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There are very few places in the world with as much diversity in landscapes on their doorstep as Christchurch, New Zealand. Only a short flight in virtually any direction will put you over snow covered mountains, lush pasture farmland, rivers, lakes, rugged coastlines or major metropolitan cities. Enjoy a birds-eye perspective on our amazing country as our experienced pilots fly you in comfort and safety over some of the most unique landscapes you'll ever see. A scenic flight with Garden City Helicopters is an experience you'll never forget. 

All prices shown are in NZ$ and include GST. Please note: Individual weight restrictions may apply to specific aircraft or flights.
Flights are subject to weather conditions and aircraft availability. Please check with us at time of booking. Click Here for conditions


Christchurch City Scenic Experience

Christchurch city is changing rapidly as the city recovers and rebuilds from the earthquakes of 2010/11.  A flight over the city will give you the best perspective of just how much the landscape has changed. Our pilots will inform and entertain you on the interesting facts and points of interest, new developments and the vision for the future of the city. We will also fly over the Port of Lyttelton showing the spectacular scenery of Banks Peninsula and return via the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs.

20 minute flight

  Christchurch City  

$199 per person


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Canterbury Winery Lunch

Enjoy a heli-flight to one of our region’s world-renowned wineries where you will enjoy a delicious lunch. You have a choice of 2 stunning wineries within easy reach:

PEGASUS BAY WINERY -  rated one of NZ’s top 5 wineries.

WAIPARA HILLS WINERY - an award winning wine range from the South Island of New Zealand.

Flights are around 20 minutes one way and operate nearly all year round. Your helicopter pilot will be ready when you are to take you back to base near Christchurch airport after lunch.

Allow 3 hours - Price excludes lunch

  Waipara Hills Winery  

$499 per person


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The river jet boat trip is a must when in New Zealand; we have some of the most picturesque, pure rivers in the world.  A 10 minute helicopter flight takes you directly to the Waimakariri River, meeting the award winning Jetstream Tours jet boat for an exciting 20 minute ride.

Choose from the fast, open braided river run on the lower reaches of the Waimakariri with JET THRILLS.

Allow 40 minutes

  Jet Thrills  


$430 per adult


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Kaikoura Whales

Kaikoura is famous for its teeming marine wildlife and in particular the whales who make it their home all year round. Fly north from Christchurch following the Canterbury coastline. When in Kaikoura you will transfer to the WHALE WATCH helicopter and see dolphins, seals and of course the whales from the air, the best way to see them.

Allow 3 hours

  Kaikoura Whales  

$2,285 per person


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Southern Alps Explorer

Fly over Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains to the magnificent Southern Alps. Explore the beautiful Waimakariri River Gorge following the historic TRANZALPINE RAILWAY through to the upper reaches of the river and Arthurs Pass National Park. Experience glaciers and magnificent mountain scenery in an area remote and pristine. Land on a mountaintop and breathe the fresh pure mountain air.

Allow 1.5 hours

  Southern Alps Explorer  

$1,380 per person


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Fly from Christchurch to Akaroa. The charm of this old town, together with the incredible scenery encountered en route has assured Akaroa's popularity as a unique tourist destination. Combine your trip with one of the many other optional activities available such as a CRUISE ON THE HARBOUR to see the rarest dolphin in the world, the Hector’s dolphin, the Pohatu Penguin Colony, jet boating, paragliding, sea kayaking and many more. Contact us to arrange these excursions for you. The village also boasts a number of excellent shops, cafés and restaurants.

Allow 3 hours - Price excludes optional excursions

  Akaroa Harbour  

$569 per person


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Aoraki Mount Cook & Lord of the Rings Country

Fly south over Christchurch and Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps and Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. The views will simply take your breath away. There are 27 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3000 metres and hundreds of others which make up the famous Southern Alps. Enjoy lunch at GLENTANNER HIGH COUNTRY STATION, or visit the famous SIR EDMUND HILLARY CENTRE. Fly home through Lord of the Rings country and see the spectacular site of Edoras the capital of Rohan.

Allow 2.5 hours - Price excludes optional lunch

  Aoraki Mt Cook  

$2,155 per person


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Love is…in the air

Want to propose? Or treat someone special to a life experience they will never forget? Fly over Christchurch City and land on the areas highest peak, Mt Herbert. Mount Herbert rises on the southern side of the crater rim of Lyttelton Harbour, from the summit, a bird's eye view of Canterbury spreads beneath your gaze, ranging beyond the miniature Lyttelton below to the angular mass of the Southern Alps and the Marlborough mountains, the highest peaks clad in perpetual snow. Or we could take you to one of the many secluded bays around Banks Peninsula not accessible by road. Enjoy a glass of bubbles while you take in the spectacular views. We can arrange to have a picnic ready for you as an optional extra.

Allow 1 hour - Price excludes optional extras

  Love is in the air  

$435 per person


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Romantic Escape Package

If you want to impress, spoil or surprise someone, this is the way to go! Start with a scenic flight over Christchurch City, landing at the PEPPERS CLEARWATER RESORT and golf course. Package includes:

  • A scenic 15 minute flight over Christchurch City
  • Complimentary transport of your vehicle to Peppers Clearwater Resort
  • One night’s accommodation in a lakefront suite
  • Gourmet tasting platter on arrival
  • Bottle of sparkling wine in room (or with dinner in the restaurant)
  • 3 course dinner for 2 (excluding beverages)
  • Full buffet breakfast for 2
  Romantic Escape Package  

$1,245 two people


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GCH Aviation are situated near Christchurch International Airport at 73-93 Grays Road.  Phone: +64 3 358 4360  or CLICK HERE for full contact details and location map.




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