Welcome to Kahurangi National Park


Around 85% of the 4520 sq km park is forested, and more than 50% of NZ’s plant species can be found here, including more than 80% of its alpine plant species. Among the park's 60 bird species are great spotted kiwi, kea, kaka and whio (blue duck). There are creepy cave weta, weird beetles and a huge, leggy spider, but there’s also a majestic and ancient snail known as Powelliphanta – something of a flag bearer for the park’s animal kingdom. If you like a field trip filled with the new and strange, Kahurangi National Park will certainly satisfy.


Top experiences in Kahurangi National Park

Kahurangi National Park activities

$1049.52 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Lord of the Rings Mt Olympus, South of Rivendell

Fly northwest from our Wakefield Heliport over the Kahurangi National Park and into Golden Bay for a landing on Mt Olympus to view the strange pinnacle rock formations that were used to portray the rugged country “South of Rivendell.” It was here, as the nine rested and cooked a meal, that the crebain crows of Saruman, searching for news of the One Ring, spied the travellers below. Hurriedly extinguishing their fire they hid behind the pinnacles in an attempt to escape discovery.Mt Olympus sprouts rocky outcrops which over time have been eroded by weather to form incredible columnar shapes. It is an extremely remote location and can only be reached by helicopter.PLEASE NOTE:Bring your camera!Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee.All flights are subject to change and weather conditions. 

$787.14 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Lord of the Rings Mt Owen, Exit from the Mines of Moria

Fly southwest from our Wakefield Heliport before entering the Kahurangi National Park for a landing on Mt Owen. Filming was undertaken here for 10 days with the result being one of the most moving moments in the film.It was here, distraught at the loss of Gandalf, the remaining members of the Fellowship escaped the mines and threw themselves to the ground in their grief.Mt Owen showcases some of the oldest rock in New Zealand and has priceless geological properties. As you ascend, a landscape of glaciated marble karst is exposed and you appreciate the challenges for film crew working within the harsh alpine environment.PLEASE NOTE:Bring your camera!Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee.All flights are subject to change and weather conditions. 

$3344.46 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Best of Both Worlds - Abel Tasman

Combine sailing the seas and spectacular aerial views Join Abel Tasman Charters and Reid 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. PLEASE NOTE:Passengers over 250 lbs may be subject to weight restriction fee.All flights are subject to change and weather conditions.  

$1731.70 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Heli-Jet Combo

Join us for an unforgettable helicopter flight and wild river adventure combining an epic journey of breathtaking views and white water action. This package includes a transfer to Buller Canyon Jet in your own private helicopter, followed by 40 minutes carving through the mighty Buller canyons in a powerful River Shark jet boat.  On the way home we will enjoy a mountain landing in the Kahurangi National Park before returning to our Wakefield Heliport. PLEASE NOTE:Bring your camera!Warm clothing and sturdy footwear is essential.Please let us know if a standard airline seat-belt is too small.All flights are subject to change and weather conditions. 

$111.25 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Scenic Flight from Takaka

Check in with our friendly pilot at our passenger terminal at Takaka Airport and you are away on your flying adventure! • Fly past magnificent Kahurangi National Park mountain peaks and goldfields to the historic town of Collinwood • Head west to the famous sea arches of Wharariki Beach and Cape Farewell • Trace the alien landscapes of dunes and lakes up Farewell Spit, New Zealand’s longest sandspit • Look out for whales on the way to turquoise waters and bush-fringed golden beaches of Abel Tasman • Return to Takaka via Marble Mountain (Takaka Hill) and glimpse down fascinating Harwood’s Hole Every passenger is seated in a comfortable window seat offering outstanding photo opportunities. Our two-way headsets allow you to listen to the pilot's informative commentary and talk to each other.Allow 1.5 hours for your whole experience.

Kahurangi National Park in detail