Roar Hunting Flights - All You Need To Know
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2023 Roar Flights for the upcoming season - All You Need to Know

The excitement levels are building again for hunters for this year’s Roar which kicks off around the middle of March 2023. Hunters are already getting in touch to book their helicopter flights to their roar blocks and it’s gearing up to be a busy and exciting time. We have put together the details on everything you need to know to get your Roar flight sorted with us for the season ahead.

Booking Your Hunting Flight

Our pilots for Wanaka Helicopters, Backcountry Helicopters and Greenstone Helicopters can fly you into your blocks around the wider Wanaka areas, Haast, The West Cost, Makarora and Fiordland. Our pilots all have extensive knowledge of the local area and are keen hunters themselves so you know you are in safe, experienced hands.

We do have limited availability over the roar period so if you have a block or location sorted and are thinking about booking your helicopter flight in or out, we advise you to give us a call or email to try and get it sorted as soon as you can to make sure you get the dates you want.

Packing for Your Heli Trip

If you are travelling via helicopter for the roar it’s wise to be up with the play on what you can and can’t take on board, as well as the weight limits for your heli drop. Here at Wanaka Helicopters and our sister companies, we do have restricted items and weight limits, like most operators do, so it’s best to be up to speed on what you can and can’t bring on board to ensure you are prepped for your trip and don’t have to leave items behind at the hangar. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) limits the dangerous goods we can carry. Please take note of and apply the following limits to your gear list:

  • NO LPG bottles with passengers. No exceptions.

  • Ammunition: Max 5kg per person per load.

  • Butane gas canisters: Max 1 kg per package (not bigger than 500 g each canister).

  • White Spirits: Max 5 litres per load in approved containers (e.g. metal fuel flasks).

  • Petrol: Max 5 litres per load in approved containers (e.g. petrol/diesel jerries).

Last year the NZ Hunter team shared a quick, useful video on packing for your Helicopter trip so we recommend you watch this prior to your trip. You can find it here.

If you need to book your flights then get in touch with our team on 03 443 1085 or email [email protected]

We look forward to an awesome hunting season ahead and look forward to all the stories