Our Story - Wanaka Helicopters

Our Story

about wanaka helicopters

Wanaka Helicopters is a family-owned and operated commercial helicopter operator and flight training school in one of the most stunning places in the world. We specialise in scenic, luxury and wedding flights to some of the most beautiful remote locations in New Zealand. We also offer commercial, agricultural and charter services as well as flight training year-round.

We have established ourselves as a highly experienced and trusted commercial, tourism and training operator in the lower South Island region. We are NZ’s premier and most experienced helicopter flight training school, operating in Wanaka since 1992. Our flight training school offers private (PPL), commercial (CPL) and tertiary training, including the Diploma in Aviation. The most productive Ministry of Education approved Diploma in Aviation programme. 

At Wanaka Helicopters we pride ourselves on, and are committed to delivering our helicopter & training services to the highest standards. Our experienced team, of highly trained and skilled pilots, are the best in their fields and safety is at the core of everything we do.

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. 

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

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.