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Jet Boat World

Jet Boat World

Jet Boat World is a hands-on journey through jet boating history, told like nowhere else in New Zealand. Jet Boat World is part of Alpine Jet Thrills base located at Springfield Adventure Park in the very place where so much of the early development and experimental jet boating took place at Woodstock Beach on the Waimakariri River, here in Canterbury, New Zealand. Jet Boat World has been established to protect and promote the cultural significance of New Zealand's role in introducing the jet boat to the world. See Bill Hamilton's last jet boat. Touch the first purpose built racing jet boat to break 100mph in New Zealand. Compare the old wooden boats and early centrifugal jet pumps to...
Kaikōura Helicopters - Scenic Flights

Kaikōura Helicopters - Scenic Flights

Kaikōura Helicopters Scenic Flights options have something for everyone. From whale watching to mountain top seasonal snow landings. To heli rafting the local Grade 5 River. Enjoy mountain top views whilst tasting your platter of local cuisine whilst washing it down with the locally brewed beverages. Get the adrenaline pumping with our ATV adventure tour. Explore off road terrain in the foothills above the Kaikoura Coastline. Why not try your hand at the controls of a helicopter with our YouFly trial flight. Start or end the day with the stunning back drop on our Sunrise/Sunset flight. Grab that perfect photo or maybe get down on one knee. Why not talk to us direct to tailor up your own...
Kaikōura Helicopters - Whale Watching

Kaikōura Helicopters - Whale Watching

Kaikoura Helicopters will put you in the ultimate vantage point to see an entire Whale from head to tail as we fly slow orbits above. These magnificent mammals congregate in these waters and unique feeding grounds of the 3 kilometre Kaikoura Canyon that runs against the Kaikoura coastline. A variety of whales may be seen throughout the year ranging from, sperm, humpback, blue and southern right whale. Choose from one of our 4 brochure Kaikoura Helicopters Whale Watching flights or talk to us about tailoring a unique private charter to suit your budget. Kaikoura Helicopters is a division of GCH Aviation. Qualmark Gold. Kaikoura Helicopters are approved Department of Conservation operator...
Kaikōura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Kaikōura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Tour departs from our beach front heli-pads and within minutes be in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve that plays host to one of the worlds largest marine mammals, the magnificent sperm whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, you will enjoy the ultimate whale watching experience. Panoramic views of the Kaikoura Peninsula. See the seal colonies along the rocks at the end of Kaikoura Peninsula. If the whales are close to shore, possibility of seeing dolphins as well. Possibility of seeing baleen whales migrating through - humpbacks on their way back and forth from their feeding grounds down near Antarctica.
Kaikōura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch

Kaikōura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch

The extended option of our Classic Whale Watch, this flight gives you more time above Kaikoura’s unique deep-sea canyon searching for whales and other migrating marine life. The longer flight time allows us to search further offshore in the deeper waters, not only for the sperm whales but also for any migrating baleen whales such as the humpback, blue and fin whales as they travel between their feeding grounds in Antarctica and the warm waters of the South Pacific. On the way back to the beachfront heli pads keep an eye out for pods of our resident playful dusky dolphins, New Zealand fur seals basking along the rocks and the small hector dolphins swimming along the coastline.
Kaikōura Helicopters Heli Picnic

Kaikōura Helicopters Heli Picnic

Perfect for a romantic getaway, family adventure or group of friends. You will enjoy a unique experience to remember forever. Fly with Kaikōura Helicopters and enjoy a delicious picnic at altitude amongst the stunning Kaikōura Seaward Ranges with 360-degree views of this unique and rugged coastline. The pilot will choose the best location on the day, where weather conditions are best and the views are finest. After a scenic flight around the lower levels of the seaward Kaikoura ranges, land at a secluded landing site. Spectacular views of Kaikōura township and Peninsula. On a fine day, you can look North along the coastline to spot Wellington and South to Banks Peninsula. Enjoy a...
Kaikoura Helicopters Helijet

