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Mint Methven Heli Tour

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USD 1,546

GUIDED SNOWBOARDING ADVENTURE
5 Days | 4 Nights | 1-2 Days Heli + 1 Day Resort

Location: New Zealand | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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USD 1,546
Warm up with a day of riding at the big resort of MT HUTT and then 1- 2 epic days of HELI BOARDING in the ARROWSMITH RANGES near Methven where you will find some of the best snow & terrain in NZ!
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Fixed Date(s): Jul 18 - Jul 22, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,546
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Fixed Date(s): Jul 25 - Jul 29, 2019
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 01 - Aug 05, 2019
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 08 - Aug 12, 2019
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 15 - Aug 19, 2019
Days: 5
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Fixed Date(s): Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 1,546
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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 day/s are with Methven Heli. They operate a huge terrain tenure across 2 mountain ranges. The mountains out there are big, you will see why the guides 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 helicopter, 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 are prepared by the host at the lodge and you’ll never go hungry.

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 Level

It 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


Itinerary

DAY 1 – WELCOME TO METHVEN!

Your guides will meet you at Christchurch Airport. From here the group will travel by private 4WD vehicles to the lodge in Methven which will be the home-base for your heli-ski adventure. After checking in to your private room, we encourage you to unpack, settle in and rest up for the adventure ahead. This evening your guides will run you through the plan for the tour, do a gear check, and you’ll have time to set up your equipment. The lodge has a wax/tune room where you can set up and store your equipment, and there will be helping hands on standby for anyone needing assistance. In the evening, the group will head to the local pub for a group dinner.

DAY 2 – MT HUTT WARM UP

After a good nights’ rest, you’ll awaken to the smell of fresh brewed coffee, with views of Mt Hutt to accompany your hearty group breakfast at the lodge. The group will depart for the mountain generally around 8:30am. The first day on-snow is at Mt Hutt, which is a great warm up for the heli-ski days, and it’s also a good opportunity to test out your equipment before you head into the backcountry.  You’ll spend the morning riding the groomers and then break for lunch on mountain. This afternoon, if the conditions are right, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the extensive off-piste areas. After a day riding at Mt Hutt, you will return to the lodge. Grab a drink and sit around the fire place to relax after your first day on-snow. In the evening, join your guides for dinner at one of the many local restaurants in Methven before heading back to the lodge for a good nights’ rest.

DAY 3 – METHVEN HELI DAY

It's an early start with a home cooked breakfast at the lodge. You’ll load your equipment into the van and then make the drive to Glenfalloch Station which is the heli staging area. The trip is up the Rakaia Gorge on unsealed roads until you'll 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 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 steep and challenging runs in the Ragged Range. This decision on where the group rides will be based on snow conditions and overall group ability levels. In the morning, you'll typically do 3 – 4 runs before breaking for lunch on mountain. You will have a picnic style lunch in the mountains with sandwiches, snacks and plenty of hot tea and water. In the afternoon, you’ll complete our remaining runs, and if there is the opportunity to do more runs, your guides will advise the group. After you have finished riding you will return back to Glenfalloch Station where you can have a few well-earned drinks. Then into the vans and back to the lodge.

In the evening, join your guides for dinner.

DAY 4 – WEATHER DAY

The ‘Weather Day’ gives the guides more flexibility and a longer weather window to score those perfect powder conditions for heli skiing. If you’ve already completed your first heli-ski day, and conditions are good, you can opt to add an extra day of heli-skiing. You may want 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.

Your guides are on hand to keep you updated with the weather situation throughout the tour. Most guests typically complete 2 full heli-ski days on this tour. It’s very rare that we get no fly days.

DAY 5 – DEPARTURE DAY

Enjoy your final breakfast together at the lodge. Final ‘high fives’ are handed out, then it’s time to pack up your gear, load up the shuttle and drive back to Christchurch Airport. You’ll be left asking yourself, did that just happen? Is it really possible to have that much fun in just 5 days? There’s only one way to find out…

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 single 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.

2019 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

AUD$2,240 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
  • 4 nights accommodation, single room with ensuite
  • 1 day of heli skiing (5 run day) with Methven Heliski
  • 1 day riding at Mt Hutt, includes guiding, lift ticket & transport
  • Airport transfers to/from Christchurch & other ground transport
  • Hosting & guiding by Mint Tours
  • 4 breakfasts
Add-ons
  • Additional heli skiing day
  • Additional resort ski day
  • Additional nights at lodge
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.