Heliski New Zealand

Photo: Harris Mountains Heli-Ski

Kevin Boekholt

Kevin Boekholt

Heliski New Zealand

This is the ultimate way to ski or board New Zealand. Imagine being airlifted deep into the backcountry with a small group of fellow thrill-seekers to find slopes well off the beaten track.

Heliski operators can access mountains you’d never get to otherwise, and the views from the chopper are jaw-dropping. It's not just for experts – some operators have intermediate-friendly heliski options, so leave your excuses at the door.

Riding on untracked natural snow is very different to the groomed slopes of the ski areas we’re all used to. If you're renting gear, explain what you're doing and request that your gear is well waxed. You can usually get by with standard downhill skis and boards, but most operations recommend the use of fat powder skis and powder boards if possible. Whatever you're into, an adventure can be custom-designed to ensure you get it.

Harris Mountains HeliSki (Mt Cook Village, Queenstown & Wanaka)

Exciting heli skiing expeditions in seven separate mountain ranges including the Harris Mountains, Buchanans Range and Mount Cook region.

Southern Lakes Heliski (Queenstown & Wanaka)

Southern Lakes terrain to suit every skier and boarder, from gentle to steep – Southern Lakes has access to the most terrain of any NZ heli ski operator, and even glacier skiing/boarding is an option.

Methven Heliski (Canterbury)

Just two hours’ drive from Christchurch, heli ski or heli snowboard in the Arrowsmiths, a glaciated mountain range running parallel to the Southern Alps.

Ski The Tasman (Mt Cook Village)

Air-accessed skiing adventures on New Zealand's longest glacier, which doubles as New Zealand’s longest green run. Small group adventures for average/moderate skiers (best suited for skiers, but snowboarders should get in touch).

Mount Cook Heliski (Mt Cook Village)

Exclusive access to Mount Cook National Park with its vast expanses of untracked mountains – expect long and high runs amongst big glaciated peaks.

Alpine Heliski (Queenstown)

One-day and multi-day heli skiing and heli boarding packages in the pristine terrain of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

 

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