Our Mission Statement
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 also approved for carrying out the annual pilot check for other companies, completing in excess of 200 checks annually. More
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.
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.