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Scenic Flights

Some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and landscapes can be experienced on a scenic flight. Whether by plane flying high over the mountain tops and covering ever changing scenescapes, or more intimately by helicopter where you may get the chance to land and breathe in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible vistas before you.

As the blades whirr and you feel that sensation of weightlessness on lift off, a helicopter flight will leave you wanting more the instant you take off. What about landing on a glacier in Alaska, Canada or New Zealand, hovering over Iguazu Falls in Brazil or Victoria Falls in Zambia, taking in the wonder of the Hawaiian Islands or the Grand Canyon, cruising past Table Mountain in South Africa, or staring in awe at the sheer scale of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Taking to the air in a helicopter is both unique in perspective, and exhilarating in nature. We feature some of the world’s best operators who will showcase their ‘back yard’ in a way you’ve only seen in photos.

Fixed wing aircraft (planes) can really showcase a destination by exploring large distances and covering incredible scenic views as they soar from one location to the next. Flying around Uluru/Ayers Rock will give you an appreciation of the scale to the Australian outback. Traversing the mountains from Queenstown to Milford Sound in Fiordland will take you from a bustling resort town to the unspoilt medieval forests and glacier carved fiords of the Southwestern tip of New Zealand – all within an hours flight. Flying into Lukla in the Khumbu region of Nepal will really showcase how large Everest really is. And taking a seaplane flight in Alaska is something so unique and special that you will be surprised you hadn’t considered it before now.

What better way to see your next destination than to take to the air and have an incredible adventure in the sky with aviation professionals who will show you the true hidden treasures of the local area. Get on board for your flight!

Ability

No specific ability or skills required, Just a sense of adventure and having a head-for-heights or being happy to push beyond your comfort zone is important.

Gear Required

Generally all you require is well-supported footwear and clothing suitable to the environment. For example in winter months taking a lot more warm layers and a good jacket with hat and gloves. Summer can be more about sun protection with the potential for changes in weather.

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exploreGO Top Experiences

  • Take a stunning helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon, USA
  • Fly over the mighty Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska to marvel at the sheer scale of the mountains
  • Take flight over Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
  • Enjoy a one hour scenic flight to the top of the world, with scenic views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, and the Tibetan plateau
  • Helicopter tour over the island of Kauai, Hawaii
  • Fly via seaplane to one of the islands in the Maldives
  • Take in the wonder of the largest reef in the world with a scenic flight over Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  • See the largest inland delta in the world by air - Okavango Delta, Botswana
  • Hop from Queenstown to the huge Fjords of Milford Sound, New Zealand
  • Get on board the ultimate overfly of Antarctica with a one-day return flight from Australia on Qantas  

Best time to travel

Scenic flights generally occur year round at most destinations. Schedules are dictated by customer demand and weather conditions at the destination. Tropical destinations are subject to seasonal storm patterns that can occur during the wetter part of the year, meanwhile cold weather locations can be very good in winter months due to clear skies and cold air for lift (particularly with helicopters) but are also dictated by winter storm conditions that may make flying not possible. Generally however, most places will offer flights throughout the year – particularly in popular spots.

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exploreGO Top Tips:

  • When considering photography from a plane or helicopter, having the ability to take wide or ultra-wide shots can come in super handy to get everything in shot. This also allows you to crop out any unwanted elements when you get home. Telephoto lens are also good if you’re going wildlife spotting.
  • Be aware of your camera’s focal point in an aircraft. If you get it wrong you’ll have a sharp image of the aircraft window, and not what you were hoping to capture in the distance or on the ground. Point-and-pray sometimes works (especially if you take multiple images) but taking the time to ensure your focal point is where you want it to be will ensure quality shots. 
  • Asking questions of the pilot is generally encouraged, just ensure you leave them alone during take-off and landing as they will be busy with a lot of decisions to manage and make sure you get safely to your destination or target location, and then back again.

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