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Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour provided by Garden City Helicopters

Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour
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It is only from the air that you can only appreciate the scale of Christchurch City's devastation and recovery following the 2010 earthquake. This 20-minute helicopter tour flies over the crumbled tower of Christchurch Cathedral, the new sports stadium and other signs of the city’s rebuilding as you listen to your pilot's commentary. Your 20-minute flight also takes you to the spectacularly scenic Banks Peninsula, then back toward Christchurch over the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Christchurch Airport to set off on your 20-minute helicopter tour of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. Once you’re buckled in, listen to the pilot’s commentary while you soar over the Christchurch city center, where evidence of the devastation from the  2010 and 2011 earthquakes remains.  Get a bird’s-eye view of Christchurch’s road to recovery as you look down upon vacant city blocks as well as ruined buildings that are being rebuilt along Christchurch’s ever-changing skyline. Your pilot points out the seriously damaged ChristChurch Cathedral, and the nearby Transitional Cathedral that has taken its place. Fly over the new sports stadium and learn about the city’s vision for its future. Flying toward the coast, hover over Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) before taking in the volcano-formed coves and bays of the Banks Peninsula from above. The return route skims the outskirts of Christchurch, including the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs, whose affluent locals also experienced the destruction from New Zealand’s second deadliest natural disaster. End your helicopter tour back at the starting point, with newfound appreciation for this historic city rising from the ashes.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 20m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Christchurch Airport to set off on your 20-minute helicopter tour of Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. Once you’re buckled in, listen to the pilot’s commentary while you soar over the Christchurch city center, where evidence of the devastation from the  2010 and 2011 earthquakes remains.  Get a bird’s-eye view of Christchurch’s road to recovery as you look down upon vacant city blocks as well as ruined buildings that are being rebuilt along Christchurch’s ever-changing skyline. Your pilot points out the seriously damaged ChristChurch Cathedral, and the nearby Transitional Cathedral that has taken its place. Fly over the new sports stadium and learn about the city’s vision for its future. Flying toward the coast, hover over Lyttelton Harbour (Whakaraupo) before taking in the volcano-formed coves and bays of the Banks Peninsula from above. The return route skims the outskirts of Christchurch, including the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffs, whose affluent locals also experienced the destruction from New Zealand’s second deadliest natural disaster. End your helicopter tour back at the starting point, with newfound appreciation for this historic city rising from the ashes.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6036SCENIC
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary from pilot
  • Entry/Admission - Garden City Helicopters
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
20m
Departure details
  • 73 Grays Road, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring a camera for photo opportunites
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Customers in wheelchairs will need to be able to lift themselves in the helicopter or have a helper who can lift them.
  • wear warm clothing
  • Share your photos to our Facebook or Instagram #gardencityhelicopters #gchaviation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary from pilot
  • Entry/Admission - Garden City Helicopters
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 73 Grays Road, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
Duration
20m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring a camera for photo opportunites
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Customers in wheelchairs will need to be able to lift themselves in the helicopter or have a helper who can lift them.
  • wear warm clothing
  • Share your photos to our Facebook or Instagram #gardencityhelicopters #gchaviation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    73 Grays Road
    73 Grays Road, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
    See address & details
  • 1
    Garden City Helicopters
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission included
    After a safety briefing, Depart from our helibase at Christchurch International Airport by helicopter to view Otautahi, Christchurch from the air.
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    Pass by
    Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    Christchurch Cathedral
    Port Hills
    Sumner Beach
    New Brighton Beach
  • You'll return to the starting point
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raywellfarm
Leeston, New Zealand1 contribution
christchurch complimentary flyover, from Asure Quality
Jul 2021 • Family
most enjoyable, starting from the briefing to take off and the flight, the highlight was the tour of the facilities and the understanding of the training, the interaction with other services, and to witness preparation and the organization of emergency services.
our family left with a greater understanding, of the organization that our farm business supports, by annual subscription. Thank you and, Regards Peter Withell,on behalf of Raywell Farm Ltd.
Written 13 July 2021
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Sightseer23994902445
Thank you Peter for your review. You not only got a great view over the lovely Christchurch, you also got to see and hear about how we operate whilst touring our base. Thank you for your support for the last 5 years to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, the wonderful community fundraising organization behind the rescue helicopters. #gchaviation #gardencityhelicopters
Written 14 July 2021
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Isabella H
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
A must do while in Christchurch!!
