The Reid Family and helicopters have had a long-standing relationship dating back to the early 1950’s. John Reid “Mr. Helicopter” started Helicopters New Zealand and was a pioneer for the New Zealand helicopter industry.
Second generation pilot Bill Reid started Nelson Helicopters in 1983, initially working on live deer recovery and then moving on to develop tourism in the Nelson and Marlborough regions. The main area of development at the time was the flying of overseas brown trout fishermen into the Kahurangi National Park.
Third generation pilot Toby Reid carries on the legacy that his forefathers created, having renamed the company ‘Reid Helicopters Nelson.’ Toby and his wife Rachael have established their operation and developed a wide range of new and innovative tourism experiences to show to the world. “We are so appreciative of the wonderful area we live and fly in. We aim to keep it this way for the next generation to enjoy just as we do.”
In efforts to minimize our environmental footprint and give back to the local community, we have been awarded Qualmark Gold Status.
Now renamed Helicopters Nelson, the main base is situated in Wakefield, 30km south of Nelson city, nestled between Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and the Nelson Lakes National Parks.
We are so appreciative of the wonderful area we live and fly in. We aim to keep it this way for the next generation to enjoy just as we do.