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.
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
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.
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
Our Air Taxi Service was recently featured in NZBusiness.
An increasing number of businesspeople are opting to catch a chopper from Auckland Airport to the CBD – rather than be late for the meeting they’ve just ﬂown in for.
A taxi from Auckland’s airport to the CBD can take 60 minutes or more in peak trafﬁc.
By helicopter it’s just ten minutes, so it’s not surprising that an increasing number of businesspeople are opting for the latter option – rather than be late for the meeting they’ve just ﬂown in for.
The Ultimate Pub Crawl from $595 per person*
Fly from Pub to Pub by Helicopter
Board your helicopter at the Heletranz Heliport and take a scenic flight north along the coast before turning inland at Omaha. First stop, the artisan Sawmill Brewery in Matakana for a tasting and brewery tour of its newly opened facilities. Next stop, the historical Puhoi Pub and Stables to taste some history and a Pilsner, plus their fantastic Puhoi Valley cheese and bacon burger.
Then it’s a choice: return to Heletranz by helicopter or opt for the extended package and take a mini-bus to the famous Hallertau Brewery in Riverhead, a firm favourite with all beer lovers and stay as long as you like.
*Based on 12 people travelling together.
Book your Group Corporate Event now
and receive Complimentary Transfers*
to and from Heletranz Heliport.
The Ultimate Pub Crawl — Fly from Pub to Pub by Helicopter
Kauri Bay Boomrock — Activities and Lunch
The Beach House Kawau Island — Remote beachside BBQ
Private Dining on Rakino Island & Hole in One Golf
Man O’ War Wine Tasting and Luxury Catamaran Cruise
Heletranz leads the way in corporate travel and has many years experience creating exceptional corporate events. This is a great way to thank clients, celebrate your success or to offer an incentive or reward to your top employees. We work closely with a range of luxury lodges and exclusive private venues so if you’re looking for the ultimate business bonding experience, we’ll customise a corporate event, long lunch or adventure challenge and chopper you there in style.
*Auckland CBD or North Shore areas. Minimum 6 people. Conditions apply.
Click here to download the Heletranz Corporate Events Flyer.
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luxury father’s day prize
Weekend has a magnificent Father’s Day prize package to give away to one lucky reader. The Father’s Day package includes a scenic helicopter flight for the winner and three friends, from the Heletranz Heliport to Kauri Bay Boomrock—an exciting adventure playground set in 202ha in Clevedone, overlooking the Hauraki Gulf.
Heli-Gift ideas for Father’s day
Sunday 4th September from $495
catch of the day with dad
If Dad loves fishing—as most Dads do—and he loves flying too, what better way to spend the day and give him the special treat he deserves?
Fly Dad and one or two key family members to a special spot on the rocks in the inner Hauraki Gulf for an amazing Heli-Fishing experience.
We provide all the gear required for the day plus a mid-morning snack. The Robinson R44 helicopter and pilot stay with you—the pilot acting as your guide throughout the trip.
Heli-Fishing trips are subject to weight limitations and weather conditions.
$695 pp based on 2 people flying together.
$495 pp based on 3 people flying together.
Buy a Gift Voucher today, valid for 12 months.
fly by helicopter to Kauri Bay Boomrock for a fabulous afternoon of food and fun
Take to the skies in a helicopter from Heletranz Heliport, over the Hauraki Gulf viewing Rangitoto Island and the Sky Tower before landing at Kauri Bay Boomrock—a stunning, 200 ha property in Clevedon.
Savour a fabulous 3-course lunch then be treated to a Chivas Whisky Masterclass.
Later re-board your helicopter for the return flight to Heletranz Heliport or catch the coach for a road transfer to Auckland City.
Special applies to travel on Sunday 4th September 2016 only.
Based on three or six people travelling together.
Limited spaces available. Subject to weight restrictions and availability.
Helicopter return $695 pp (depart from & return to Heletranz heliport)
Heli-Coach $495 pp (depart Heletranz heliport, return to Auckland City)
mudbrick vineyard winter special
Save $150 per person + receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer.
Simply book our standard Heli-Return Lunchtime Dining Package between now and 30 September 2016.
