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Treat your Valentine to a Champagne Sunset Scenic Flight for Two
with Heletranz Helicopters.

Sip champagne Bollinger pre-flight as you prepare for a spectacular helicopter flight over Auckland at Sunset. Lifting off from the heliport as the shadows lengthen and the lights of Auckland city begin to wink into view is an amazing experience—you will see why Auckland is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

At sunset, the landscape softens and familiar identities like volcanic cones melt into the darkness as the city lights take centre stage—the illuminated Sky Tower and Museum in the Auckland Domain standing out as highlights from the sky.

Just $340 per person ($680 per couple) for this exclusive flight – it’ll just be you, your significant other and our pilot onboard. Hurry, spaces are filling fast.



Leading helicopter experience operator join forces with NZ’s premium aviation and adventure tourism business.

Heletranz Helicopters and INFLITE announced today that they have merged following a long-term close working relationship in Auckland. The two New Zealand-owned entities will together become the country’s largest premium aviation operator. Its helicopters and fixed-wing fleet of aircraft now stretch across New Zealand.

Sofia and John Ambler have steadily grown their family owned and Auckland based, Heletranz Helicopters, and will further add growth when they open their new private hangar early in 2020.

Sofia Ambler, Director of Heletranz Helicopters added,“We’re very excited having bought into INFLITE, we have worked closely together developing a great partnership over the last couple of years which has resulted in our successful merger. Our biggest focus has always been on the experience and Heletranz will continue to thrive and plan to expand the brand throughout the Country.”

“It’s great news for our teams and our customers. Our businesses share the same family values and commitment to safety and customer experience. We’re also excited to be joining forces with iconic operations like Mount Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters with one of the earliest customers being Sir Edmund Hillary 65 years ago”, she added.

Sofia and John will take a significant shareholding in the new entity and join its senior leadership team.

INFLITE offer a range of private air travel, skydiving, glacier experiences, scenic tours and charter flights solutions nationwide. It has bases in Auckland and Taupo, and is particularly strong in the South Island, with operations
in Aoraki/Mount Cook, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef, Motueka and Twizel. INFLITE brands now include Heletranz Helicopters, INFLITE Charters, Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters, Nelson Tasman Air, Skydive Abel Tasman, Skydive Mt Cook and Skydive Franz Josef & Fox Glacier.

“Our whole team is very excited about the future for INFLITE and Heletranz Helicopters as a combined business” says Adam Joyce, CEO of INFLITE. “Joining forces enables us to offer a greater range of options
for our customers throughout New Zealand, and puts us in a strong position for future expansion. The opportunities ahead for our sector are enormous, with demand for premium travel and adventure tourism growing fast. We have enjoyed a great working relationship based on shared values and priorities for a long time, so this came as a natural extension of that. Our locations, aircraft fleets and people are very complementary.”

About INFLITE: www.inflite.nz
About Heletranz: www.heletranz.co.nz


More information about our experiences here.



This story was originally published by NZ Herald.

Winston Aldworth flies from Albany to Tantalus Estate on Waiheke for an elaborate lunch date with Heletranz


The aircraft: An Airbus Helicopters EC130, aka the Eurocopter. It’s a beaut machine, and will buzz along happily at north of 200km/h.

My seat: I had a window seat in the back on the way out and a spot up front on the way home — basic helicopter joyride etiquette dictates that you swap around for the return journey so everyone gets a chance at the best view possible.

Service: Check in is swift (“Hi, I’m Winston.” “Great. You’ll be off in a few minutes”). Our pilot Jules Miller is your classic Kiwi aviator: Matter-of-fact safety briefing (check); well-rehearsed one-liner about not inflating lifejackets inside the cabin
(check!); bone-dry humour (check!), sunnies on (check!) — we’re ready for lift off!

How full: There’s room for two passengers in the front seats, alongside the pilot, and four spread across the back. So, seven seats in total.
There’s plenty of space inside. The EC130 has, it’s claimed, the largest cabin of any chopper in its class.

Fellow passengers: A couple of social-media types in the influencing business and the fabulous Sofia Ambler, owner of Heletranz.

