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For the flight of a lifetime, let our experienced pilots take you to some of the most remote and breathtaking places that prove New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

Lord of the Rings Experiences

Immerse yourself in the magical scenery brought to life by Peter Jackson in Lord of The Rings. Combine the Mt Olympus and Mt Owen tours for the ultimate Lord of the Rings Experience!

Stunning Destinations

Nelson Tasman is blessed with three National Parks! The Abel Tasman, the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes. Appreciate the diverse landscape and remote adventures in an unspoilt environment.

Amazing adventures await!

Be taken to extraordinary places that only a helicopter can get you to. Our team of local pilots are experts in finding the best hiking, biking, cycling, kayaking, hunting, wildlife and wilderness spots in the Top of the South Island.

Fishing on the reef or in the back country

For over 20 years Helicopters Nelson has been transporting people from all over the world (some very famous) to some of our best known fishing spots. Guides are available for day trips and multi-day overnight hut stays.

Love, romance and family

Create memories with your favourite person or people. Enjoy an intimate ceremony in a unique alpine location. Cheers to spending time with friends and family. Escape by helicopter to a wild and remote beach. Wine and dine in some of New Zealand’s most incredible remote places.

Mountain Heli Wedding

Our Premium Tours

World class destinations and world class tours. We have compiled together the very best of the best. These are the tours that we highly recommend. There are half and full day options available.

Stay in luxury

Stay at some of the most breathtaking and remote places in the Top of the South Island.  Places that allow you to relax and unwind and literally unplug, enabling you to truly enjoy the person you’re with and what’s around you.

View our Tours by Map

Explore by map to see where some of our Heli-experiences can take you, including world class remote areas that are just spectacular when seen from above and sometimes can only be accessed via helicopter.

Sustainability & Community

Here at Helicopters Nelson we are fortunate to be based in one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural environments. In the Tasman Region we have three amazingly rich and diverse National Parks – Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi National Park.

By striving to protect and enhance the natural environment we work in, our aim is to continue to reduce our environmental footprint to ensure that our beautiful region is protected for future generations.

Along with our environment we are proud to play our part in supporting and making a difference to local businesses, charities and organisations.


Helicopters Nelson provide a range of commercial helicopter services across the Top of the South Island. Such as Lifting, Construction, Conservation, Farming, Forestry Support and Frost Protection.


The hangar is buzzing

HOW READY FOR SUMMER ARE WE? The Helicopters Nelson hangar has been buzzing lately – and not just with the noise of helicopters starting up. The borders are open, our…

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Over the past five months, I’ve been deeply immersed in an adventurous project that has pushed boundaries and opened new horizons. This job wouldn’t have been achievable without the invaluable support of helicopters and their dedicated team.

I’m immensely grateful to the pilots and staff at Helicopters Nelson for their unwavering commitment to safety and their relentless hard work. Their dedication has been instrumental in making this project a success. Their pride in serving our community and region shines through in every action they take.

Nathan Faavae

I did my license conversion CASA to CAA and AS350 rating with the crew at Helicopters Nelson and what a awesome experience it was, cannot recommend a better place to do it. Very close to the mountains makes it a great spot to get that experience up with hut landings and confine spaces of all levels from basic to tricky, snow landings at the right time of the year and long line situations that require short and longer lines to get that real world situation awareness/experience.


Training for my private and commercial pilots licence with Helicopters Nelson was an awesome experience that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish. They have very professional and knowledgeable instructors that not only got me flying to a commercial level but also to a level where I’m confident, feel safe and enjoy every minute in the air! I highly recommend training with the team at Helicopters Nelson – they make the whole experience very enjoyable while keeping to a very professional standard and I can’t wait to see where it will lead me in future.


Great company and staff that I have had the privilege of doing my flight training with, highly recommend getting in touch with the team at Helicopters Nelson if you are at all interested in learning to fly.


I was trained by Pete, Thomas and Charlie and I can’t thank them enough for the work they put in to get me to that commercial license. Gave me a lot of real world flying knowledge and skills that have given me an opportunity to go out and find work in Australia. Very professional family owned company. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a start in aviation.


Now that I am back in Auckland and catching up generally, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you to both you and Charlie for making my Dad’s birthday flight so amazing 🙂

The flight was incredible and it was so good for Dad having someone who really knew the area, we were all super impressed with Charlie and felt like we were in safe and very knowledgeable hands every minute.

Big thanks to you also for making all the logistics and arrangements so easy, nothing was a problem and I so appreciated that.

If we ever get the chance to charter another flight we will most definitely be back to see you guys.

Thank you for a wonderful experience 🙂

PS – chocolate brownies were pretty damned good too 🙂

Maree Hodgkinson

We had an absolutely amazing time! Thank you so much again for setting up on such short notice!

Sarah Cattaneo

As you requested I can confirm that the Heaphy has spit me out rather sore, tired …. at Kohaihai this midday but also happy to have achieved my challenge.
I would like to thank Charlie, Toby , Pete and the rest of the team for helping making this happen for me.
The flight was AMAZING over the Cobb valley and down the Aorere valley to Brown Hut.
Deb was equally taken with the return journey over Takaka hill and the Abel Tasman.
Our pilot, Charlie, pointed out all the points of interest as well as handling the craft in some unpredictable wind. His knowledge of the terrain and his handling of the helicopter significantly added to the experience for us.
Very many thanks.

John Dillon

We thoroughly loved it, flight was amazing and the whole experience was fantastic, we’re recommending it to all our friends. The meal was great also so apart from the cold wind off the sea on the beach everything was perfect. We really appreciate your attention to detail and your service was outstanding, thanks.

Jan and Norm Double

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.

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