Everything you need to know about heli-weddings at Lochnagar…
Ōtaka or Lochnagar is a heli-wedding landing location close to Queenstown and Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. It’s a little more off the beaten track than other more visited spots and is, breathtakingly beautiful. Your heli-wedding flight to this magical spot is about 20 minutes from Queenstown, giving you plenty of time to enjoy views across the Southern Alps along the way. There are multiple landing location options around the lake and capacity for multiple machines if you wish to include friends and whānau in your wedding adventure too!
Lochnagar doesn’t offer the best snow coverage at lake level, but the mountains surrounding the lake definitely get a good dusting of the white stuff in winter. Think less snow under foot and more snow capped mountains and a crystal blue lake for your heli-wedding photos.
At the lakes edge Lochnagar will loose sunlight earlier than the peaks which surround it. This means you can enjoy the magic of golden hour earlier in the day which can be great in summer when true sunset can be well after 9pm back in Queenstown.
There are many lading options for your Lochnagar heli-wedding, all offering something different for your wedding photos. Choose from quiet pebbled beaches, dramatic rocky outcrops, a rustic hunting hut and even a secret waterfall. Whichever landing spot you decide on the sandflies will find you in the summer months, but we’ll have some repellent spray at the ready!
The longer flight time compared to locations closer to Queenstown (such as Mount Crichton and Double Cone) makes your Lochnagar heli-wedding a bigger investment. But with so much to offer we think it’s totally worth it.
Adding a second landing to your Lochnagar heli-wedding adventure brings some extra excitement and different photo opportunities. Our favourite locations to pair with Lochnagar include Coromandel Peak, Tyndall Glacier and Cecil Peak.
All Shaken & Stirred Wedding packages at Lochnagar include:
- Professional photography
- Registered marriage celebrant
- Assistance obtaining your NZ marriage licence & NZ marriage certificate
- Private helicopter with one hour landing for your ceremony and photos
- Bottle of local sparkling wine or shots of Fireball to celebrate as newlyweds
- Private online gallery to view and download your wedding photos easily
You can add endless extras to your Lochnagar heli-wedding including
- Flower petal confetti
- Signage & stationary
- Newlywed picnic
- Cakes & desserts
- Entertainment & music
- Rental attire & accessories