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Southern Lakes Heliski will put a smile on your dial :)
Southern Lakes Heliski will put a smile on your dial :)
The Minaret's near Wanaka provides for some very nice and varied terrain
The Minaret's near Wanaka provides for some very nice and varied terrain
Southern Lakes Heliski use B2 & B3 squirrel helicopters for small groups
Southern Lakes Heliski use B2 & B3 squirrel helicopters for small groups
The untracked powder can be dry and boot deep
The untracked powder can be dry and boot deep

Southern Lakes Heli Skiing

Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a powder skier or boarder? Or you've heard about the lure of riding virgin snow and want to give it a go? Go out with Southern Lakes Heliski in the backcountry where there's plenty of elbow room for any powder pig (or powder hound!). Wanaka or Queenstown heli skiing sure beats attempting to find fresh pow at the nearby ski resorts.

With many years experience and the largest tenure of the New Zealand heli skiing operators, Southern Lakes Heli Ski is one of NZ’s premier heli skiing operations. Southern Lakes Heliski provides great scenery and amazing skiing and snowboarding; this is an experience of a lifetime! 

They operate B2 and B3 Squirrel Helicopters with small groups of 4-5 guests (depending on weight) per guide.

 The Southern Lakes Heli Ski season starts on July 1st and continues through to the end of September, or to October depending on demand. 

As with all NZ operators, heli skiing is very dependent on the weather, so you’ll need to have some flexibility in your itinerary. Thankfully you’ll have a huge range of other Wanaka or Queenstown activities to choose from, and at least you know that there’s a good chance you’ll be out heli skiing in gorgeous sunny conditions.

Southern Lakes Heliski Packages

Southern Lakes Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
DAY HELISKIING QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA
Packages: 4, 6 or 8 runs
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From price based on 4-run package (per person).
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USD 735
EARLY BIRD: Book for dates in July or September & pay by June 30, 2016 and get 15% off advertised prices
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Southern Lakes Heliskiing offers day heli skiing packages in the Queenstown & Wanaka areas. With 11 mountains, 600 runs spread across 8,500 square kms there is plenty of variety to keep you entertained. More
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  • From 4, 6 or 8 heli ski / boarding runs
  • Professional guiding (maximum 5 guests per guide)
  • Pick-up & return to your hotel in QT/Wanaka
  • On-mountain picnic lunch
  • Use & instruction of avalanche safety equipment
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Southern Lakes Multi-Day Heli Skiing DETAILS
QUEENSTOWN & WANAKA MULTI-DAY HELI SKIING
From 3 Nights | 2 x 6-Run Heliski Days
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USD 2,097
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Southern Lakes Heliskiing offers 3 & 5-night (or FULLY CUSTOMISED) multi-day heli skiing packages in the Queenstown & Wanaka area. With 11 mountains, 600 runs spread across 8,500 square kms there is plenty of variety to keep you entertained! More
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  • From 2 epic days of heli skiing / boarding
  • From 3 nights deluxe lodging & continental breakfasts
  • Professional guiding (maximum 5 guests per guide)
  • Daily transport from your hotel to heli pad
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment & powder skis or snowboard
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Southern Lakes Luxury Heli Skiing DETAILS
LUXURY WILDERNESS LODGING
From 3 Nights | Unlimited Heli Skiing
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USD 6,822
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Southern Lakes Heliskiing offers 3 & 6-night (or FULLY CUSTOMISED) luxury UNLIMITED heli skiing packages staying at the exclusive Minaret Station Alpine Lodge. Indulge in the finest local cuisine matched with award winning wines then bask in the afterglow with a spa under the southern stars. More
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  • From 2 UNLIMITED epic days of heli skiing / boarding
  • From 3 nights luxury lodging & all chef prepared meals
  • Professional guiding (maximum 5 guests per guide)
  • Direct access to helicopter from lodging
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment & powder skis or snowboard
Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is Southern Lakes Heli Ski Located?

As the name suggests, Southern Lakes Heliski operate in the majestic mountains of the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand. They offer both heli skiing Queenstown or heli ski Wanaka options.

The staging area (the place you take off from in the helicopter) can vary from one day to the next depending on weather and snow conditions, and the transport to the staging area may be via a van or a boat ride across the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu or other waterways. There are days when the Wanaka heli skiing terrain provides the best options – it doesn’t matter if you’re staying in Queenstown, as SLHS will still provide transport from your Queenstown accommodation.


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Heli Skiing Terrain

Southern Lakes has over 8,500 square kilometres of terrain in which to play. With 11 mountain ranges to choose from and more than 600 runs, Southern Lakes Heliski has something for everyone. Their terrain offers cruising through untouched powder to challenging steeps and glaciers. As examples, Southern Lakes Heliski has access to the Central Harris Mountains on Branches Station, the Minarets (near Minaret Station), and the amazing Clarke Glacier in the Forbes Mountain Range which includes high elevation terrain.

As with all New Zealand heli skiing, the terrain is above the tree-line so there is no fear about learning to ski powder and navigate around trees at the same time! The SLHS stats state that average runs are 600-1,000 metres of vertical drop, but depending on the snow conditions, there are also many runs from 400 to 600 metres of vertical. The stats for elevations are between 2,585 and 1,200 m, although many of the drop-offs are around 1,900m and depending on the snow conditions, pick-ups may be at about 1,400-1,500m.

Powderhounds Review of Southern Lakes Heliski

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Below is a short video of a day out with Southern Lakes Heliski in the Minaret's...