Commercial Flights

We can customise our helicopter flights to suit your needs. Whether it’s for a special private occasion or to meet your commercial requirements, here are some of the options we offer:


Weddings, Engagements and Special Events

Tekapo Helicopters can provide many options to help you to create a breathtaking mountain-top wedding ceremony and can take you to the perfect setting for your post-ceremony photographs with the backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery. Tekapo Helicopters can make your day truly unforgettable.

Let us transport you by helicopter to one of the many fantastic locations around the Mackenzie Basin and the Southern Alps, with landing options that include locations overlooking dramatic turquoise lakes and snow-covered mountain tops. We will make your special day magical.

We can also organise your engagement flight complete with your favourite bubbles and a deluxe picnic. Surprise and delight your partner with an unforgettable proposal. We haven’t had a ‘no’ yet!

Aerial Photography

With the impressive Southern Alps and Mount Cook and Westland National Parks on our doorstep we can cover a large area in a short time and provide the dramatic photos or video you are looking for.

Our pilots have a lot of experience in filming and photography work and will put you in the right spot at the right time for you to capture outstanding images and video. With a great wealth of knowledge about the terrain and lighting throughout this area our pilots can help to plan your video or photo shoot so as to make the most of the time you have and to help you achieve outstanding images that showcase this spectacular area.

Frost Control

Frost control is a critical component of the fruit growing industry. A helicopter has the ability to draw air down through its blades and force it below. We can use this process to pull warmer air from the inversion layer above and push it onto the surface below across targeted vegetables and vines. This air movement warms the atmosphere around the plants and prevents frost from establishing on the buds, leaves and fruit.

Tekapo Helicopters' fleet of Hughes 500D and AS350 helicopters are equipped with radios to maintain two-way radio communications with other pilots, ground crew and orchardists. Using our own company frequency, we are able to supply a hand-held radio to the orchard to maintain two-way communication with the helicopter pilots.



Tekapo Helicopters operates a modern fleet of helicopters and equipment, with comprehensive systems to support fire control operations. Our fleet provides you with the flexibility and availability you need for aerial fire suppression.

Our quick response to fires allows us to promptly assist with controlling fires and protecting properties in the Canterbury region. We have our own range of aerial fire-fighting equipment and employ very experienced ground support crew. Our pilots are highly skilled in firefighting within Australasia and have all completed the relevant NZQA standards up to Lead Fire Pilot.

We offer the follow firefighting capabilities:

  • Aerial mapping and infrared imaging
  • Surveillance and control post
  • Water bombing
  • Ground crew support


At Tekapo Helicopters we offer lifting capabilities on all of our aircraft; using the Hughes 500D for smaller jobs and the AS350 for bigger jobs up to 750kg.

We offer precision placement of all things that can be lifted, for tasks such as concreting, gravelling, firefighting, construction, aerial sluicing, banner towing, and power line survey/stringing.

Any lifting job will be considered and evaluated.


The Mackenzie basin is right in the heart of some fantastic Tahr hunting areas. Our pilots are very experienced and have extensive local knowledge. We carefully manage the process rather than just dropping everyone in one area. This ensures better hunting for everyone now and in the future. Tekapo Helicopters will provide you with a safe, professional, and reliable service.

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