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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Win the ultimate Wanaka long weekend

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Wanaka scenic flight with glacier Landing on the Isobel Glacier

We’ve teamed up with Lake Wanaka Tourism and Hyundai in the ultimate Wanaka getaway giveaway for “Kiwis”. As part of the package we are giving away a scenic flight with a glacier landing on the Isobel Glacier. Visit the Lake Wanaka page and click through to choose your favourite Hyundai and go in the draw for an autumn treat this year!

Entries close on the 18th February.

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A summer of SAR

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Volunteers go through the drills

Volunteers go through the drills

Setting up for search and rescue missions in the Southern Alps backcountry takes some serious pre-preparation and with the number of rescues completed during the summer months it’s important to have the whole team up-to-scratch when the call comes in.

The Alpine Cliff Rescue Team undertook their annual refresher training with Aspiring Helicopters recently. It’s intensive and even the old hands get put through the ringer under watchful eyes from above.

‘Human Sling’ training at Twin Falls and Treble Cone followed by glacier rescue training has given everyone plenty of practice so they’re up to speed for those sticky situations.

We know helicopters give you the full adrenaline buzz when it comes to scenic flights, remote glacier landings and the like but they become an essential rescue tool if you find yourself in strife in New Zealand’s backcountry.

We’re happy to be part of the team of Police and local volunteers lending a helping hand when it comes to saving those more adventurous soles from experiencing a less than pleasant end to their trip.

Stay safe out there this summer team!


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Pilot James swoops in to lighten the load for volunteers protecting our backyard

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Project Manager Paul Hellebrakers sorts the traps for flight

Project Manager Paul Hellebrakers sorts the traps for flight

The West Matukituki valley is a showcase destination and one we appreciate flying people over every day. With such easy access It also draws thousands of visitors a year to explore it’s numerous tracks and hiking routes including the well known Rob Roy Glacier.

As with most national parks in the South Island rodents like the dreaded stoat pose a significant problem and we rely heavily on volunteers to reduce their impact. A job that is often labour intensive and earns little recognition.

Last week we helped lighten the load for local volunteers, lifting more than 90 box stoat traps up the valley to be set up by the volunteers.

The initiative is part of the ongoing work of The Matukituki Charitable Trust. A trust that was established to protect this natural wonder and to restore the habitat and increase the population of some of our favourite locals like the lovable Kea and tiny Rock Wrens!

Thanks to the volunteers there are now in excess of 400 traps in the West Matukituki taking care of those pesky vermin.


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