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Wanaka: Scenic Flight with Glacier Landing

1. Wanaka: Scenic Flight with Glacier Landing

To begin your helicopter adventure, take the scenic drive out of Wanaka to the Matukituki Valley. Check-in at the hangar located on Cattle Flat Station, a fully operational working high-country farm. Before you set off into the sky, you’ll receive a safety briefing prior from your expert pilot. All helicopters are fitted with two-way headsets to ensure you can interact with your pilot, as well as enjoy their entertaining commentary during this 35-minute experience. Soaring into the sky, fly over the tussock-covered hills of the farm and into the alps over remote mountain peaks, covered with deep, glacial-carved valleys. Gaze at the otherworldly landscape, with its deep blue chasms and stunning glacial caps. Landing high on a glacier overlooking the Alps, you’ll enjoy a photo stop with guaranteed snow year round prior to returning to the hangar. Marvel at the panoramic views over the braided Matukituki River, flowing towards Lake Wanaka, before you gracefully float back down to the landing strip.

Wanaka: Scenic Flight around Mt Aspiring & Glaciers

2. Wanaka: Scenic Flight around Mt Aspiring & Glaciers

Start the tour with a scenic drive out of Wanaka to the Matukituki Valley. Check-in at the hangar located on Cattle Flat Station, a fully operational working high-country farm. Receive a safety briefing prior to boarding your helicopter. Fly over the tussock covered hills of the farm and into the Southern Alps over remote mountain peaks with deep glacial carved valleys and year-round glaciers. Get up close to Mt Aspiring, the highest peak in the country outside Mt Cook National Park. On a good day, you can see all the way to the ocean and all the way to Mt Cook. Enjoy 2 separate remote alpine landings with the opportunity to take photos with spectacular backdrops. For most of the year, one of the landings will be on snow (not guaranteed). All helicopters are fitted with 2-way headsets to ensure you can interact with your pilot as well as enjoy their entertaining commentary during this 1-hour experience.

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What people are saying about Wanaka

We had a wonderful flight. We had booked for the full 60 mins, but it was too windy to go all the way up to Mt Aspiring. So we just got to Dragons peak. A refund for the difference promptly arrived into our bank account. This was our first helicopter flight, so we didnt know what to expect. It was very warm (2 couples + pilot) in the helicopter, so didnt need to rug up as much as we did. Very scenic and enjoyable. It was great looking at things from a different perspective.

Great welcome. An added bonus of just the two of us going up in the helicopter with James, (the pilot) and his son George. James is very knowledgeable on the whole area and an extremely good pilot. The trip itself was awesome. Very friendly outfit. The daughter Lucy gave us a little gymnastics demonstration at the end which made our day.

An experience everyone should do. Friendly staff and the pilot was amazing. We had the perfect day we flew.

Great stuff; amazing viewing. Doug very helpful and informaive.

Outstanding - friendliness, trip and experience! Thankyou!