Skilled pilots and kitted out helicopters make great fire-fighters

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Firefighting longline lifting job

Photo: @live24 New Zealand

We had the first major call-out of the summer recently to go and help fight a large scrub fire above Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown. We joined seven other helicopters and about 50 ground crew to fight the 150 hectare fire, which was apparently started by a camp fire.

For us the specialised monsoon buckets generally spend more time in the hangar than in the air – a good thing really – but when the call comes in to use one it’s all hands on deck to get them out the door ASAP.

Long-line jobs are a favourite among pilots, there’s a different skill set involved with maneuvering gear rather than guests!

Our pilots are lucky to have a variety of jobs here. Whilst they all enjoy taking visiting tourist on scenic flights and showing off the Lake Wanaka region there’s an increased level of anticipation when the scenery changes and the flying intensity increases.  It’s often a case of paper-scissors-rock for those jobs!


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Celebrating “International Mountain Day”

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Mt Aspiring National Park

Mt Aspiring

We’d like to raise our hands today and acknowledged International Mountain Day (11th December, 2016).

Globally the purpose of this day is to raise awareness about Sustainable Mountain Development and although this year’s official theme is “Mountain cultures: celebrating diversity and strengthening identity” we can each choose to celebrate this day with our own appropriate theme.

We will take a moment to stand in respect of our rugged and beautiful New Zealand mountains. Because we are a young country our mountains are still growing. They continue to rise above us, standing tall providing us with unique, diverse, interesting and challenging experiences. From the extreme weather that they help to generate to the intricate valleys and assorted mini ecosystems they harbor; they command a constant source of both respect and delight for visitors from all walks of life.

Whether you visit them on a scenic flight with a landing on an ancient glacier or do the hard yards, donning a backpack and crampons and sweating your way to the top there is no-doubt something truly awe inspiring about being in the presence of a mountain.

So today, we celebrate the fact that our backyard backs onto the Southern Alps… and that Mt Aspiring stands tall behind us providing a glimpse of the majestic nature of our mountains.


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What better place to say “I Do” than on a mountain top in New Zealand.

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Wanaka Wedding Mt Roy

Mt Roy Wedding Elopment on Coromandel Peak

For many people the decision to get married is a lengthy and carefully considered one, but for some it’s a decision made on a wonderful whim because the stars have aligned.

We hosted our very own version of an ‘almost Vegas’ style wedding for Chris and Danielle last week and were totally taken with their story.

On a mountain biking holiday together from the States, which Danielle confessed took months to arrange, they made the decision to get married in this beautiful location because the timing just felt right.

With only a small gap in their busy itinerary the couple managed to pull together what we think is the perfect wedding: An elopement.

Wanaka could easily be considered the most beautiful place to get married in the world and you can see why a true romantic would choose it. With it’s snow capped mountain peaks and crystal clear lake the backdrop is simply breathtaking by anyone’s standards.

And the bonus of eloping is the ability to take yourselves in a helicopter, say your vows and celebrate your special day together – just the two of you. No fanfare, no fuss just a fabulous future to look forward to.

A Wanaka Wedding is almost an #nzmustdo!!

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Stunning spring scenery for your scenic flight-seeing pleasure

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Wanaka Scenic Flight Wanaka Glacier landing

Glacier Landing Scenic Flight from the Matukituki Valley Wanaka

Ask anyone on staff and we’ll all agree this is our favourite time of year and a prime time to take a scenic flight here in New Zealand’s lower South Island!

Why? Because it’s the change of two very scenic seasons … from winter to spring.

Spring in Wanaka brings cherry blossoms bursting with colour, Daffodils in full bloom, longer days and shorter sleeves.  Up the Matukituki Valley cows are calving, sheep are lambing and the farmland has turned that beautiful deep vibrant green.

But winter hasn’t quite let go so our mountains continue to boast fresh falls of snow.

A photographers paradise? No two ways about it.

If you are travelling in the Southern Lakes region at this time of year and want to experience something pretty special then our Glacier Landing or Aspiring and Glaciers scenic flights are sure to be a highlight of your trip.


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Super Spring Deals off Wanaka Heli-skiing with Harris Mountains

Friday, September 16th, 2016

heli-skiing wanaka

Spring is a stunning time here in Wanaka, it’s warming up, the days are longer, the valleys are green and there is still snow on the mountains: perfect conditions for a fun day out Heli-skiing!

