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Caroline Blanchfield
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About GCH Aviation

GCH Aviation incorporates our parent company Garden City Helicopters, based in Christchurch, New Zealand, plus our additional aviation operations extending through New Zealand and into the South Pacific. These include Garden City Helicopters Nelson, Garden City Helicopters Greymouth, Wellington Helicopters, Pacific Island Air Fiji and Vanuatu Helicopters, offering helicopter scenic tours, transfers, charters, and commercial helicopter services.

The Group also operates emergency air rescue and air ambulance services; Westpac Rescue Helicopter, NZCC Rescue Helicopter, Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, and the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service. In addition, we are home to Canterbury's first full-service corporate Jet Centre, a gateway for private jets, purpose-built to service the South Island’s rapidly growing corporate aviation market. Our GCH UAV drone division offers state-of-the-art, high-resolution aerial imaging and inspection services, revolutionising business in a range of industry sectors.

GCH Aviation Group represents over three decades of exceptional aviation experience in helicopter and fixed-wing tourism, certified flight training, commercial, air rescue, and ambulance operations.

News Stories


GCH Aviation Group Expands into Luxury Charter Jet Market

GCH Aviation is now part of exclusive network Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel.

GCH Aviation Group Accepted into Virtuoso

GCH Aviation is now part of exclusive network Virtuoso, the leading international travel agency network specializing in luxury and experiential travel.
Kaikoura Coastline

GCH Aviation Group Expands Tourism Portfolio With Purchase of Kaikoura Helicopters

GCH Aviation, acquires Kaikoura Helicopters, expanding the group’s scenic and commercial aviation services across New Zealand and the Pacific.
GCH Aviation Christchurch HQ

New Facility in Christchurch Commences Operations

We are delighted to commence operations from our new $23 million headquarters at Christchurch Airport - Australasia’s largest multi-purpose aviation facility.
West Coast Helicopter

Garden City Helicopters Ltd Purchase Coastwide Helicopter Services

Purchasing Coastwide Helicopter Services from Mt Hutt Helicopters Ltd adds commercial helicopter services to our range of rescue services for the West Coast.
Air Rescue Open Day 2015

Thousands Attend Air Rescue Open Day 2015

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GCH Aviation New Christchurch Facility

Garden City Helicopters New Airport Facility Underway

Construction is now underway for a brand new state-of-the-art operations facility for Garden City Helicopters at Christchurch Airport with completion targeted for the end of 2016.
Christchurch Hospital Helipad

Helipad For Hospital May Help Save Lives

GCH Aviation HQ

Garden City Helicopters Safety Award Recognition

Garden City Helicopters is awarded the Aviation Industry Association AIRCARE Safety Recognition in 2015 for 25 years' fatality-free flying.

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