This was the highlight of our trip to the south island. Heliworks was very helpful in the (secretive) planning for a memorable helicopter trip on the occasion of my husband's 50th birthday. I especially appreciated their weather updates in the days leading up to the proposed adventure, as well as taxi transport from/to our accommodations. We visited the Earnslaw Burn and Mount Nicholas, and our pilot, Dave, was wonderful--professional, humorous, knowledgeable, informative--all of the attributes you hope for in a pilot. As another Heliworks flight was leaving at the same time for the same locations, he and the other pilot monitored their progress to ensure that neither we nor they happened to be in the same place at the same time, which was brilliant. We always felt safe and extremely awed by the spectacular scenery. Having taken copter trips in Hawaii and South Africa, this left those by the wayside--think Lord of the Rings on steroids. In fact, we saw some of the LOTR filming sights along our way, as well as hearing many general anecdotes from our pilot about the areas we flew over. A bonus was having him pop a bottle of bubbles for a toast on Mount Nicholas. It was an expensive splurge but worth every penny. Highly, highly recommended!
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