Kaikoura Helicopters Helijet

Departing from Kaikoura Helicopters beachfront helipads to look back upon the township that is wedged between the South Pacific ocean and the Kaikoura ranges. Enjoy a birds eye view of the dramatic landscape over the Kaikoura Peninsula and south along the coastline. Keep an eye out over the ocean as the area is known for Sperm Whales, sometimes seen close to the shoreline. Land at the river to meet your jet boat pilot Tim, a fifth generation sheep and beef farmer. Board your jet boat to glide through shallow river braids and dramatic canyons at heart-pumping speeds, with 360-degree spins and drifts. Experience all that the beautiful Hurunui river has to offer with Energy Jet before...
Kaikoura Helicopters Mt Fyffe Summit

Kaikoura Helicopters Mt Fyffe Summit

Lifting off from our beachfront helipads, your flight will take you up the Puhi Puhi Valley north of Kaikoura over private farmland and into remote DOC land. Fly through the Hapuku Gorge, past giant cracks in the hillsides and look down at the landslide that blocked off the river forming the Hapuku “Quake Lake”. Continue climbing to the South before touching down atop Mt Fyffe at 1602m/ 5200ft overlooking the spectacular Kaikoura region for great panoramic photo opportunities. Includes a snow landing during winter. Keep an eye out for wild deer and chamois traversing the mountainside as we fly down the face of Mt Fyffe before landing back in Kaikoura township.
Kaikōura Helicopters Sunrise / Sunset Flights

Kaikōura Helicopters Sunrise / Sunset Flights

What better way to greet or end the day, than by flying to a high alpine area to shut down and immerse yourself in the stunning Kaikōura region. Share a beverage with a loved one or set up your camera to capture that stunning photo. Sunrise: Fly from Kaikōura to land at a remote alpine location to watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean and light up the Kaikōura township and surrounding valleys. Sunset: Fly from Kaikōura to land high up in the mountains to watch the sun set out behind the Kaikōura Mountain ranges. Operates May to September - call us direct to enquire about options during summer months of Daylight savings.
Kaikōura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watching

Kaikōura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watching

From whale tail to mountain top, this flight has it all covered. Taking off from our central beachfront helipads, within minutes you will be viewing the mighty sperm whales from the comfort of your helicopter. After viewing the magnificent marine life, you will fly high above Kaikoura and land amongst the towering Kaikoura Seaward Ranges, where you will take in some of the most breathtaking views that New Zealand has to offer. Seasonal snow landing. Views to the west of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, to the east Kaikoura flats and the iconic Kaikoura Peninsula stretching out like a whale's fluke. See the different colours of water along the coastline where the fresh, silty water comes out of...
Kaikoura Kayaks

Kaikoura Kayaks

Welcome to our magic little seaside village where the wildlife out numbers the humans and mountains meet the sea. The curious NZ fur seals are only a few paddle strokes away and our local guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula. Watch seals dive and manoeuvre around your kayak, paddle with them as they swim around the Peninsula hunting for octopus. Continue your journey around the coastline for chance encounters with dusky dolphins and blue penguins. Paddle a crowd-free coastline with experienced qualified local guides, top kayaking equipment and an ocean teaming with marine life. Join our team on a real sea kayak tour that is enjoyable, interactive...
Kaikoura Whale Watching & Heli Gourmet Experience

Kaikoura Whale Watching & Heli Gourmet Experience

Lifting off from our beachfront helipads we head toward the Hikurangi Marine Reserve in search of wildlife in our waters. Kaikōura is not only home to the magnificent Sperm Whale, but is also a migratory route for a variety of different whale and dolphin species such as the Humpback Whale, Blue Whale, Southern Right Whale and Orca, so we never know from flight to flight when we might spot something different. After searching for whales, across the coastline and inland over the Kaikoura flats you head on our way into the Seaward Kaikoura mountains for a remote landing site. Take the opportunity to get out of the helicopter and take in the magnificent views and breathe in the fresh air. Then...
Kings Truffles Helicopter Experience 2023

