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about wanaka helicopters

Wanaka Helicopters is a family owned and directed flight training school and commercial helicopter operator conducting scenic, commercial, charter and training flights year round in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Owner and Chief Flying Instructor, Simon Spencer-Bower is NZ’s most experienced helicopter flight instructor, recently celebrating 22,000 flight hours. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queen’s Service Medal for services to aviation and the Helicopter Association International, Certified Instructor of the Year 2015 award.

We have established ourselves as NZ’s premier and most experienced helicopter flight training school, operating in Wanaka since 1992. At Wanaka Helicopters we offer private (PPL), commercial (CPL) training, and tertiary training including the Diploma in Aviation NZDipGA (Helicopter) the most productive Ministry of Education approved Diploma in Aviation programme.

Being situated within view of the surrounding Southern Alps and on the doorstep of the World Heritage Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks means Wanaka Helicopters can offer scenic flights that encompass more epic land and seascapes and spectacular vistas than anywhere else in New Zealand.

Our team operates in and around our mountains on a daily basis in our fleet of Robinson R22, Guimbal Cabri, Robinson R44 and Airbus AS350 Squirrel helicopters, all of which are used for flight training, scenic and commercial work.

We are based at Wanaka Airport, which is situated on State Highway 6 between Wanaka and Queenstown. Our highly experienced pilots and staff are warm, friendly, enthusiastic and genuinely passionate about flying and our environment.