Picture yourself enjoying the stunning scenic view from your helicopter …. ski terrain suitable for your ability level… picnic at altitude with a leisurely mountain top lunch.  What better way to spend a day?

If you’re new to the idea, or have thought about it but didn’t think you were quite up-to-scratch with your ability then this is the perfect time to give it a go.

Snow conditions are consistent making it even easier for intermediate skiers and riders to get out there and have an amazing day in the mountains.

AND … Harris Mountains Heliski are offering some super spring specials this September with great discounts off selected trips.

For just $NZ 745 you can take a classic 4 run day or for $945 tackle the Max Vert!

Check their website for more info www.heliski..nz or give them call them on 03 443 7930.


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Heliski heaven in the Harris Mountains

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Heliskiing in Harris Mountains

Heliski heaven for powder hounds

The mountains surrounding beautiful Lake Wanaka offer some exceptional New Zealand heli-skiing terrain and we’re pleased to be working once again with Harris Mountains Heliski to take keen skiers and boarders into our mountains for an unforgettable experience.

After a slow start the winter went off with a bang: a week of continuous snow followed by the obligatory bluebird days provided the perfect conditions for “heliski heaven”.

For some people a simple scenic flight above the peaks on a crystal clear day is enough but for others the mere thought of jumping in and out of a helicopter all day, facing miles of untracked fresh powder is simply unavoidable.

For the ultimate adrenaline rush this winter add heli-skiing to your bucket list .


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Certified Excellent

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Glacier Landing Scenic Flight

We were very excited to receive our first “Certificate of Excellence” from the globally renowned TripAdvisor website.

After consistently receiving excellent reviews over the past year our hard work and dedication to providing exceptional customer service and a premium professional product has paid off.

We are pleased to be recognized by what we believe is one of the leading influencers in customer choice when it comes to choosing experiences.

With spectacular scenery scenic flights in the Southern Lakes region can almost ‘sell themselves’ but it’s our teams’ added commitment to providing a superior level of customer service that has no doubt helped us achieve this status.

It is always a pleasure to receive positive feedback and we greatly appreciate those clients who also take the time to share their feedback through TripAdvisor!

Thank you to all those who have flown with us! And for those who are considering a scenic flight in our region we look forward to providing you with a similar experience.

 


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Australian residents have the chance to win a Wanaka Heli-Wedding

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Wanaka Wedding

Aspiring Helicopters have joined a team of dedicated wedding professionals in Wanaka to offer the ultimate gift to an Australian couple… a total wedding package!

Considered by many to be the “unofficial” wedding capital of New Zealand Wanaka is a beautiful destination for anyone looking to tie the knot somewhere special  With a lovely relaxed atmosphere and a scenic backdrop to take your breath away Wanaka spells romance all the way.

If you are an Australian resident and getting ready to plan your wedding check the details and enter the  “Win a Wanaka Wedding” competition for your chance to have your special day taken care of.

Entries close 20th April, 2016


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One of our favourite #nzmustdo photo spots

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

wanaka scenic flight

Holidaying from China Peter decided to ‘treat’ his folks to a scenic flight.  Not just any flight though, since Mum is a keen photographer he wanted to take a flight that would give her plenty of opportunities for photos.  After talking with us he chose our Mighty Milford Scenic Flight … a 3hr excursion that would cover a diverse section of the lower South Island.

Choosing his date Peter got lucky, not only a perfect day for flying… but Tim was his pilot!  One of Tim’s many talents is he’s handy with a camera!

He captured this great great family “snap shot” at one of his favourite landing locations.


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Going topless on the Isobel

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Glacier landing wanaka scenic flight

Glacier Landing

Pictured: HAH, Isobel Glacier … and the team from Melbourne David ( Birthday boy), Darren, Sam, Hersh, Rose, Vinnie, Anthony, Leon  and Jeff

It’s always fun when we have a group booking, especially on a blue-bird day like this one was.  Two helicopters, lots of smiling faces and everyone fizzing from start to finish.

This great group were celebrating a ‘belated’ 60th for their friend with a Melbourne boys week in Wanaka.  They had a jam-packed itinerary with a Glacier Landing scenic flight as one of the highlights of their trip.

We’d been experiencing some serious shirts off weather in Wanaka the week prior but it was a hoot to see this group go bare-chested on our glacier. Nice one boys!


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