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Airborne Adventures

The intense clarity of the sky over Wanaka and Hawea brings the countryside to life in a vivid colour palette of green meadows, sparkling blue waterways and golden hills.

Looking up at the mountains is one thing, looking down on the whole picture is quite another and around Lakes Wanaka and Hawea there are plenty of chances to sightsee from the air.

The region is one of New Zealand’s aviation hotspots with a well-deserved reputation for having plenty of ways to enjoy an airborne adventure. Watching the scenery laid out beneath you is breath-taking with views that take in vast tracts of lush green wilderness, towering peaks and stunning waterways all the way to the west coast.

Leaping out of a plane at 15,000 feet puts it in a whole new context but either way, it’s a New Zealand perspective nobody ever forgets.  

Lake Wanaka and Hawea
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Scenic Flights - fixed wing
Scenic Flights - fixed wing
Our carefully planned sightseeing routes allow you to view the unique alpine terrain of southern New Zealand.
Scenic Flights - helicopter
Scenic Flights - helicopter
Experience a helicopter flight with the opportunity to land at a remote location and get out into the landscape
Skydiving and Paragliding
Skydiving and Paragliding
The ultimate in adventure, Lake Wanaka is the best place to jump from a perfectly good plane or mountain.
Learn to Fly
Learn to Fly
Imagine taking control and flying yourself around the magnificent surroundings of the Lake Wanaka region

Search airborne adventures options in Lake Wanaka

Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

More information on Wanaka Air Activities, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Learn to Fly - In the Lake Wanaka region you can be a pilot for a day regardless of your age!

When Ethan Munro told his mum what he wanted for his birthday, she set out to make his dream come true. At the tender age of ten years old, Ethan Learned to Fly!

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing a piece of aviation history? To step back in time where Pilots were larger than life, and...

6 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $249 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Lake Cruise and Island Nature Walk, a "must-do" in Wanaka; Rob Roy Glacier Guided Trek (the jewel of Mt. Aspiring National Park); Alpine...

, Wanaka

From $125 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

From famous Milford Sound to the spectacular West Coast Glaciers, Wanaka Flightseeing offers “Flights of Discovery’. Uninterrupted viewing over the Southern Alps, towering...

Wanaka Airport, Wanaka

Wilkin River Jets/Backcountry Helicopters.
Established 1968 and pioneers of shallow water jet boating and wilderness discovery. Operating from the timeless land of Makarora -...

Haast Pass Highway SH6 Cnr, Makarora-Wanaka

From $119 NZD

Backcountry Helicopters offers personalised scenic helicopter flights.

Departing from Makarora to Mount Aspiring, Milford Sound or Mount Cook your flight will encompass more glaciers...

Cnr Rata Rd/State Higway 6, Wanaka

From $150 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.5

New Zealand's most experienced Heliski and Heliboard Company with over thirty years of operation – Harris Mountains Heliski has an extensive variety of...

99 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Get the most from your precious time in the trout fishing paradise that surrounds Wanaka. The guides at Southern Rivers Fly Fishing have...

30 Rata St, Wanaka

From $100 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

We offer a full range of packaged scenic helicopter flights to Mt Aspiring & Glaciers, Milford Sound and Mt Cook as well as...

2211 Mt Aspiring Road, Wanaka

From $170 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

Alpine Helicopters are scenic flight specialists and offer an amazing aerial introduction to the breathtaking Southern Lakes and World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring...

10 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka

From $185 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Mountain Flying or 'bush' flying is the best flying you will do, as a licensed pilot, when you visit Lake Wanaka. The Southern...

PO Box 618, Wanaka

From $359 NZD

2 in 1 Incredible scenic flight plus your fun chance to fly the plane. Absolutely no experience required as you are with our...

1 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $199 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

New Zealand's Highest Tandem Paragliding. Simply walk, jog, run…and you’re airborne. It’s smooth, quiet… pure flying. Cruise along valley walls and right beside...

P O Box 118, Wanaka

From $180 NZD

Come and enjoy the exhilaration of flying high above Lake Wanaka or Lake Hawea under a parasail. Single or tandem options available (weight...

Lakeside Road, Wanaka

From $120 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Wanaka Helicopters offers a variety of high standard flights around Lake Wanaka, into the National Parks and surrounding areas such as Mount Aspiring,...

Box 70, Wanaka

Fly-Walk-Jetboat. 4 hours of unique New Zealand wilderness experience including a 25 minute scenic aeroplane flight, 3 hour bush/valley walk and 30 minute...

State Highway 6, Makarora West

From $299 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

The best scenic route to Milford Sound begins from Wanaka with Southern Alps Air. Window seats and in-flight commentary for all passengers allow...

12 Lloyd Dunn Ave, Wanaka

Over 28 years of experience in the industry, access to over 8500sq/km of terrain in the Southern Lakes region, we will give you...

12 Helwick Street, Wanaka

From $870 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 4.0

Its not every day that you strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft ! Welcome to Skydive...

14 Mustang Lane, Wanaka

Wanaka is a very unique place to learn to fly offering some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand with very stable...

Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $129 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5

Extreme Trail Flight. Take the controls of your very own stunt plane!
Ivan Krippner, a 2x national champion with over 20 years aerobatic experience...

8 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $199 NZD