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Heli snowshoe trip in Queenstown

High above the valley floors and glacier-blue lakes there’s a whole new world to be discovered, a mountain-top paradise most people will never encounter.

Only Heli-Snowshoeing can give you the perspective on nature you've only ever see on film, and only our highly-trained helicopter pilots have this array of incredible locations at their disposal. It’s a heli-hike with so much more to explore when hiking through the snow.

Surrounded by jagged mountain peaks, you can enjoy the high altitude experience of a guided snowshoeing hike combined with scenic helicopter flights, with not another soul around, all under the backdrop of the most glorious views in the world.

In inclement weather your pilot will choose walking areas where the elements are more inviting. The rest is up to you - along with your guide, you will create a memories that will stay with you forever.

Heli-Snowshoeing - The Trip

Half Day Trip

Heli snowshoe in Queenstown

On top of the world just minutes from Queenstown, and without the strenuous climb. In this area, surrounded by towering jagged mountain peaks and hidden winter alpine life, the only way to access this pristine environment is by Helicopter.

Endless mountain-tops, hidden valleys and frozen lakes stretch into infinity, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu far below. Silence and remoteness surround you in this very special environment where you can heli hike and explore at leisure.

Once your helicopter flight gets the adrenalin is rushing, you’ll don a pair of our high-tech snowshoes and you’re ready to go. Gone are the old tennis racquet style snowshoes and in are the new, slim line snowshoes which let you feel as if you are floating across the snow. Snowshoes allow you to snow hike across unbroken snow without sinking up to your waist, opening up huge possibilities for wilderness exploration.

Then you and your expert guide can explore the snow covered wilderness that surrounds you. Snowshoeing from Queenstown offers an exciting exploration of the white wintery wilderness. Most of the area around Queenstown is backcountry, and offers kilometers of snow in winter for snowshoeing.

As with all our snowshoe trips, we have a privately guided Heli Snowshoe option where we can tailor the terrain, duration and pace especially for you.


DURATION: 4 hours return (approx)

WALKING TIME: 2 - 3 hours 

WALKING DISTANCE: 2 - 3 kilometers (moderate)

TRACK: Make our own!

DEPARTURES: 8.30 am OR 1:30 pm or by arrangement on a privately guided basis. (between June & Oct - Snow dependent)

PICK UP:  We pick up / drop off to most Queenstown accommodation, excludes private residence.

HIGHLIGHTS: Spectacular scenery with snow-capped mountain & lake views, walking on pristine snow in our own mountain wilderness minutes from Queenstown.

MINIMUM NUMBERS: Minimum of two or equivalent price. Single travelers please contact us to check availability. 

Regular Prices (minimum two people) $740 pp
Privately Guided Prices ( 1 -5 people) $4,325

Please contact us directly to book.

Privately guided Heli Showshoe trips can be arranged. Book now to create a wilderness experience to suit your interests or abilities.

Winter departures only (1st June - 31st October, and sometimes starting in May and going into November, snow dependent).

All prices $NZ, subject to change without notice, inclusive NZ GST, are valid June 2019 until 31st October 2019. Prices are per person and are inclusive of helicopter, guide, equipment, snacks and pick up from your accommodation.

Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change.


What we provide:

  • Return transport to and from Queenstown accommodation (excludes private residence)
  • Waterproof snowboots, overpants, jacket and gloves to ensure you are suitably dressed for your experience
  • Snowshoes - these go over your footwear so please wear sensible outdoor footwear, closed-toe trail shoes or hiking boots (preferably waterproof) and warm socks
  • Adjustable walking poles
  • Hot drinks and snacks
  • Friendly, knowledgeable and cheerful local guides
  • Interpretative commentary of flora, fauna, history, geology and snow

What you will need to bring:

  • Sturdy walking boots (although if you don't have your own we can loan you some)
  • Warm thick socks
  • Thermal under layers (wool or polypropylene is best)
  • Warm mid layers (avoid cotton and denim)
  • Sunglasses (essential to avoid snow blindness)
  • Sunscreen (important as our sun is very harsh)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • A small backpack is useful if you have one