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From film work, construction, or hunting and fishing, to power lines and aerial survey, HNZ has the experience and capability. 

HNZ Charters

HNZ have the capacity and the experience to carry out a diverse range of helicopter charter operations. We have had extensive experience throughout New Zealand undertaking television filming, advertising, and documentary and feature film making, including work on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. We can also offer a range of other services such as helicopter transfers to remote lodges, hunting and fishing trips, aerial survey work and cargo carriage. Below is a summary of HNZ's helicopter charter experience.

HNZ Construction

HNZ has assisted with numerous construction projects throughout the country, with work including high voltage transmission line construction, remote building and tower foundation repair.

Our strength is that we have experience across all facets of construction, in particular the building industry and placement of buildings in remote locations, for example, DOC huts into Abel Tasman and holiday homes to the Marlborough Sounds.

Selected construction projects:
  • Stratford - Huntly 220 Kv power line. Carriage of concrete and construction of 220 towers over a total of 500 hours flying.
  • Benmore tower foundation repair.
  • Kikiwa - Inangahua 220 Kv power line. Carriage of concrete, reinforcing and passengers. Contractor also constructed eleven towers and ran 22 kilometres of pilot line for winching of the conductors.

HNZ Aerial survey and exploration

HNZ have experience in numerous facets of aerial survey operations having carried out contracts throughout Australasia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia.

Our work has included aeromagnetic mineral surveying for a number of mining outfits, as well as offshore seismic survey, geological survey and support operations, and transmission power line laser survey.

  Selected clients include:
  • NZ Oil and Gas
  • CRA Exploration
  • Western Geophysical
  • Government of Fiji
  • Shell Oil (UK) Ltd
  • Geoterrex

HNZ Film and television

HNZ is experienced in coverage of sporting & news events, television filming, advertising, documentary and feature film making.

HNZ provides special equipment and approved modifications to its helicopters for aerial television filming and photographic assignments covering a wide range of applications, including camera mounts for Shenko, Heli-Tele and Tyler; aerial mountings and hardware installations for "Live-to- Air" TV broadcasts and outboard mounted seat, footrests and body restraints systems for vertical photography.

  Selected Film & TV experience:
  • 1990 Commonwealth Games
  • 1995 Smokefree Rally of New Zealand
  • Film: The Vertical Limit
  • Film: The Lord of the Rings

HNZ clients include:
  • Walt Disney Productions
  • Jacques Cousteau
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • National Film Unit New Zealand
  • BBC TV

HNZ Remote hunting and fishing trips

From our Nelson base, HNZ can transfer you and your group to and/or from many of the lodges in and around the Marlborough Sounds and Golden Bay areas.

We can take you to some of the best hunting and fishing spots in the top of the South Island, as well as arranging drop offs and pickups for trampers.

  Top of the South NZ lodges:

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