More than just a helicopter ride

For more than 10 years we've provided a unique opportunity to explore remote areas normally inaccessible.

The essence of our company is the people. For guests wanting an interaction with some distinctive New Zealand characters we will drop in on farmers, white baiters, viticulturists or fly with eco guides, chefs, artists - genuine kiwis, friends of ours who delight in making your stay a once in a life time experience.

Exclusive for you or share with others, we introduce our most popular tours covering the most popular attractions/activities in the region or alternatively we can design a New Zealand helicopter experience just for you. Our friendly and professional team look forward to welcoming you to our world.

Every guest has an extraordinary experience. Here are just a few...

From our guest book

If I could be stuck in one moment for the rest of my life, this would be it. - 08 Jan

I will pinch myself daily and think "Did I really do that" the experience was just "unbelievable." - 18 December

When I have a bad day I will think of this and be happy. - 30 November

New Zealand is always beautiful but the more remote areas that you fly to make it that much more dramatic. - 05 May

Choppy is a first class pilot, the trip was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes, the music was inspirational. - 17 February

A prominent American businessman recently said about his trip;

You know what really makes a trip is not so much the scenery, at least for us, but rather the relationships that are forged and deepened along the way of an adventure — we appreciate your sharing a more personal side of New Zealand with us.

And his wife added

Bill told me I would love New Zealand and that is certainly true — thanks for the greatest vacation of my life! Words cannot describe our adventure with you.

Wonderful letters we've received

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful way you looked after our party during the last few days.

Your ability to put the nervous flyers amongst us at ease, coupled with your knowledge of the area and the interesting sites you introduced us to is a testamant to you ability as a pilot and a tourism provider in Queenstown.

Once again thaks for such a tremendous few days.

Best Wishes,

John Key — Prime Minster of New Zealand and Minister of Tourism

My husband Steve and I took your ultimate trip on Thursday 20th October.

Even now, nearly a month later back in London, we are still discussing the thrill of the experience as our highlight in the south island.(being present for NZ winning the rugby world cup was a joint first!) Steve our pilot was the most calm, informative and hospitable guide we could ever wish to have. Thank you so much for a lifetime experience we will never forget.

Over The Top - a safe pair of hands delivering a once in a lifetime experience!



Safety is paramount and Silver Fern Helicopters continually strives to maintain an impeccable standard of aircraft and crew training, carefully managed by our partner, Over The Top.

Stringent Safety Management Systems (SMS) ensure experienced pilots are regularly assessed to ensure they deliver the utmost in safety and professionalism to their passengers.

As a result of this attention to safety detail, Over The Top is the only Queenstown company to have consistently been awarded the International Helicopter Operator Safety Award. 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015

In addition to international recognition, the NZHA (New Zealand Helicopter Association) has recently awarded Over The Top for its long standing safety record.


National Parks have existed in New Zealand since 1887, when Te Heuheu Tukino gifted the summits of Tongariro and Ruapehu to the Nation. Over seven million acres are now administered by the Department of Conservation in areas from the tip of the North Island, New Zealand to the toe of Stewart Island in the south of New Zealand.

We have worked with the Department of Conservation to ensure we can provide our guests with education about the environment, in the environment, for the environment. Concessions are granted to allow limited air access to these pristine areas.

Quieter scenic helicopter aircraft and chosen flight paths allow us to land clients in exceptional and remote areas of New Zealands National Parks and World heritage Areas.

Also thank you — Flying on a scenic flight with us enables us to continue our conservation, research and preservation projects.

Let's Fly

We'd love to put together an amazing experience for you today. Please do get in touch.

  • Call +64 9 282 4138
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  • Level 25, 151 Queen Street
    Auckland 1023, New Zealand