With the recent Trans-Tasman travel bubble announced, now is as better time as ever to book yourself a luxury experience above the stunning landscapes of New Zealand. GCH Aviation is ready and willing to deliver. The family-owned and operated aviation business owns helicopter bases all over New Zealand, namely in Christchurch, Kaikoura, Nelson, Wellington and Greymouth.
GCH provides guests with a range of luxury helicopter experiences. The company, currently the only helicopter company in the country to be awarded a Diamond Safety rating from the NZ Helicopter Association, has 30+ years of continuous service without incident under their belt.
Here are some of our favourite luxury helicopter experiences currently on offer with GCH Aviation.
Wellington Helicopters –Wharekauhau Heli-Lunch
Lift off with GCH Aviation from Queen’s wharf in central Wellington for a gastronomic day out in the beautiful Wairarapa region.
Relax in luxurious surroundings while chefs prepare a gourmet lunch for you to enjoy. Select from an award-winning wine list and enjoy a glass over panoramic views of Christchurch.
The helicopter transfers take in spectacular views of the Cook Strait coastline, Rimutaka Mountain Range, Orongorongo Valley and Palliser Bay, home to the award-winning Wharekauhau Country Estate.
The three hour journey includes a five course meal accompanied by a glass of wine and complimentary bottle of Lighthouse Gin per couple. Visit wellingtonhelicopters.com to book. Prices start at AUD $594.
Kaikoura Helicopters – Whale Watching & Hapuku Lodge Lunch
Only by helicopter, and with GCH Aviation, can you be aerial whale watching one minute and sitting on a hilltop high above Kaikoura’s coastline the next.
Within minutes you will be flying above Kaikoura’s deep-sea canyon, searching for a Giant Sperm Whale. The helicopter experience offers a remarkable view of the huge mammal from head to tail, flying slow orbits uninterruptedly above.
Guests of GCH Aviation will land at Mt Fyffe, greeted by spectacular views over the Hikurangi Marine Reserve and Kaikoura Canyon. From here, look north along the coast to the Kaikoura Peninsula, south to the Haumuri Bluff, and west to the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. The panoramic views will take your breath away.
You will also have the rare opportunity to check out the land changes from the 2016 earthquake, which changed the topographical land area of Kaikoura and lifted the entire sea floor.
Towards the end of this four hour GCH Aviation experience, guests will drop down to the exclusive Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses for lunch and a complimentary bottle of locally-made Esse wine.
Head to kaikourahelicopters.com for more information. Prices start at AUD $3786.
Garden City Helicopters Christchurch – Winery Tour
Board your awaiting private GCH Aviation helicopter for the once-in-a-lifetime Between The Vines helicopter experience. Once aboard, sit back and enjoy your journey into the North Canterbury wine region in style and comfort. Taking off from Christchurch’s Garden City Helicopters, you’ll be flown on your very own helicopter winery tour.
Experience tastings at five different and unique wineries, indulging in their distinctive flavours and award-winning blends. Due to the clay and limestone soil of the Waipara Valley, concentrated and expressive wines are grown here. Delectable Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling are specialities of this wine region.
Stops include George Road Wines, Terrace Edge Vineyard, Greystone Vineyard, Black Estate and Waipara Hills Winery.
The last stop will be for a locally-sourced lunch overlooking the vines before returning to Christchurch city. Immerse yourself in an abundant and truly local experience of taste, surrounded by the breath-taking panoramic views of the Waipara Valley. Each couple will receive a complimentary bottle of Waipara wine here.
Visit helicopters.rezdy.com for more information on this unforgettable helicopter experience. Prices start at AUD $690 per person and require a minimum of two fares for a flight to depart.
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