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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 – $1500
Ex Wanaka Wedding Venue – $2785
* 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.

Scenic Flights

  • All current website pricing for scenic flights is valid until 30th September 2024
  • All flights require a minimum of two paying adults to go ahead unless otherwise stated
  • We accept Visa, Mastercard, Eftpos and cash (no AMEX)
  • 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.

Wedding Flights

  • All current website pricing is valid until 30th September 2023. There will be increases from 1st October 2023 for next summer
  • For online bookings we accept Visa or Mastercard (no AMEX) to hold your booking. For off-site pickups your card will be charged on the day, for flights from the hangar you can pay on check-in
  • Individual passenger weights are required at the time of booking
  • You should have your photographer reconfirm your flight on the day
  • We have a 48 hr cancellation policy should your plans change.
  • Weather:
    • All our flights are weather dependent.  Weather calls are made based on both safety and customer experience.
    • We are generally only unable to fly if clouds hinder visibility or if winds are gale force.
    •  To compensate for weather having a possible affect on flights we have the following policies:
      • If weather completely prevents us from flying at all on the day and we make the decision not to proceed at all there is no charge. (We are happy to reschedule to another day subject to availability if you wish)
      • If weather prevents us from getting to your desired location but we are able to offer an alternative option for your landing we will.   Charges will reflect the alternate landing cost and these can be discussed at the time. 
      • If you have chosen a dual landing option and we are able to get you to one of your landing options but not the other your cost will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the cost of the single landing.
      • We recommend you have your photographer call us to check on the weather on the day and we will have the discussion with them if there are any weather constraints.
      • Should we still be able to fly but you choose not to proceed there will be a $500 cancellation fee. 


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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