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Alta Tarns

• Classic tussock covered slopes
• Pristine turquoise waters
• Mt Aspiring backdrop

Tarn (n) = a mountain lake

These beautiful alpine lakes overlooking the Matukituki Valley, Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring  provide the perfect backdrop for the couple who wants it all.

The crystal clear waters reflect the colours of the sky, the alpine tussocks wave in the breeze and snow capped peaks stand bold in the background.  The perfect location for those with a desire for diversity.

Kick off your shoes and brave the brisk flow of water at the top of a waterfall for a truly unique photo opportunity and a moment to remember.

Your Wanaka wedding charter flight allows up to 1hr at Alta Tarns for your ceremony/photos and the opportunity to create memories to cherish for a lifetime.  

If you are looking for a variety of backdrops for your ceremony and photos you can combine a landing here with a second landing somewhere completely different like Coromandel Peak or contact us for options.

Alta Tarns – Heli Wedding

Ex our hangar – $1390
Ex Wanaka Wedding Venue – $2395
* Flights are operated in our Squirrel H125 helicopter which can accommodate up to 6 passengers subject to passenger weights

  • Flat soled, covered shoes
  • Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • And of course a camera!
  • Note: we have a no drone policy

We also recommend insect repellant if you are travelling to Milford Sound.

  • All current website pricing is valid until 30th September 2022
  • All flights require a minimum of two paying adults to go ahead.
  • Child rates are valid for 4 – 14 years.
  • 3yr and under are free of charge provided they can sit on a parents’ lap
  • Individual passenger weights are required at the time of booking
  • You must reconfirm your flight booking on the day
  • Flights go on demand subject to weather.  We are happy to reschedule subject to availability
  • We operate six days a week Monday – Saturday
  • We have a general 48 hr cancellation policy should your plans be disrupted
  • Last minute Covid Cancellations do not incur a fee i.e. if you are unable to travel due to Covid related restrictions
  • During NZ Covid Traffic Light system – from 4th April vaccine passes will not be required.


We had an amazing experience! My partner and I took a helicopter ride to the top of Alta Tarns. The experience was truly unforgettable. Our pilot, Tim, was incredibly friendly and personable. He walked around with us at the top of Alta Tarns helping us find the perfect spots to take photos. Look no further, this is the helicopter company you have been searching for.

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