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Company Profile


Our Mission Statement

Garden City Helicopters Ltd aims to provide a professional service tailored to meet the wants and needs of our individual clients.

Operating with very experienced pilots we wish to maintain our excellent flight safety record and pass on our high standards to trainee pilots who graduate from our program.

We wish to remain progressive and innovative to keep pace with a changing external environment, and introduce diversification within the realms of our core operations.

Our organisation is a high profile company and we wish to maintain our image and credibility built up over the last 30 years.


Garden City Helicopters was established in New Zealand by John Currie in 1983 at New Brighton Beach, East of Christchurch City. The main functions of the company at that time were as a coastal helicopter rescue service and operator of scenic flights around Banks Peninsula and Christchurch city. The expansion of tourism opportunities in Christchurch increased the demand for scenic flights and the formalisation of a dedicated and expanded air rescue operation resulted in a relocation to expanded base facilities adjacent to Christchurch International Airport.


Today, Garden City Helicopters is widely respected as one of New Zealand's premier helicopter operators, servicing all aspects of tourism and charter flights, air ambulance and rescue operations and commercial flying services as well as further expansion into fixed-wing aircraft charter operations.


Garden City Helicopters Ltd is a fully approved helicopter training provider under CAA rules Part 141. The company offers certified helicopter flight training and ground school training plus specialised helicopter training procedures.



Commercial Helicopter Operations
Garden City Helicopters is a leader in the provision of safe, effective and cost efficient commercial applications using helicopter services. These services include:


Private/Corporate/VIP Charter  More
Power line inspection and survey  More
Repeater Station Servicing  More
Filming and Photography More
Fire Fighting More
Construction and Industrial Lifting More
Search and Rescue More

Banner Towing
Event Co-ordination
Insurance Recovery
Marine Pilot Transfer
Orchard Frost Protection
Marine Survey


Scenic Heliflights
Our current areas of operation include tourist flights, adventure trips including Heli jet boat, luncheon flights and charters catering for both local and international markets. More


Flight Training
Garden City Helicopters is a fully approved helicopter training provider under CAA rules Part 141. Our instructors are rated as some of the best in the country. We cater for both local and international students and proudly offer certified flight training to the highest standards.


Garden City Helicopters is also approved for carrying out the annual pilot check for other companies, completing in excess of 200 checks annually. More


Specialist Training
Our extensive experience has also allowed us to become an approved provider of specialist helicopter training - including HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training), Winch Operations, Human Sling Training and Night Vision Equipment Operations.


Rescue Operations

For a number of years Garden City Helicopters Ltd has been providing a dedicated air rescue operation in the South Island of New Zealand through the formation of The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, and in conjunction with St John. This partnership is sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation in Canterbury, on the West Coast by New Zealand Coal and Carbon Ltd.


In September 1996 Garden City Helicopters expanded it's Air Ambulance/ Rescue Helicopter operation by establishing a dedicated service at Nelson to cover the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region administered by the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.


Garden City Helicopters also maintains and operates the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service - a fixed wing medical transfer service operating from Christchurch Airport. More


Safety is the paramount consideration for all our operations. Over the past 23 years as commercial, EMS and tourist operators, Garden City Helicopters has had an enviable safety record. Garden City Helicopters is an approved CAA check and training organisation. It is approved to carry out CAA 135.607 checks for many of the helicopter operators in the South Island.


The vast experience of the pilots, regular training, familiarity of equipment and extensive and continual exposure to the extreme terrain covered by our network, ensure that our safety record is maintained. This is complemented with in-house aircraft maintenance and quality assurance programmes.


Garden City Helicopters Certification:

  • CAA Certified Part 119/135 Air Transport Air Operators Certificate
  • CAA Part 141 Certified Training Organisation
  • VNZ Quality Management Systems AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008
  • VNZ Ambulance and Paramedical Services NZS 8156:2008
  • VNZ Air Ambulance/Air Search and Rescue Service 2011

Garden City Helicopters are Members of :

  • Ambulance New Zealand
  • Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
  • Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
  • Aviation Industry Association
  • Ambulance Communications Centre Comms User Group

Garden City Helicopters - Christchurch´s most experienced helicopter operator

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