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Fish in crystal NZ waters.
Fish in crystal NZ waters.
Ben catches his first NZ snapper.
As the sun sets, there's plenty for supper.

Heli-Fishing

Thursday, August 24, 2000
Fishing fanatics, get set! Hop in the 'copter and be buzzed straight to the best fishing NZ has to offer.

If you love fishing and have a fascination for helicopters, this is the perfect way to satisfy both passions at the same time.

Glenn Stevenson's lifelong hobby has been fishing. About seven years ago he learnt to fly and has since combined both, and he reckons he has the best job in the world.

First-timers love the challenge of ocean fishing with the added thrill of a helicopter flight, plus there is the adventurous buzz of landing on remote, rocky islands accessible only by boat or helicopter. If you went by boat, it would take two to three days, but flying in Glenn's Squirrel allows you to get in a good day's fishing and be back in the city in time for dinner.

A day's trip with Helilink takes about six hours, that includes four to five hours fishing. During the flight you will cruise at about 500m above the rocky coastline of Great Barrier Island, which has a population of 300, and you will be very close to the ground when looking for a landing spot.

After about 30 minutes, you land on one of the Broken Islands in one of the last wilderness spots in New Zealand. There are no roads, power or inhabitants, so you can be forgiven for feeling like Robinson Crusoe. Things such as weather, tides, current changes and whether you have been on a previous Helilink trip all come into account when Glenn is deciding where to land.

You are most likely to catch snapper or kahawai, a fish only found in New Zealand waters, and your guide will advise you as to what must be thrown back. Anything you decide to take with you is stored in a locker underneath the aircraft. Most hotels will cook your catch for you to have at dinner time, accompanied by a glass of good New Zealand wine. Some enthusiasts are so proud of their catch, they have it mounted to give credence to their story about their day of heli-fishing in the Great Barrier Islands.

Location

Mechanics Bay, Auckland, on New Zealand's North Island.

Cost

Helilink trips cost around $360 per person for a minimum of four people, including helicopter flights, equipment and a fishing guide.
They operate year-round.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Helilink
Box 3271 PO, Auckland
Ph: (0011 9) 377 4406
Fax: (0011 9) 377 4597
Email: helilink@xtra.co.nz
Qantas: 13 1313
Best Western: 13 1779
Web: www.bestwestern.com.au

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