Wednesday 11 January 2017

Some Kaikoura area helicopter operational shots

Matt Hayes ventured up to the area North of Kaikoura on 08-01-2017 and captured these helicopters carrying out sluicing (and other) duties on the slips along State Highway 1.
The 'bucket dance'. Three AS 350's with their under-slung monsoon buckets -
- uplifting sea water to dump on the loose material on the slips.
The nearest Squirrel being the Fox Franz Heliservices Ltd's Eurocopter AS 350 B2 ZK-ICR (c/n 4225).

 Hughes 369E ZK-HMO(c/n 0394E) been noted doing the 'mail run' to the isolated properties.
As seen at the top of the first photo above the Eurocopter AS 350 B3 Squirrel ZK-ITM (c/n 4735) of Action Helicopters Ltd is seen here at the refueling spot near Hapuku.
Just lifting off from the said refueling depot with under slung attachment is the Eurocopter EC 130 T2 ZK-IZK (c/n 8133) of Rotor Force NZ Ltd, down from Hastings.


  1. Is State Highway 1 north of Kaikoura open to public again? I thought it was closed for the next year?

  2. As I understand it the Hiway is closed from near Ohau Point with numerous slips from there north.
    The Hapuku refueling depot is south of the slips.
    I imagine the road will be worked on furiously and opened in less than the year.