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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.

Now third generation pilot Toby Reid carries on the legacy that his forefathers created and has renamed the company ‘Reid Helicopters Nelson.’ Toby, together with his wife Rachael, have established their operation to cater for a wide range of commercial services and strive to develop new and innovative products 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 their efforts to minimize their environmental footprint and give back to the local community, they have been awarded Qualmark Enviro Silver Status.

Reid Helicopters Nelson’s main base is situated in Wakefield, 30km south of Nelson city, nestled between Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and the Nelson Lakes National Parks. Reid Helicopters Nelson New Zealand has the highest certification standard required by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority for air transport operations and are approved by Qualmark.

Nelson Helicopters - Bill Reid and family

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.

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