Apr 2019
I bought my friend and I a voucher for her birthday! Was awesome to see your own city from the air and at such a good price. We got some awesome photos and our pilot Jono was very knowledgeable and was a great laugh! He even gave us a tour of their base after the flight!
I would recommend this to anyone from Christchurch and anyone travelling through!
Written 14 January 2020
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Alison F
Hi Isabella. What a fantastic gift to give that allowed you to enjoy the experience as well. This is a popular Birthday present for a lot of Cantabrians. The views of our city from above as it transforms is impressive. In front of your eyes you viewed New Zealand's newest city. Jono is just one of our amazing storytellers/pilots, making your experience with us enjoyable whilst he safely showed you over our home town. We do hope that we will see you again for another adventure from the air. Why not try a visit to see the whales with our Kaikoura Helicopters.
Written 23 January 2020
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Rajiv M
Mumbai, India24 contributions
Lovely scenic flight !
We a family of 3 took a Christchurch scenic flight with Garden City Helicopters. We had wonderful views of the city, the Peninsula Bay and Southern Alps (from far). The flight was smooth during the entire journey and our Pilot Jordan gave a commentary briefing us of the places we flew over. While most people take flights over glaciers, I would not hesitate recommending a scenic flight over Christchurch which also has a lot to offer.
Written 17 May 2019
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falconface
6 contributions
Amazing Experience
Great flight. Saw lots of the Christchurch sites. Jordan was very informative, safety conscious, and made sure we were comfortable throughout the flight. Would highly recommend, especially for tourists.
Written 6 January 2019
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Hello and thanks so much for taking the time to write this review on Trip Advisor. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the experience and will make sure to pass on your comments to Jordan. best wishes
Written 9 January 2019
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Smashley2013
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand94 contributions
A-maz-ing!
This was a Christmas present from the hubby. The tour was perfect on a lovely day. Johnathan, our pilot had a great sense of humor and had heaps to tell us as he helped us pin point what we were seeing. Might be time to start saving for a picnic trip!
Written 28 December 2018
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Many thanks for your review. We certainly hope to see you again for a scenic picnic trip in the not too distant future. best wishes
Written 9 January 2019
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Bikedreamer
Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
Great Birthday present
Jul 2018 • Couples
Was a fantastic day for flying. Always wanted to fly in a chopper and wasn't disappointed. Will definately do it again. Jonathon was a great guy and kept us entertained all the way.
Written 14 July 2018
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Hello Bikedreamer, thank you very much for taking time out to write this review on Trip Advisor. So pleased to hear you will be coming back to experience another of our wonderful flight experiences and will make sure to let Jonathon know he comes highly recommended! best wishes
Written 28 December 2018
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Rochelle G
19 contributions
Definitely recommend this!
Jun 2018 • Family
My mother and I did this tour as our Mother's Day present and I can highly recommend it to others. Our pilot, Jordan, was fantastic and took it very easy as my mother is a bot of a nervous flyer. Seeing the city from the air and getting commentary from Jordan as we went was fantastic and valuable to both locals and visitors to Christchurch. We are already planning our next excursion.
Written 7 July 2018
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Dear Rochelle, Thank you for your lovely review and so great to hear you will be coming back to see us. We cant wait to show you more of what Christchurch and Canterbury has to offer from the air. kind regards
Written 28 December 2018
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Ninanvg
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
An awesome experience
Jun 2018 • Family
This proved an excellent experience for the whole family.
My son, who is four, enjoyed the flight and the tour. He has always wondered how it feels flying in a helicopter and this was a dream come true.
How many of us actually get to fly in a helicopter, which by the way is more smoother than flying in an airplane.
Our pilot was very funndy and friendly. We loved the experience and saw our city from the sky.
Written 10 June 2018
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Glenda I
Christchurch, New Zealand90 contributions
1st Helicopter Experience - Loved it - Perfect Day
Jan 2018 • Friends
Blue Sky no wind - what a great experience. I was a bit apprehensive - small Helicopter but Jordan was very considerate and was very informative as we fly over the city, out to Lyttelton, Sumner, NewBrighton and back. A 20 minute trip and could have been a bit longer but never the less it was great and I recommend it
Written 24 January 2018
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