Explore Akaroa on this helicopter flight from Christchurch
Witness the architectural charm and natural abundance of the Pacific coastline on this scenic helicopter flight in Akaroa. A quaint seaside town nestled in the flanks of an ancient volcano, Akaroa might look like the French Rivera, but its waters are brimming with uncommon marine life that can only be truly witnessed from the air.
This activity takes place from Christchurch and travels to the French colonial town of Akaroa. Located only a 15-minute flight to the south-east side of the Akaroa Harbour, local attractions include The Giant’s House and sightings of Hector's dolphin - the rarest and smallest dolphin in the world.
Meet your pilot at the airfield in central Christchurch for this scenic helicopter tour of Akaroa. A stunning three-hour aerial tour of the lush farmland and Pacific coastline, this unique experience brings the natural abundance and cultural complexities of New Zealand’s South Island to life. Heading southeast towards the Banks Peninsula, explore the wild yet beautifully manicured farmland that stretches out for thousands of hectares – reaching the scalloped bay of Akaroa Harbour. The jewel in Canterbury’s crown, Akaroa is designed & defined by its 19th-century French colonial heritage and colourful Maori history, as seen in the pastel buildings and European architecture. Touching down at a scenic plateau overlooking the bay, explore the area on foot and watch the horizon for pods of Hector’s dolphins that play in the shallows. Before returning to Christchurch, circle the iconic Akaroa Bay for a final time, appreciating the natural landscape and stunning contours of the peninsula.
Flights are completed in an executive EC130 B4 type helicopter that can accommodate six passengers (weight dependent) with its leather interior, air conditioning, noise cancelling headsets and emergency flotation devices. This helicopter’s low noise emissions makes it ideal for central city operations & scenic flights.