Our guides know the hills around Queenstown like the back of their hands and are passionate about sharing Central Otago’s epic backcountry riding with other mountain bikers.
Our legendary second in command Nikki Cameron’s been riding - and hunting and fishing - in the mountains around Queenstown since 2005. A former rafting, kayaking and snowboarding guide, Nikki got into downhill mountain biking in Whistler ten years ago and has been riding her bike ever since. Nikki reckons she's found her riding nirvana at HeliBike NZ.
Nikki's favourite ride is the ride as she loves the 1000m downhill and the fabulous views from the top of Quartz Knoll
Eddie Hollins life long love of mountain biking kicked off age five on his sister’s pink Avanti. These days his ride’s a bit flasher but the force is still strong.
A former rock climbing and mountaineering guide and welder and fitter, Eddie splits his time between HeliBike NZ and managing the coolest little gear shop on the planet, Small Planet. When he’s not out exploring the great outdoors – riding, hiking, rock climbing and skiing and touring – Eddie enjoys a good book.
Henry van Asch
HeliBike NZ Owner
A former New Zealand downhill mountain bike champion, if there’s one thing Henry van Asch loves as much as Bungy, it’s bikes. Touted as New Zealand’s first ever heli-biker, at Glenorchy in 1990, Henry’s other claim to fame is taking Bungy jumping to the world as co-founder of AJ Hackett Bungy. Watch out as he injects some Bungy cool into heli-biking.
Head Guide & Ops Manager
Rider, guide, adventurer, Amanda leads our heli-bike team as Head Guide, bringing to the role a lifetime of experience working on the mountains. From mountain bike coaching to ski patrol, adventure guiding to Search and Rescue, Amanda knows Queenstown's back country as well as the mountains in Wales she once called home.
Amanda says most of her time is spent adventuring - or planning adventures. Just a few of these have included swimming the Escape from Alcatraz, caving through the largest cave in the World - Son Doong - in Vietnam, heli-boarding in Alaska and generally hiking and biking in the brilliant backyard of New Zealand.
Her favourite trip with HeliBikeNZ is the
which begins in an epic alpine setting, with a brilliant rocky freeride and then descends into stunning golden farmland. After another helicopter ride you get in an extra great run down Crown Peak.
Thirty years of shredding the hills around Queenstown – by motorbike and mountainbike – have not dampened Pete McInally’s enthusiasm for back country New Zealand. Partial to a bit of downhilling at the gondy, Pete is a passionate supporter of the Queenstown Mountain Bike Club and building trails around the area. When he’s not on his bike, you’ll find Pete heading for the water – wakeboarding, water skiing, windsurfing or paddleboarding.