Excursion

Banks Peninsula by Helicopter and Jet Boat

Discover New Zealand’s landscape from both the air and water with this exciting adventure, which features a helicopter flight over Christchurch to see the unfortunate devastation caused by the earthquake of February 2011, and a jet-boat ride on the Waimakariri River.

  • Code
    AKA-BW
  • Level
    High
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    12 & above
  • Duration
    Approximately 2 hours

A minivan will transfer you from the pier to the helicopter, located nearby. Once aboard, allow your expert pilot to show you the sights of the Banks Peninsula as he guides the helicopter over the rugged peninsula coast, Taylors Mistake and Godley Heads.

Fly over the port of Lyttelton and the Port Hills before viewing Christchurch, giving you a bird’s-eye perspective on the damage caused by the earthquake that rocked the city on February 22, 2011.

Concluding your scenic, 25-minute flight, set down at the Waimakariri River, where you will join your jet boat for the next chapter of your New Zealand adventure. During a 30-minute jet-boat ride, experience the thrill of an extremely fast and maneuverable craft, specially designed to operate in shallow, swiftly flowing waters. In fact, jet-boat technology was pioneered over 40 years ago here in New Zealand and has been successfully promoted worldwide.

While your exhilarating boating experience will draw to a close, your memorable discovery of the Banks Peninsula continues as you enjoy a 25-minute return helicopter flight from the river to Akaroa, taking a slightly different route.

Then, it will indeed be time to wrap up today’s excursion with your transfer to the pier.

Important Notes:

Although the suggested age appropriateness for this excursion is 12 years and older, children as young as ten may participate. This excursion is not suitable for guests with mobility issues, those with back or neck problems, or for women who are pregnant. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical limitations, as they will be required to embark and disembark vessels that sit low in the water, as well as negotiate steps and gaps to embark and disembark the helicopter. Guests will be required to walk over uneven terrain at the riverside. All guests must sign an insurance waiver. It is recommended that guests wear casual clothing, a light jacket or sweater, sunglasses and flat, comfortable shoes. Life vests, which will be provided, are mandatory. Please note that there will be no commentary on board the jet boat. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on prevailing weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Availability:
Extremely limited