Untouched Peaks

Heliskiing in New Zealand is all about no compromises. It’s for adventurers who are seeking pure adrenalin and pure freedom in pure powder. If you’re an intermediate or higher skier/boarder, the South Island’s heliski operators will take you to open bowls and steep chutes that will make your toes tingle with anticipation. The day begins with a weather check, then transport to the staging area. Safety briefings on avalanche transceivers and helicopters are followed by an effortless scenic ride to the ridge of your dreams. From here it’s all downhill through powder, as you and your guide lay lines on the slopes. After a gourmet lunch the afternoon continues with another flight to another mountain load of fresh runs. At the end of the day it’s a quick trip back to civilisation but it’ll take you a while to come down to earth.

4-DAY SOUTH ISLAND HELI-SKIING TOUR

DAY ONE
Upon arriving at Queesntown airport, you will be transferred to Eichardt’s Private Hotel, where you can enjoy unrivalled views over Lake Wakatipu. Spend the afternoon exploring the pretty alpine town or visit Amisfield’s Bistro and Cellar Door and indulge in their “Trust the Chef” signature menu, with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce available on the day. After returning to Eichardt’s, pop into the hotel’s famous bar and private parlour to sip on the region’s finest pinot noir or expand your cocktail horizons amongst the snowy peaks and nature beyond. Complete your evening at the newly opened Eichardt’s Grill for a gastronomic meal.

DAY TWO:

After breakfast you will be chauffeured to Queenstown’s closest ski field, Coronet Peak. A world-class ski and snowboard area with 280 hectares of skiable terrain and breath-taking views, it’s the perfect way to get your ski legs ready for your Heli-ski. Experienced skiers and riders will enjoy varied terrain from wide groomed trails to steep off-piste runs, moguls and open bowls. After a busy day up the mountain, end your day at one of Queenstown’s award-winning restaurants. Our concierge team would be delighted to arrange this for you.

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DAY THREE

Today you will be transferred to Minaret Station, located in a sheltered glacial valley high above the shores of Lake Wanaka on one of New Zealand’s iconic high country stations. Discover wild deer and chamois clambering on the surrounding slopes, cheeky Kea birds appearing from nowhere to say ‘hello’ with the only sound being the water in a nearby stream making its way downhill to the lake below. Settle in for dinner at the Mountain Kitchen – the ultimate in secluded luxury. Modern cuisine paired with an extensive cellar and bar is prepared by resident chefs using fresh local produce.

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DAY FOUR

The day begins with a weather check and safety briefings, before your helicopter takes you over sparkling azure lakes and the breathtaking Southern Alps. The adrenaline rush from the helicopter is nothing compared to the feeling you get when you land on top of the ridgeline surrounded by utterly remote and otherwise inaccessible mountain faces. From here it’s all downhill through untouched powder, before breaking for a gourmet alpine picnic as you reflect on the morning’s incredible runs and look forward to even bigger vertical drops and more fresh powder in the afternoon. As the sun begins to set it is time to board the helicopter again and make your way back to your luxurious chalet, ending your day in front of a roaring fire with a glass of Central Otago Pinot Noir in hand.

AT A GLANCE:

  • Two nights’ accommodation at Eichart’s Private Hotel
  • Breakfast and evening cocktails
  • Day skiing at Coronet Peak
  • Two nights’ accommodation at Minaret Station Alpine Chalet
  • Full-board at Minaret Station (incl. beverages)
  • Return helicopter transfers from Queenstown
  • Full day guided heli-ski / heli-board
  • Guided Hunting optional alternative

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

  • Helicopter Transfers from Airport or Airside Meet and Greet
  • Amisfield’s Bistro and Cellar Door “Trust the Chef”
  • Central Otago Private Wine Tour
  • Dog-sledding adventure day

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