Food and drink: Store your tray tables, folks — you won’t be needing them. After our short, stunning jaunt across the Harbour, we land at Tantalus Estate, onWaiheke.
The place looks stunning as we twist into our descent. We’re there to check out the Heli Wait & Return Spring Special, a fabulous long lunch for high-rollers and those (like us) who are more high-five and faking it.
Things start well — we’re greeted upon landing with a glass of Tantalus Methode Traditionnelle. From there, we take a table on the outside deck where — wait for it, Aucklanders — it was too hot to sit in the direct sun. We settle in quickly for an excellent three- course lunch.

Chef Tino Passano was recently named as the Australasian Tapas Champion for 2019, and will be representing New Zealand at the World Tapas competition in Spain later this year. Yes, it’s a thing. He does fine work on our lunches — one at the table opted for the beef, the rest of us dove into divine snapper.

Flight time: We’re in the air for around 15 minutes each way. The helicopter will wait a maximum of two hours for you to have your meal.

Price: The price per person gets better the more you have. For six people, it works out at $540pp; for two, it’s $1260pp. (You can also do two people in a Robinson R44 for $930pp.)

Entertainment: We flew on a mint day (one of those ones where everyone starts talking about how winter must definitely be finished), getting a fab view of Team New Zealand doing sea trials and taking an angled banking fly-by for a good look at Rangitoto’s crater. The best view? When you’re seated up front and can see the ground whizzing past through the bubble canopy right by your feet.

The final word: A superb celebration of the best of Waiheke.

Charter your own helicopter to fly you right over the top of Rangitoto Island and to the heart of Waiheke Island! and enjoy a lavish three-course lunch at one of the island’s top wineries. This is an experience you’ll be talking about for years…

Read the full article on The Urban List here.


Can you have a luxury Fieldays experience? No doubt.

Among the mud-splattered redbands and well-loved swannies they might not be so easy to pick. But some attendees are opting to make the rugged Fieldays experience that little bit more luxury.

Read the full article on Stuff here.

Featured in Stuff, we learn how Riaan Botha was a restaurateur who dreamt of becoming a helicopter pilot.

He’d wanted to be a helicopter pilot since his first chopper ride at the age of five but life had other plans for him.

Read the full article on Stuff here.

Freestyle MX rider Taka Higashino riding his motorbike on the Auckland Sky Tower

Heletranz works with Monster Energy to aerial film MX rider Taka Higashino, who is the first-ever person to ride a motorcycle on the SKYCITY Skytower (over 190metres above the city ground) to promote the Monster Energy S-X Open coming to Auckland this weekend.


Featured in Verve, we learn about her search for work/life balance as a businesswoman.

Read the full article on Verve here.

Our new progressive dining package has launched and featured in Denzien online!

Read the full article on Denizen here.

Our recent feature in stuff promoting our Art By Air Special that has been extended due to popularity.

Read the full article on Stuff  here.

Launching our Winter Escapes Packages with the help from New Zealand Social Influencers.

Heletranz teamed up with the wonderful Stonyridge Vineyard in the launch of their Winter Escapes. With the help of some of New Zealand’s top social influencers, this fabulous treat was documented and shared on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Director of Heletranz Helicopters, Sofia Ambler hosted Makaia Carr, The Style Insider, Samual Levi, Erin Simpson and Mummy Loves – safe to say they all had an extraordinary day!


Heletranz Helicopters with Barrack Obama

Barrack Obama flies with Heletranz for his visit to New Zealand.

Heletranz is extremely proud and honoured to have been chosen as the official helicopter company given the job of looking after former US President Barrack Obama on his visit to New Zealand. For the pilots involved, this was definitely a career highlight that will be hard to beat!

Heletranz flew Obama and his team in the Agusta Westland 109s Grand, one of the most elite helicopters in New Zealand.



Heletranz Helicopters Films The Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Auckland.

Heletranz helicopters, in conjunction with Tony Monk Films, was the official film provider for the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Auckland. Excellent, live coverage came straight from Heletranz’ Eurocopter Squirrel rigged with the latest camera gear. Tony Monk was the pilot and Richard Mason commentated the race. Our Eurocopter EC130 and Agusta Westland 109 Grand were also out following the excitement on the water that day. Clients were taking in all the action from above, celebrating with champagne before flying over to Waiheke Island and The Bay of Islands.

