Helicopter Tours

Nature is truly beautiful – incredible alpine forests, deep blue oceans, majestic mountains, eternal rivers, sweeping plains, shimmering lakes, endless desert, remarkable canyons, gleaming glaciers, precious rainforest – and South Island is blessed to have the diverse landscape it's renowned for. To be able to see all of this is great, but it's an even more unique by exploring it from the heavens.

Different from a plane which flies directly from A to B, helicopters allows you to discover South Island 's hidden jewels of nature up close and personal. The priceless views, the comfort and safety of modern helicopters flown by professional pilots and being able to share this thrilling experience with others will be a cherished memory. Flying with helicopters to see what South Island has to offer promises an ideal time that's not only exciting, but is also unforgettable. Come and fly away in South Island!

Alpine Adventures

Operating since the 1980s, Alpine Adventures is an experienced, reputable company with an impressive fleet of modern helicopters. The company specializes in aerial whale watching, scenic flights including amazing coastal and alpine scenery and year round snow landings. Private charters are also available for those who are specific in their own personal requirements. The flight offices are located in Franz Josef glacier, Fox glacier, Lake Tekapo and Kaikoura. For more details, contact +64 3752 0793.

Mt Hutt Helicopters

Located in New Zealand 's main divide, Mt Hutt Helicopters can easily show you breath-taking Southern Alps and sweep you across the Canterbury Plains with their contemporary helicopters. With a variety of activities available to suit your personal desires, you can choose from heli-skiing in South Island's best terrain, heli-fishing, heli-hunting, romantic heli-picnics, adventurous heli and jet boat combos or simply go scenic flying and explore glaciers, southern alps, high country, mountains and the Lord of the Rings film location site. If you are more interested commercially, Mt Hutt Helicopters also offer a wide range of agricultural services. For more details, contact +64 3302 8401.

Aspiring Helicopters

Based in Lake Wanaka with helipads situated in deer and sheep farms, Aspiring Helicopters promises a special, unique experience. With a variety of package flights including Lake Wanaka Scenic, Mount Aspiring and Glaciers, Milford Sound, Mighty Milford Sound, Aspiring Glacier Journey and Mount Cook Scenic, you are also able charter the plane for if you wish to do commercial work. If adventure is what you want, go on an adventure flight that's based at Cattle Flat Station right near Mount Aspiring National park and heli-fish, heli-hike, heli-hunt or even do filming. For further enquires, contact +64 3443 7152.


With the latest fleet of helicopters, excellent pilots and operating in Queenstown, Fiordland, Southern Lakes and Milford Sound, Heliworks is a safe and exciting company to fly with. Offering a large array of packages and tours, choose from the usual scenic tours or exciting experiences including heli-hiking, heli-fishing, heli-skiing, heli-snowboarding or a romantic option of a heli-wedding or proposal. Heliworks also specializes in charters for commercial work and filming/photography and were even contracted exclusively for aerial filming for the movie Lord of the Rings. For more details, contact +64 3441 4011.

Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

Imagine stunning, breath taking views of natural landscape from the air. Imagine courageously heli-skiing, heli-hunting, heli-biking and participating in more thrill seeking adventures with a helicopter. Imagine exploring Queenstown, Fiordland and Milford Sound's natural beauty. Glacier Southern Lakes is your choice to bring your imagination to life. Their helicopter base is at Queenstown airport which is convenient. For more details, contact +64 34423016.

Alpine Choppers

Discover places unexplored and unspoiled with Alpine Choppers. Alpine Choppers has experienced local pilots and modern helicopters that will take you to the Remarkable ranges, Milford Sounds, Cecil Peak , Skippers Canyon and Mt Aspiring. With a range of tour packages, catering flights, commercial flights, adventure flights and more, Alpine Choppers offers you a personal, exclusive experience, for further details, contact +64 3451 0001

The Helicopter Line

Lakes, mountains, glaciers, alpine and plains is nature at its best but it's even better from above. Discover all of South Island's gems - Mount Cook , Twizel, Queenstown, Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier with the Helicopter Line. With the highest level of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, you will feel safe and relaxed knowing you are flying with the best. As well as scenic flights, the company undertakes charter tours for heli-skiing, climbing, fishing, hunting and more. For more details, contact +64 3435 1801.

Kaikoura Helicopters

Not only is it New Zealand's most experienced aerial whale watching company, it is the only one in the world that views sperm whales every day of the year. Get up and close to see these magnificent creatures or simply watch from afar and marvel at their greatness. With Kaikoura's natural beautiful landscape in the background, what more could you ask for? A high quality and informative experience on the country and the whales itself, you will be beyond satisfied. For more details, contact +64 3319 660.

Heliventures Ltd

Operating for over twenty years and based in Haast, a remote location, in South Island, Heliventures will take your breath away with billion dollar views of national parks, lakes, mountains, glaciers, alpine, coast and rainforests. Family owned and fully safe and secure, Heliventures offers a range of scenic flights as well as commercial flights, chartering and more exciting options such as hunting, heli-kayaking, heli-rafting, heli-skiing, aerial filming and much more! For further enquiries, contact +64 37500 866.

Nelson Helicopters

Over 25 years experience, fully safe and secure helicopters, experienced pilots, priceless views – Nelson Helicopters is the best choice to see the world from above. With commercial flights, adventure flights, scenic flights that show you New Zealand 's hidden wonders and film/photography flights, you have a wide range to choose from. For more details, contact +64 3547 1177.