NEW ZEALAND HELI SKIING ITINERARY QUEENSTOWN HELI SKIING ITINERARY Queenstown is famous for its spectacular alpine scenery. Its lakeside location provides a beautiful setting and is the playground for adventure! It offers a variety of activities, yet also presents a wonderful haven in which to relax. DESTINATION QUEENSTOWN Queenstown is located near the bottom of the South Island and has become world famous for its scenery since the release of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy – many of the scenes were shot in the surrounding vast, butter-coloured landscapes. The region is popular all year round and known as the Adventure Capital of New Zealand. Queenstown offers a variety of activities, yet also presents a wonderful haven in which to relax. Heli-Skiing Terrain: We have over 400 runs from 200+ peaks in 7 separate mountain ranges covering over 3000 square kilometers. Runs vary between 2000 to 3500 vertical feet of treeless skiing in sheltered basins, bowls and wide rolling mountain flanks through to steep and gnarly chutes. Operations include the famous Harris Mountains and Buchanans Range, and Mount Cook region, New Zealand’s highest mountain. With pioneering heli-skiing in New Zealand, this means we have access to the best terrain for heli-skiing. We have an extensive variety of exclusive terrain to cater for all abilities of skiers and snowboarders. Using the highest available terrain offers variety and guarantees reliable snow conditions throughout the season. Exclusive Heli-Skiing in the Southern Lakes Region: You are standing in the middle of an untouched powder-kissed paradise; you click in to your bindings, take a deep breath of pure mountain air and contemplate the majesty of your surroundings. You push off and glide into exhilaration. Powder flies, adrenaline pumps and you soon become a tiny figure amongst the immense silence of the mountain world. At the base the helicopter awaits to lift you effortlessly to the top of another peak. Your guide will lead you to the day’s best snow conditions. At lunchtime enjoya gourmet picnic with an unbeatable view and then it’s time to do it all again. This is heli-skiing – the perfect escape from the everyday and the perfect way to recharge your senses. Most of the ski terrain is between 1400m and 2200m. These elevations have proven to provide the best powder snow. In the areas where you will ski, average snowfall ranges from 2.5 m to 3.5m per season. Since the area covers some 6700 square kilometres, from Glacier boarding to natural mountain bowl systems, snow amounts and conditions can vary. Your guide will utilise his knowledge on the snow and terrain to get you onto the best area on the day. Heli-Skiing in the Mount Cook Region: Enjoy an awe inspiring 1 hour scenic flight from Queenstown to the Mount Cook region. At the heart of New Zealand's most spectacular alpine region and the highest peak in Australasia, is Mt Cook at 3754 meters (12316 ft). The Mt Cook National park comprises 70,013 hectares of ice and snow, rock, sub-alpine scrub, tussock, and riverbeds. Also located here are five of the country's largest glaciers. HELI SKIING ITINERARY HELI SKIING ITINERARY RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION Eichardt’s Private Hotel, Queenstown Situated in the heart of Queenstown on the lakefront, Eichardt’s is an impeccably restored heritage building. The hotel’s opulent interior is complete with open fires, antique furniture and stunning views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range. Guests can enjoy the nearby restaurants and bars in the evenings and during the day you’re just a stone’s throw from hikes, golfing on internationally renowned golf courses, jet boating and skiing. www.eichardts.co.nz Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown This recently refurbished lodge offers luxury accommodation, fine dining, superb service and stunning panoramic views. Nestled in native bush overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge is one of the world's most private and serene vacation retreats. Matakauri Lodge is the recently reopened sister property to Kauri Cliffs and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in the North Island. www.matakaurilodge.com Commonage Villas, Queenstown A number of spacious, exclusive homes nestled in a premium location on Queenstown Hill, Commonage Villas have sweeping panoramas, lake views and mountain vistas. The villas offer privacy and peace, yet you are just a 10 minute stroll into the heart of Queenstown’s vibrant dining and entertainment scene. Décor is elegant and welcoming. www.commonagevillas.com HELI SKIING ITINERARY HELI SKIING AND ACTIVITY GUIDES – Exclusive to Seasonz John Thomssen A resident of Queenstown for over 20 years, JT is a well known figure in the local community, with many of the business owners and operators being personal friends. Enjoy some true southern hospitality from this charming native South Islander. JT guides year round, working as a heliski guide through the winter and exclusively with Seasonz in the summer. He has an intimate knowledge of the area and its world class scenery as well as the numerous activities on offer. Combining a professional yet fun loving nature with a real passion for people he will make you feel at home in no time. JT has a background in film and video with his production company supplying numerous films/commercials with safety, camera or production assistance. Travelling the world extensively he has guided clients in Canada and Alaska and has been a NZ representative in Mountain Biking. Stefan Crawford Stefan is a well known member of the 1980’s New Zealand Alpine Ski Team, and ski raced and trained in New Zealand, North America and Europe for 5 years. Stefan is a fully internationally certified ski instructor and also has rafting qualifications including holding the NZ Senior Raft Guide Award for rivers Grade 4 & 5. Since he got involved in white water rafting back in 1990, with a business partner he started their own rafting business, Extreme Green Rafting which they owned for 10 years before selling to their competitors in 2003. During the years of owning the rafting business through to present day, Stefan is involved in providing consultancy of water safety services and equipment to the film and television industry. The scope of this is to ensure the safety of cast and crew during any filming in or around water. Notable feature movies Stefan has worked on include the Lord of the Rings Trilogies, the Chronicles of Narnia, The Water Horse and X-men Wolverine. Television commercials, reality programmes (such as Fear Factor) and TV series make up a bulk of the other work that he has done in the Queenstown