Air Rangitata offers you scenic flights and charters from our base in Mid Canterbury, 20km's north of Geraldine, in the heart of the South Island of New Zealand.
Our high wing Cessna 206 aircraft has seating for five passengers and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities.
The possibilities are endless - we can have you in Milford Sound within 90 minutes, having observed some of the South Island's most magnificent alpine scenery en route. Mt Cook and the famous West Coast glaciers and coastal scenery are only 30 - 40 minutes away from Air Rangitata's Mid Canterbury base, and you are never far from witnessing the unique mountains, glaciers and rivers that make the South Island of New Zealand
As a privately owned and operated company. Your safety is our highest priority. We operate in accordance with the Civil Aviation rules and regulations and aim to provide you with an unforgettable experience that is 100% tailored to your needs.
Scenic & Charter Flights
Prices quoted in NZ$, subject to change
Tailor your own flight, choose one of our set routes or take advantage of our charter service. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Everyone has a window seat with an unimpeded view as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Our aircraft is fitted with individual headsets for talking amongst yourselves and to hear the pilots informative commentary of the amazing scenery and history of the area.
- Rangitata & Rakaia Headwaters: Enjoy flying through the Rangitata Gorge over the historic Mesopotamia and Erewhon Stations. View Mt Sunday, famous in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, and continue past Mt D'Archiac and over the Garden of Eden - a huge pristine ice field that many claim as being the highlight of any New Zealand flight. Follow the main alpine divide to the headwaters of the snowfed Rakaia River - New Zealands most prolific Quinnat salmon fishery. View picturesque Lake Heron, Mt Somers and the patchwork of irrigated agricultural land, better known as the Canterbury Plains.
- Price NZ $295 pp - minimum of 2 passengers. Flight time approximately 1 hour.
- Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers: This is our most popular trip flying over the Southern Alps and the Mt Cook National Park. Following the Rangitata River to its source high in the Southern Alps where it starts as snow and ice. We then track south viewing the landscapes on the east and west of the mountains that are unique to this region. Upon arriving at the National Park we view the biggest and renown Tasman, Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers set amongst 22 peaks over 10,000 feet in a pristine environment of snow, rock and ice. We fly south around the majestic Mt Cook with its amazing ice falls, crevasses and view of the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake complete with icebergs. On the way back across the Mackenzie Basin you will see the turquoise - blue Lake's Tekapo and Pukaki, Round Hill ski field before following the Orari River past Mt Peel back to the Air Rangitata airfield.
- Price : NZ $410 pp -minimum of 2 passengers Flight time approx 90 minutes.
Tailored Flights & Charters
Air Rangitata can tailor a trip suited to your needs for individuals or larger groups. We can advise and organise your tour to locations that are not normally accessible including landing at remote sites for a picnic or a closer look at the beautiful scenery.
You can charter us from 15 minutes to a few days! Why not enjoy a one hour scenic flight and stop for a picnic near the headwaters of the Rangitata river.
We can offer various options to cut business travel time and link up with other tourist operators. We provide airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.The destination is your choice.
We are also able to pick passengers up from Ashburton or Methven.
Hunting & Fishing
You know the South Islands reputation for world class hunting and fishing opportunities. Let Air Rangitata provide a safe and personalised service to remote destinations. We have the ability to land at several remote locations which is an advantage if you are short on time, or want gear dropped in or bought back out - Air Rangitata is at your service.
Air Rangitata are pleased to offer gift vouchers so that you can provide friends, family or staff with a most amazing experience. For a birthday, anniversary, or indeed any special occasion, your Air Rangitata gift voucher will provide a lasting impression.Gift vouchers are an excellent way to encourage or reward staff, or provide a 'thank you' that will be long remembered.
To complete your New Zealand adventure let us organise your trip to include:
- Horse Trekking
- Walks and Treks
- High country lodge stays
- Meals and wine tastings
Air Rangitata, Ashburton Enquiry Form
372 Rangitata Terrace Road
Phone: +64 3 303 6400
Mobile: +64 27 473 2581
Web: Visit website