Otahuna Lodge has developed the following exclusive helicopter itineraries for guests.
A scenic flight by helicopter is the ultimate way to see the natural beauty of New Zealand. The convenience of these tours is unsurpassed as helicopters depart and land directly from the Lodge’s Great Lawn.
Best of Canterbury
An amazing half-day introduction to many of the highlights of a stay in Canterbury. Depart from Otahuna and fly over dramatic Lyttelton Harbour and up the coast of the Pacific Ocean before landing in the Waipara wine region at multi-award wining Pegasus Bay Winery. Here, a wine tasting will be offered before a delightful lunch of the very best New Zealand fare. In the afternoon you will fly into the breath-taking scenery of the snow-capped Southern Alps for a mountaintop landing with staggering views west toward the South Island’s Main Divide and east across the Canterbury Plains to the Banks Peninsula.
Kaikoura Whale Watch
Departing Otahuna, the helicopter tracks directly over Christchurch and up the coast of the South Island to the seaside town of Kaikoura. Transfer is then offered to the Kaikoura Whale Watch helicopter for a 40-minute extended whale watch. Guests will enjoy an unsurpassed opportunity to view mighty sperm whales, Dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals from the air. The return flight provides the ability to stop for lunch at Pegasus Bay Winery, New Zealand's most awarded vineyard restaurant.
World in a Day
New Zealand is often described as “The World in Miniature” and this once-in-a-lifetime helicopter adventure exhibits the rich diversity of its many landscapes. From Otahuna, guests fly across the Canterbury Plains and into the heart of Southern Alps where you will have the opportunity for multiple landings to take in the area’s stunning mountains, glaciers and waterfalls before landing on the rainforest-cloaked coastline of the Tasman Sea. A diver will be awaiting your arrival and will collect crayfish (lobster) and fresh fish for your lunch as you watch. Next, you will fly up the length of Fiordland National Park’s Milford Sound before landing at Minaret Station, a remote helicopter-accessible-only alpine camp. Following a magnificent lunch incorporating your just-caught, fresh seafood you will helicopter back over alpine lakes and past Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak, before landing in Otahuna’s grounds. This is truly a New Zealand adventure without equal.
Heli - Skiing
Canterbury’s Southern Alps offer arguably the best variety of back country, helicopter-accessed terrain available in New Zealand. Within 25 minutes from the Lodge you can be skiing or snowboarding on over 1000 square kilometres of mountains and hundreds of named runs beyond the headwaters of the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers. The terrain is remote and spectacular, with many glaciated runs exceeding 1000 vertical metres from which you can even gaze at views of both the Pacific Ocean in the East and the Tasman Sea in the West. Single and multi-day heli-skiing adventures can be arranged based upon guests’ ability and specific interests.