Locations for Helicopter Wedding Photos in Wanaka + Queenstown

There is no substitute for local knowledge and I certainly have that after 23 + years of living in the Central Otago and Southern Lakes area including Wanaka, Queenstown + Glenorchy.

In Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy and the surrounding South Island mountains we are blessed with some truly majestic locations for your helicopter wedding, helicopter elopement or helicopter engagement/proposal shoot.

Here are a select few of my favourites locations. All of the local helicopter companies are great to work with and some have different landing locations and/or exclusive helicopter landing spots so you can get the best possible wedding photography.

I love exploring news places too so if you have somewhere in mind or wish to land on private land that you have access too then let’s chat! And of course not every location is shown here but this gives you an idea and I am more than happy to help you out with planning this part of your wedding photography package.

Coromandel Peak, Wanaka

Coromandel Peak, also known as Roys Peak is one of Wanaka’s most popular helicopter wedding photography destinations. Famous views up the lake, over towards Glendhu Bay, Black Peak, Mount Aspiring and back over towards the Wanaka township. A location that has lots of options and is stunning in any weather. There is an exclusive landing fee of $500.00 applicable to all helicopter companies.

Twin Peaks, Wanaka

Hands down one of my favorite locations. Exclusively accessed by Alpine Helicopters and located over on Minaret Station. Twin Peaks has breathtaking views up and down Lake Wanaka. It’s rugged and some of the best alpine scenery around. Snowy in winter, rocky outcrops and tussocks in summer.

Mount Alpha, Wanaka

Stunning Mt Alpha overlooks Lake Wanaka with views right around including up the Cardrona Valley and out towards Lake Hawea. This is a great option close to town with tussock and grassy fields in summer and snow in winter.

Mount Pisa / Pisa Range, Wanaka

Close to Wanaka and Wanaka Airport, Mt Pisa or The Pisa Range has breathtaking vistas out over Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea and up the Cardrona Valley. It has rolling hills, moon like craters and is fantastic in all seasons. An absolute gem for sunset wedding photos.

Fog Peak

Another personal favorite of mine,Fog Peak is a longer helicopter flight into the heart of the mountains of the Mount Aspiring National Park. This is the ultimate location for those wanting a true alpine experience with views to match. Looks down onto the Matukituki Valley and across to Rob Roy Glacier.

Mount Burke / Wanaka Peninsular

An amazing flight over the lake to Mt Burke on the Wanaka Peninsular. Lake views all around including across to Glendhu Bay + the Matukituki River, up to Makarora and back towards Wanaka township. A farm like feel with epic mountain views and a perfect place to catch the sunset.

Cecil Peak, Queenstown

Cecil Peak or The Ledge is one of Queenstowns most popular wedding photography destinations and a quick, easy flight from Queenstown Airport. Stunning views over Lake Wakatipu towards the Frankton Arm, The Remarkables Mountain Range, over to Queenstown township and across the lake to Walter Peak Station. Huge rocky outcrops perfect for wedding photography!

Isobel Glacier | Alta Tarns | Lookout Hill | Tyndall Glacier |Dragonfly Peak Earnslaw Burn | The Remarkables | Bayonet Peak | Mt Crichton | Lochnagar | Lake Ersskine These Wanaka + Queenstown Helicopter Wedding destinations are POA