Video courtesy of the TODAY show live in Auckland.

Heletranz and Channel 9’s Today Show

Look at some of the fun Pete the pilot had filming with Natalia and the team from Channel 9’s Today Show at Cable Bay Vineyard.

Mudbrick Cottages Winter Special

Snuggle up in a charming Mudbrick Cottage on Waiheke Island — a winter treat for two that includes being whisked to the island by luxury helicopter, a three-course a la carte dinner and a winter-warming breakfast. This package is priced from $995 per person, when two people travel together. Available until September 30.

– As seen in the NZ Herald Travel supplement July 25 2017


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Heletranz is thrilled to offer a new and extended range of corporate packages suitable for work outings, celebrations and team rewards. We have many years of experience, knowledge and expertise in this area. We take care of every little detail to ensure your day runs smoothly and is a resounding success. Let us take the hassle out of your day and organise everything for you.
See the latest release of our Corporate Packages for 2017-2018 below or call us to discuss a tailored solution.
It’s not too early to start planning your Christmas Party!

To make an enquiry or book now, call us now on (09) 415 3550 or fill out our contact form. 

Gather together your five ‘besties’ and swoop in to Waiheke Island aboard a helicopter for two luxurious nights at the contemporary haven of Marino Ridge. This special package, based on a group of six people travelling together, will cost $895 each, and includes your return helicopter flight to Auckland.

Call us now to book (09) 415 3550 or click here

Heletranz: Sprucing up the luxury tourism market – NZ Herald.

Sofia Ambler and her husband John, a former Cathay Pacific captain, bought helicopter business Heletranz in 2012. Ambler explains her role and how the business is bringing new experiences to the luxury tourism market.

A brief description of the business

Heletranz is all about the experience. We offer charter helicopter flights all over New Zealand covering both local flights to Waiheke, and also longer itineraries that could be 10-days over the whole of New Zealand. It’s quite a diverse business starting from $199 gift vouchers to itineraries more like $200,000.

In the winter Heletranz could have one flight per day and in summer up to 20, so the number of daily flights we have is seasonal.

Why did you buy Heletranz in 2012?

My husband John and I lived in Hong Kong for 12 years and Sweden for three, and whilst we were living in Stockholm this opportunity came up and we decided to combine John’s love for flying and my interest and love for client service.

I’ve always been very keen on planning the ultimate holiday and that all came together with Heletranz – tailoring the best experience, which is not really hard having New Zealand as your playground.

We combine the best of world-class wine, food, nature and scenery. What attracts many people from overseas is that New Zealand is perceived to be a safe and clean country, where you can get out into nature without it being overcrowded.

Tell me a bit about yours and John’s background?

John is a Kiwi and I’m Swedish. I moved here in 2013 and I’d never lived in New Zealand and I’ve definitely never worked in aviation so it was all very new. John was a captain on a 747 jumbo jet for Cathay Pacific, and on his holidays to New Zealand during his 20 years of doing the job, he learnt to fly helicopters and that was his next passion in life. He now flies helicopters and private jets.

We have three daughters and New Zealand is probably the best place for us to live and so we were looking for an opportunity to settle in New Zealand, where we could work together or both be involved. I have a background in stock broking and private banking so I thought I could do that, I didn’t really think I would be this involved in the business, but as it turned out, when we brought Heletranz we needed to put quite a lot more money into it than what we originally thought so John had to stay in Hong Kong and keep working for Cathay so we could have a bit more of an income while I ran Heletranz. We bought the business whilst living in Sweden, and moved to Auckland three weeks later.

How big is your team and where are you based?

We have 12 regular staff members, including eight pilots, but this fluctuates slightly with the seasons. Our heli-port and office is based in Albany, North Shore. We try to run the business as a small family so everyone feels part of the success. We’ve got a really good crew and several of the key people have been with us from the start, so it’s definitely more of a family feel than a corporate feel.



Sofia Ambler: Flying High.   Westpac REDNews – Inspiring Women.

