Safety

Safety is Paramount. We encourage Safety feedback. Over The Top are proud recipients of National & International Aviation Safety Awards. We promote the use of the the "EYE IN THE SKY" cockpit data recorder.

Over The Top have implemented a Safety Management System, successfully meeting the requirements to be certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand’s State Safety Programme, an international standard developed and implemented by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Our Safety Management System is led by the senior management team in order to proactively identify and reduce all risks to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable, and its success lies in the commitment and personal responsibility demonstrated by all staff. We are committed to continuous improvement of our Safety Management System through the implementation of industry best practices and through regular, comprehensive internal and 3rd party audits.

All of our aircraft are equipped with TracPlus units that combine satellite tracking with text communication. This allows our ground crew to track the progress of each aircraft through real-time information pertaining to the location of each aircraft.  We also promote the use of the EYE IN THE SKY cockpit data recorder. 

All aircraft are maintained to the highest standard by Airwork NZ.

Our team of highly skilled pilots have extensive experience flying in the unique environments we operate in. All pilots participate in regular comprehensive training in all aspects of their roles, including being highly trained to read and understand the weather conditions in our alpine environments. Weather and flying conditions are constantly monitored to ensure the best, and safest experience for every flight, this means that if the conditions are looking unsuitable, we will investigate all options such as alternative flight routes or rescheduling.

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.

Queenstown

Queenstown

Renowned for adventure sports, and a base for exploring the region’s vineyards

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu , Queenstown enjoys four distinct seasons with summer being December to February and winter June, July and August.

Close by the city is an abundance of hidden secrets, rich in history from the early Maori and the gold rush eras to the glaciers and life on the High Country. Enjoy private helicopter access to local conservation areas, alpine lakes, mountains and glaciers. Deliver the paper to a high country farmer, drop in on the wineries or visit a local character at a gold miner’s cottage.

Choose an exclusive helicopter of your choice, or share in the experience with others (SWO). Select an adventure from our favourites or ask us to tailor-make a tour for you.

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu , Queenstown enjoys four distinct seasons with summer being December to February and winter June, July and August. Close by the city is an abundance of hidden secrets, rich in history from the early Maori and the...

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Majestic Milford Sound

The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins

New Zealand’s climate is dominated by two main geographical features, the mountains and the sea. From the west, the saturated weather pattern off the Tasman Sea rises up to cross the massive Southern Alps and dumps all its moisture in Fiordland.

This huge rainfall gives this region its unique character – rain forest, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Fiords carved by the glaciers dominate the scenery until reaching the wild and windswept west coast. The versatility of the helicopter is admirably suited to this diverse terrain, ensuring enhanced visibility and greater safety in this incredible landscape.

New Zealand’s climate is dominated by two main geographical features, the mountains and the sea. From the west, the saturated weather pattern off the Tasman Sea rises up to cross the massive Southern Alps and dumps all its moisture in...

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Fiordland

Fiordland

Dusky & Doubtful Sounds

Experience the Over The Top delight in exploring this inaccessible area

Native forest, glacial-hewn valleys, towering mountains and majestic and primeval scenery have afforded this area World Heritage status. Ancient animals and plants of Gondwanaland still exist here.

Experience the Over The Top delight in exploring this inaccessible area. As with all Over The Top experiences our trips are leisurely – your time is our time. Numbers strictly limited to this untouched world – Fiordland.

Native forest, glacial-hewn valleys, towering mountains and majestic and primeval scenery have afforded this area World Heritage status. Ancient animals and plants of Gondwanaland still exist here. Experience the Over The Top delight in...

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Queenstown