There's a reason it's called the "Heli Challenge"

In Mt. Aspiring National Park, behind the mighty Mt. Albert, deep in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, a squirrel helicopter unloads its cargo on the top of the course. From photographers to filmers, starters to judges, guides and athletes, every person involved in the contest had to be heli'd up to the venue. It was quite a feat getting over 60 people up there, but they did it in under an hour. (Camilla Stoddart )