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The best way to experience incredible mountain wilderness & great skiing.

Experience the remoteness, spectacular scenery, and great skiing in the high mountains around Queenstown Wanaka, & Glenorchy.

Using a helicopter gives us access the best snow and ski touring/split boarding terrain in the Southern Lakes region. We like to be flexible with locations so we can hunt out the best conditions and most suitable terrain for your group.

Locations for helicopter accessed ski touring day trips can be tailored to suit skiing ability and your budget they include:

Isobel Glacier – Mt Aspiring National Park

Mt Alta – Buchanans Mountains, near Wanaka

Humboldt Mountains – above lake Wakatipu & Glenorchy

Hector Mountains – south of the Remarkables Ski area

South & North Harris Mountains – North of Coronet Peak


Queenstown, Wanaka, & Glenorchy backcountry areas.


8:00am pickup from your accomodation.


Approximately 9 hours


If we cannot operate the trip because of bad weather we will operate the trip on the next good weather day or alternatively offer a full refund.


Your professional guide arrives to pick you up at your accommodation. After a quick gear check and a discussion about the day, your guide will transport you to the  helicopter staging area.

Before we fly, we will do a helicopter safety briefing and avalanche transceiver and safety briefing before heading into the backcountry. This is a good chance to brush up on your knowledge and skills about small party avalanche rescue. Throughout the day you will also be welcome to continue learning avalanche rescue skills and safe backcountry travel techniques.

It is normal to do 2 to 3 climbs and downhill powder runs exploring the backcountry. Queenstown Mountain Guides has the largest ski touring concession area in New Zealand. The areas we can visit include the Lake Hope area in the Remarkables range, Black Peak area near Wanaka, the Harris Mountains between Queenstown and Wanaka and the Buchannans mountain range near Mt Aspiring.

By this time you will have tired legs, but great memories of an incredible day of helicopter accessed skiing and boarding. We will call in the helicopter for a flight back out of the mountains. 


1 to 5 people
9 hours
From $380 excluding helicopter costs
July to October



  • Guide fees
  • Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Group Equipment


  • Flight into & out of mountains
  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Ski touring skis, split board, or snow show hire
  • Lunch & snack food


Experience required
  • As a minimum you should be an intermediate skier/boarder. You should be able to comfortably ski/ride blue runs at your local ski field and also have some experience skiing/riding black runs. Off piste skiing/riding experience is preferred but not essential.
  • You should be able to ski/ride with a light backpack. This is so you can carry avalanche safety equipment, warm clothing, and your own food and water for the day.
  • You should have a good level of aerobic fitness.
  • You do not need any previous ski touring or split boarding experience and you will be shown how to use the equipment at the start of the day.
Helicopter access & egress costs

The flight into and out of the mountains is not included in the trip cost. The helicopter flight costs will be paid directly to the helicopter operator at the start of the trip.

There are multiple options for the location of helicopter accessed ski touring.

As a rough guide a group of 1 to 4 people should budget between $1,500 – $3000 for the total cost of helicopter use for the trip.

For a group of 5 participants an additional helicopter flight will be required each way due to helicopter loading restrictions (most helicopters can take a maximum of 4 clients plus 1 guide plus gear).

What to bring
  • Food and snacks and enough water for the day. The amount of water you will require will depend on your personal hydration habits. As a guideline we recommend a minimum of 1 litre of water.
  • A pack large enough to carry avalanche equipment as well as your spare clothing, food, and water.
  • Warm clothing, windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses or goggles, and sunscreen.
  • Backcountry travel equipment is required for this trip. 

    Please contact Small Planet Sports  located at 17 Shotover Street in Queenstown to hire ski touring equipment or Snowboard Workshop for splitboard hire

Clothing & equipment

Skiing 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.

Queenstown Mountain guides provides participants avalanche rescue equipment as part of the cost of the trip.

The cost of renting ski touring and splitboarding equipment is not included in the trip costs. Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $20 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

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

The maximum guide to participant ratio is 5 participants to 1 guide.

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