Owned by Sofia and John Ambler, Heletranz is a family-run business that has built a reputation as one of New Zealand’s best helicopter service providers, even flying former US President Barack Obama during his 2018 visit to New Zealand.
Pioneers of Heli-Fishing and Heli-Dining in the Auckland region, Helentranz specialises in creating luxury, tailored solutions both in and around Auckland and Waiheke Island and further afield, always creating bespoke itineraries for their guests. Over the years they have worked with many superyacht clients during their time in the country, always working to the Heletranz mantra of ‘experience the extraordinary’. There is no better way to appreciate the sheer beauty and scale of New Zealand than from the air, and with the Heletranz team and their fleet of high performance helicopters, guests are in good hands.
Join us as we take a glimpse into life as a Chief Pilot at Heletranz Helicopters.
What does a typical day involve at Heletranz?
We have an early wake up and start, as machines need to be pulled out and cleaned inside and out. This is done everyday, whether we are fly VIP overseas guests on a multi-day NZ tour or a scenic flight over the city. We never settle for any less than excellence. The beauty, and challenge, of this job is that no day is like the other. Last year we spent three days flying former US President Obama and his entourage around golf courses and five star lodges and then our next job was helping a 90-year-old grandma into the helicopter to tick another box on her Bucket List – she was supported by 20 family members who all came to cheer her on, having a picnic in the office while she went around the Sky Tower. I really like that we offer something for everyone, from a $199 seat on a scenic to a $299,000 itinerary flying around NZ.
Where is your favourite place to fly?
New Zealand is so spectacular and so there are so many favorite places, but finding a little slice of God's own all to yourself and being surrounded by NZ’s stunning nature is so special. Great Barrier Island is a favorite spot for a swim or a spot of fishing. Waiheke Islands is so popular… sometimes I just wish it was me getting out of the heli walking 20 meters to enjoy a glass of wine and some gourmet kiwi food, but I always have to take off again….
Auckland itself has so many hidden treasures – we are privileged to live in this special city. There are also so many awesome places further afield too. It does not happen as often, but I love flying over Abel Tasman and the rugged West Coast of the South Island.
To create your own custom Heletranz experience, Sofia, John and the team look forward to working with you to create the extraordinary.