Southern Alps Helicopter Tour

Southern Alps Helicopter Tour

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Chill
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 3 y/o
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    moderate1) Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 4 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, is considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    73 Grays Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8042

Activity description

Discover the rugged roof of New Zealand on this helicopter tour of the Southern Alps.

A powerful portrait of nature at its most vibrant, experience a spectrum of piercing blues, virgin whites and endless evergreens that made the Southern Alps the perfect place to film the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A backdrop that defines the New Zealand landscape, appreciate this wild wonder from the air on a luxury helicopter flight from Christchurch.

This activity is run and operated from the airfield in Christchurch and travels to Arthurs Pass National Park in the Southern Alps. Following the Waimak River Gorge, total flight time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Meet your pilot at the airbase in Christchurch for this scenic helicopter tour of the Waimak River Gorge in Arthurs Pass National Park. Part of the Southern Alps, this region is renowned for its dramatic backdrops that encapsulate the spirit of New Zealand. A vignette of the area’s most distinctive features, its large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island. Setting off from the centre of the city, leave the skyline behind you and travel over the vast Canterbury Plains to the magnificent Southern Alps.  Explore the beautiful Waimak River Gorge following the historic Trans-alpine railway through to the upper reaches of the river as your pilot points out historical bridges that connect east & west. The highest pass over the Southern Alps, experience glaciers and magnificent mountain scenery; landing on a mountaintop to breathe in the fresh alpine air. After exploring the area on foot, catch a lasting glimpse of the remote mountain range before returning back to Christchurch.

Flights are completed in an EC130 B4 type helicopter that can accommodate six passengers (weight dependent) with a leather interior, air conditioning, noise cancelling headsets and emergency flotation devices. This helicopter’s low noise emissions make it ideal for central city operations & scenic flights.

Activity requirements

Weight limit of 100kg per passenger applies

Lap held children fly for free (<18kg)

Special terms

Please note this activity operates with two-person minimum per tour.

  • Scenic Helicopter Flight
Do not forget to bring
  • GoPro/Camera
  • Closed Toe Shoes
Meeting point
73 Grays Road, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8042 Get directions


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