Scenic flights in the heart of New Zealand.

Scenic flying in the heart of New Zealand

We love to fly! Philip's been backcountry flying for over 35 years and a visit to Lake Heron isn't complete without a scenic tour of the station's back blocks - or beyond..... 

We're in the heart of the South Island and we are surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Our local flights offer views over some of New Zealand's most rugged alpine scenery. Within short flying times are the beaches of the West Coast, the high peaks of the Mt Cook region or the wilderness of South Westland.

We operate a Cessna 185 for our scenic flights and aircraft charters. Our base and airstrip are a 2 minute drive from Lake Heron Cottage. Chose from one of the following flight options, or alternatively, contact us to arrange a tailor-made flight seeing tour.

Merino Country, Lord of the Rings - $325 per person* A 45 minute flight featuring the mountainous high country merino stations of the Upper Rakaia and Rangitata Valleys, including the glaciated peaks of the Arrowsmith Range and Mt Sunday, the site of Edoras in Lord of the Rings.

Upper Rakaia, Gardens of Eden and Allah - $395 per person* A 60 minute journey over the Arrowsmith Range and the evocatively named ice fields of the Gardens of Eden and Allah. This is heartland wilderness country on a grand scale and the names of the features - The Warrior, Red Lion, Battle-axe Col, Sentinel Peak, Angel Col - indicate the resistance they put up to early explorers.

Aoraki/Mt Cook, Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers - $475 per person* A 75 minute flight along the Main Divide to view our most famous West Coast Glaciers and NZ’s highest peaks. The return overflight covers the large braided East Coast River valleys and Edoras.

*Prices are based on a minimum of 3 people.

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