How do I organise a helicopter into and out of Mt Aspiring? Where does the helicopter land? How much will it cost for hut fees and landing permit? Where do I get more information?Helicopter to and from Mt Aspiring
DOC Wanaka Advice
A ‘One-off Landing permit’ is required for your flight in and out of the Mt Aspiring National Park (landing at Bevan Col with the assumption you will be staying at Colin Todd Hut).
Note that unless you are using your own helicopter, there is an administration fee of $109.30 plus an additional crown fee of $17.30 per passenger.
Depending on which company you choose to fly with, the one-off landing permit cost may or may not be included in their transport price so it pays to ask them when you are arranging your flight. Note these permits are non-refundable but that they are date transferable if you call no later than the morning of your scheduled flight (for example if the weather is too stormy).
To stay in Colin Todd or French Ridge huts there is a fee of $20 per person per night (unless you are an alpine club member – in this instance it would be $10 per person per night). Identification is required.
Further information can be obtained from:
1. Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Department of Conservation—Te Papa Atawhai
PO Box 93 | Ardmore Street | Wanaka 9305
DDI: +64 3 443 7660
Fax: +64 3 443 8777
2. Aspiring Helicopters
Cattle Flat Station
Mt Aspiring Road
Phone: +64 (03) 443 7152
Fax: +64 (03) 443 7102
Postal: P.O. Box 168, Wanaka
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