About Us

We’re Redefining Air Adventure

With inspiring packages, exceptional service, and our collaborative approach to creating amazing experiences in the Nelson Tasman region.

Why? We want to treat more and more people, locals and visitors, to the best of this spectacular region.

What do we mean by “amazing”?

We are a group of highly experienced and passionate aviation professionals who have joined forces to do something special for Nelson Tasman – and everyone who visits here.

We bring a fresh collaborative mindset, modern high quality aircraft, ‘out of the ordinary’ scenic tours, and personalised travel solutions.

Here are some of the things we do differently:

Exceptional Scenic Tours & Adventures

We are aviation professionals who are inventive, passionate, and know this area so well that we can take you places few have seen or experienced. It’s non-stop smiles up here, and fun is always on the agenda!

Want to take a selfie on a golden beach with not another soul in sight? Or with an awesome snow capped mountain top in the background? A heli-experience will do it!

Often it’s the only way to get to these special places, other than long weeks of walking or wading through the bush. Whether you choose to touch down in our Cessna fixed wing plane or wow at unspoilt views from a helicopter – the experience is always magic!

Real Luxury, Comfort & Safety

We set the highest standards in everything, starting with safety and comfort. With us, you’ll feel free to experience the panoramic views without a care in the world.

All our pilots are top professionals respected in the industry and have clocked up thousands of hours of flying. They’re all locals with extensive knowledge of the region and exemplary safety records.

Market Domination Strategy

Nah, we don’t have one. We reach out to tourism providers not as competitors but as colleagues and friends. That’s because our goal is to do good for the region, and through collaboration, make the experience for locals, travellers and adventurers truly remarkable.

We love this region, and our famous national parks. We believe the more people who see this region as intimately as we offer it – the more they will want to celebrate it and protect it.

We cheer on our locals as much as our visitors to come up and fall in love with Nelson Tasman!

Dreamers? Yes!

But the kind that make dreams happen. We are all about helping people escape the ordinary and experience the amazing. We have plans afoot that will excite the whole tourism industry here. Watch this space!

Use Our Imagination

We can provide just about any service a helicopter can provide. For locals and visitors, this could include:

  • tramping
  • fishing
  • hunting drop off and pick ups
  • events
  • wedding party transport
  • photography

Want to explore the possibilities with one of our team?

Let’s design your amazing experience together.

Meet the Team

Our Motto: Go forth and do amazing!

We are fortunate, we enjoy that great escape into nature every day.
What we’ll show you takes just once to get into your soul – so believe us when we say it will stay with you forever.

Our encouragement to you is the same as our motto – and we are here to help you achieve it!

Ben Wallace

CEO | Pilot

Andrew Gillatt

Operations Manager | Chief Pilot

Ross Troughton

Training Manager | Pilot

Penny Mackay

Safety Assurance Manager

John Newman

Fixed Wing Pilot

Claire Reweti

Fixed Wing Pilot

Our Aircraft

“You haven’t seen a national park until you’ve seen it from the sky.”

Come see what we mean on board our modern aircraft.
300 days of flying weather a year is just paradise, especially in winter with its typically settled and calm weather.

EUROCOPTER AS 350 BA “SQUIRREL”

This modern helicopter is commonly known as the “Squirrel”. It has an outstanding industry track record. These amazing machines offer superior passenger comfort with a luxury leather interior and an open plan cabin that providers spectacular viewing for all six passengers.

The agile multipurpose machine is ideal for scenic flights as well as commercial aerial work. Our luxurious Squirrel can be used for all tours and shuttle flights.

BELL HELICOPTER - BELL 206 JETRANGER

Enjoy panoramic views from the Bell JetRanger. This robust wee beauty is stunningly fitted out with very comfy individual leather seats, and carries up to 4 passengers.

It is a powerful executive turbine engine helicopter with the best safety record in its class. It has a cruise speed of 185kph (100 kts).

Our luxurious Bell JetRanger can be used for all tours and shuttle flights.

CESSNA 172

The Cessna 172 aircraft is a popular aircraft and used all over the world for scenic flights and skydiving. It’s a brilliant way to see the Abel Tasman National Park by air, or anywhere you want to fly over in the Nelson Tasman region.

Cessna’s have been described as “the sport-utility vehicle” of the air. It is a tried and tested platform that has proven to be very safe to operate.

Our Cessna is used for tours and scenic flights, as well as for aerial photography and other commercial use.

ROBINSON R22

The Robinson R22 is a two-bladed, single-engine light utility aircraft. We use this helicopter known as the “proven workhorse” for all our training and trial flights.

This two-seater aircraft allows people to learn how to fly a helicopter with one of our professional instructors.

All our trial flights are operated by Nelson Tasman Helicopter Training.