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Drop Offs

Back Country Adventures

We operate from Franz Josef, on the West Coast and fly all over New Zealand’s South Island.

The South Island of New Zealand has the perfect combination of remote landscapes – from the forest, to the mountainous terrain and the alpine flats. The more remote the better it gets, which means access can be difficult, but not if you’re in a helicopter.

Our “back yard” has incredible hiking, fishing, photography opportunities and of course hunting.  We live in a hunters paradise with the ‘big three’ in our back yard – Himilayan Tahr, Chamois and Red Deer. We are lucky to have plenty of public land in the region available all year round that is not balloted.

We aren’t the cheapest in town, but we do it well! Historically, we have found our clients don’t want to be dropped in the same area as other parties & have specific time requests for their flights so we rarely backload, but in the event this does happen we are happy to split the costs between the two groups.

Gus is our resident hunting expert / lead pilot / company owner and we recommend everyone chatting to him early on in your planning. He’s a wealth of knowledge and will tailor make a trip to suit your needs. For hunters, he is great to check in with on recent animal sightings and if areas you are considering have been heavily hunted or culled recently. Although, please don’t call and expect him to give up all his secret spots over the phone!

Some of the huts we drop off at are listed below (click on them for more information) or if you are happy to set up your own tent / camp there are lots more options.

We recommend budgeting $800-$1200 per person for a good hunting site, but do have something for everyone with closer sites starting from $900 return, for experienced hunters & hikers or if you have a bigger budget, some really more remote sites are available as well.

For those travelling from out of the area or internationally, we can pass on contact details for firearms hire in Christchurch and there is a local MIA Westlander III tent with a fire available to hire also.

Fill out the form below to send us an enquiry

Stans Hut

Stan's Hut

Whataroa Area

Nolans Hut

Nolans Hut

Whataroa Area

Butler Junction Hut

Butler Junction Hut

Whataroa Area

Top Butler Hut

Top Butler Hut

Whataroa Area

Scone Hut

Scone Hut

Whataroa Area

Whymper Hut

Whymper Hut

Whataroa Area

Hunters Hut

Hunters Hut

Hari Hari Area

Kiwi Flat Hut

Kiwi Flat Hut

Waitaha River Area

Scamper Torrent Hut

Scamper Torrent Hut

Waitaha River Area

Smyth Hut

Smyth Hut

Hari Hari Area

Moonbeam Hut

Moonbeam Hut

Waitaha River Area

County Stream Hut

County Stream Hut

Waitaha River Area

Top Waitaha Hut

Top Waitaha Hut

Waitaha River Area

Price Basin Hut

Price Basin Hut

Kokatahi River – Whitecombe River Area

Ivory Lake Hut

Ivory Lake Hut

Waitaha River Area

Top Tuke Hut

Top Tuke Hut

Mikonui River – Kakapotahi River Area

Polluck Creek Hut

Polluck Creek Hut

Mikonui River – Kakapotahi River Area

Dickie Spur Hut

Dickie Spur Hut

Mikonui River – Kakapotahi River Area

Image Source: Department of Conservation

Please note our concession does not cover dropping clients in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park so we are unable to provide quotes for Chancellor & Almer Huts.

What they say about us

Mark Williams

Thank you for an incredible hunting experience.

Your professional and limitless approach to high-end customer service exceeds all expectations.

I will be recommending your experience to anyone interested in Helicopter Hunting in New Zealand. A true bucket list item finally ticked!”

Emma Curley

“Much thanks to Gus & Poppy and their team at Glacier Country Helicopters!

You guys listened to exactly what our hunting needs were. You got us to the right place safely, and we enjoyed 4 days in the southern alps hunting trophy bull Tahr.

I felt extremely safe and comfortable at all times. I feel the team has a great knowledge of area and weather patterns. I’d highly recommend this operator.”

Courtney Moskios

“I had the most incredible day in the Southern Alps chasing tahr & chaomis.

As someone who has been hunting her entire life, I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the best days I’ve had! Couldn’t have been better!

These are the guys to go to for your West Coast hunting and tourism trips!”

James Read

“Gus worked with myself to put together a 5 day tahr hunt. He organised our great guide Morgan

and a top camping site. We took three good trophys! If anyone is thinking of a hunting trip in the

South Island get in contact with Gus, they were brillaint to deal with and made it so easy!”

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