PHL provides superb scenic flights over most areas of our country’s natural beauty.
Several PHL Bases offer specific tours to popular destinations complete with online booking facilities, however flights tailored to your exact requirements can be easily arranged. Every PHL pilot has good local knowledge and will be able to assist in choosing the best flight to fit your plans and budget.
Going for your flight
If you are new to helicopters, the following information will be useful.
Things to bring with you: sun glasses, camera, sun cream, water.
Although it will be perfectly warm in the helicopter, depending on the weather and time of year, you might need to bring some warm clothing. It can be very warm in one location and cold in another!
Try to arrive at the Base approximately 20 minutes before your flight.
Before you board the aircraft, a PHL crew member will provide a comprehensive safety briefing. You will then be assisted into the aircraft and comfortably seated. You will be given a headset which will enable you to easily communicate with the pilot and any other passengers.
Your pilot is very experienced and you are in very safe hands but if you have any concerns, just let him or her know.
On landing, you will again be assisted from the helicopter.
If you are a seasoned flyer, then just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Booking your flight
Booking your flight just couldn't be easier! Choose one of the following methods:
- Free phone 0800 246 359 to be connected to your nearest PHL Base, or
- Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Normally no deposit is required unless the booking is for a large group where special arrangements have been made. If the weather isn't suitable on the day, we can either reschedule or cancel the flight - whatever suits you. We charge for actual flight time only.
Although we can fly in most conditions, the weather has to be good to get the most out of your experience. Should the weather turn poor, we can simply move your flight to a later time or date.
You can check the weather forecast here.
Before boarding your flight, you will be given a comprehensive safety briefing. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your pilot who will assist in any way possible.
Safety is paramount to PHL. All PHL helicopters are safe, modern and reliable and maintained by external accredited maintenance providers.
PHL pilots are highly experienced. You will be flying in very safe hands! Besides passenger air transport, each pilot is also involved with our commercial and agricultural helicopter based services.
Local and Inbound Tourism Operators
PHL operates a commission based scheme for booking agents and third party companies. Our New Plymouth Base at Urenui has the facilities and capacity to cater for groups of up to 24 people.