High above the valley floors and glacier-blue lakes there’s a whole new world to be discovered, a mountain-top paradise most people will never encounter.
Only Heli-Snowshoeing can give you the perspective on nature you've only ever see on film, and only our highly-trained helicopter pilots have this array of incredible locations at their disposal. It’s a heli-hike with so much more to explore when hiking through the snow.
Surrounded by jagged mountain peaks, you can enjoy the high altitude experience of a guided snowshoeing hike combined with scenic helicopter flights, with not another soul around, all under the backdrop of the most glorious views in the world.
In inclement weather your pilot will choose walking areas where the elements are more inviting. The rest is up to you - along with your guide, you will create a memories that will stay with you forever.
Heli-Snowshoeing - The Trip
Half Day Trip
On top of the world just minutes from Queenstown, and without the strenuous climb. In this area, surrounded by towering jagged mountain peaks and hidden winter alpine life, the only way to access this pristine environment is by Helicopter.
Endless mountain-tops, hidden valleys and frozen lakes stretch into infinity, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu far below. Silence and remoteness surround you in this very special environment where you can heli hike and explore at leisure.
Once your helicopter flight gets the adrenalin is rushing, you’ll don a pair of our high-tech snowshoes and you’re ready to go. Gone are the old tennis racquet style snowshoes and in are the new, slim line snowshoes which let you feel as if you are floating across the snow. Snowshoes allow you to snow hike across unbroken snow without sinking up to your waist, opening up huge possibilities for wilderness exploration.
Then you and your expert guide can explore the snow covered wilderness that surrounds you. Snowshoeing from Queenstown offers an exciting exploration of the white wintery wilderness. Most of the area around Queenstown is backcountry, and offers kilometers of snow in winter for snowshoeing.
DEPARTURES: 8.30 am OR 1:30 pm or by arrangement on a privately guided basis. (between June & Oct - Snow dependent)
PICK UP: We'll pick you up from and drop you back to your Queenstown accommodation.
HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular scenery with snow-capped mountain & lake views, walking on pristine snow in our own mountain wilderness minutes from Queenstown.
MINIMUM NUMBERS: Minimum of two (adults) or equivalent price. Single travelers please contact us to check availability.
Heli Snowshoeing Half-Day
Privately Guided Prices
Please contact us directly to book. Credit card details will be required to confirm, but will only be processed on the day of the trip.
PRIVATELY GUIDED snowshoeing trips can be arranged. Book now to create a wilderness experience to suit your interests or abilities.
Winter departures only (1st June - 30th September, and sometimes starting in May and going into November, snow dependent).
All prices $NZ, subject to change without notice, inclusive NZ GST, are valid June 2016 until 31st October 2016. Prices are per person and are inclusive of helicopter, guide, equipment, snacks and pick up from your accommodation.
Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change.
All transport from and to your Queenstown accommodation.
Helicopter and Pilot.
Snowshoes - these go over your own shoes, so please wear sensible outdoor footwear (closed-toe trail shoes or hiking boots, preferably waterproof, and warm socks).
Morning or afternoon tea, coffee and cookies.
Friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful local guides.
Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history, geology and snow.
Day packs, gaiters, gortex and fleece jackets are available to hire.
What you will need to bring:
Sensible footwear - closed toe trail shoes or hiking boots (preferably waterproof) and warm socks (two pairs are good). Your walking shoes or runners are fine just expect that they may get a little damp.
YOU MUST WEAR SUNGLASSES IN THE MOUNTAINS - The reflection of the sun off the snow can cause snow-blindness
A warm hat and gloves
Waterproof / windproof / warm clothing for changeable weather