7
days

South Island Heli Ski Tour

During this South Island Heli Ski Tour you will experience skiing and snowboarding like never before. You will ride untracked powder runs with no crowds while soaking in the stunning surrounding. 

Arrowsmiths, Mt Cook, Wanaka, Treble Cone, Queenstown, Mt Hutt, Ohau - Three Days of Heli-Skiing/Boarding and One Day of Guided Backcountry.

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Itinerary

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1
Welcome to Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ … Welcome to New Zealand!

Your tour starts early in the morning with a 6am departure from Hotel Rydges Latimer in Christchurch. Before departure, you can boost your body for an amazing day of heli skiing/boarding with a fully cooked breakfast. Today you will explore the vast mountainous area spanning three 3 ranges - The Arrowsmith, Ragged and Palmer Ranges which includes over 200 named heli runs. After this exhausting first day you will have the opportunity to soak in hot pools while enjoying the starry night sky. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Methven Resort 1 Night (or similar)

2
Mount Hutt - 365 skiable hectares

Located in the Southern Alps, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt Ski Area receives some of the lightest and driest powder in Australasia. With 365 hectares of wide, undulating trails, open slopes and steep chutes there's something for everyone. The views from Mt Hutt are amazing, on one side you have to ocean and on the other the stunning Southern Alps. If you wish to ski on slopes where no lift reaches, there’s the heli-upgrade option for you. Tonight yoy will drive to Aoraki Mt Cook Village so you can rise early for Day 3.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel 2 Nights (or similar)

3
Heli Mount Cook

Mt Cook National Park is a fantasy land of ice and rock reknowned for its exquisite alpine beauty. This is home to the highest mountain in New Zealand, Mt Cook. The area offers excellent circumstances for heli skiing, it has the highest landings, longest runs, most consistent conditions and greatest snow accumulation of any backcountry area in New Zealand. A third of the park is covered in permanent ice and snow and the mighty Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier outside of the polar regions. Glacial melt gives the lakes their beautiful milky, turquoise colour.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

4
Ohau the hidden gem of the Southern Alps

Today travel to beautiful Lake Ohau, located between Christchurch and Queenstown in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps. Ohau Snow Fields offers exquisite dry powder and gets you off the beaten track to experience the outstandingly beautiful yet stark landscape, some of the most spectacular mountain views in New Zealand and the awesome range of ski fields available on the South Island. After our time riding at Ohau we drive through to Wanaka where we stay the night, ready for another amazing day of heli skiing.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel 2 Nights (or similar)

5
Heli Wanaka

Today as you are heading into the mountainous areas around Wanaka and the surrounding lakes, you will have access to over 8,500 square metres of terrain spreading across 11 different mountain ranges – this is over 3000 times the size of Coronet Peak! Your experienced heli guides will take you to some hidden spots where you will have the chance to ride virgin snow while enjoying the stunning views across the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. 

In the evening, Wanaka is an après-ski haven, with endless choices of places to dine, drink and dance the night away.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

6
Back Country Tour at Treble Cone

Treble Cone lies within the heart of the Southern Alps and is the largest ski area on the South Island. Spread over three large basins, there's plenty of exhilarating skiing and boarding terrain for all abilities. The area is renowned for dry power and its spectacular views over Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring, its location also means reliable snow conditions as well as protection from the cold southerly winds. Today you will be joining professional guides for an incredible day of backcountry skiing/snowboarding beyond the boundaries of Treble Cone ski area.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel 1 Night (or similar)

7
Free Day - Then Homeward Bound

"Haere rā" Goodbye! and Bon Voyage!

Feel free to explore the city of Queenstown if you have time today, there's plenty to see and do in the 'Adventure Capital of the World'! We hope you loved this skiing adventure tour and our promise to make your travel through New Zealand as hassle-free and hospitable as possible -   ensuring that today you leave with a memory card full of photos, and huge smiles on your faces when recalling your time in New Zealand! Have a great homeward journey, farewell and hope to see you again soon in Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

Recommended Queenstown excursions:

Routeburn Track Guided Day Walk Explore Historic Arrowtown Highest Bungy Jump
Wine Tasting Tour Central Otago Biking Skippers Canyon Round at Millbrook Golf Resort
TSS Earnslaw Steamboat Cruise Dart River Jetboat Safari Gibbston Valley Wine Trail
 

Meals: Breakfast