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Mint Methven Heli Tour

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USD 2,343

GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
6 Days | 5 Nights | 2 Days Heli + 1 - 2 Days Resort

Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share option.
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USD 2,343
Warm up with a day of riding at the big resort of MT HUTT and then 2 epic days of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES with METHVEN HELISKI where you will find some of the best snow & terrain in NZ!
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Methven Heliski Tour

The Methven Heli Tour is the ultimate tour for riders who want to pack in as much snowboarding in NZ within a short space of time. With regular and cheap flights to Christchurch, Methven sets itself up as a perfect staging area for some of New Zealand’s best resort and backcountry terrain.

Throughout the tour you’ll be riding with the Mint guide and host. You will spend a day at Mt Hutt to get the legs prepared for the heli days ahead and explore this relatively quiet resort.

Your heli days are with Methven Heli. They operate a huge terrain tenure across 2 mountain ranges. The mountains out here are big, you will see why we like to call it ‘Mini Alaska’. All safety gear and briefing on how to use it is provided by internationally accredited Heli Guides. A typical day will consist of 5 huge leg burning runs from the Heli, with the option to add on extra runs if your legs and lungs allow!

There is an optional day in the itinerary to give you a window of flexibility if weather prevents a fly day or to add an extra day of heli if you’re hooked! You can also decide to head back to Mt Hutt for another day of riding or just take it easy and relax around the lodge and check out Methven.

All breakfasts and dinners are prepared by the host at the lodge and you’ll never go hungry. The lodge serves up the best of Kiwi meat and produce from the local area. This tour is a fly in, shred, fly out no hassles trip.

Resorts Visited (1) + Heli Skiing (1) Mt Hutt and Methven Heliski

Ability & Fitness LevelIt is recommended the rider be a strong intermediate or above and have a moderate fitness level in order to get the most out of this tour.


Methven Heliski Terrain

Mt Hutt

Typical Club Field Rope Tow

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Day
Mint Tours will organise a transfer from Christchurch Airport to Mt Taylor Lodge in Methven. Relax and meet the crew in the laid back and scenic lodge before getting stuck into our first home cooked Kiwi dinner prepared by guru culinary lodge manager Nick.

Day 2 – Mt Hutt Warm Up Day
Your first day on snow will be focused on getting our legs warmed up for your Heli Days. The group will head up to Mt Hutt, a must do for any NZ snow tour. Stick to the groomers or hit the impressive powder bowls inbounds to get prepared. You will return in Mint's private transport for dinner at the lodge. Saturday night always brings people into Methven so you will generally hit the town to check out the Blue Pub or Brown pub, located conveniently across the road from each other.

Day 3 & 4 – Heli Skiing
We have an early start with a home cooked breakfast at the lodge. We’ll load our equipment into the van and then make the drive to Glenfalloch Station which is our heli staging area. We make our way up the Rakaia Gorge on unsealed roads until we reach the high country sheep station which is at the foot of the Arrowsmith and Ragged Ranges. Once at the station your guides will conduct a safety briefing which includes rescue training and how to use your avalanche safety equipment. They will also brief you on Helicopter Safety. All of the Methven Heliski guides are trained in avalanche rescue and have a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to share with you. Questions are welcomed and encouraged. Methven Heli is unique in that it is the only operator in the area and they have the choice between the super long runs in the Arrowsmith Range or the epic, steep and challenging runs in the Ragged Range. This decision on where we ride will be based on snow conditions and overall group ability levels. In the mornings we typically do 3 – 4 runs before breaking for lunch on mountain. We will have a picnic style lunch in the mountains with sandwiches, snacks and plenty of hot tea and water. In the afternoon we’ll complete our remaining runs, and if there is the opportunity to do more runs, your guides will advise the group. After we have finished riding we will return back to Glenfalloch Station where you can have a few well earned drinks. We’ll then load the vans and head back to Mt Taylor Lodge. where we’ll get to enjoy Nicks famous BBQ night at the lodge with local fresh food from the region.

Day 5 – Optional Heli Day / Mt Hutt Day / Rest Day 
Today is all about you. If you’re still smiling from the previous days (you will be) you may want to book another Heli day to ride a different range, you can ride Mt Hutt again or simply have a day to sleep in and check out the town of Methven.

Day 6 – Departure Day
Reminisce one last time on the past few days of riding before your guide drops you back at the airport with your luggage and a ton of life long memories!

Methven Heli Tour Accommodation

Mt Taylor Lodge is a fabulous place to stay in Methven (the nearest town to Mt Hutt).

The lodge is operated by Nick Taylor who is a brilliant host with a raft of local knowledge (and he makes a mean cafe latte!)

The lodge has comfy twin rooms with a private bathroom. There are some nice communal living areas (lounge with a combustible fireplace), common kitchen and a spa bath. Free wifi is available throughout the building and a daily breakfast is provided.

2018 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates
AUD$3,300 per person
  • Base/invoice currency is Australian Dollars (AUD)
  • Prices are per person including tax
  • Price is based on twin-share accommodation
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Inclusions
  • 5 nights twin share accommodation inc. breakfast & dinners
  • 2 days of heli skiing (5 runs/day) with Methven Heliski
  • 1 day riding at Mt Hutt, includes guiding, lift ticket & transport
  • Airport transfers to/from Christchurch & between resorts
  • Free day for extra day of heli or resort skiing (or day off)
  • Access to waxing and tuning room
  • Hosting & guiding by Mint Tours
Add-ons
  • Additional heli skiing day
  • Additional resort ski day
Not Included

Mint Tours Terms & Conditions

A $500 deposit per person required to secure booking with balance payable 60 days prior to departure.

All bookings are subject to Mint Tours terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.