Exclusive Helicopter Adventures
Lift off from the Whare Kea Lodge heli-pad to explore our stunning region and beyond.
Whare Kea Lodge works closely with the team at Aspiring Helicopters to offer exclusive helicopter flights from the front lawn. Whether you want to land on a glacier, lunch by an alpine lake, explore the beauty of Milford and Doubtful Sounds, enjoy a scenic flight around Mt Aspiring & the Glaciers or visit the gorgeous Whare Kea Chalet - your only limitation is your imagination when it comes to these incredible flying machines! You create your own itinerary - and below are some examples, of which we can tailor to suit. Please contact us for any equiries or bookings.
Chalet Gourmet Lunch with Altitude
Enjoy a 20 minute helicopter flight over the spectacular scenery of Wanaka and the Southern Alps before landing at Whare Kea Chalet located at 1750m. Enjoy your hosted gourmet lunch where you’ll feel on top of the world, with views of Mount Aspiring, Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. Fly back over the Matukituki River and land back at the lodge. Duration:1.5+ hours
Add on: Add a short alpine walk, 2 hour chalet tramp, or hike to the top of Dragon Fly peak with a personal alpine guide.
Lake Wanaka with a View
Lift from the front lawn and fly up onto an alpine landing pad. Take in the fantastic views of the Southern Alps, Lake Wanaka in it's entirety and the township itself. Why not take a bottle of Central Otago wine? Fly back down over the pristine expanse of Lake Wanaka and it's many inlets. Duration: 30 mins - 1 hour.
Mt Aspiring & Glaciers Galore
Fly up close to the majestic peak of Mt Aspiring and see the stunning ice blue glaciers with views right across the National Park. Includes a snow landing overlooking Mt Aspiring. You may like to consider a gourmet lunch at the Whare Kea Chalet. Duration: 1.5 hours
Milford Sound - Peaks and Paradise
Traverse the Southern Alps to the outstanding West Coast and into spectacular Milford Sound. Experience breathtaking views, waterfalls and wildlife. A number of wilderness landings along the way. Cruise option available. Duration: 3+ hours
Take in Doubtful and Milford Sounds and fly the rugged coastline in between. Stop on a remote beach and fly home via the Southern Alps and historic Shotover Valley. Cruise option available. Duration: 4+ hours.
Climb aboard your helicopter from the front lawn at Whare Kea Lodge and be whisked away to ski untouched powder - with over 400 runs on 200+ peaks. Whare Kea’s chalet, at 1750 metres above sea level on the slopes of Dragonfly Peak, makes an ideal base for heliskiing and ski touring in the dramatic alpine setting.
Personalised Helicopter Adventures
Imagine your sense of adventure with no limitations! Fly from Whare Kea Lodge over rugged snow-capped mountain ranges, magnificent glaciers, lakes and rivers. Explore the West Coast beaches, the Mount Cook region, the Kaikoura coastline - the entire South Island is your playground, with multiple landing options and endless photo opportunities. We can also arrange for you to be accompanied by a personal hunting or alpine guide - should you want to venture into the wilderness from remote locations.
We are also able to organise Helicopter transfers to and from Whare Kea Lodge to other accommodations, airports or any other destination. Please just contact us to enquire or make a booking.