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Methven Heliski has some of the steepest heliski terrain in NZ
Methven Heliski has some of the steepest heliski terrain in NZ
With over 1,000 square kilometers of terrain and 200 marked runs there is plenty of variety
With over 1,000 square kilometers of terrain and 200 marked runs there is plenty of variety
The depth of powder at Methven Heliski tends to be deeper than the southern operators
The depth of powder at Methven Heliski tends to be deeper than the southern operators
Many of the runs are mind blowing and up to 1,200 meters of vertical
Many of the runs are mind blowing and up to 1,200 meters of vertical
Heli boarding is very popular at Methven Heliski
Heli boarding is very popular at Methven Heliski
There are lots of spectacular seracs formed by intersecting crevasses on glaciers
There are lots of spectacular seracs formed  by intersecting crevasses on glaciers
The heli fly-away is an exhilarating part of heli skiing
The heli fly-away is an exhilarating part of heli skiing
The picture says it all...
The picture says it all...
More seracs to explore and navigate around
More seracs to explore and navigate around
Part of the excitement of heli skiing is working closely around the helicopter
Part of the excitement of heli skiing is working closely around the helicopter
Methven Heliski territory, the “Arrowsmiths”
Methven Heliski territory, the “Arrowsmiths”
More seracs and more deep powder
More seracs and more deep powder
Powder trenches at Methven Heliski
Powder trenches at Methven Heliski
The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer Ranges are at the headwaters of the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers.
The Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer Ranges are at the headwaters of the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers.
These mountains catch snow from every winter storm to deliver NZ heliskiing's most consistent snow conditions and quality
These mountains catch snow from every winter storm to deliver NZ heliskiing's most consistent snow conditions and quality
Runs for all standards of heli-boarder and heliskier, beginner to expert
Runs for all standards of heli-boarder and heliskier, beginner to expert
Average vertical drop approx. 850 vertical metres
Average vertical drop approx. 850 vertical metres
Guides are trained and certified to international standards
Guides are trained and certified to international standards
If you are coming to Methven / Mt Hutt sign-up for the best day of your life with Methven Heliski!
If you are coming to Methven / Mt Hutt sign-up for the best day of your life with Methven Heliski!
Methven Heliski A powder hound definitely wouldn’t be barking up the wrong tree if they went heli skiing with Methven Heliski!

Powder junkies can understandably be a bit snow-vanistic when it comes to skiing in New Zealand. The snow conditions at the NZ ski resorts can be dubious and fresh tracks disappear quickly. Freshies are easier to come by at the club fields, but you have to use up lots of energy riding the nut-cracker ropetows and hiking up big slopes just to get a few virgin turns. A significantly better option is to go heli skiing in the Arrowsmith Mountain Ranges with Methven Heliski!

Heli skiing or heli boarding is the most phenomenal experience for those who love fresh tracks, spectacular scenery, and an amazing adventure.

When Does Methven Heliski Operate? The Methven Heliski season is from the start of July to the end of September.

The heli skiing occurs above the treeline so it’s weather dependent. Inclement weather conditions normally result in no fly days about three days a week. Obviously you’ll need to be flexible with your itinerary so that if weather conditions preclude flying you can reschedule for a subsequent day. The decision to fly is usually made at 7am on the day of operation. If the heli skiing has been prepaid and clients are unable to rebook for a later date, a 100% refund is paid.

Methven Heliski Packages

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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! More
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  • 5 epic heli skiing runs (with option to buy more runs on the day)
  • Professional heliski guides (max 1:5 ratio)
  • Generous picnic lunch on the mountain
  • Use of & training on avalanche beacon
  • Return shuttle to staging area (if required)
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  • Extra runs ($110/run)
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is Methven Heli Ski Located?

As the name suggests, Methven Heliski is based in the town of Methven, which is located just over an hour west of the Christchurch International Airport on the South Island of New Zealand. Methven is close to the Mt Hutt ski field and a variety of club fields, so your holiday can combine some heli skiing with resort skiing. Or perhaps after you go heli skiing, you’ll be so spoilt that you’ll just want to do more heli skiing!

The helicopter staging area (ie heli pad) is situated at Glenfalloch Station, 60km northwest of Methven, a drive that takes an hour plus. Methven Heliski can provide van transport to the staging area if required. Glenfalloch is a gorgeous high country farm where you’ll see plenty of future Icebreakers.

It’s just a short helicopter ride from Glenfalloch Station across to the heli skiing runs on the Arrowsmith, Ragged, and Palmer Ranges.


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Methven Heli Skiing Terrain

Methven Heliski has exclusive access to over 200 named runs across 1,000 square kilometres of terrain (100,000 hectares or 247,105 acres). To give you an idea of the magnitude of the terrain, this is 274 times the size of Mt Hutt, and you only have to share all that fresh powder with a small group of like-minded folks.

Like all heli skiing New Zealand the terrain is up in the alpine, so there are no trees to prevent you from being a speed demon. The mountain ranges are glaciated and the heli skiing landing points are up to 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) of elevation. Run lengths are 850 metres (2,790 feet) of vertical drop on average, with a maximum of 1,200 vertical metres of ecstasy.

