South Island NZ Helicopter Flights Daily for Adventurers & Sightseers

Departing from:  Franz Josef  |  Fox Glacier  |  Lake Tekapo  |  Haast

Frequently Asked Questions

What time and on what days do you fly?

Subject to weather conditions, flights are available 7 days a week, year round. We only fly during daylight hours (which change seasonally).

Is it safe?

Our priority is safety first, above all else. Ongoing pilot and ground crew training are an essential element of our safety culture.

What does ‘subject to pilot’s discretion’ mean?

Our experienced team of pilots have your safety as their number one priority. The weather can be changeable and our pilots sometimes have to make decisions about whether it’s safe to fly or to land on the snow. They also sometimes need to adapt the flight to suit the conditions and to provide value for money.

What should we wear/bring?
  • Sunglasses
  • Covered shoes (sneakers or trainers are fine) or hiking boots
  • Plenty of room on your memory card and/or phone for photos. Please note: Selfie sticks, especially extendable ones, are a safety hazard and are not permitted on our flights
  • Clothing - Wear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for wearing on the snow. Occasionally the temperature can be 5-10 degrees cooler on the snow than it is in the village. Check with our ground crew if you are unsure of what to wear.
Can I bring my video camera?

Yes.

Can we take photographs?

Yes.

Can I bring a selfie stick?

Selfie sticks are a safety hazard and are not permitted on our flights.

Do we share the helicopter with other passengers?

Yes, passengers are matched with other passengers to achieve minimum numbers.

How far ahead do I need to book?

There is no limit to how far ahead you can book. For peace of mind we recommend booking your flight in advance as walk-in bookings on the day may not always be possible. If you have booked in advance, we highly recommend contacting us 24hrs prior to check expected weather conditions as we may suggest a better departure time to maximise the weather opportunities.

What time do I need to be at the departure base and is there parking?

Check in is 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. There is parking at all of our bases.

What happens if I cancel or fail to show after I have booked a flight?

If you cancel your booking within 12 hours of your scheduled departure or fail to show for your flight we will charge a percentage of the fare to your credit card. Please see our full cancellation policy.

What if the weather is bad on the day of my flight?

If the weather is bad on the day of your flight and the flight is cancelled then we will endeavour to get you on another flight that same day or the following day. If you have prepaid we will either refund your payment or refer you back to the agency where you purchased your flight with a confirmation your flight was cancelled due to weather conditions.

Will the pilot give us a commentary?

Yes – our pilot’s are well-informed and love to share their knowledge of the areas that they are flying in.

How much does it cost for children to fly?

Childrens’ seats on a flight are charged out at 70 percent of the adult fare. Regulations require that all children (including babies and toddlers) have an allocated seat on a flight even if they sit on a adult’s lap.