Meet the Team

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Ben Patterson - Owner/Chief Pilot

Raised on a remote high country sheep station, access to and from the property was across a formidable glacier river. When the river was high, flying was the only way in or out of the property. Ben has thousands of hours of experience flying. “I have a real affinity with the Southern Alps and love showing people the special hidden secrets only seen by air, passenger safety and enjoyment is my highest priority’’.

Laurie Anderson - Senior Pilot

With over 40 years and 5,000 hours flying experience, Laurie is a highly qualified and enthusiastic pilot.

When he is not flying he owns and operates a Bed & Breakfast boutique lodge in Hokitika with his wife Janette.

Don WC Patterson - CEO

Don finds working along-side International tourists a pleasure. His moto is simple “give people what they want” and his strongest point is listening closely.

He is well qualified for the senior management position of Wilderness Wings CEO under New Zealand Civil Aviation Authorities stringent criteria. Obtaining the CEO position in 2010, continuously holding that position to current day. Along with his senior management role Don owns a large high country sheep station and operates a luxury lodge in the remoteness of the South Islands’ Southern Alps.

It is no surprise that his lodge has a private airfield adjacent to facilitate arrivals and departures by air!