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Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    73 Grays Rd, Yaldhurst, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    Between 9am - 5pm. Please advise your preferred flight time at time of booking.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary from pilot
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Please bring a camera for photo opportunites
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Popular mentions
    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
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    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.
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    Response from Alison F, Director of Sales at Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour
    Responded 8 Jan 2019
    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
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    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!
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    Response from Alison F, Director of Sales at Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour
    Responded 8 Jan 2019
    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
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    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.
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    Response from Alison F, Director of Sales at Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour
    Responded 26 Dec 2018
    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
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    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
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    Response from Alison F, Director of Sales at Christchurch Scenic Helicopter Tour
    Responded 26 Dec 2018
    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
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