Board your helicopter for a spectacular scenic flight from Albany Heliport to Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, Waiheke Island—arguably one of the most picturesque destinations in New Zealand.
Enjoy a glass of Mudbrick bubbles on arrival followed by a superb 3-course à la carte lunch with a complimentary glass of Mudbrick non-reserve wine, a standard beer or soft drink per person and tea or coffee to end your meal.
heli-fishing is about easy access to a pristine location
The adage goes that the worst day’s fishing is better than the best day at work.
So what does that make a Friday of pulling up kingfish after good-sized snapper on a pristine New Zealand coastline, chauffeured by helicopter?
“It’s fabulous stuff, isn’t it?” says accountant Brent Dickins, rod in hand on the rocks of Great Barrier Island.
“It’s a stunning place out here. I think I’ve got four or five fish in the chilly bin … ”
Dickins’ rod takes a sudden, violent dip, ” … and here’s another one”.
A couple of hours earlier Heletranz pilot Steve Clarke put us down at one of his secret spots somewhere near Okiwi Station: Four fishermen-passengers and one lucky journalist, invited along to make up the numbers.
It was a 30-minute ride by helicopter out to the Barrier from Albany over Tiritiri Matangi Island, and the chopper is now perched on rocks that are underwater at high tide.
The men are keen to get lines in the sea and, as our guide rigs up the 3-metre graphite rods, he warns that if anybody hits a rotor they have to buy him a beer.
Clarke also lays down the rules that any snapper under 33 centimetres, or more than 7.5 kilograms, gets thrown back. The big ones can be 60 years old and are tough to eat, he says.
Kevin Fish is first to cast and within five minutes the man from Huapai is reeling in his first 3-kilogram snapper.
“Perfect eating size,” he says.
Truck driver Fish says he is “bloody grateful” to his boss Shane Hegh for his $850 place on the expedition – a Christmas gift in appreciation of a decade of loyal service.
“Even before getting shouted this he was good to work for,” Fish says of Hegh, who’s within earshot.
“I could be working today, but, nah, this is a lot better.”
“It is basically what I expected. Hang on, I’ll just grab this fish,” he says, as the reel spins out yet again.
Our pilot-guide has hardly a spare moment as he hustles around after the fishermen, re-rigging snagged lines, ferrying the catch back to the chopper, throwing out the berley, and divvying out the sandwiches.
Clarke’s been flying for about 15 years, and most of that time he’s been taking people fishing.
“I’m usually knackered by the end of the day,” he says, splattered in guts and blood. “It’s giving the clients a good day out. It’s pretty rewarding for me … we’ve got some awesome coastline just on our doorstep, and being able to bring people to places like this that are very remote – they are just blown away.”
The kind of people who go heli-fishing are often corporates entertaining clients or tradesmen, he says.
“But we’ve had kids as young as 5 or 6 out here with their mums and dads, up to people who are 90 years old, grandparents.”
Residential construction manager Craig Champness of Dannemora munches on a sandwich as he says the joy of the day is in the easy access to an untouched coastline that has no cellphone coverage.
It’s not about catching the biggest fish, he says.
But it’s Champness who pulls in the largest snapper of the day – and who also takes home the tale of the one that got away.
It was a “20-pounder” and the big man fought it all the way to the surface before the line broke. “We just saw it come up just under the water, and then, gone,” he says, with dismay showing me the teeth marks left on the nylon. “Oh well, we would have just thrown it back again.”
The heli-fishing season runs from early autumn to December, after which the water heats up and the snapper swim into the inner Hauraki Gulf to spawn.
Within that window there are about 10 days a month that the moon and tide play ball, he says.
“Touch wood, I’ve never been home without a fish.”
After about four hours fishing around the low tide, another half an hour and the waves would be at the chopper’s landing skids.
As the rain and tide close in and the wind picks up, the heavy chilli bins full of nearly 30 fish to load back into the cargo hold, mostly snapper but also a couple of kahawai.
On the trip back, the central business district of Auckland rises as we head back to Albany at an altitude of 1500 feet.
“It’s a beautiful city from here,” Clarke says through the headsets.
“Until you see the motorway – and then you want to head out to the Barrier again.”
To experience your own heli-fishing trip click here