Our Heritage

Tim wallis in hiller 1967

Helicopters Have Always Been In The Blood Of The Wallis Family

Founded by Sir Tim Wallis in the early 1960’s, the company first began by using helicopters when Tim pioneered their use to economically harvest deer from the mountains of New Zealand. As Tim’s knowledge and experience grew, the company followed suit. In the 1980’s the company diversified by venturing into the tourism industry.

Alpine Helicopters has grown to incorporate a modern fleet of helicopters with highly trained pilots specialising in scenic adventures, commercial, agriculture, and heli-skiing. Alpine Helicopters has moved a long way since its early years, but remains a family owned and operated company committed to quality and service.

Alpine Helicopters is a part of The Alpine Group, owned by the Wallis family. The Alpine Group has interests across Aviation, Tourism, Processing and Export.




Alpine Helicopters operate a large fleet of modern helicopters comprised of Squirrel AS350 B2 & B3 aircraft, as well as the MD500E. This fleet provides scale and availability across the wide variety of services that we are able to offer to our customers.

AS350 'Squirrel' Helicopter

Commonly referred to as ‘the Squirrel’, the AS350B2 (or Airbus H125) machine is a modern, six passenger seat open cockpit aircraft which allows all passengers unencumbered, panoramic views. The AS350B3 provides the same benefits with increased lifting capacity. The Squirrel is an extremely versatile helicopter, lending itself effortlessly to high end tourism and commercial work.

MD500E Helicopter 

The MD500E is a light utility helicopter manufactured by MD Helicopters. It is a member of the MD500 series of light utility civilian and military helicopters. The helicopter offers excellent speed, payload and performance in its class.


Alpine Helicopters Fleet


Safety is at the core of our business at Alpine Helicopters.

Alpine Helicopters have a team of skilled commercial pilots with significant experience flying in alpine environments. Our highly trained pilots operate across tourism, commercial lifting, conservation, fire fighting, as well as the agriculture sectors.

Alpine Helicopters is certified under Civil Aviation Part 135 Air Transport and CAA Part 137 Agricultural Operators, the highest attainable standard of air transport regulations in New Zealand. Our fleet of turbine-engined helicopters are routinely maintained by a dedicated team of licensed aircraft engineers. Weather and flying conditions are monitored fastidiously by our team, and as an operator Alpine Helicopters adheres to a dedicated Health and Safety Policy that has been designed to protect our pilots, passengers and ground staff.


Alpine Helicopters has been awarded the Qualmark Gold Accreditation. This award demonstrates the commitment of Alpine Helicopters to deliver world class, safe and sustainability focused operations.