Heli-Skiing the untamed peaks of New Zealand

Embark on an exhilarating ski-focused adventure through the stunning landscapes of New Zealand's South Island, renowned for its world-class big mountain skiing and breath-taking backcountry terrain.

When to go
From Price
£57,500 PP*
Ideal Length
8 Nights

Experience Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flight to exclusive Minaret Station in Wanaka.
  • Heli-skiing adventures in Southern Lakes with gourmet snow lunches.
  • Full-day heli-skiing led by expert guides, tailored for advanced skiers.
  • Multi-day backcountry skiing expedition through the Southern Alps, staying in secluded alpine huts with a private chef.
  • Return to Queenstown for relaxation or optional activities like helicopter exploration or surfing.
  • Unwind at Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown before departing for Auckland.

Upon arriving at Auckland International Airport, hop aboard your private flight where your journey begins. From here, you will travel the length of New Zealand as you fly south to Queenstown, touching down before being whisked away on a scenic private helicopter flight to Wanaka, nestled amidst the awe-inspiring Southern Alps. Want to stretch your legs after the flight? Head out to explore some of the legendary single-track of Glendu Bay, or go out for an evening hike, or perhaps a lakeside stroll in the sunset. Your base to begin your heli-skiing adventure is the exclusive Minaret Station, offering unparalleled privacy and luxury. Positioned in a high alpine meadow, surrounded by incredible mountain views, Alpine Lodge at Minaret Station is one of the most secluded and private luxury lodges in the world, with just four private chalets. Bordered by National Parks, mountains and Lake Wanaka, there are no roads at all leading to Minaret Station, so access is only possible by helicopter.

Southern Lakes Region

Get ready to hit the slopes as you embark on your first day of heli-skiing in the Southern Lakes region. Head off the beaten track to experience New Zealand’s alpine glow on the morning’s untracked snow. With 17 mountain ranges and over 800 runs to choose from, you'll carve your way through untouched powder while soaking in panoramic views of the alpine landscape. Indulge in a gourmet lunch served on the snow before returning to the lodge for a well-deserved rest, ready for the next day’s adventure.

Fuel your adrenaline with a full-day out of heli-skiing, exploring pristine lines and hidden gems in the heart of the Southern Lakes. Led by expert guides, you'll have the opportunity to tackle challenging terrain and experience the thrill of untouched powder, with today being particularly tailored for advanced riders to explore the seldom-visited lines hidden in the hills. This day is designed to give you an opportunity to fully test your endurance, before departing for the real ski expedition to come.

Embark on a multi-day backcountry skiing expedition through the remote wilderness of the Southern Alps. Journey to secluded alpine huts, including the Kelman Hut above the Tasman Saddle in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, where you'll enjoy breath-taking views and hearty backcountry cuisine prepared by your award-winning wilderness chef. No adventure is complete without good food, and having a private chef throughout this expedition will ensure that you are well-fuelled for the challenge. This is the ideal location for experiencing the remote terrain, and the rustic yet perfectly positioned hut has been constructed with adventure in mind, making it the perfect staging ground for backcountry adventures. Stand on the Main Divide and look over into the vast landscapes of the heart of New Zealand. This is a challenging remote skiing experience that traverses the backbone of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the majority of the time will be spent skiing off-piste in mountainous terrain.

Crayfish on a glacier in front of a helicopter


After spending three nights in the remote wilderness, return to Queenstown. Today is yours, with a helicopter on call to explore the surroundings or get into other incredible activities.

Relax and enjoy the town, or head out exploring the surroundings of the Ben Lomond Mountains, the Remarkable Mountains, or take a short flight to surf and free dive on the wild west coast in isolated paradise. Make use of your private helicopters to explore surf breaks, hunt crayfish, or stalk large rainbow trout. Enjoy the legendary local cuisine or if you’re heading further afield, grab lunch on the run.

Unwind in style at Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown, with roots stretching back to 1866, but its chic interiors and unbelievable service plant it firmly in the 21st century. Located on the shores of mountain-backed Lake Wakatipu, it’s both sleekly designed and serenely placed. Indulge in luxury accommodations and award-winning service as you reflect on your alpine adventures, before boarding your plane back to Auckland. Reflect on your unforgettable skiing expedition through the untamed peaks of New Zealand's South Island, knowing that the memories of your alpine odyssey will last a lifetime.

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