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Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch

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Wellington, New Zealand
Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch

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Set amid 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of lush countryside and rolling hills, the Wharekauhau Country Estate is an idyllic spot for a lunch date and the most spectacular way to arrive is by helicopter. Make like a VIP on this 3-hour tour from Wellington, with round-trip transfers by helicopter and a 5-course lunch of gourmet cuisine and wine.
  • 3-hour helicopter and lunch tour of the Wharekauhau Country Estate from Wellington
  • Soar over the Rimutaka Mountain Range, Orongorongo Valley, and Palliser Bay in a helicopter
  • Enjoy a romantic lunch looking out over the stunning Wharekauhau Country Estate
  • Tuck into a 5-course gourmet lunch, including wine
  • Great-value tour includes round-trip transfers by helicopter
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a personalised experience
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Round-trip transfers by helicopter
4-course meal with a glass of wine at the Wharekauhau Country Estate
Live commentary on board
Local taxes
Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Wellington Helicopters Limited , Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington Central, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

Departure Point: Wellington waterfront, Queens Wharf Address: Shed 1, 19 Jervois Quay

11:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Make your way to Queens Wharf in central Wellington in time for an 11.30am flight departure. After listening to the safety briefing, follow your pilot down to the waterfront helipad and climb aboard for a thrilling helicopter ride.

Gaze down over the city as you soar over the harbor, then head northeast towards the Rimutaka mountain range. Keep your camera to hand as you swoop over the Orongorongo Valley and circle Palliser Bay, before landing at the Wharekauhau Country Estate.

Your hosts will be waiting for you on arrival to whisk you off into the Grand Lodge, the elegant dining room where you’ll be served lunch. After taking your seats, get ready for an unforgettable 5-course lunch of gourmet cuisine, prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients grown on the farm and accompanied by fine regional wines.

With your appetite sated, hop back in the helicopter for the return journey to Wellington. Enjoy a different route back to the city, passing along the Pencarrow coast, from where the views stretch all the way to the South Island and the Southern Alps. Finally, touchdown in Wellington around 2pm and make your own way back to your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Subject to availability at the lodge
  • Minimum passenger numbers apply before a flight can proceed
  • A maximum of 6 people per booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Wellington Helicopters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch.
What is the policy on sanitization during Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Wharekauhau Degustation Heli-lunch.

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Outstanding experience
, Nov 2021
The wine matching to the world class cuisine along with the outstanding service, makes this an unforgettable experience.
, Apr 2021
Such a relaxing day - we weren’t rushed to leave and the food and service at the lodge was incredible... Fantastic experience
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for the review Angela, stoked that you had a great day out. Hard to beat with great weather and great food. We hope to see you back again! Cheers James
Hugely disappointed
, Mar 2021
I genuinely hope my experience won't happen to anybody else. With the email confirmation and the payment has been charged through my acc. I showed up on the day on time with my partner and hugely disappointed. There is no booking for us. I literally shocked, the best they could do is reschedule for the next day. And told me that I could cancel my booking at any time. I thought tourism industry is struggling during COVID, obviously, the customers is not their priority.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
“We are extremely disappointed to have received the poor review of your experience for our product. As was explained to you on the day, a response had been sent to your viator account explaining that you could not be accommodated on the day of the original booking. Unfortunately we do not receive any direct contact details from Viator and have to rely on the communication avenue that viator provide. On the day our office staff very quickly contacted the lodge and were able to secure you a lunch booking the very next day, this did come with added cost to us as we then utilised a larger helicopter to accommodate you at no additional cost to yourselves. We do not receive any payment from viator until the booking is complete and so any funds are held with viator and not with us. We have broached the subject of communication with clients previously with viator, and will do so again in light of your experience. We hope that this reply goes to some length to explain the process, and that the actual flight and lunch was overall a positive experience for you both. Please feel free to contact me directly at if you would like to discuss this further and consider amending your review. Sincerely Dai Daniel.”

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