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. Nothing beats flying with a local!
We're in the heart of the South Island and we are surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Close on hand are views over New Zealand's most rugged alpine scenery.
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.
Flights can be tailor-made or choose from the following;
The Pilot’s Choice
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.
$325 pp (3-4 people)
$485 pp (2 people)
Gardens of Eden and Allah
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.
$395 pp (3-4 people)
$590 pp (2 people)
Aoraki/Mt Cook, Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers
A 70-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.
$475 pp (3-4 people)
$710 pp (2 people)