaciers plus long winding glaciers up to 10 km long, waterfalls, sheer rock faces, and native forest.
The Aspiring Grand Circle flight crosses the Main Divide to circumnavigate Mt. Aspiring, allowing you to see many more glaciers and impressive glacial ice with views as far as the West Coast and the Tasman Sea. There is so much unspoilt nature and glacial wonders to see on this flight that it will be difficult to take it all in!
From Wanaka Airport we climb up over rugged tussock sheep grazing country to the white glistening snow-capped mountains of the Pisa Range, rich in gold mining history from the mid 1800’s, for a snow landing at over 6500 ft.
The 360° vista gives you breathtaking views as far as Dunedin, Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook. After a few snowball fights, and depending on your flight option we then descend off the Pisa Range back to the airport or, if on the Grand Circle flight, down the Cardrona Valley, over Wanaka township for another high alpine landing on Mt. Roy with spectacular views of Lake Wanaka, Mt. Aspiring and the Southern Alps, then back to the airport.
*These particular Snow Landing flights are seasonal – Winter only. Please inquire regarding other flights that may be available for snow and glacier landings outside of our winter season.
Snow Magic Flight Time: 25 minutes Cost $195 pp
Snow Grand Circle Flight Time: 40 minutes Cost $295 pp
An amazing alpine scenic flight into the breathtaking Southern Alps to land at 7500 ft on an icy snowfield.
Having the unique opportunity to land on a glacier which is only accessible by helicopter is a real treat. Experience the solitude and beauty of landing on an everlasting icy snowfield amongst the Southern Alps, while snapshotting the Mighty Mount Aspiring just over the gully.
Or perhaps you wish to continue over to that amazing mountain you were once snapshotting from a distance, only to duck around the back to observe close up cascading cliffs of compressed blue ice, deep crevasses, steep, short hanging glaciers plus long winding glaciers up to 10 km long, waterfalls, sheer rock faces, and native forest. While trying to take in all this beauty, you will then make a second landing where Mount Aspiring while occupy your backdrop for photographs before continuing back to the airport.
Milford Sound is probably the most sought after destination in NZ, and is sometimes acclaimed as ‘The 8th wonder of the World’.
Milford and Fiordland’s mountains rise vertically up out of the sea to a height greater than anywhere else in the world.
Fly over the pristine clear blue waters of Lake Wanaka, up wide braided rivers that drain the Southern Alps snow melt, to mighty Mt. Aspiring. After crossing the main divide and numerous glaciers, valleys, alpine lakes and mountain ranges, we fly along the rugged West Coast beaches, seeing seal colonies and bird life in their natural habitat.
We enter the mouth of Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea and fly the entire length of the Sound to land at Milford Aerodrome. After a leisurely look around on a nature bush walk and perhaps a cup of coffee, we either proceed back to Wanaka if on the Milford Magic flight or, if on the Grand Circle flight, we fly deeper into Fiordland to see the impressive Sutherland Falls – the World’s 5th highest waterfall.
From here we proceed back to Wanaka through more of remote Fiordland via Lake Wakatipu and the historic gold-rich Shotover River.
This is a direct trip to Milford Sound taking you right through the heart of the Southern Alps, straight to Milford for a landing and walk around before returning to Wanaka. Although this trip does not proceed along the length of the Sound or to the Tasman Sea it still encompasses huge amounts of incredible scenery. This is a good alternative to the longer trips. For the budget-conscious traveller.