Milford Sound Scenic Flights

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Scenic flight to Milford Sound

Scenic flight to Milford Sound

Don’t let the Milford Sound Road Closure stop you visiting this World Heritage location.

We offer scenic flights from Wanaka to Milford Sound from $1040 per person.  Flights depart our hangar on demand with a minimum of two passengers required for a flight to be confirmed.

All flights include a stop at Milford Sound for a short nature walk and photo opportunities with Mitre Peak.

Email us at or call us on 03 443 7152 for availability.

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Propose in style

Saturday, January 25th, 2020

Mountain top proposal

The ultimate in romantic proposals

Do you want to make your proposal one to remember?  Want to blow her (or him) away with a stunning Wanaka scenic flight and then pop the question on a remote mountain top?  We have plenty of options to offer in the spectacular mountains surrounding Lake Wanaka.  Contact us for more details.


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Roy’s Peak alternate photo opportunity

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

Coromandel Peak, Mt Roy, Photo Will Patino

Put yourself in the picture on Mt Roy, Coromandel Peak

Looking for an alternative option to hiking all the way to the top of Mt Roy to get ‘that photo’.  We can fly you to Coromandel Peak – just below Roy’s Peak with that same stunning outlook.

Book our Lake Wanaka Scenic flight with an upgrade to land on Coromandel Peak, Mt Roy for $250 per person.

See details here.


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Win a Heli-Ski with Harris Mountains Heliski

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Heliski Heliskiing scenic flights

Heli Skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski on opening day

Our partners Harris Mountains Heliskiing are giving away a heli-ski for two this winter through their social media channels.  If you and your partner are keen skiers and want to be in to win this awesome trip head to the Harris Mountains Heliskiing Facebook Page for details.

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Snow Landing “Special” for winter

Friday, July 26th, 2019


Wanaka Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing

Wanaka Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing

With plenty of snow around for our winter scenic flights we are now offering a Snow Landing “Special”.  A great option for visitors to Wanaka who aren’t skiing but would like to touch snow for the first time.

Cost is $210 per adult and $126 per child with a minimum of two paying adults required for the flight to go ahead.  This flight can go on demand.  Give us a call 03 443 7152 or send us an email at to book your seat.

Total time away is approx 20min.  Includes 10min on the landing to take photos and have a play in the snow!

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Wanaka Heli-ski open for business

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

We were stoked to get our first group of heli-skiers out with Harris Mountains Heliski on Friday (5th July).  Early season conditions have been quite slim for the local ski fields but there was plenty of snow and fresh tracks to be found in the Harris Mountains.  

If you’re visiting Wanaka during the winter put heli-skiing on your list of “must do” experiences.  It’s a great way to spend a day in the mountains, get the fresh runs and avoid the crowds.

Heli skiing Wanaka with Harris Mountains Heliski

Heli skiing Wanaka with Harris Mountains Heliski

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Award of recognition for Search and Rescue

Monday, May 6th, 2019

SAR Award

Award recipients

NZSAR Award for rescue of climber from Mt Aspiring

Climber rescued from Mt Aspiring

Helicopters play a big part of life in New Zealand.  From mustering farm animals to lifting and shifting conservation and track workers.  From spraying agricultural crops to fighting fires – they offer a lot more than just scenic flights for visitors.

They also play an major role in rescuing people in the remote back-country.  At Aspiring Helicopters we are on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park so the call for help comes often.

This month we received an award of recognition from the New Zealand Search and Rescue Council for our role in rescuing an Australian climber from Mt Aspiring.

Pilots James Ford and Tim Coldicott were involved in the four-day rescue mission which was hampered by poor weather but fortunately resulted in a ‘happy ending’ for the climber.

We were part of a team of rescuers including volunteer members of the Wanaka LandSAR group, the Wanaka Police, Southern Lakes Helicopters and Aoraki/Mt Cook SAR.

Our pilots train regularly with our local Search and Rescue volunteers to create a highly skilled team who can respond to distress calls quickly and efficiently.

It was privilege and an honour to be recognized in Parliament for our services. 


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April is a beautiful time of year in Wanaka

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Wanaka scenic flight Aspiring

Remote scenic flight landing with Mt Aspiring in the background

After a very unsettled summer here in Wanaka April is turning out to be the ‘month of the year’.  Calm clear bluebird days abound!  If you are visiting Wanaka then put a scenic flight on your list of things to do.  

This morning we took our local I-site girls on a scenic flight up to one of our favourite landing locations with stunning views of Mt Aspiring in the background.  

Sitting at 3,033mt Mt Aspiring is the highest mountain in the New Zealand outside of the Mt Cook National Park.  It’s commonly referred to as the “Matterhorn of the South”.  

To get the best view of it we recommend taking our Aspiring and Glaciers 1hr scenic flight. 

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Search and Rescue volunteers put through their paces

Saturday, November 24th, 2018

volunteers helicopter loading

Hover loading

Our small town of Wanaka is very lucky to have a large group of highly skilled volunteers who are happy to give freely of their time in the event of emergencies.

And we are lucky to be able to work together with these skilled and dedicated volunteers to come to the rescue of those in need in the back-country.  The summer months are particularly busy for volunteers when there are more ‘adventurers’ out and about.

This past couple of weeks we have been putting the Wanaka LandSAR volunteers through their paces, in particular practicing human sling and hover loading with our Pilots James, Tim and Davey.

We’re privileged to be part of a special team of police and local volunteers helping both locals and visitors alike in the back-country.

Stay safe out there this summer.


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Morning breaks after a Frost Fighting Mission

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

scenic helicopter flight

Early morning at Cattle Flat

 “Landing as morning breaks after a Frost Fighting mission”

The sun hasn’t yet peeped it’s head over the horizon but the phone is ringing. We’d been expecting the call after going on alert yesterday afternoon.

The orchard farmer from Central has been keeping an eye on the temperature and the lights have gone red – it’s freezing !

One of the less glamorous parts of being a pilot is being called in the wee hours of the morning to head to central Otago for a few hours of cruising round in circles imitating wind strong enough to ward of an imminent frost. 

There is a feel good factor though,” according to our pilot “you know that what you’re doing is going to help save a crop – and we’ll all be enjoying the ‘fruits’ of our labour come summer!”

The cost of loss due to frost damage can be excessive, so for the grower sometimes it’s more economical to bear the outlay for a helicopter to save the harvest than to loose part of a crop to the mean old fingers of Jack Frost.

Aspiring Helicopters has been helping fight frost almost since it’s inception and old Charlie has some great stories about the days when he would fly all the way to Blenheim to hover above the vineyards – all in the name of saving the yield of New Zealands’ favourite wines. 

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