About Us

About Us


Over The Top was founded in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1986 to provide visitors from all over the world with a unique opportunity to explore remote areas normally inaccessible. The essence of our company is about the people and stories of our region as we drop in on some distinctive New Zealand characters in many of our excursions including farmers, whitebaiters, viticulturists, eco guides, chefs and artists.

We offer engaging tours covering the most popular attractions and activities in the region, as well as uniquely designed experiences tailored exclusively to your desires. Your itinerary is limited only by your imagination so enquire with us to find out exactly what dream adventures we can turn into realities.


Safety is paramount to the adventure industry and Over The Top continually strives to maintain an impeccable standard of aircraft and crew training. Stringent Safety Management Systems (SMS) ensure experienced pilots are regularly assessed to so they can deliver the utmost in safety and professionalism to their passengers.

As a result of this attention to safety, Over The Top is the only Queenstown company to have consistently been awarded the International Helicopter Operator Safety Award. In addition to international recognition, the NZHA (New Zealand Helicopter Association) has recently awarded Over The Top for its long-standing safety record.



Few regions offer such diversity in terrain over such a compact distance, pure and unspoilt, as New Zealand’s South Island. Offering privacy and exclusivity, the spectacular change in geography and climate is most suited to the helicopter, both from a visual and safety perspective.

We’ll take you westward over magnificent alps clad in glacial blue ice, to lush Fiordland and the rugged West Coast. To the east, we’ll soar over rolling tussock to Dunedin’s eco-region, viewing albatross, penguins and fur seals, then south to Stewart Island to uncover
kiwis in their natural habitat.

The magic appears once you shut the helicopter down in these remote areas, when you get to smell the rainforest, hear the creaking glacier and feel the sand between your toes.

We’re committed to relationships with the Department of Conservation and private landowners to ensure your continued access to National Parks and remote areas throughout New Zealand.

We also want to say thank you. Flying with us enables Over The Top to continue its conservation, research and preservation projects.


New Luxury BK117 Helicopter Arrival

Over The Top has recently taken delivery of a luxury twin-engine BK117 helicopter…read more


Over The Top’s flying experience in the South Island dates back to 1976. This span of over forty years has given our crew an intimate knowledge of the special places and unique people within the region as well as an ingrained respect for the local weather and mountainous terrain.

louisa Helicopter experience

Louisa ‘Choppy’ Patterson

Brad Collier

James Forward

Brad Comrie

Dan Harrison

Honeyboy & Coco – Greeting Officers