A helicopter has crashed onto a golf course in rural Canterbury, injuring all four people on board.
Three people with serious injuries were flown by rescue helicopter to Christchurch Hospital, and a fourth person, who has moderate injuries, was taken to the same hospital by ambulance, a St John spokeswoman said.
Terrace Downs Resort press officer Louise Paul said a bride and groom planning to marry at the resort today were on the helicopter when it crashed, along with the pilot and one other person.
The crash happened in Windwhistle, 80km west of Christchurch, and was reported to police at 3.05pm.
Fire crews from the Hororata and Methven volunteer fire brigades have been sent to help, Southern Fire and Emergency shift manager Simon Lyford said.