Wanaka, Southern Lakes
Scenic Flights & Alpine Discovery
There is almost no better way to explore the remote mountains and glaciers of the Southern Alps than by helicopter. You will gain entry to a terrain that is otherwise only experienced by mountaineers and you will get a real feel for the forces that have driven the icefalls, glacial lakes and massive rocky escarpments of these mountains. Landing in this country is magical, as is the flight over Lake Wanaka to reach and circle around Mount Aspiring, New Zealand's second most "aspired to" peak among climbers.
Alpine Helicopters was established in 1972 in the Wanaka and Queenstown region. We have an unparalleled knowledge of the region with the highest regard for passenger safety. Our pilots are friendly and experienced with your safety in mind we deliver you the best experience. Experience the Southern Alps by combining a scenic helicopter flight with a guided hike, picnic or farm tour. A wide range of options are available and are personalised to suit all abilities. Explore numerous leisurely alpine hikes, cool off in spring fed streams and waterfalls. Relax amongst wild game, native birds and unique alpine plants or take a farm tour on an iconic New Zealand sheep and deer station.
Wanaka Scenic Flights
Fly high across the blue waters of Lake Wanaka, gaining a bird's eye view of its many islands, Mou Waho, Mou Tapu, Stevensons and Ruby island. Explore up remote valleys on the Western side of the lake, rising up to meet the snow capped terrain. Your helicopter glides and cruises slowly over dramatic icefalls, ice blue crevasses and rugged glaciers approaching some of the most awe inspiring peaks in the Southern Alps. You will gain entry to a terrain that is otherwise only experienced by mountaineers and you will get a real feel for the forces that drive these mountains. Every trip is slightly different as your pilot will take advantage of the conditions, sometimes you circle a glacial lake or fly right around Mt Aspiring to view the massive rock escarpments descending into the rivers of the West Coast.
Departure flexible | Duration 20 - 40 mins
Alpine Flights & Glacier Landings
Mount Aspiring is, after Mt Cook, New Zealand's second most "aspired to" peak among climbers. Landing in this country is magical and 1-2 landings including a snow landing are generally possible.
Departure flexible | Duration 50 mins
Milford Sound & West Coast Charter Flights
Ask about Milford Sound & West Coast private charter options, which include multiple landings
Departure flexible | Duration 2 - 4 hours
Advance bookings with some flexibility for weather conditions are advised.
Make sure your camera has space for the hundreds of photos you will want to take recording your flight.
Price: $195 to $5,500
Small group or exclusive charter
Wanaka Airport is on SH6 10 minutes from Wanaka town.
CANCELLATION All flights are subject to weather conditions
SEASON Open all year