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About Helicharter Nelson

Helicharter Nelson offers both scenic and commercial flights around the Nelson/Marlborough Region and the Top of the South of New Zealand.

Want to land on a mountain top? Cruise over one of the region’s three national parks? Get access to a remote location for a spot of fishing? Helicharter Nelson has you covered – you dream it, we can make it happen! As well as scenic flights and hunting and fishing charters, Helicharter Nelson offers transport for varied commercial services.

With experienced pilots, Helicharter Nelson has a reputation for both safety and skill. Our Hughes 500D Helicopter has a turbine engine which provides a smooth, reliable, fast and comfortable ride for up to 4 passengers or a cargo carrying capacity of 500kg.Helicharter Nelson is fully CAA licenced to carry passengers with D.O.C. concessions to operate in the Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast areas.

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Hunting Nelson Lakes National Park

Helicharter Nelson is excited to be a part of this project with the Department of Conservation Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes. In support of the project we can offer special pricing for hunting parties flying from St Arnaud - with conditions.

The Department of Conservation Rotoiti/Nelson Lakes has enlisted DOC concession holders Helicharter Nelson to undertake game animal management in the southern area of Nelson Lakes National Park. The block will include the area west of the D’Urville river, the Ella range, the Spenser mountains south of Thompson pass and Nardoo creek. This area is outside the most popular tramping tracks (the Travers-Sabine Circuit and the Te Araroa trail) in Nelson Lakes National Park (NLNP). There are excessive number of deer in this area of the park that are unable to be controlled by current methods.

In line with the NLNP management plan, for the purpose of game animal control Helicharter Nelson will be able to land in a designated area in NLNP from the 27th of October until the 11th of November 2021 and during the roar of April 2022 (dates TBC). Blocks of four days and three nights are preferred, to ensure all interested hunting parties are able to book. Interested hunting parties will be able to contact the helicopter operator directly to book flights into the area. The area is divided into 8 hunting blocks with identified landing sites and campsites (some huts available for use). The requirement is on hunting game animals for management purposes and is not for those who seek aircraft access into the National Park for other activities. All volunteers must report the number of animals seen and shot to the helicopter operator once they have been flown out. All costs sit with the hunting parties.

To book a hunting block contact the helicopter operator directly:
Helicharter Nelson: Call Matt on 021 575 146, or email matt@helicharternelson.co.nz

If there are concerns or further information is required contact:
Nelson Lakes Visitors Centre: Call 03 521 1806, or email nelsonlakesvc@doc.govt.nz

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commercial Flights

Helicharter Nelson has an extensive knowledge of the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough areas and can offer a variety of commercial services. Our fully equipped aircraft and experienced pilots are here to help. Contact us today to discuss your commercial aerial requirements.

  • Lifting building materials to remote sites
  • Transporting personnel - remote and back country access
  • Transporting technicians & equipment
  • Power line survey & construction
  • Power line stringing - with specialised equipment
  • Tracplus real time satellite tracking
  • Fire Fighting / Aerial platform air ops management
  • Aerial surveys
  • Aerial Photography / Filming
  • Frost protection
  • GPS with various mapping programs
  • GNS and seismic aerial work

Scenic Flights

At the top of the South Island, Nelson is central to some of the most beautiful scenic sights in New Zealand. Imagine taking a flight over the Marlborough Sounds, or to one of the three National Parks. How about seeing Farewell Spit, the West Coast, or French Pass? Let us know what you want and we can make it happen.

  • Abel Tasman National Park including Awaroa
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Kahurangi National Park
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Engagements, Anniversary or Wedding Party flights/transfers
  • Mountain Biking Adventures
  • Winery tour
  • Overfly Blue Lake
  • Back country access for hunting trips
  • Brown Trout Fishing trips. (Guides available)

Hunting and Fishing

Helicharter Nelson offers charters into remote locations for specialised hunting and fishing trips. We can advise on the best location for the time of year and your preference, as well as providing local guides should you require one. We can arrange your unique hunting trip for deer, pigs, chamois and goats. We can also take you into selected local areas including Kahurangi National Park to give you access to some of the best Brown Trout fishing in the world. Our experienced pilots can advise on safety issues and are fully qualified with current safety practice.

Agricultural Services

Helicharter Nelson operate a Hughes 500 and service the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast areas. We offer the following agricultural, horticultural and forestry aerial services. Helicharter Nelson has specialised lifting equipment and experienced pilots for the precision placement of bee hives throughout the top off the south island. Contact us today and let our experienced pilots help with your next project.

  • Wilding pine control
  • Aerial Bark Application for the control of wilding pines
  • Surveying
  • Mustering
  • Animal control
  • Remote bee keeping and bee hive movement

Type Ratings

Helicharter Nelson's chief Pilot Matt Gibb has a "D" category instructor rating for issuing type ratings. To obtain a type rating pilots must hold a current PPL/CPL(H) (NZCAA) and have obtained a Basic Gas Turbine credit, if required. Please contact us for rates and more information.

  • Types covered: Hughes/ MD 500/ AS350/ R44.
  • Training with us can offer experience in a commercial helicopter company
  • Training location: Eves Valley, Brightwater, Nelson
  • Bulk discounts available

Heli Biking

Helicharter Nelson can provide access to the best heli biking Nelson has to offer. Whether it's Mt Royal/Fosters, Kill Devil, Dunn Mountain or Mt Starveal and many more.... We can transport you and your bike there.

Contact Details

Helicharter Nelson offers both scenic and commercial flights around the Nelson/Marlborough Region and the Top of the South of New Zealand. Contact us today and we can make it happen.

General Enquires

Phone: (03) 542 2330
Email: matt@helicharternelson.co.nz

Matt Gibb – CEO / Chief Pilot
Mobile: 021 575 146
Phone: (03) 542 2330
Email: matt@helicharternelson.co.nz

Nelson Base

210 Eves Valley Road,
RD1, Brightwater
New Zealand

Postal Address

P O Box 3823
Nelson 7050
New Zealand