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Heli-Cruise Abel Tasman - Best of Both Worlds!

Combine sailing the seas and spectacular aerial views

Join Abel Tasman Charters and Helicopters Nelson for a private cruise into the Abel Tasman National Park to discover lush bush, golden sand, and heavenly blue waters. Relax on the beach with a gourmet lunch before meeting your private helicopter at Awaroa Bay. From Awaroa you will track into the rugged Kahurangi National Park for a landing high in the mountains where you can explore unique rock formations and alpine lakes. Enjoy truly spectacular views of Golden Bay on your journey back to your destination.

Optional Accommodation Package Add On – Wharariki Beach
If you are looking to extend your day and see more stunning scenery, why not add a spectacular flight over Golden Bay and Farewell Spit before landing at the famous Wharariki Beach.


  • Approximately 45 minutes flight time over the Kahurangi National Park
  • Two-way communication between you and your pilot
  • 1 x Mountain landing
  • Gourmet lunch and local wines and beers are included


  • The beautiful Abel Tasman National Park
  • Native Bush and Wildlife
  • Breathtaking mountain landscapes

Physical activity level:

Easy: Suitable for adults, children, and seniors.

Please note:

  • All flights are subject to change and weather conditions.
  • Accommodation is not included at Pihopa Retreat – BOOK HERE
  • Optional add-on Wharariki Beach, contact us and we can arrange this at an additional cost.

Group of 1 – 6 people Eurocopter
Price from: $8225


Pihopa Retreat Heli-Tour as featured on "Lap of Luxury"

Exclusive Heli-Tour for Pihopa Retreat Guests.

This accommodation package and heli-tour has been carefully selected to impress on guests the stunning beauty of the Kahurangi National Park – one of three National Parks in our region.

In the Maori language, Kahurangi means ‘treasured possession’, a clue to the attractions of New Zealand’s second largest National Park.

At 1875m, Mt Owen is one of the most remote locations in the Kahurangi National Park, as well as the highest peak.

One of the few New Zealand mountains made of marble, it has unusual erosion features which provided one of many dramatic settings for the film trilogy The Lord of the Rings.

A stunning landscape of glaciated marble karst with picturesque views over Tasman and Golden Bay, Mount Owen is a magical location that not many people will get to experience in their lifetime.

Tour Duration: 2-3 hours
Flight time: 50 minutes

  • Flight departs from our base at Nelson Airport
  • Road transfers from Pihopa Retreat are included
  • Accommodation is not included at Pihopa Retreat – BOOK HERE

Group of 1 – 6 people Eurocopter
Price from: $3500


Winter Skiing at Rainbow Ski field

Rainbow is a fantastic ski area set in a stunning location adjacent to Nelson Lakes National Park and only 1 hour and 30 minutes from Pihopa Retreat in Nelson.

Run and maintained by the Rainbow Sports Club, you don’t need to be a member to ski here, everyone is welcome. With this accommodation package you can enjoy a fantastic day on the slopes being well looked after before heading back to your luxury accommodation to rest and recover.

The wide uncrowded slopes and well groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners and intermediates while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes. Snowboarders love the varied terrain, jumps, bumps and drops. A terrain park has been developed, offering more thrills & spills for adventurous boarders and skiers.

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation at Pihopa Retreat; includes chef cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and complimentary taxi service to and from dinner (Dinner not included)
  • Chauffeur collection from Pihopa Retreat to Rainbow ski field at the beginning of the day and return transfer in the evening
  • Picnic lunch provided for you to enjoy during the day
  • Apres ski drinks at the Alpine Lodge St Arnaud
  • Ski, boots and pole hire
  • Lift passes

Accommodation package for 2 people
Price from: $3500

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Wine Exposed Nelson

Want to enjoy the Nelson Tasman countryside and beautiful boutique wines the area has to offer?

Your friendly Wine, Art & Wilderness guide will collect you from Pihopa Retreat for a memorable day of touring and tasting in Tasman.

Enjoy the best of Nelson’s boutique wineries while enjoying fantastic views of Tasman Bay and the mountains beyond. Sample wines from our two unique and diverse sub-regions, the Waimea Plains and the Moutere Hills.

Enjoy outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and aromatics, as well as an impressive mix of emerging varieties on a wine trail that is compact enough to experience in one day. This accommodation package includes lunch, refreshments, and all tastings.

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation at Pihopa Retreat
  • Chef cooked breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pre-dinner drinks
  • Complimentary taxi service to and from dinner. (Dinner not included)
  • 7 hour Wine Exposed Shared Tour with lunch included
    (Private wine tours available on request)

Package for 2 people
Price from: $3518


Rent a Classic Weekend Stay

Explore the beautiful Nelson Region in a car of extraordinary character and pedigree. Drive with the top down along the stunning coastline whilst visiting local nelson artists and vineyards and exploring the Nelson Tasman countryside. Make touring our sunshine region a very special, fun and memorable occasion with our accommodation package.

If you have a passion for cars, or a partner that does that you want to surprise, there is a huge range to choose from whether it’s a Jaguar XK8 or Alfa Romeo Spider or an MG.

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation
  • Chef cooked breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pre-dinner drinks
    Complimentary taxi service to and from dinner.  (Dinner not included)
  • 48 hour Classic Car hire

Package for 2 people
Price from: $3085


Yoga & Meditation Weekend Stay

In need of a relaxing break? Want to get away from the chores of day-to-day life and really relax? Join us for 2 nights of utter bliss with this accommodation package.

Stay in luxury accommodation and enjoy a morning yoga and meditation amongst the bird life in our heritage woodlands and after a day of pottering around the Nelson sites join our wonderful instructor for a relaxing evening yoga session.

You will be in good hands with Tiffany, who with 21 years of teaching in Ashatnga & Vinyasa Krama will be able to guide you in a 75 minute session whether you are a beginner or long time yogi and ensure you go home stress free!

Each session is tailor made for you and can be dynamic & heating, designed to wake the body up and enliven the mind, or a slow & restorative session, designed to calm the nervous system leaving you feeling centred and peaceful.

  • 2 nights luxury accommodation at Pihopa Retreat
  • Chef cooked breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pre-dinner drinks
  • Complimentary taxi service to and from dinner.  (Dinner not included)
  • 1 x Morning Yoga & Meditation session (75mins)
  • 1 x Afternoon Yoga Session (75mins)

Package for 2 people
Price from: $3120


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Nelson 7011, New Zealand

Phone: 022 390 4463
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