Akaroa Craft Distillery HeliGin Experience

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Akaroa Craft Distillery HeliGin Experience Fly from Christchurch to view the harbour of the extinct volcano and sample the flavours of Akaroa and its surrounds. Tales of the harbour told in gin.

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  • Enjoy a 35 minute scenic helicopter flight from Christchurch to Akaroa
  • Take in the aerial view of a gorgeous French inspired seaside village in the Banks Peninsula
  • Sample local Gins made from the botanicals gathered around Akaroa
  • Per couple receive a gin tasting, platter & cocktail
  • Complementry bottle of gin per couple to take away


Take flight and experience the taste and tales of the Akaroa harbour, told in gin. Experience unique views of Canterbury from above, the landscape before you an extinct volcano making up Banks Peninsula. Lush forests and grassland run down the hillsides to the azure water of the endless bays. The spectacular rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean flows inland to Akaroa harbour. This is the home of Akaroa Craft Distillery, prepare for a journey to taste Akaroa On landing on the hill above Akaroa at our helipad, Take in the amazing view of the harbour before you. A short drive down into the village to the Akaroa Craft Distillery Tasting House at 45 Rue Lavaud. The Tasting House has been lovingly restored to become a place that feels like home. Somewhere relaxing and memorable for guests to sample a range of gins and learn more about the story and vision of the Akaroa Craft Distillery. Every bottle sampled is a taste of Akaroa and surrounds. Kelp gathered in Wainui, Pinot Noir from French Peak Vineyard, Lemon Verbena from Little River. Locally grown grapes, lemons, and honey for gins that are true evocation of this beautiful place. Your tasting experience is followed by a food platter between two people whilst enjoying a G&T each. A complementary bottle per couple of Hector's Gin - Named after the Hector's dolphins that swim off Akaroa, Hector's Gin comes in flavour profiles foraged from the Banks Peninsula. Akaroa Craft Distillery aims to aid to the story of Akaroa and give back to the region through their relationships with local community businesses, charities and trusts. They are proudly in partnership with the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust to aid their continuing good work with the preservation and conservation of marine life in New Zealand. For every bottle of Hector's Gin that they sell out of the tasting house, a portion of the proceeds are donated to the trust. If time should allow, a short walk of the surrounding township may be possible. A relaxing flight back to Christchurch flying over the gathering areas that make up the gin flavour's of the Akaroa Craft Distilleries Gins. Please Note: Minimum of 2 per person fares required for trip to depart Weather dependent Legal age to consume or buy Alcohol is 18 years old. ID must be carried and produced if requested. Minimum age 18 years old for this tour Helicopter used is at the discretion of GCH Aviation Bring your credit card to make further purchases


45-minute helicopter flight from Christchurch to Akaroa Live tour commentary provided in English

Important Information

  • 0 - 2 years infants are free of charge and must be seated on the lap of a fare paying adult
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, please take necessary precautions
  • At least two fares are required for this activity to take place
  • This activity is subject to acceptable weather conditions
  • Weight restrictions apply ID required to consume or buy alcohol - 18 years old

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