When most people think of scenic flights, they imagine adventures that take them soaring over snow-capped mountains and pristine glacial lakes. And while New Zealand does have its fair share of those landscapes, there are also plenty of other stunning routes you can take for a bird’s-eye view of the country.
If you’re looking for a breathtaking experience, why not check out some of Christchurch’s scenic flights? There are plenty of excellent options to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect getaway for you, no matter your interests.
Soar above the cityscape and take in the beauty of New Zealand’s stunning natural resources. Whether you’re a first-time flyer or an experienced adventurer, these flights will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Fair warning: don’t forget to grab your camera and get ready for takeoff.
Here are some of the top picks for scenic flights from Christchurch.
You may find the highest mountains and the longest glaciers in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. It is genuinely alpine, with skyscraping peaks, glaciers, and permanent snowfields set against a star-studded sky.
Even though Aoraki Mount Cook has 23 summits exceeding 3000 meters in height, it is incredibly accessible. Aoraki/Mt Cook Village, located by magnificent Lake Pukaki and providing a suitable base for alpine sports, is accessible through State Highway 80. The stargazing is spectacular here, far from the city lights.
The park’s magnificent glaciers are accessible via helicopters and ski planes. The Tasman Glacier is an excellent alternative for intermediate skiers, while experienced skiers will enjoy the Murchison, Darwin, and Bonney glaciers. The start of an incredible adventure begins with a landing among stunning ice formations and caverns. Boat tours of the Tasman Glacier’s terminal lake are available from October to May.
The picturesque village is perched on the side of an extinct volcano and is named after Lord Lyttelton. It was an excellent harbour, fishing site, and meeting place because it was so close to the water. Lyttelton was the entry point for the first four English settlers and hence has a considerable historical significance for the entire region.
The busy Saturday market, which pulls locals, visitors, and even Christchurch residents via New Zealand’s longest road tunnel, is widely known in the gorgeous and scenic town.
Quail Island is a landmark of Lyttelton Harbour for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. With walking trails, history, and beaches, the old quarantine station and leper colony island provide a terrific day out.
The Banks Peninsula is a one-of-a-kind landform in New Zealand. This is Nature’s Playground, right on Christchurch’s doorstep, with infinite hills, bays, and hidden vegetation.
Akaroa and its environs are rich in Mori and settler history, adventures, and one-of-a-kind experiences. You’ll feel like you’re in another world just a short distance from Christchurch.
Have your camera ready since the hilltop’s highest point of view is breathtaking. The stunning blue waters of Akaroa Harbour are contrasted with the green of the highlands in panoramic views.
The region’s coastal waters are home to a diverse range of marine creatures and birds, making it an ideal location for year-round marine activities.
The sperm whales, who share this section of the ocean with dusky dolphins, fur seals, and albatross, are perhaps the most well-known residents. Uncommon Hector’s dolphins, humpback whales, and orcas make appearances throughout the year.
Enjoy a Kaikoura heli-picnic or an adventure. These are just a few of the unforgettable moments you’ll have along the way.
Take off for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure across the magnificent Southern Alps. Deep into distant mountain ranges, high country lakes, braided rivers, and vast countryside, you’ll be able to fly.
Travel amid awe-inspiring National Park scenery surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and natural wildlife, with views only accessible by helicopter. Trip to the base of the glaciers after exploring the Rakaia River’s remoteness. Without a single interruption, enjoy the view of the outdoors.
- Hanmer Springs Scenic Flights
Hanmer Springs, a lovely alpine community 90 minutes from Christchurch, is renowned for its natural hot pools and magnificent vistas.
Hanmer Springs is located in the extreme north of Canterbury and is constructed around the Hanmer Springs thermal pools. Hanmer Springs scenic flights offer an incredible opportunity to experience breathtaking vistas, lovely scenery, and the best local attractions from a unique perspective. Take a stunning panoramic flight and soar above the earth.
- Lake Sumner Flights
Lake Sumner is a lake in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island, around 100 kilometers northwest of Christchurch (between the Lewis Pass and Arthur’s Pass National Parks).
The Lake Sumner Forest Park is home to Lake Sumner, also known as Hokakura in Mori. These lakes and beech-clad mountains, large rivers, and natural hot springs define the region.
Hiking, hunting, trout fishing, white water kayaking, and mountain biking are all popular activities in this area. It is, however, rarely ‘busy’ due to its very distant position and difficult vehicle access. Fans of the “off the beaten track” will enjoy this destination. A heli-ride is an excellent way to explore its beauty.
- Lake Tekapo
Depart Lake Tekapo for a picturesque flight around the ‘Grand Traverse,’ a natural wonderland, comprising 20 peaks, valleys, and glaciers.
Lake Tekapo, part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, is beautiful by day and spectacular by night, making it an ideal spot for stargazing.
The township looks north, across a stunning turquoise-colored lake, to the dramatic mountain ranges of the Southern Alps. The fine rock flour (ground by glaciers) suspended in the water gives Lake Tekapo its distinctive milky-turquoise colour. You can enjoy the fantastic view from above through the helicopter ride.
Christchurch is a beautiful city that offers plenty of opportunities for adventure, but if you want to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer, you need to take to the skies.
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, consider booking a scenic flight with Christchurch Helicopters. Our pilots will take you on a breathtaking journey over some of the most stunning landscapes in New Zealand.
Whether you’re visiting from abroad or just want to see the beauty of Canterbury and its surroundings from a new perspective, we promise that our scenic flights in Christchurch will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
So don’t hesitate to contact us – book a trip to remember today.