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Helicopter Adventures Across the Top of New Zealand's South Island

Experience Nelson and the Top of The South Island with Helicopters Nelson

Wairoa Gorge Helicopter bike shuttle

NEW - Wairoa Gorge Heli Shuttles

Grab a group of mates for some awesome heli shuttling in the legendary Wairoa Gorge. Appreciate from above the beauty of this pristine natural bush, before landing to take on some of the most sublime single track Nelson has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

Our Most Popular Adventures

Helicopters Nelson has a genuine connection to the area.  Our pilots are locals,  great story-tellers, and love to share their passion for flying, beautiful scenery, hiking, biking, exploring, fishing and the great Kiwi outdoors.

We just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising our trip and being so helpful with the arrangements – including arranging to have our bags delivered!
We had a fantastic flight, the views were truly unbelievable and the picnic was wonderful. Best experience ever, thanks so much!


After four wonderful weeks in New Zealand it’s hard to name a single highlight, but our flight to Mt Owen is definitely a prime candidate. Thanks for this unforgettable memory.

Christian - Germany

What a magnificent experience you gave Ray and I today. From the time we took off to our return to base, everywhere were stunning sights and visions to behold. To stand on Mt Olympus and perhaps walk in the hobbit footsteps and recognize the rocks and scenery, to the wonderful morning tea at Mt Owen, and later the journey around the mountain to the Mines of Moria and the Misty Mountains, every single minute has given us and me in particular, amazing memories to relive for years to come.

We are deeply grateful for all you did for us, thank you, thank you, thank you.


Private Charters and Lodge Transfers

Our central location at the Top of the South Island means we are ideally situated to offer private lodge-to-lodge transfers throughout New Zealand. We also offer airport-to-lodge transfers, so you can sit back, relax and begin your holiday the moment you step out of the terminal.

Our range of scenic flights and adventure tours are out of this world, but if you are looking for a truly unique experience or have a dream flight in mind, we also specialise in creating bespoke itineraries for our clients. So if you’re planning a special celebration or once-in-a-lifetime experience, give us a call – we love to make dreams come true!

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Commercial Services

  • Lifting/ Construction
  • Conservation
  • Energy/ Farming/ Forestry Support
  • Frost Protection


Find out more about our Pilot Training Scheme.


Some things to think about before your flight.


Driving directions to our base in Wakefield, Nelson.


Still deciding? Call us on +64 (03) 541 9530

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