Heli Skiing New Zealand
Heli Skiing New Zealand
Methven Heli Ski New Zealand
Methven Heli Ski New Zealand
Methven Heli Ski NZ - well known for the steep runs
Methven Heli Ski NZ - well known for the steep runs
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown Heli Skiing NZ
Alpine Heliski, Queenstown Heli Skiing NZ
New Zealand Heli Skiing
New Zealand Heli Skiing
Heli Skiing New Zealand
Heli Skiing New Zealand
Harris Mountains Heliski - Wanaka and Queenstown
Harris Mountains Heliski - Wanaka and Queenstown
Harris Mountains Heli Skiing New Zealand
Harris Mountains Heli Skiing New Zealand
Harris Mountains Heli Ski NZ
Harris Mountains Heli Ski NZ
Heli Skiing New Zealand
Heli Skiing New Zealand
Heli Ski Wanaka - Southern Lakes Heliski
Heli Ski Wanaka - Southern Lakes Heliski
Methven Heli Skiing New Zealand
Methven Heli Skiing New Zealand
Heli Skiing NZ: good value for money heli skiing
Heli Skiing NZ: good value for money heli skiing
Southern Lakes Heli Skiing Wanaka
Southern Lakes Heli Skiing Wanaka
Wilderness Heliski Mt Cook NZ
Wilderness Heliski Mt Cook NZ
Heli Skiing Mt Cook National Park
Heli Skiing Mt Cook National Park
Wilderness Heliski Ben Ohaus
Wilderness Heliski Ben Ohaus
Mt Cook heli skiing is at higher elevations
Mt Cook heli skiing is at higher elevations
An amazingly picturesque lunch spot
An amazingly picturesque lunch spot
I love powder skiing!
I love powder skiing!

Heliskiing

Heli Skiing New Zealand

New Zealand heli skiing is an essential experience for any powder hound on a NZ ski holiday. If you are at least a strong intermediate skier, you must add heli skiing to your itinerary. Sure it will cost a lot more than a lift ticket at one of the New Zealand ski resorts but how can you compare skiing groomers, slush, ice or bumps with heli ski joy!? It's a wise investment. The helicopter ride up in the spectacular Southern Alps alone is worth the money, and then you also get to ski or board down the virgin snow. Heli skiing in New Zealand is sweet as....!

New Zealand Heli Skiing Terrain and Snow

Getting lifted to the top of a mountain by helicopter in a matter of minutes is the ultimate ski lift. New Zealand has some fantastic snow covered mountains and many of them are only accessible by helicopter. Most New Zealand heliskiing operators have hundreds of thousands of hectares of ski terrain and hundreds of runs. The alpine (treeless) terrain is incredibly diverse from easy rolling terrain for powder first timers to open steep bowls, gnarly chutes, and features to leap off.

One of the benefits of heli skiing (or heli boarding) in New Zealand is that you don’t have to be a hard-core extreme skier or snowboarder that’s into jumping out of helicopters or leaping off cliffs. Mere mortals (ie strong intermediates) can give it a go as well, and some NZ heliski operators have specific packages for intermediates versus advanced and expert riders.

With so much terrain to choose from, even weeks after a snow fall you can get fresh-tracks in pristine powder snow. The altitude is high and generally above the ‘freezing line’, so the snow generally stays in pretty good shape.

Flying in helicopters is obviously contingent upon the weather. The choppers might be grounded due to poor visibility, storms or strong winds, and this occurs two to three days a week on average. Needless to say, in order to go heli skiing in NZ, you’ll need to keep a flexible itinerary.

Cost of New Zealand Heli Skiing

A big advantage of heli skiing New Zealand is that you don’t have to be super-rich. Relative to heli skiing Canada, Chile heli skiing or heliskiing USA, a NZ heli ski package is relatively inexpensive. The NZ currency exchange rate is incredibly favourable for most international visitors, making it even more financially attractive. As the Kiwis would say, it is "cheap as chips"!

And a couple of the operators run specific freeride days where you can start with one heliski run, and if you become hooked (which is incredibly likely) you can pay for additional runs.

More Reasons to Heli Ski New Zealand

Considering that NZ has the highest number of helicopters per capita, it seems criminal not to go heli skiing or heli boarding in New Zealand. Don't be sheepish, go heli skiing and you'll get a baa...gain!

New Zealand Heli Skiing Operators

The NZ heli ski operators are located on the South Island of New Zealand and based in the towns of Methven, Wanaka, Queenstown and Mt Cook. Here are the main New Zealand heliskiing companies.

Tours That Include Heli Skiing in NZ

High Peak Heliski & Clubbie Combo DETAILS
HELISKIING & CLUB FIELDS COMBO PACKAGES
6 Nights Lodging | 2 Days Heli | 3 Days Club Fields
From price based on 6 nights twin/double-share inc. 2 days heli + 3 days guided club fields.
Base/invoice currency is in NZD.
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Price p/p
USD 3,692
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
This FULLY CUSTOMISABLE deluxe package is available from 2 days or more (however the example package is based on 2 days heli + 3 days guided club field days + 6 nights deluxe lodging, all gound transport, all gourmet meals, open bar...
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Harris Mountains Queenstown Wanaka DETAILS
DAY HELISKIING QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA
Packages from 3 to 7 runs
From price based on Experience 3-run package (per person).
Base/invoice currency is in NZD inclusive of tax.
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Price p/p
USD 703
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are visiting Queenstown or Wanaka don't miss the opportunity to experience some of New Zealand's best heli skiing with Harris Mountains Heliski. Packages are either 3, 4 or 7 runs with the options to purchase additional runs on the day.
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Methven Heliski Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
METHVEN HELISKI - DAY HELI SKIING
Standard 5 Run "Perfect" Package
From price based on PERFECT 5-run day.
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Price p/p
USD 763
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Methven Heliski is one of New Zealand's premier heli ski companies offering what many would agree is NZ's best heli skiing terrain. Don't just take it from us, book a day or more and experience it for yourself!
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Wilderness Heliskiing Day DETAILS
MT COOK WILDERNESS HELI DAY
5 Epic Runs among New Zealand's highest peaks
From price based on 5-run day (per person).
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Price p/p
USD 763
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore the natural wonders of the Mt Cook region whilst carving some turns in pristine powder. This package includes 5 runs (option to purchase more on the day) plus lunch, avalanche safety gear & guiding.
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Ski The Tasman - Classic 2 Run Day DETAILS
MT COOK SKI PLANE GLACIER SKIING
2 massive runs of 8 - 10 km each!
From price based on 2-run day (per person).
Base/invoice currency is inc NZD.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
USD 692
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
A Ski the Tasman odyssey should definitely be on your bucket list! The inimitable opportunity to go plane skiing on a glacier with two million years of history is an activity not to be missed. This is without doubt one of the most incredible experiences you will ever have!!!
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