The World Heli Challenge 2014

The World Heli Challenge has a rich tradition drawing the top skiers and snowboarders from around the globe to be part of a unique helicopter-accessed freeride competition like no other. We’ve been challenging ourselves in the Southern Alps of New Zealand since back in 1995 and the passion and support for what we do is only growing.

2014 sees a exciting shake up for the event and opens up entry to the World Heli Challenge via an online video competition – the World Heli Challenge “Call Up”. If you’ve always wanted to be part of the World Heli Challenge this is the year to put yourself in the game. A big fat NZ$14,000 cash prize purse ups the ante PLUS  NZ$18,000 in prizes from iON Cameras, Canon, Syrp and Points North Heli Adventures.

It’s free to enter the “Call Up” and you and a mate can win your way into a 9-day World Heli Challenge complete with up to two days of heli-accessed riding, filming and plenty of adventure to keep you frothing – all based around Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau from 7-15 September 2014.

The winning team of the World Heli Challenge share in NZ$10,000 cash and all competitors score an iON Air Pro 3 camera. The Runner Up Team share in NZ$4000 cash and also receive iON Air Pro 3 cameras.


  • “Call Up” competition : June – 20 August, 2014
  • World Heli Challenge : 7-15 September, 2014


The terrain surrounding Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau in stunning Mackenzie Country, New Zealand.


7-15 September, 2014.


Two chosen teams from the World Heli Challenge Call Up – announced 4 September, 2014 in Wanaka, New Zealand.

Key Dates

20 August : “Call Up” entries “Big Adventures/Big Rewards” DUE by 4pm NZ time. One week of online voting 22nd-29th August for People’s Choice Team.

4 September : “Call Up” team winners announced at event in Wanaka

7-15 September : World Heli Challenge based at Lake Ohau Lodge

18 September : iON Showcase Awards Night and Canon Shootout celebrations in Queenstown at The Find.

Event Overview

The World Heli Challenge starts with the “Call Up” and the chance for teams from anywhere in the world to create and submit a video entry.

Teams have until 20 August 2014 to edit and enter their 2-3minute “Big Adventures/Big Rewards” clip.

Download all the “Call Up” Entry Information HERE.

“Call Up” Teams can be any combination of two skiers/snowboarders, men/women.  The “Call Up” goes out to all competent skiers and snowboarders who can handle themselves on challenging terrain.

By entering you indicate your desire and availability to participate in the World Heli Challenge from 7-15 September, 2014 in New Zealand.

The World Heli Challenge is about sharing moments, seeking adventure and excitement and embracing the freedom and exhilaration that comes with freeriding in the mountains!

The World Heli Challenge is a 9-day, action-packed, dream alpine adventure including up to 2 days of heli-accessed free riding in which each team will make a 5-minute edit with their filmer to be seen around the world. Each team will be assigned a professional action photographer to document their Challenge and create a portfolio for the Canon Shootout.

It’s a freeriding dream!

And if that’s not enough… The winning team will share a cash prize of NZ$10,000!  The Runner Up team shares a prize purse of NZ$4000. Further prizes from iON Camera, Canon and Syrp total NZ$12,000 in value!

The athlete judged Best Overall by the World Heli Challenge Judging Panel wins a further week of heli-accessed backcountry riding with Points North Heli Adventures in Alaska valued at NZ$6,000.

This is a big fat alpine adventure with big rewards!

Canon Shootout

The World Heli Challenge is a visual and adventure lifestyle spectacular and it would be madness not to capture and share it. The Canon Shootout sees a photographer and filmer assigned to each team in a competition of their own to win prizes from Canon for the best portfolio of images and best overall clip.

To get a taste of what these talented lens-people create check out some highlights and edits from last year here.


Bona fide media are invited to cover the event. Please email media@worldhelichallenge.com for more information.

Media releases, high and low res images, web-clips and video clips will be provided to media on request. Please sign up to be included in our regular updates.

Adventure Days

On non-fly days the World Heli Challenge teams will enjoy plenty of freeriding at Ohau and the Mackenzie Country Snowfields, surfing sessions down on the coast, a hit of golf, some fishing in the famous clear local waters and many other adrenaline-inducing adventure options that are just waiting in New Zealand!

Access Entry Information & Critera

For More Information about the Event – Click Here