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For more than two decades, Backcountry Helicopters has been in operation, offering captivating wilderness adventures and exploration in Makarora, a mere 45-minute journey from Wanaka, amidst some of New Zealand’s most secluded and breathtaking settings. 

As an integral component of the Wanaka Helicopters Group, a family-owned and operated enterprise established in 1992, Backcountry Helicopters is committed to delivering memorable, once in a life-time wilderness adventures.

We specialise in adventure-filled scenic flights, luxury charters into some of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand, hunting & fishing charters and the adventure-filled Heli Siberia; a helicopter – hike – jetboat day trip.

Your Wilderness Adventure Awaits.

Meet your pilots.

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Henry Menzies

As the lead pilot at Backcountry Helicopters, Henry handles the day-to-day flights, piloting most of our Heli Siberia, scenic hunting and fishing charters, and other commercial operations.

With extensive experience from various operations in New Zealand and Australia, Henry’s expertise covers a wide range of commercial activities. His deep understanding of the local terrain and wildlife, along with his passion for the outdoors and hunting, ensures that our clients receive the best flight experience, whether it’s for a hunting charter or a Heli Siberia adventure.

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Pete Spencer-Bower

Pete holds the roles of Director, CEO, and pilot within the Wanaka Helicopters group, under which Backcountry operates. Pete is an experienced commercial pilot boasting experience from firefighting missions across Canada and New Zealand.

His flight expertise extends to both commercial operations and helicopter instruction across various models. His love for hunting, fishing, and deep-rooted knowledge of the local region has earned Pete considerable respect as a pilot among all of the outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, and fishermen who fly with us.

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The Makarora Valley

Situated on the Haast Pass Highway, a 45-minute drive from Wānaka and an hour from the West Coast. Makarora sits on the edge of remote native bushland and the breathtaking World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park.

Makarora is an incredible place to experience the unique beauty and ruggedness of New Zealand. 

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Makarora is an incredible place to experience the unique beauty and ruggedness of New Zealand. Known as the ‘timeless land’, Makarora is a truly special place with stunning snow-capped mountains, ancient river valleys, pristine native rainforest and fast-flowing alpine blue rivers. A place where time has stood still, but discovery and adventure continue to beckon.

Explore stunning day walks and tramps, take in iconic views of Mount Aspiring/Tititea and experience the icy blue waters of the Wilkin and Makarora Rivers.

In the valley, you will have the opportunity to truly experience New Zealand’s most spectacular and dramatic views. Waterfalls, alpine lakes and glaciers, all in one of the most remote and beautiful locations in New Zealand.

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Scenic Flights

Luxury & Charter Flights