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About Us

Heliworks Queenstown Helicopters 2012 Ltd is an established locally owned helicopter company with a proven reputation for excellence. We focus on the highest level of safety and customer service to ensure our clients’ needs and expectations are met and exceeded.

We provide helicopter services to search and rescue, filming, tourism and all types of commercial operations and we also hold the contract to provide Heli support for Antarctica New Zealand based at Scott Base.

We have a modern fleet of aircraft and expert crews, representing an average of 17 years’ experience both internationally and within New Zealand, including Fiordland, Mt Aspiring, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Queenstown regions.

Safety is the priority above all other considerations. Heliworks insists on going far beyond the minimum safety standards set by the Civil Aviation Authority, and has been awarded the Helicopter Association International Operator Safety Award annually since 2007.

“In each and every operation safety is paramount. This is not just a slogan, it is our ABSOLUTE commitment.”

Why Choose Heliworks:

  • Modern fleet with leather seats in all helicopters
  • Exclusive landing sites in some of the region’s most spectacular areas
  • Highly experienced helicopter pilots with up to 20,000 hours
  • One of NZ’s premier aerial filming companies, with credits such as The Lord of the Rings, Narnia and King Kong
  • We  know paradise! Let us take you there!

Sir Richard (Hannibal) Hayes:

The Owner and Directors of Heliworks are Sir Richard and Lady Carol Hayes.

Sir Richard (Hannibal) Hayes has more than 40 years and over 30,000 hours flight experience.  He is renowned for extraordinary feats of search and rescue in the Southern Alps, the Subantarctic and Southern Ocean.

Sir Richard Hayes ensures that Heliworks holds to the same rigorous standards of safety, excellence and professionalism.

Queenstown 0800 464 354