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Southern Alps Taster provided by Christchurch Helicopters

Southern Alps Taster
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Book in advance
from $1,250.00 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
About
Discover the picturesque Southern Alps, one of New Zealand's most iconic land features. Fly over the immense checkerboard of the Canterbury Plains, across the tresses of the braided Waimakiriri River and to the sheer sides of a steep gorge to touch down at Chest Peak. Sitting at just under 6,500ft, the peak dwarfs most other mountains in the region. Take in breathtaking, 360 degree vistas stretching from as far as the eye can see, including the Blockbuster backdrops of Castle Hill, the Lees Valley, Flock Hill Station and beyond. All our pilots proudly call Canterbury home and will share their wealth of knowledge and personal anecdotes as you fly near their much-loved and noteworthy spots.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 15m
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 249560P5
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
A landing on Chest Peak - one of the highest mountains in the Canterbury Region
Duration
1h 15m
Departure details
Christchurch Helicopters, 25 Aviation Drive Harewood Aviation Park, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand 25 Aviation Drive - Enter the Harewood Aviation Park and Christchurch Helicopters is the first on your right
Inclusions
A landing on Chest Peak - one of the highest mountains in the Canterbury Region
Departure details
Christchurch Helicopters, 25 Aviation Drive Harewood Aviation Park, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand 25 Aviation Drive - Enter the Harewood Aviation Park and Christchurch Helicopters is the first on your right
Duration
1h 15m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Infants must sit on laps
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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Christchurch Helicopters
    25 Aviation Drive Harewood Aviation Park, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand
    25 Aviation Drive - Enter the Harewood Aviation Park and Christchurch Helicopters is the first on your right
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Waimakariri River
    Castle Hill
  • 1
    Canterbury Region
    Stop: 10 minutes
    Fly over the vast Canterbury Plains inbound for Chest Peak - one of the highest mountains in the region at just under 6,500 ft, where you will land at the top to witness the truly breathtaking beauty this magnificent mountain range has to offer
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  • You'll end at
    Christchurch Helicopters
    25 Aviation Drive Harewood Aviation Park, Christchurch International Airport, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand
    25 Aviation Drive - Enter the Harewood Aviation Park and Christchurch Helicopters is the first on your right
    See address & details
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Luke M
1 contribution
One of the best experiences of my life
Aug 2020
The weather wasn't playing the game in the morning, but Jess kept in contact regularly and made sure I could get up as soon as it cleared.
Once I arrived, I was greeted by her friendly smile and made to feel right at home - until Richie McCaw stepped into the room. Fair to say I was somewhat overawed by his presence, however he is a very down-to-earth and personable bloke. After a safety briefing, we were soon flying towards the Southern Alps. He was quite informative, pointing out heaps of interesting things I would have otherwise missed, and he obviously knew how to fly that machine.
And I'll tell you something for nothing, the views from up there were incredible. So much so that I was speechless for much of the flight. Just staring out the windows like an idiot.
Flying in a helicopter so close to the mountains gives an amazing new perspective on "our backyard", and I encourage anyone who hasn't experienced it to give Christchurch Helicopters a call.
You will not regret it.
Written 8 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much Luke for such an amazing review! We were honestly so pleased we could get you up there! You are so right about the views, they are pretty spectacular and am pleased you were happy with the pilot! Hopefully we will see you here again one day soon. Always welcome to have a turn behind the controls aswell!!
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Vicki Garlick
Ohoka, New Zealand1 contribution
Husband and father in law
Feb 2020 • Couples
The flight was a 94th birthday gift for Louis,my father in law, absolutley loved the flight up to an old ski field chest peak...awesome pilot Richie McCaw something my rugby mad father in law never stops talking about. Richie pointed out things of interest there and back and the boys felt safe. Jess made booking easy,paid a deposit to secure and kept us notified on the weather etc. Was put off one day due to fires in Canterbury and choppers were used but we were rebooked and kept in the loop. Awesome service, great choppers, took heaps of photographs etc...would highly recommend. They have a waiting area where people not going on the flight can wait if need be. Theres a great range of flights this one was about an hour nd half I think but it was cut shirt due to weather and other passenger was catching a flight!! But it was still awesome....😃
Written 6 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you for flying with us! Was our pleasure to take Louis and Paul up in the air! We are so pleased you all enjoyed it and we hope to see you here again one day soon. :)
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Christchurch Helicopters
11joannan
11joannan
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Awesome trip
We had booked for a morning flight but the weather didn’t play the game. Jess was brilliant at keeping us informed
laurlai
laurlai
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Exciting activity for tourists in Christchurch!
We wanted to find an activity to do after the COVID-19 lockdown ended. Fortunately for us, Jess from Christchurch H
SamiraM686
SamiraM686
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Fantastic - kids are still raving about it!
Had a fantastic time - kids are still raving about it. Also found it a lot easier than I imagined as I'm a bit of
ChristineTomo
ChristineTomo
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Birthday treat
We’re from Canada and were visiting my brother and partner in Ashburton when I realized he had never been on a he
804kevr
804kevr
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Fantasic trip to Banks Peninsula
There were four of us in the party, and this really was an incredible experience. The pilot was very informative, w
Navigator11020304720
Navigator11020304720
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Great Flight
I was gifted this helicopter flight for Christmas... The flight was 45 minutes long so perfect for a first timer li
steveaX7154ZF
steveaX7154ZF
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Experience of a lifetime
Christchurch Helicopters, what a professional and friendly organization. My family and I were luckily enough to do
arnie123456789
arnie123456789
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A memorable day!
Christchurch helicopters flew my daughter and son in law around banks peninsula for photos and then on to their wed
Gemgem255
Gemgem255
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Amazing experience
Was my first time flying by helicopter and Christchurch Helicopters made me feel super safe and welcome. You can se
NS493
NS493
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Had an amazing flight with chch helicopters!
The staff were so friendly and helpful which made the experience extra enjoyable. Would definitely recommend for an
G1774TZkellys
G1774TZkellys
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Highly recommend - must do experience!
We had such an incredible time and loved our flight! It was our own little private tour with the pilot, Travis as o
devonmount28
devonmount28
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Amazing experience, best flight i've been on
Amazing flight over the city with a really knowledgeable pilot. The machine was super comfortable and safe and prov
tschiff1978
tschiff1978
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Awesome flight with Richie
Incredible flight over Christchurch and the volcano peninsula, just a big wow! Thank you Richie and Team for this u
slprattley
slprattley
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Breathtaking experience - a must do!
We booked a flight for my aunty who was celebraing her 90th birthday. SHe had never been in a helcopter and wanted
glynnyk
glynnyk
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Incredulous!
Having recently relocated to Christchurch and finding myself drawn to the enormity of the devastation of the 2011 e
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