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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 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 Learn to Fly - Education, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Learn to Fly - Lake Wanaka lets you be a pilot for a day- no matter 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!

9 Must Do Airborne Adventures in the Lake Wanaka Region

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.

Santa and his elves flying in to Wanaka

Classic Flights and Warbirds & Wheels are bringing Christmas joy to Wanaka Airport this Saturday 13 December flying Santa and his elves in especially for a visit.

A Wanaka River Journey OR 'Why I fell in love with Mt Aspiring National Park"

Jet boats. Speed. Thrills. Excitement. Shrieking. Breath-stealing gasps of glacier-fed spray in your face. All this and Mt Aspiring National Park - it's a Must Do!

Dad, where are we going? China's Top TV Show comes to Wanaka!

For the first time China's number 2 television show films outside of China. Where do the shows celebrities take a well earned break from a busy schedule? The Lake Wanaka region, New Zealand. The stars of the show found plenty of things to do in Wanaka.

Share your Lake Wanaka Story

Tell us your story about your time in the Lake Wanaka region - the activities you loved, the places you stayed and the people you met, whether you just passed through or stayed forever!

Skydive Wanaka takes the i-SITE to the sky!

It really is a must do! To Skydive in Wanaka is more than exhilarating, it's an epic adventure. If you're going to jump out of a plane, why not over the best scenery in the world?

Scenic Flights to Milford - Most Epic Ever!

"I HAD THE MOST EPIC SCENIC FLIGHT OF MY LIFE, HANDS DOWN!" Johan Lolos on his scenic flight with Classic Flights from Wanaka to Milford Sound.

Foodie Friday - For that very Special Occasion...

Want to create the perfect special occasion? A birthday perhaps, proposal, honeymoon breakfast, anniversary, or just treating someone precious? Then this Lake Wanaka region Heli Champagne Breakfast is for you!

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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

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: 5.0

Take the controls and be the pilot as your experienced instructor guides you through how the plane works. No experience necessary. 20 -...

8 Spitfire Lane, Wanaka

From $199 NZD

TripAdvisor rating: 5.0

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

Adventure Flights:
20 minute Highlights Flight $199
30 minute Lakes Original $270
50 minute Glacier Close Up $435

Mountain Flying Training Courses, CPL & PPL, Aerobatic ratings,...

, Wanaka

From $359 NZD

The Girls Itinerary

Everything you need to know about spending a few days in Wanaka with some girls friends

Adventurers Itinerary

Find out more information on an adventure holiday around Wanaka

Wanaka Romance Itinerary

Find out more information on the perfect romantic get away to Lake Wanaka. What to see and do with the special person