This is a loooooong overdue review - my wife and I treated ourselves to a flight with Wanaka Helicopters for our 9th wedding anniversary, in April 2013.
After an amazing experience, we promised to feed back on tripadvisor... However, completely forgot until we began planning next years anniversary trip!!!
We were in a small, 4 seater helicopter, so there was only us and one more guest. The flight took off very smoothly, and we flew out over Lake Wanaka, headed out towards Mount Aspiring and had our first landing at the top of a glacier, in the beautiful crisp snow.
We had a decent amount of time for snapping photographs and absorbing the view, then we swapped seats in the helicopter and took off again. heading up to Mount Aspiring. We zig-zagged up the side of the glaciers clinging onto this most beautiful of mountains, then flew past the peak and down the range of mountains, having our second stop below the snow line, where our pilot was able to talk to us about local vegetation and the formation of the mountains.
We rotated once more (so everybody had a time in the front seat), then took a long, leisurely flight back over the farms, lake and town to settle down about an hour and 45 after our departure.
Our pilot was incredibly knowledgeable about the surrounding areas, and very friendly and good humoured.
You could tell hat he really enjoyed his experience too - so much so that he lost track of time and was told off (good-heartedly) for being out too long :-)
Overall - this was a wonderful experience, and I cannot recommend it strongly enough. It's gonna be hard to top this experience for our tenth anniversary!
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