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.