5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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  • Location:Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:20 minutes (approx.)

Christchurch Helicopter Tour

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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This Christchurch helicopter tour is not only a great opportunity to see the changing landscape of Christchurch but also to take in the beautiful views of the Banks Peninsula. Be sure to take your camera! There will be plenty of photo opportunities.

What You Can Expect

Christchurch Helicopter Tour

Christchurch City Helicopter Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

One of the best scenic flights I have ever been on. Great views and a good pilot with an interesting commentary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was great and the instructor was awesome :)

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

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