Situated at the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park, Aspiring Helicopter are in a prime position to show you the wonders of this park and the pinnacle of the Southern Alps, Mt Aspiring. With hanging and valley glaciers revealing their blue ice and rugged crevasses, rugged deep river valleys and diverse forests scenic flights into this region boast a diversity second to none.
Aspiring Helicopters have been flying in the region since 1995 and is a small family owned and operated business with a strong focus on providing a personalized service. Pilots are New Zealand born with years of experience flying in the mountains and provide entertaining and informative commentary on all scenic flights.
View the beautiful and varied scenery of Mount Aspiring National Park as you fly above lush green valleys and past dramatic mountainous terrain, complete with glaciers and glacial lakes, to the boarder of New Zealand’s third largest national park. You will soon see why this park, and its hiking tracks, climbing routes and wildlife, attracts a high number of recreational users each year. Have some fun in the snow and enjoy magnificent views overlooking Mount Aspiring and the glaciers.
** Subject to suitable conditions.
This is the scenic flight to take if your hearts’ desire is to step foot on an ancient glacier formed over thousands of years. From Cattle Flat Station fly through extensive glacial carved valleys to the border of Mt Aspiring National Park, landing on the Isobel Glacier at 7,000ft. Stunning 360 degree views will assault your senses and leave a lasting impression.
Price: $550 per person
Duration: 60 minutes
Includes: Two glacier landings
Easily the premier scenic flight out of Wanaka the Aspiring and Glaciers flight affords stunning views over the Southern Alps and the icon of the Mt Aspiring National Park.
Take-off from the Matukituki Valley at the gateway to the National Park. Cross the tussock covered hillsides of a high-country deer station and rise above the snow capped peaks of the alps with their deep glacial carved valleys.
Enjoy a high-altitude snow landing either overlooking the Matukituki River or across at Mt Aspiring, fly around Mt Aspiring, the pinnacle of the National Park and highest peak outside of the Mt Cook region. Mt Aspiring towers above her neighbours and makes for an impressive photographic subject. Get up close and personal with the blue ice and crevasses of the Bonar, Volta and Therma glaciers, view a glacial lake and continue on for a second alpine landing and photo opportunity prior to returning to base.
Enjoy the spectacular scenic flight from Wanaka to Milford Sound on this stunning flight covering some of the best scenes the Southern Alps and Fiordland have to offer.
Visit the mountain lake of Lochnagar, cross the remote Harris and Darran Mountain Ranges of lower South Island with their rocky peaks and deep glacial carved valleys and pass the well known Earnslaw Glacier. Fly the length of Milford Sound with it’s stunning waterfalls and out to the rugged West Coast viewing wildlife on the way. You will be treated to a landing on a remote West Coast beach. Return via the Olivine Ice Plateau wilderness area and spectacular now capped peaks of the Southern Alps.
Fly around Mt Aspiring, the second highest peak outside the Mt Cook National Park and enjoy the experience of getting up close and personal with the blue ice and crevasses of her associated glaciers.
Your flight ends above the braided turquoise river of the Matukituki Valley. 4 landing locations: Lake Lochnagar, Milford Sound, West Coast beach, alpine landing.
With so many stunning geographical features to choose from, southern New Zealand offers the opportunity to cover a vast range of landscapes within a short timeframe. With Aspiring Helicopters Wanaka Flight Charters, why not create your own personal itinerary taking in the locations and phenomena you would like to see and experience. Our helpful and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to assist you to create a personalised Wanaka Scenic Flight Charter tailored to suit your needs. We are open to suggestions and welcome your ENQUIRIES.
Whare Kea Chalet offers luxury accommodation and a spectacular base for those looking for the ultimate alpine adventure in an exclusive location high in the mountains on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park.
The Chalet is a stand alone accommodation that can be booked directly below. (Note: it is no longer a requirement to also stay at the Whare Kea Lodge)
Located at 1750 metres (5700 feet) in the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak, Whare Kea Chalet is a 15 minute scenic helicopter flight from our Matukituki Valley base. With two double bedrooms and a spacious loft, the chalet provides comfortable accommodation for up to six guests, and a bunkroom for two staff. Relaxed yet luxurious, the Chalet has power, a hot shower and large windows framing astounding views of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers.
This exclusive alpine venue and it’s surrounding adventures can be enjoyed year round by friends, families and small groups. Four months of the year the area is covered in snow making it the ideal base for heli skiing, and in summer the slopes of tussock grass are dotted with wild flowers and tarns offering a range of fantastic hiking routes, catering for all abilities.
You can tailor your own Chalet experience – from a short day trip with a relaxing lunch and a glass of wine on the balcony, to multi night accommodation with action packed alpine adventures, through to celebrating your wedding or special event – the Whare Kea Chalet offers something for everyone.
Whare Kea Chalet day trip with gourmet lunch.*
2 guests priced from $1625 pp
4 guests priced from $1140 pp
Whare Kea Chalet Overnight Options**.
2 guests priced from $2100 pp
4 guests priced from$1600 pp
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