Tourist Inspiration: Coast to Coast Helicopters, New Zealand

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Coast to Coast Helicopters 2013 Ltd & Elevation Lodge

1 Marchwood Park Road

296 State Highway 1, RD3

Blenheim, 7273

New Zealand

We own a helicopter business and provide boutique accommodation for travellers who wish to have a unique “kiwi” experience while staying in beautiful surroundings. Relax with local hosts and at the same time see the region from the air right from your doorstep.





We can tailor a package to include all the sights and tastes of the Marlborough Sounds and our flourishing wine industry on the Wairau Plains.

No need to waste time driving everywhere as we will fly you.

At the end of a hard days activities, enjoy a home cooked meal and a relax in the spa pool or sit on the deck and enjoy the spectacular views from your lodgings.





At 180 metres above sea level with 360 degree views and a constantly changing scene you will not get tired of, The Elevation Lodge is well appointed.

It’s surrounded by native bush, wildlife and views over Queen Charlotte Sound, Koromiko Valley and Kaikoura Mountains.






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Coast to Coast Helicopters was founded in 1997. In 2013, Alister and Sarah Twisleton bought the business and opened a base in Marlborough to extend our reach in the community. Sarah and Alister have had a long association with aviation, both learning to fly in their teens and completing their commercial pilot licenses in 1990 after meeting at the Nelson Aviation College. Sarah in fixed wing and Alister as a helicopter pilot. Alister has held senior positions in several companies over the years and is experienced flying B3, MD 500, EC 120, and Robinson aircrafts. He also holds a Category D and E instructor rating.

Alister and Sarah have combined their extensive knowledge of aviation into the well established company of Coast to Coast to provide a competitive and professional service for our customers. Our Motueka based pilot, Willie King, grew up in the area and has a vast knowledge of the district.

Coast to Coast Helicopter’s two bases service the top of the South Island. One in Motueka, covering Nelson,Golden Bay and the stunning Abel Tasman regions, and another based in Picton, Gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, which also encompasses the Wairau and Waihopai Valleys and Kaikoura Mountains. Each team regularly supports the other, transferring resources between the different locations as required.