into clear blue skies for a unique perspective on New
Zealands breathtaking mountain, glacier, fiord, lake and
Aerial sightseeing is one of our most popular visitor attractions
and people often say that a scenic flight has been the highlight
of their New Zealand holiday.
Most of our tourist resort towns have scenic flight operators
based at the local airport, offering rides on helicopters, light
aircraft, floatplanes or ski planes. Usually you can arrange for
a scenic flight at short notice as the planes are constantly
shuttling to and fro with flight durations ranging from 20-90
minutes. Its a wonderful way to see the incredible
contrasts in landscape that are packed into our islands.
The Mt Cook and Westland National Parks are the focus of
attention in the South Island. Scenic flights originate in Mt
Cook, Twizel, Wanaka, Queenstown, Fox and Franz Josef, circling
the towering snow-capped peaks of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and
crossing the névé of huge glaciers on a Grand Tour.
Milford Sound excursions operate from Queenstown and Te Anau,
sometimes in combination with a boat cruise and coach journey.
Others are coupled with jet boating, rafting, skiing or snow
landings. Kaikoura has the notable Wings Over Whales
whale watch flights to observe the great sperm whales. The North
Island has spectacular Volcanic Air Safaris over Mt
Tarawera and the steaming ruins of White Island.
Scenic flights are a must do activity on any New
Zealand holiday. Its the best way to surround yourself with
majestic grandeur in high places and enjoy dramatic sights and
scenes that you will never forget.