“Originally from Sweden, Sofia Ambler moved to Auckland in 2013 with her husband John to buy Heletranz, a helicopter charter business. She recently took over the New Zealand chapter of The Luxury Network, the world’s leading luxury affinity marketing group and she’s a big believer in the power of mentoring.”

“Ladies, let the ladder down…and haul the others up behind you,” are the closing words of Diane Foreman’s book, ‘In the Arena’. In the book Foreman shares some of the lessons she’s learned on the way to creating a globally successful business empire, lessons that inspired Sofia Ambler to work harder and smarter on her businesses.

“Reading Diane’s book was a wakeup call for me,” she says. “I already knew I needed to do a lot of the things she talked about, but I hadn’t actioned them.

“After reading ‘In the Arena’ I promised to stop making excuses. More importantly, it made me think I can do this.”

“Sofia and John decided to focus on the charter business and high end tourism. Since they bought the business they’ve gone from two helicopters to seven, and Sofia’s client facing skills have been instrumental in that growth.

She works closely with inbound tour operators and concierges in the hotels while brand collaborations have also been really important to the business.

“I saw the value of collaborating with other brands rather than spending all of our marketing budget on advertising or PR,” says Sofia. “That’s how I got involved with The Luxury Network.”

Heletranz the first to offer IFR Service in NZ

“Auckland-based Heletranz has become the country’s first commercial helicopter company to introduce an expensive service which allowed it to fly in about 95 per cent of conditions. Heletranz has introduced an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) service, which meant darkness and poor weather were no longer barriers for its helicopter flights.
The service was common in Europe and the United States, but Heletranz was the first company to offer it in New Zealand to non-emergency travellers.” – Stuff NZ

See the full article about Heletranz’ brand new service here. This article was also featured in the Sunday Star Times.

If you would like more information about this service we now offer to our VIP clientele,
contact Heletranz on 09 415 3550 or send an enquiry through to info@heletranz.co.nz  


Heletranz Grand

Grand Heli IFR

Looking for a unique and luxurious weekend getaway with your friends? Look no further than Marino Ridge on Waiheke Island. With its stunning, contemporary design and breathtaking views, Marino Ridge is the perfect destination for a special group trip. And with Heletranz’s exclusive package, your trip to Marino Ridge will be even more unforgettable.

Heletranz offers return helicopter flights from its Heliport, ensuring that you arrive in style and comfort. Once you land, you’ll enjoy 2 nights of luxury accommodation in Marino Ridge’s beautiful and spacious haven. With its modern design and top-notch amenities, this haven is the perfect place to relax and recharge with your friends.

And the best part? This unforgettable trip is only $895 per person for a group of 6. That’s a great deal for a weekend of luxury and relaxation on one of New Zealand’s most beautiful islands.

To learn more about Heletranz’s exclusive package, call the company at 09 415 3550 or visit their website. But act fast – this special offer is only valid from 18th April to 31st July 2017. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to experience the best of Waiheke Island with Heletranz and Marino Ridge.

Heletranz Helicopters flying in Auckland CityCity & Volcanoes Scenic Flight

$199 per person


stayMarino Ridge Special

From $895 per person



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Heletranz PlayEco-Zip on Waiheke

Perfect for kids and adults


extend the summer…….

Heli-Dine at The Beach House Kawau Island with a pub stop at Sawmill Brewery.

Fly by helicopter from Heletranz heliport in Albany and enjoy stunning views of land and sea from the air. Leave the Hauraki Gulf behind as you track up the coastline towards Waiwera, Mahurangi East and the Tawharanui Peninsula to land at the Sawmill Brewery near Matakana. Enjoy a beer tasting with 4 craft beers brewed on site in this impressive new venue.

Re-board your helicopter and fly over clear blue water towards Kawau Island to land on the private jetty at Vivian Bay. Step ashore onto the pristine, white sand beach. Kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and extend the summer as you stroll along to The Beach House. There are no roads and no cars here, just the sound of birds and the sea—the perfect place to relax and unwind in this idyllic setting.

Enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival and a 2 course set lunch.
(Choose 2 courses from 3—starter and main or main and dessert).
An hour or so later your helicopter will collect you for the scenic flight back to the Heletranz Heliport.

