Airborne Adventures

Points of Interest

  • Take a scenic balloon flight or a wedding package flight
    (includes a champagne breakfast)
  • Scenic fixed-wing or helicopter flights including alps and glaciers experience
  • Skydive over Mt Hutt and the Canterbury Plains
  • Charter a DC3 flight for your group
  • Visit the renowned Ashburton Aviation Museum, one of New Zealand's finest
  • Heliskiing virgin snow in the pristine Southern Alps

Mid-Canterbury is much more than land or water-based adventure — the sky is literally the limit here.

Choose from one of the many airborne adventures on offer. From a gentle glide suspended by a hot-air balloon, or helicopter and fixed wing aircraft scenic flights, soaring over the Mid-Canterbury Plains with the various fields of crops, and the lush green of dairy farming, providing a spectacular patchwork quilt below to an adrenalin free-fall skydive at 200kph.  Charter one of the last operating DC3 passenger planes in New Zealand based in Ashburton.

Whatever your choice, it will be an experience never forgotten. You’ll be blown away by the magnificent scenery.

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Ballooning Canterbury


located in 2126 Bealey Road, RD2, Darfield - Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.

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$320 - $395 (NZD)

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Methven Heliski


located in Main Street, Methven - Methven Heliskiing's heliski and heli-snowboarding adventures are just 1.5 hours from Christchurch. We operate in the Arrowsmith and Ragged Ranges (the "Arrowsmiths") - hidden from view on the Canterbury Plains. These mountain offer, we think, NZ's best range of heliski terrain.

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from $995 (NZD)

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Skydiving Kiwis Ltd

Skydiving Kiwis


located in Ashburton Airport, Seafield Road, Netherby, Ashburton - Skydiving Kiwis is the only spot in Canterbury to do your tandem skydive.
Nestled in the heart of Canterbury's (Mid Canterbury)majestic scenery, your mind-blowing New Zealand skydiving experience awaits you. Not only do you get to feel the rush of free-fall reaching speeds of up to 200kpm, your leisurely plane ride...

$235 - $534 (NZD)