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About Us


Ben Barnett - Born in the United States, Ben grew up in Marlborough and knows the regions back country like the back of his hand.

Having trained as a commercial fixed wing pilot he quickly transitioned to focus on his passion for helicopters.

As an avid horseman Ben adds to his tourism draw card with his knowledge of the Lord of the Rings trilogy having starred in all 3 films as a Rider of Rohan with his favorite Polo Pony 'Target'.

With a passion for business and aviation, Ben started Windhawk Helicopters in 2005 with an R44 aircraft amidst seasonal contracts in the Western Australian Outback and Canadian Wilderness.

In 2008 he made the transition to the MD500E, AS355 multi engine and now AS350 B2 aircraft delivering the smartest and most versatile configuration to date.


Core Values


Your safety
comes first

We do everything possible to ensure our passengers remain safe and comfortable when they fly with us. Weather and maintenance are a high priority and every flight entails detailed planning and a thorough safety briefing.  

Professional & reliable team & pilot

Our pilot and team are experienced  in operating in a wide range of environments including the Canadian Rockies and Australian Outback. This is vitally important in the diverse New Zealand landscape. 

State of the art aircraft & equipment

We only use the highest quality aircraft and equipment and ensure all maintenance schedules and operating procedures are adhered to all times. Keeping you and our team safe is our #1 Priority.

Personalised service with track record

We have been operating in the region since 2005 and all of our team know Marlborough and what is on offer first hand. We prefer to work with each client to customize the service we provide wherever we can.

customer service

We are not just a helicopter company.  We make every effort to make each flight memorable for reasons beyond the time in the air. Our customers are gold like the color of newest AS350 aircraft.

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