Kings Truffles Helicopter Experience 2023

Join us at this special time of year when fresh truffles scent the earth, the weather is cool & calm, plenty of truffles & good company. Depart Christchurch by helicopter to Kings Truffles in the beautiful limestone valley of Waipara North Canterbury to experience a personal introduction to truffles. Indulge in this unique and rare opportunity to find and then savour some of New Zealand's finest Black Truffle. (Tuber melanosporum). On your journey home, we will stop in at a winery where you will be able to purchase lunch or have a wine tasting (cost of lunch or wine tasting is not included in tour price) Limited space truffle season - Sunday 9th July to Saturday 29th July. You will...
Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Lord of the Rings Edoras Tour

Enjoy an incredible day out as we travel to the remote area of Mt Sunday in our unique six-wheel drive vehicles. This peaceful area was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoiled beauty of this breath-taking area with its sparkling lakes, glistening rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air. Our guides provide an entertaining and informative commentary along the way. Enjoy a short walk to the summit of Edoras for spectacular 360 views. Movie replica swords and stunning scenery ensure unparalleled photo opportunities. Whether you are a Lord of the Rings fan, or want to experience the best scenery...
Melton Estate

Melton Estate

Melton Estate is a boutique winery featuring a modern restaurant and event venue set on 12 acres in West Melton. Melton Estate is an easy 25 minute drive west of Christchurch, and only 15 minutes from the airport. Melton Estate serves great food that is matched to our handcrafted boutique wines. Guests can sample local wines that include: Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and an award-winning Sparkling Riesling known as “Summer Love”. The restaurant has an extensive menu including platters, salads and main meals. A range of homemade tasty desserts are a highlight. A children’s menu is also available. There is an excellent array of options for gluten-free...
Melton Estate Boutique Winery Lunch - Garden City Helicopters

Melton Estate Boutique Winery Lunch - Garden City Helicopters

Arrive in style by helicopter for a wonderful winery lunch and wine tasting. Melton Estate is a premier winery located in West Melton, surrounded by 12 acres of vines and beautiful gardens. Touch down amongst the vines and then enjoy a two course lunch accompanied by a wine tasting of 5 boutique wines. Your tasting will include the acclaimed “Summer Love Sparkling” – Canterbury favourite. After your lunch stroll around the vineyard or check out the Cellar Door.
Mount Cook & the Glaciers

Mount Cook & the Glaciers

Our premier flight over the Mt Cook National Park and its vast glaciers and snowfields. See the ancient waters of the Tasman Glacier lake before flying the length of the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier. Experience what it feels like to stand in snow amongst the mountains as you take in a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook during your snow landing. Cross to the West Coast and view the formidable Franz Josef and Fox glaciers before completing your journey with uninterrupted views of the summit ridge of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Mount Cook Day Tour - Ex Christchurch

Mount Cook Day Tour - Ex Christchurch

Christchurch offers the perfect base for you to discover New Zealand’s tallest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook in this full day tour. Highlights include the Canterbury Plains which offer rich pastoral farmland. We break in Geraldine for a morning tea stop and then continue through Burkes Pass to Lake Tekapo & the Church of the Good Shepherd. Later we will see Lake Pukaki, a stunning glacial-fed lake and Aoraki/Mt Cook. Then enjoy a full buffet lunch (available as a pre-booked option) at the Hermitage Hotel. An optional scenic flight over this spectacular alpine region is also available at your own expense; this flight can be arranged with your driver/guide. Visit www.greatsights.co.nz...
Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

From the fun flow trails to adrenaline fuelled technical descents, our trail network is suitable for everyone. Take advantage of our onsite rental fleet and hire a bike. Looking to improve your riding? Take a lesson or two from one of our qualified and professional instructors.
Mountains High

Mountains High

This flight takes you past the Hochstetter Icefall on Aoraki/Mt Cook and the upper Tasman Glacier before a thrilling alpine landing in the snow. You’ll fly home through the remote Burnett Mountains with the expansive and arid Mackenzie Basin below you.
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