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Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Christchurch, New Zealand
Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

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icon20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Fly over Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula on a 20-minute helicopter tour that takes in city sights. From an aerial view, you’ll appreciate the scale of Christchurch’s devastation and recovery following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Soar above the ruins of ChristChurch Cathedral and see the new sports stadium while the pilot comments on rebuilding efforts. See the suburbs of Sumner and Redcliffe, and view the port of Lyttelton.
  • 20-minute scenic helicopter flight over Christchurch
  • See the devastation caused by the 2010 earthquake from the air
  • Photograph the Christchurch Cathedral rebuilding site and other aerial views
  • Fly over the picturesque Banks Peninsula
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Live commentary from pilot
Hotel pickup and drop-off
73 Grays Road , 73 Grays Road, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Stop At:  
Garden City Helicopters
After a safety briefing, Depart from our helibase at Christchurch International Airport by helicopter to view Otautahi, Christchurch from the air.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
An aerial view of the many green spaces of Ōtautahi, Christchurch. Such as: Dean Bush, The Red Zone and Hagley Park. Within Hagley Park is the Christchurch Botanical Gardens. A 21 hectare park with more than 10 different gardens framed by mature trees and expansive lawns, which are mostly contained within a loop of the Avon River.
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Christchurch Cathedral
Christchurch Cathedral is the focal point of Cathedral Square in the heart of Otautahi, Christchurch. This place of Anglican worship, which was badly damaged in the 2011 earthquake. View down on the repair work being done to restore this city landmark.
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Port Hills
View the Port Hills, a range of hills in Canterbury, named because they lie between the city of Christchurch and the sea port at Lyttelton. They are an eroded remnant of the Lyttelton volcano.
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Lyttelton Harbour
Look down on Lyttelton Harbour / Whakaraupō, one of two major inlets of Banks Peninsula. A harbour formed by an ancient volcano that has been flooded by the sea. A busy port for the city of Christchurch.
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Sumner Beach
Sumner beach is a coastal seaside suburb that is a popular spot for surfing and swimming and sea fishing
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New Brighton Beach
From Waimairi to Southshore, the New Brighton beaches are just one of the many of Pegasus Bay. The New Brighton pier is the longest in Australasia, an icon of the Canterbury region.
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Garden City Helicopters
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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One of the best scenic flights I...
Mary K
, May 2015
One of the best scenic flights I have ever been on. Great views and a good pilot with an interesting commentary.

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