Garden City Helicopters - GCH Aviation

Christchurch Tours


Christchurch and Canterbury- What better way to see the region than by air with Garden City Helicopters. A flight over the city or a hop between the vines by helicopter. Why not try your hand at flying a helicopter with our YouFly Trial flight. Visit the extinct volcano of Akaroa or see the majestic creatures of Kaikoura, See a whale from head to tail. Escape to the remote snow landing site of the Liebig Dome and look across to where sir Edmond Hillary trained for Everest, New Zealand's highest peak Aoraki Mount Cook. Check out our flight options. Private charters on request by emailing 

In operation since 1983, GCH Aviation is headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand at a purpose-built aviation base. The facility has Christchurch’s only Private Jet Centre with a 24-hour FBO service and offers a Challenger 604 business jet for national and international charter. 


A family-owned business, GCH Aviation owns more than 30 aircraft and employs over 120 staff across its helicopter and fixed wing aviation services in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

GCH Aviation holds the New Zealand Helicopter Diamond Safety Award for nearly 40 years continuous operation without accident to self, passengers, or crew. Safety is a priority!

The company owns commercial helicopter bases: Garden City Helicopters Christchurch, Kaikoura Helicopters, Wellington Helicopters, Coastwide Helicopters Greymouth and GCH Aviation Nelson.

In the South Pacific we own Pacific Island Air in Fiji, providing Fiji's only luxury air-conditioned helicopters, seaplanes, and fixed wings as well as a helicopter base in Vanuatu.

GCH Aviation UAV provides aerial imagery, mapping and large light show events using specialist drones. 

GCH Aviation is widely respected as one of New Zealand’s premier aviation operators serving all aspects of luxury tourism transfers, air charters, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services.

In 2021 GCH Aviation won the prestigious 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Award from Tourism New Zealand.

GCH Aviation is the only privately-owned New Zealand aviation company to be accepted as a Virtuoso supplier. It joins Virtuoso’s collection of the finest luxury hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, tour operators and other suppliers worldwide.

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73 Grays Road, Christchurch, Canterbury, 8544, New Zealand


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