About Us

Heli Glenorchy is a locally owned and operated helicopter company providing scenic helicopter tours and commercial flights from Glenorchy Airfield, a 45 minute lakeside drive from Queenstown.

Glenorchy airfield is located at the head of Lake Wakatipu. The spectacular drive from downtown Queenstown is rated as one of New Zealand’s Top 10 scenic drives, and a must-do for tourists visiting the region. Glenorchy is the gateway to Paradise, and the doorstep to the Southern Alps, Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks. It is also a favoured filming location, many movies including the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed in and around Glenorchy.


Due to our proximity to the National Parks and Milford Sound, Heli Glenorchy is able to offer competitively priced Glenorchy, Fiordland and Milford Sound scenic flights and heli-activities, without having to charge our customers for the extra cost of flying from Queenstown.


At Heli Glenorchy we don’t believe in mass tourism. We recognise that for many of our clients, visiting New Zealand and taking a scenic helicopter flight into the untouched beauty of Fiordland and Mount Aspiring National Parks is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So we keep our fleet small, we keep the experience personal, we keep our operation safe, and we deliver that once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget.

Our Helicopters


unnamedOur commitment to reducing the impact of helicopter noise on the community and environment, and to the continued safety of our customers, has led us to operate an MD520N helicopter, the quietest and safest helicopter in its class.




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We also operate a dual-hydraulic AS350B3+ squirrel helicopter, ideal for commercial work, heli-skiing and carrying larger groups. 






Heli Glenorchy operates under Civil Aviation Authority Air Transport licensing, and under Department of Conservation concessions in the Fiordland National Park and the Wakatipu region.

Our Pilots


Owner operator Nick grew up in Te Anau and has spent the majority of his flying career in the
mountains of Southern New Zealand and Alaska.

Nick has over 15 years experience and 6500+ flying hours in helicopters. He has specialised in heli-skiing, search and rescue, aerial fire fighting and commercial precision long-lining. 


Nick’s love and intimate knowledge of flying in the mountains of Fiordland and the Southern Lakes region eventually led him to set up his own operation so he could share his passion and experience with his clients.


Dick has 18000+ hours flying helicopters in New Zealand and is a flying legend in the Fiordland region. Dick knows every nook and cranny in Fiordland, and has a story to go with each one!


Dick’s specialist area is heli-hunting and wild animal recovery, and his unparalleled knowledge of the region will ensure you a truly memorable experience.