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Exclusive conservation experience

The George has partnered with Christchurch Helicopters and the Department of Conservation to sponsor Flight Path – a fundraising programme, and experience, that supports the critically-endangered orange-fronted kākāriki karaka.

The Flight Path experience begins before dawn when guests are delivered from The George, by private chauffeur, to meet your guide.  Guests will experience an untouched world and off-the-beaten-track discoveries, including natural hot springs.  They will be given the opportunity to get into ‘Ranger-mode’ to check and re-bait traps, spot kākāriki and other native animals in the wild.


Flight Path was the brainchild of Christchurch Helicopter’s owner/pilots, Terry Murdoch and Richie McCaw.  Working with the DOC Recovery Team, they committed to raise funds that will support the team’s work in pest-control innovation, intensified monitoring and research, increased genetics to support optimal pairings and support purpose-built at-place breeding aviaries to reduce the stress on the birds who have to be translocated to breed.


The George draws upon traditional Māori cultural values of manaakitanga (care) for our visitors and kaitiakitanga (guardianship) of the environment and kotahitanga (togetherness) to offer our guests a unique, individual and intensely immersive experience where conservation, philanthropy and sustainability intersect.