Air Rescue and Air Ambulance Services
Garden City Helicopters is the proud provider and operator of a full-time professional air rescue and aero medical transfer operation for the Canterbury, West Coast, Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough Regions.
We recommend you visit the websites of the two Air Rescue Trusts linked above, for extensive information on our air rescue operation. Click on logos.
We have achieved a world-class, professional service through a cooperative administrative partnership with The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust and in conjunction with St John and its paramedics and 111 emergency call service.
Our partnerships are sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation in Canterbury, on the West Coast by Solid Energy Coals of New Zealand. Principal Funder of the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Service is the New Zealand Community Trust and a Principal Sponsor is currently being sought.
Our facilities include modern hangars in Canterbury, Greymouth and Nelson housing maintenance workshops, training and briefing rooms and secure storage for specialised medical and rescue equipment. On-site facilities include re-fuelling, night operation lighting and the latest communication equipment for 24 hour, 7 day week coverage.
Garden City Helicopters also maintains and operates the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service - a fixed wing medical transfer service operating from Christchurch Airport, transporting patients from regional centres to advanced medical facilities throughout New Zealand.
St John's trained team of paramedics and winch operators are crucial to the successful outcome of missions, as are our water rescue volunteers. Just like Garden City Helicopters, St John is committed to providing the very high standard of care and expertise demanded by the air rescue and air ambulance service.
The Canterbury West Coast air rescue and air ambulance service itself is the only one in the region activated through Telecom's 111 Emergency Service through the St John control room. It is this 24 hour, 7 day a week rapid response system that ensures effective and immediate deployment of rescue and air ambulance crews. This service is also used by the region's Fire Fighting service for fire control, by Police Search and Rescue and by the Coastguard.