Sightseeing Taken to a Whole New Level

There is something magical about seeing the world from above. We’ll take you on an exhilarating adventure that lets you experience New Zealand and view it from another perspective.

Who We Are

Wyndon Aviation is a Civil Aviation Authority licensed, locally owned and operated small family helicopter company. For more than 30 years we have been operating in Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.

What We Do

We provide helicopter flights, pilot training, re-currency training and examining. Our commercial services are vast, specializing in animal pest control and research operations. Back-country picnics, photography, weddings and other special events are available on personal request.

Why Choose Us

Your safety and satisfaction is our main priority. We have the flexibility to provide you with a solution to your commercial requirements or to create a wilderness experience, never to be forgotten!

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Our Team

Our team is headed by Mark, chief pilot and director. Helping Mark run the company is Lynda. She is an experienced pilot and flight instructor who has an extensive background in the Queenstown adventure industry, as well as marketing and sales. Collectively, we have more than 25, 000 hours of flying time logged in fixed wing and rotor wing machines.

Mark Watson

Mark is very familiar with not just the local Canterbury area, for many years he conducted aerial spraying and topdressing, helicopter and aeroplane operations in Marlborough, Canterbury, Nelson and North Otago regions. He has extensive experience in the aviation industry, from big jets to small training helicopters and has amassed a total of 23,000 accident-free hours.

Lynda Harrap

Lynda is a current B category flight instructor and commercial operations pilot for Wyndon Aviation, she is also the company Quality and Safety Manager. She enjoys teaching people to fly in their own time, at their own pace while showing them the beauty of New Zealand from above.

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Our Services

Helicopter Flights

Our pilots are available to take you on a personal and customised flying experience, whether it’s for a quick chopper transfer or a cross-country sightseeing tour.

Scenic Flights

  • Fly over Christchurch City and the Port Hills. See the rebuild and transformation of the central city, and the beauty of the plains spreading from the mountains to the sea
  • See the Southern Alps up close. We’ll give you great views of our mountains, glaciers and rivers

Day Trips

  • Fly to Akaroa or Hanmer Springs for the day. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy the great views. When you arrive you’ll have the day to explore the area and enjoy the sights, and then we’ll fly you back to Christchurch
  • Visit one of the many great wineries in Canterbury. You’ll arrive in style for lunch, and will be able to enjoy the fine wines on offer
  • Visit a high country station. See a working farm in action, meet great people,  enjoy a delicious lunch, and take in the sights of our beautiful countryside

High Country Adventures

  • Hunting – Pigs, Deer, Chamois and Thar can all be found in the Canterbury back-country.  We can help you plan suitable locations for you and your group, away from the crowds
  • Fishing – Canterbury has excellent Trout and Salmon fishing. We can get you to remote locations that not many would visit, and can also offer guided trips
  • Overnight in a private hut – for that authentic taste of New Zealand culture, you’ll fly to a private hut in the back-country. Enjoy the fantastic scenery on the way, and when you are there go walking or fishing. At the end of the day enjoy a lovely meal and go to sleep among the mountains

Fly a Chopper

  • Challenge yourself and take a chopper flight where you have the controls (with an experienced instructor beside you at all times!). We offer flight training for aviation enthusiasts who are eager to learn how it all works. Our flight training also makes a great team building exercise, a Christmas function activity, or simply a 30-minute “Give It a Go” gift  for that special person

Transport and Executive Charters

  • If you need to get somewhere fast or if you’d like to charter a helicopter for a special occasion, we can help

Pilot Services

  • We can help you achieve your pilot’s license with training from our experienced instructors at times that suit you.
  • We also offer flight tests for the issuing of a pilot’s license

Annual Competency Checks

  • We can perform annual competency checks for helicopter operators


Commercial Services

Heavy Lifting

  • We can lift heavy loads to areas that would be inaccessible by land vehicles. This can save you time and money

Fire Fighting

  • We have years of experience in aerial  fighting fire using buckets

Aerial Surveys and Transport

  • We have experience in aerial surveys, and in transporting staff to remote locations for day or multi-day data gathering

Frost Control

  • We can provide frost control for vineyards and other fruit and vegetable crops
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Want to experience New Zealand’s majestic mountains, hidden rivers, and virgin forests? Wyndon Aviation will take you there. Check out our photos and videos below to get a glimpse of what to expect when you go flying with us.





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Want to go on a high-flying adventure or experience the thrill of flying a helicopter yourself? Get in touch with our team to learn more about our helicopter flight and training services and to request a free quote. You can send us an email , give us a call on 0274 454 475 or fill out the form below. Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you!