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Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

Christchurch, New Zealand

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icon20 minutes  (Approx.)
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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, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand

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Returns to original departure point
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:  
Banks Peninsula
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Garden City Helicopters
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christchurch Cathedral
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring a camera for photo opportunites
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Garden City Helicopters

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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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What is the maximum group size during Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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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.

Product code: 6036SCENIC

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