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Heli Ski 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. Heli ski operators have access to a huge range of areas and will drop you in the middle of your ultimate dream mountain landscape. And it’s not just for experts – some operators have intermediate-friendly heli ski options, so leave your excuses at the door! Keep in mind that riding on untracked natural snow is very different to the groomed slopes of ski areas. 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, but most operations recommend the use of fat powder skis if possible. Whatever you’re into, an adventure can be custom-designed to ensure you get it.

Harris Mountains Heli-Ski [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, 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. 

Mt Hutt Helicopters [Canterbury] With a heli-pad at the Mt Hutt Ski Area car park, Mt Hutt helicopters offers accessible and affordable heli skiing as well as a ‘heli taxi’ service.

Ski The Tasman [Mt Cook Village] Air-accessed skiing adventures on New Zealand’s longest glacier. Small group adventures for average/moderate skiers (no snowboarders).

Wilderness 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 multiday heli skiing and heli boarding packages in the pristine terrain of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

Ben Ohau Heli Skiing [Mt Cook Village] Small-group heli skiing adventures in the Ben Ohau Range, just beyond Aoraki Mount Cook National Park – said to offer some of the longest vertical skiing in New Zealand.