Only $595 per person
based on a group of 6 people flying in a
Eurocopter Squirrel Helicopter.



marino ridge

Heli-Overnight at Marino Ridge, Waiheke from $795 per person.

Unwind in the quietness of this strikingly contemporary residence, enjoy wide and varied land and seascapes, relax in the heated 16m pool or spa. Walk the private bush tracks or take a stroll to the village and beaches — the choice is yours in this sanctuary surrounded by boundless natural beauty.

Call us on 09 415 3550 for more info or to book.

*The Heli-Dining Special to The Beach House Kawau Island is available to purchase from 1st-31st March 2017 and must be redeemed before 30th April 2017

Click here to see our article that featured in the Denizen for the Headland’s Sculpture on the Gulf event

Recently Heletranz was featured in the Millionaire’s Playground article in the Juno Magazine. If you had a fortune how would you spend it? Jacqueline Taylor finds that many of the world’s wealthy are choosing to come to New Zealand for our luxury experiences and this is where Heletranz Helicopters features.

View the full article here

For three weeks only—28th Jan-3rd Feb—New Zealand’s foremost outdoor sculpture exhibition allows you to experience the power and beauty of contemporary sculpture in the landscape. 35 new artistic concepts created specifically for the event will be shown along a 2km section of the stunning Waiheke headland—one of the best walks on the island.
Why not combine this treat with a fabulous meal at Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant and fly in by helicopter? Arguably one of the most picturesque destinations in the country, Mudbrick has a timeless appeal with its characteristic, richly-coloured earth bricks which provide a warm, natural ambience surrounded by lavender gardens and spectacular gulf views. Distinctive, up-market cuisine, fine Waiheke wines and great service guarantee a truly memorable dining experience. Flying in by helicopter to land in the grounds is an absolute must.
On arrival, enjoy a glass of Mudbrick Bubbles and a superb 3-course a la carte lunch before being transferred by taxi to the beginning of the headland Sculpture On The Gulf exhibition.

M2 takes flight with Heletanz on our VIP Polo Experience.

The Land Rover NZ Polo Open is the sporting and social polo event of the summer and is simply not to be missed.

Serena Williams, recently described as the famously feisty, sexy superstar, recently took a flight with Heletranz to Waiheke’s secluded Cactus Bay with her new fiancé Alexis Ohanian.


At Heletranz we make extraordinary experiences happen every day!

Coast to Coast Adventure Scenic Flight—$325 per person

Get a taste of the wild and rugged, black sand beaches of the West Coast, the lush green vineyards, the sea, islands and white sand beaches on the East Coast which contrast with the Harbour Bridge, the bustling Viaduct, CBD and Sky Tower—we even fly over the crater of Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s largest volcano which last erupted over 500 years ago. When time is precious and there’s so much to see, this 36-minute flight is an absolute must!

Champagne Coast to Coast Adventure—$995 for 2 people

If you’re looking for a truly special way to propose to your loved one or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or engagement—this is the flight for you. It’s an extended version of the Coast to Coast to Coast Adventure lasting approximately one hour and includes a remote touch-down (weather permitting) and Champagne Bollinger.
(Also available as a Gift Voucher)

Click here to download the full range of Heletranz Scenic Flights

Christmas Newsletter

Stuck for present ideas?
Has he or she got everything?

Make life simple with a Gift Voucher and let the experts at Heletranz do the rest.

Choose from Heli-dining, Heli-fishing, a stunning Scenic flight or simply select a voucher by dollar value so they can decide! This unique and extraordinary gift will be remembered forever.

Take a look at our website for some ideas on how to treat yourself and the special people in your life. You can order online and have the Gift Voucher emailed to you or call us now on 09 415 3550 for personal attention.

We also have hard copy Gift Vouchers which can be collected or posted to your door. There is no better view of New Zealand than from the skies.

Christmas Newsletter

Time is Money

Following global trends, growing numbers of New Zealanders are electing to take a helicopter from home or work to the Airport.
They’re realising the value of minimising their travel time, avoiding their risk of delays and maximising their free time—after all time is money.

Auckland Airport to Waiheke—15 minutes
Auckland Airport to CBD or North Shore—12 minutes

Prices from $250 per person—call 09 415 3550