About Christchurch Helicopters

Christchurch Helicopters are located at Christchurch International Airport, operating from ‘The Heli Centre’ in the Harewood Aviation Park.

Located on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a city of contrasts. Residents enjoy easy access to a natural environment world-renowned for its beauty, as well as an exciting and regenerating urban ambiance.  Where else in the world could you ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens – all within 2 hours of an international airport.

Our Team

Our Aircraft


The Eurocopter/Airbus As350 is one of the most utilised helicopters in the world. Its versatility and comfort make it an extremely popular aircraft. Christchurch Helicopters has a vast amount of experience in operating these aircraft.

  • Engines: 1 Arriel 1B Turbomeca Engine
  • Gross Weight: 2540 Kilograms
  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 120 Knots
  • Max Operating Alt: 16,000 Feet

Eurocopter AS355 F2 Twin Engine

The Eurocopter AS355 is a twin engine six seat light utility helicopter popular worldwide and used in many types of operations. It has 2 x Rolls Royce 250 C20F engines.

Our AS355 can be configured for both VIP transport and Commercial operations.

We also have access to other helicopters available for type ratings, namely the MD500, EC120, B206 (Jetranger) and AS350 (Squirrel).

Eurocopter EC120 Colibri

The Eurocopter (now Airbus Helicopters) EC120 is a five-seat, single-engine, light helicopter.

  • Wingspan: 9.96 m
  • Length: 9.6 m
  • Weight: 960 kg
  • Top speed: 280 km/h
  • Range: 770 km

Guimbal Cabri G2

The Cabri G2 brings the two‐seat piston engine helicopter into the 21st century. Innovative features such as a composite fuselage, fully articulated main rotor system, infinite life composite blades, Fenestron tail rotor, and state of the art avionics make this revolutionary machine the safest and most enjoyable helicopter in its class to fly.

  • Engine: Lycoming 0-­360
  • Gross Weight: 700 Kilograms
  • Endurance: 4.5 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 90 Knots
  • Max Operating Alt: 13,000 Feet

Robinson R44

The R44 is the fastest selling helicopter in the world today. Seating four, the R44 offers unobstructed cabin area, having no bulkhead between front and rear seats, assuring exceptional visibility for all on board. The majority of student pilots will find themselves flying this helicopter when they step into their first job.

  • Engine: Lycoming IO‐540
  • Gross Weight: 1136 Kilograms
  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Cruise Speed: 110 Knots
  • Max Operating Alt: 14,000 Feet

For more information on the Robinson R44, click here.