THE GEORGE OFFERS EXCLUSIVE CONSERVATION EXPERIENCE
The George has embarked on a new partnership with Christchurch Helicopters and the Department of Conservation to sponsor Flight Path – a fundraising programme, and experience, that supports the critically-endangered orange-fronted kakariki karaka– a small, native parrot that lives ‘locally’ in the foothills and valleys of the Southern Alps and is New Zealand’s rarest forest bird. Travelling in the New Zealand forest is a must-do experience known for its dawn chorus. Our forests are ancient monuments and cathedrals with unique species that are our national treasures (taonga).
Flight Path begins before dawn with the sounds, sights and smells of the forest as it pulses with native flora and fauna, not found anywhere else in the world. New Zealanders are proud and protective of their environment. And of one very special, endangered bird, only found in Canterbury is the orange-fronted parakeet or kakariki karaka, with its unmistakable, vibrant plumage, which is the focus of this experience.
You are delivered from The George by private chauffeur to meet your guide, Lyndon, at Christchurch Helicopters. Lyndon is an Endangered Species Ranger from the Department of Conservation and known in these parts as a bit of a ‘kiwi’ Steve Irwin.
After lift-off, you will immediately take in the extensive vista of the farmland of the Canterbury Plains. Your view is only interrupted by the region’s famous braided rivers flowing from the foothills as you continue west toward the mighty Southern Alps. With civilization left well behind you touch down on a secluded valley floor, accessible only to a select few. This untouched world is home to some of Lyndon’s best-kept secrets and off-the-beaten-track discoveries, including natural hot springs. You may get in to ‘Ranger-mode’ to check and re-bait traps, spot kakariki and other native animals in the wild. Take in unparalleled 360-degree views while you enjoy a picnic lunch especially prepared for you by the cuisine team at The George. Over lunch, Lyndon will talk about the ‘little Canterbury battler’ and the extensive conservation work undertaken to help it survive and thrive.
Also available is a full day experience with a seat on a return flight with Christchurch Helicopters from Christchurch into Arthur’s Pass to one of three valleys with the opportunity to release one of these treasured birds into the forest as part of the orange-fronted kakariki Flight Path programme. There is only one of these precious experiences to be had each year for visitors to Christchurch and exclusively with The George.
The partnership with Christchurch Helicopters and their unique fundraising programme Flight Path, sees a percentage of every flight on the Conservation Experience donated to the recovery program.
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 M?ori 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.
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