MOUNTAIN & LAKES HELI-HIKE

Privately guided bespoke hiking trip high in the mountains above Lake Wakatipu.

Let us take you on an adventure where you will hike, climb, and explore a spectacular mountain area. We use a helicopter to access remote and spectacular alpine areas.  These areas are difficult to access by foot so remain pristine and unspoilt.

This is an off trail adventure, so expect adventurous mountain travel walking and scrambling through an alpine tussock land.

On the Mountain & Lakes Heli Hike you will see mirror flat glacial tarns, schist outcrops and bluffs, unique flora and fauna, and spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains.

The mountains in the Queenstown region were sculpted by glaciers until 15,000 years ago when they started melting back and filling up Lake Wakatipu. The glaciers on the highest mountains in the area still exist and on a clear day it is possible to see the glaciated Mt Earnslaw and the other glaciers of the Mt Aspiring National Park. In the summer time the seasonal snow on the mid level peaks melts back to reveal a tussock, beech forest, and sub-alpine shrub land.

LOCATION

Southern Alps mountain areas above Queenstown, New Zealand

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will pick you up at 8.00am from your accomodation.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Your guide will drive you to the helicopter staging area where you will receive a helicopter safety briefing before flying into the mountains. 

Once in the mountains your guide will lead you on an adventurous mountain journey at your pace. i scenery in the alpine areas that we access by helicopter is simply incredible.

Options include climbing an alpine peak, a cross country journey with incredible views, or a relaxed walk through alpine grasslands enjoying viewing a large variety of alpine plant species.

We will enjoy a gourmet alpine lunch and drinks have lunch and drinks in a scenic mountain location before continuing again, or perhaps you would like to just relax and enjoy the scenery, sun bathe, or take photos.

At the end of the adventure the guide will call in the helicopter for a pick up and another spectacular flight back to valley floor. 

 

MOUNTAIN & LAKES HELI HIKE

1 to 4 people
8 hours
From $800
All year

BOOK A PRIVATE TRIP


INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • 2 helicopter flights
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Gourmet alpine lunch
  • Drinks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

No previous experience is required but all participants should have a base level of fitness and be comfortable with walking over uneven terrain for a prolonged period of time.

What to bring
  • Hiking/walking boots
  • 1 litre of water 
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate clothing for the day – fleece, wool, polypropylene, wet weather jacket & pants
  • Small hiking pack
Clothing & equipment

Hiking in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. 

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible.

Guide to participant ratios

Our Alpine Heli-Hike is a privately guided trip. The maximum guide to participant ratio for your group is up to 10 guests for 1 guide in alpine hiking terrain.

Helicopter flying over lake
Helicopter flight into the mountains
Alpine Heli-Hike above Lake Wakatipu
Family Alpine Heli-Hike

Thank you for putting together an unforgettable experience for the Leadership Team. Guillaume said that it was fantastic (albeit sometimes a bit hairy on the ridge). Seamless delivery and well organised. It was a pleasure working with you – your enthusiasm and straightforward approach was much appreciated and we hope to be able to recommend your business for another event soon.

Nespresso, NZ