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“Best aviation experience!”
Review of Wanaka Helicopters

Wanaka Helicopters
Ranked #5 of 58 Tours in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wanaka Helicopters offers a variety of high standard flights around Lake Wanaka, into the National Parks and surrounding areas such as Mount Aspiring, and to spectacular Milford Sound. All scenic flights include remote alpine landings and walk arounds. We operate a variety of different sized helicopters, which means that no minimum passenger numbers apply to our flights. We can cater for all number combinations. Wanaka Helicopters also offers a product called Heli-Adventures, which includes soft adventure type activities for the more adventurous, such as mountain biking, fishing, hiking and jet boating. We also offer to opportunity to fly yourself in a one off training flight called our 'Mission Possible'. Not only are we a scenic flight operator, we are a training school, training pilots to gain their private helicopter license, as well as their commercial helicopter license. All our instructors are highly professional and safe pilots and flight instructors.
Southeastern United States
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6 reviews
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“Best aviation experience!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Helicopter charter is the best way to see and feel its true beauty and majesty.

I am an Airbus A320 captain in the U.S. and am very discerning about whom I choose to fly my family and me. Simon and his crew are exceptionally well trained, have a great deal of experience and the helicopters they fly are in impeccable condition.

This is a family business and Simon’s sons, who fly for the company, have been around helicopters their whole lives. They learned from the best -- their father.

Simon is the highest flight time and most experienced Robinson helicopter pilot in the world. Simon’s being an examiner and having the authority to certify and license pilots makes his operation the best of the best in my opinion. And because this is also a training facility, the pilots are 100% current and are constantly honing their skills by training others.

There are many helicopters and helicopter operators on the South Island. In my opinion, Wanaka’s location makes it the best departure point for scenic flights because of the amazing geographic diversity in this area.

Many operators pack people in choppers and take them to single destinations for a quick look. Wanaka Helicopters is an entirely different experience – an intimate one in which you are treated as family and can customize your flight as long as conditions permit.

In my many thousands of hours in flight, this was one of the most unique and rewarding aviation experiences I could have imagined. It was the combination of New Zealand’s magnificent beauty and the very warm and personal attention we received from Simon, his family and the whole crew at Wanaka Helicopters. When we go back to New Zealand, we will return to Wanaka Helicopters for another dose of its magic.

Visited September 2012
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Wanakaheli, Front Office Manager at Wanaka Helicopters, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Thank you Mitch and Lisa for your lovely review! We are overwhelmed of the knowledge you have remembered during your short time with us here at Wanaka Helicopters. Mitch, we remember yourself and your wife thoroughly, and remember your uncertainty of having another pilot flying you, being a captain of such a big ship in the U.S yourself. We pride ourselves on our family run business and believe we bring such passion to what we do, making every trip we conduct a personal and memorable experience. We would love to have to join us again for another adventure and we look forward to seeing you both again, hopefully in the near future!
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Amazing experience”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We had the pleasure of a flight with Wanaka Helicopters . Weather was a bit of an issue for the intended trip but the fantastic staff made alternative arrangements and we had a snow landing and a second landing looking over beautiful Wanaka. Highly recommend doing this. Big thanks to Pete for the fantastic flight. This is a must do when you are in Wanaka

Visited October 2012
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Wanakaheli, Front Office Manager at Wanaka Helicopters, responded to this review, August 20, 2013
Hi Joyce! We are so glad we had the option to vary your trip slightly and do alternative landings for you! We are delighted your enjoyed your flight and would love the opportunity to take you for the flight which the weather restricted!
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

When we landed in NZ on our first family holiday, all our children could talk about was seeing the snow - despite it being December and Summer! Our flight with Wanaka Helicopters helped us make our kid's wishes come true. Such an amazing experience and well worth the money :)

Visited December 2012
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Wanakaheli, Front Office Manager at Wanaka Helicopters, responded to this review, December 21, 2012
Thanks Sharon! It's not very often that we get snow in December as it is Summer time, but with the Winter we have had, we were lucky enough to take you up to our high altitude landing on the Pisa Range, where there were large patches of snow! We are so thrilled you enjoyed your flight and we hope to see you back again some day soon!
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
“Amazing experience”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Had the time of our lives going for a flight over to Mt Roy - incredible views. Many thanks to Chris and the crew at Wanaka Helicopters, would highly reccomend doing this trip, it's the only way to truely see the best parts of Wanaka and its beautiful surrounds.

Visited December 2012
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Wanakaheli, Front Office Manager at Wanaka Helicopters, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Was great to have you Julie! We love that you enjoyed yourself! Be sure to come on back next time you are in the area and we can take you on one of our longer trips, further into the alps for a glacier landing, or maybe for a gourmet picnic beside an alpine lake!
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Sydney, Australia
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who is thinking about doing it. We went as a couple and were lucky enough to get two landings and one of them was in the snow! Our pilot Nick was very experienced and shared his knowledge of Wanaka and surrounding areas. Seeing Wanaka from the air gave us a totally new perspective that we would otherwise have missed.

Visited November 2012
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Wanakaheli, Front Office Manager at Wanaka Helicopters, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
We are thrilled you enjoyed yourself Chris! Our pilots are all highly experienced and know a lot about the areas we fly in, so we are glad Nick could pass some of his knowledge along! Isn't Wanaka so much more beautiful from the air! We would love to see you back again sometime in the future!
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