Despite the myths associated with heli skiing that it’s only for super extreme riders, the heli skiing with Methven Heliski is suitable for a range of ability levels. Fit and confident intermediate skiers and snowboarders with some off-piste experience can go heli skiing, and the terrain is particularly well suited to advanced and expert riders.

More Reasons to Go Heli Skiing with Methven Heliski NZ

Kevin Boekholt has been the director and lead guide of Methven Heliski since the 80s. Considering he’s such an old hand you know you’re in good hands. Kevin is renowned in international heli ski circles, and some guests follow him around the world to go heli skiing in Canada and Greenland.

A day out with Methven Heliski will absolutely rock. After you come down from the mountain, it will take some time to come down from your high! Spectacular views, riding with other powderhounds, the rush of the helicopter drop off, and an abundance of fresh powder turns will be hard to beat!

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Reviews

Heli Skiing Methven

James
17/09/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Country
    Australia
Great day in the Mountains. Arrowsmith Range has nice vertical, with a variety of Terrain options. Guides are extremly proffesional & know where to find good snow, very well run operation.

Will be back again! & would refer to others. Thanks Jim.

A Great Place to Heliski

Andrew Henderson
27/04/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    36-50
I skied the Arrowsmith range with Methven heliski on a bluebird spring day. The snow conditions were not epic, but it was a magnificent day, skiing some spectacular country. Heliskiing is not cheap, but the prices in NZ stack up well against operations in the Northern hemisphere, especially if you are coming from overseas and getting the benefit of the relatively good exchange rates of the last few years.

I think some of the other heliski operations in Canterbury have struggled in the last few years. There are probably more skiers and boarders booking heliskiing out of Queenstown and Wanaka these days. Canterbury heli is worth making the effort for however. There is so much more to the area than Mt Hutt.

If you are thinking about a day of heli, he best idea is to talk to the company as soon as you arrive in the area, or preferably before the holiday. Set aside a few likely days weather wise and have an alternative if the weather is poor. If you are based in Methven, you can ski Mt Hutt, obviously, but you can also sneak up Lake Coleridge road to ski Porter Heights or one of the club fields if it is a no fly day.

New Zealanders do heliski well. Go anywhere else in the world and it is likely at least one of the guides or pilots will be a Kiwi. This is their home turf and worth experiencing.

Best Heli in NZ

Method
12/12/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Methven Heli are the 4th heli operator I've used in NZ and I've gotta say, hands down - the best.

Forget the queenstown/wanaka heli operators, not that there's anything wrong with them. The vertical and steeps these guys have in the Arrowsmiths is far superior.

Kevin (lead guide) runs a nice operation, the guides are quality - safety concious and able to select the best aspects for powder, safely.

The transit time for the heli from the pickup, Glenfalloch station (about an hours drive from Methven), to the skiing is minimal, which means more bang for your buck.

The only other Heli area in NZ I would check out is Wilderness Heli, which is run by the same people (Alpine Guides) just slightly further south, out of Mt Cook Village. I know the Mt Cook area terrain there a little bit from overnight hut split-board touring trips and it is similar in quality to the Methven Heli terrain in the Arrowsmiths.

Kevin was nice enough to take some high quality action SLR photos and put them on a memory stick for $20.

Not to sound snobby, but I won't really consider heli in many other places in NZ apart from here.

Nice Steep Terrain

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
27/09/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
New Zealand heli skiing operations are very similar and are somewhat difficult to differentiate from each other. Factors that are typical to all NZ heli operations include: no tree skiing; high frequency of down days due to inability to ski and fly in protected areas; variable snow quality; small group size; and the rates are a fraction of what you’d pay for heli skiing elsewhere in the world.

One stand-out feature of the Methven Heliski operation is the steep terrain that advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders will adore. The terrain is at good elevation, which results in longer runs and more consistent snow than some of their competitors.

See our Methven Heliski review for more information.

Methven Heliski? Yeah its definetly a must

Matthias
20/09/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Value Value Value at all. The guys picked me up on an awesome Wednesday morning. To bring me to the shop, fill up some documents about, i have no idea what exactly. SO after that we took a ride to the Helly spot which is located some miles out of town. Pretty nice road and landscape so not that bad to drive to the Mountains instead of flying. Afer we reached the spot, we got some safety instructions how to handle the avalanche gear and so on. We were a group of 6 peoples, 2 guides and 4 buddys. The Area around is damn beautiful, i really loved it. The Peaks full of Powder and the Runs full of fluffy powder. Nice choice of the guys.
The Runs could be a bit more steep but on these days the avalanche risk was a bit to high so yeah, eatherway we had awesome ten runs.
The guides know their area, they are well trained and know their business like their wallets.
Yeah thanks for this awesome experience.

Methven Heliski

Paul Richards
14/08/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Flew with above on August 11, 2012 and is my third time flying with Kevin and his team. We caught an epic day in the Palmer Mountain range and managed 9 runs as we had god group, great guide (Gary) and pilot (Phil) who put us into some great runs. Note extra runs are generally cheaper then advertised and somewhat negotiable. We were charged $NZ270 per head for the 4 extra runs. This trip was three groups being flown per heli meaning no waiting for a lift. Have plenty of pics and video. Cheers. Paul.