region. Stefan and his wife also own a ski and snowboard equipment rental business and a sunglass retail store in Queenstown. HELI SKIING ITINERARY QUEENSTOWN ACTIVITIES For those days you are not on the slopes you may like to enjoy some of the following optional activities. Milford Sound Extraordinary Helicopter Experience – Exclusive to Seasonz: The EC130 and the EC120 You will be whisked off the tarmac for a spectacular and exclusive helicopter flight over alps and glacial lakes, viewing acclaimed World Heritage sights renowned for their extreme beauty, rare birds and geological features. You will fly through the grandeur of the Southern Alps and the majestic Milford Sound, travel the length of the fiord carved by the glaciers that dominate the scenery onto the wild and windswept west coast and put your feet in the sand to feel the power of the thunderous ocean waves stretching ceaselessly beyond you. During one of the alpine landings your pilot will set up a golf tee so that you can take a mile high golf swing, using the latest drivers and eco balls for the ultimate golf experience. The stunning landscape at Branches Station Continue on to the stunning beauty of Branches, a remote and exclusive high country station where you will hear tales of the history, challenges and rewards of high country life from the station manager as you enjoy regional foods matched with award winning New Zealand wines. The Station has remained largely hidden to all but a select few who have farmed its dramatic glacial benches and valleys, craggy slopes and alpine mountain ranges or sought instant wealth in the rich alluvium of its fast-flowing rivers and tributaries. A secluded natural world in pristine isolation under the ever watchful eye of the wild and allusive Chamois, Thar and Red Deer. Branches Station Personalised Winery Excursion in the Southern Lakes region – Exclusive to Seasonz: Enjoy lunch at the Winehouse and Kitchen You will join local character and wine pioneer Duncan Forsyth on a personalized excursion throughout this burgeoning wine region, the Southernmost wine producing region in the world. Duncan will share wonderful insights into the history of the industry and the challenges facing local winemakers all while visiting a collection of fantastic and varied wineries. To begin you will enjoy lunch at The Winehouse & Kitchen. This innovative new wine experience in the Gibbston Valley is located adjacent to the Kawarau Bungy Bridge. The restaurant is a farmhouse concept with an emphasis on warm welcomes and hearty wholesome food in keeping with the homestead’s pastoral heritage. Enjoy wine tasting in a restored 100year-old homestead showcasing van Asch wines from Central Otago and Rockferry wines from Marlborough as well as Freefall wines of New Zealand, which take inspiration from the adventure that is Bungy. Southern Lakes Wine Region HELI SKIING ITINERARY After a leisurely lunch you will experience a wine cave tour and wine-tasting at Gibbston Valley Wines. This winery released the region’s first commercial wine vintage in 1987. Since then the region and its several vineyards have become famous for producing premium wines, particularly Pinot Noir. Winemaking at 45 degrees south is an adventurous business. The vineyards here are at high altitude and subject to cold winters, hot dry summers and a huge night to day temperature range. Such adversity has led to pioneering winemaking, consistently superb wines, worldwide recognition and a plethora of international awards. Chard Farm You will also have the chance to visit Chard Farm, perched on a steep shelf of land above the Kawarau River which epitomises the rugged character of the central Otago grape growing region. Your drive back to Queenstown visits the quaint historic gold mining village of Arrowtown where you may like to visit and meet artists in their studios. Southern Snow and Ice Driving Experience: Ice Driving Experience Prove your driving skills in the ultimate environment. Bragging rights are up for the taking in a full day of snow and ice driving. Who is the fastest through the giant slalom? Who can do the most laps around the drift circle? Experienced instructors will ensure that you get the most out of your driving experience in a challenging and action packed day as you get sideways through the snow! The day concludes with a cold beer or a warm mulled before a prize giving where certificates and prizes will be issued. Snow Mobiling in the Southern Lakes Region: Snow Mobiling HELI SKIING ITINERARY Fly by helicopter from Queenstown to a remote and spellbinding world, landing at the base camp on the Old Woman Range. From here the professional guide will help familiarise you with snowmobile operation and also fit you with some special thermal snowmobile suits, gloves, boots and helmets. Then it's off on your great adventure, an exciting vastness of snow and magnificent vistas produce a spectacular ride! You will see seldom seen views of the eastern side of The Remarkables, Nevis Valley, Garvie Mountain Range and the Polar Plateau region. On this 1700m plateau you will think you are on Top of the World! Queenstown Adventure Day: You will have the opportunity to Tandem Paraglide! Your paraglide flight takes you over a pine forest, practically skimming the top of the tall pine trees, the ground then drops dramatically away exposing you to 2500 feet of breath-taking views beneath you. A great way to start your day! Tandem Paragliding over Queenstown Shotover Jet Boat Ride Lunch at Amisfield Winery Kawarau Bungy HELI SKIING ITINERARY Following paragliding, catch the canyons’ with Shotover Jet, the World’s most exciting Jet Boat ride. This is a thrilling thirty minute jetboat ride you will never forget! The Shotover Canyon walls tower over you as your driver skilfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops, and skims around crags and boulders! At the end of your Shotover Jet ride, enjoy lunch at Amisfield Winery, the architecturally award winning winery known for its “Grown Not Made” philosophy. Amisfield’s Bistro is located within an iconic stone building with stunning views of snow covered mountains and the beautiful Lake Hayes. Choose from the daily changing menu or indulge in Amisfield’s famous shared dining experience, ‘Trust the Chef Menu’, a selection of dishes designed to be shared at the table; all dishes are chosen by the chef based on the freshest ingredients available on the day. This afternoon visit the Kawarau Bridge where you will have the chance to Bungy Jump. Take a leap or watch others leap off the bridge where it all began. A.J. Hackett, a New Zealander who became a worldwide cult hero after jumping off the Eiffel Tower on a bungy rope, was the first person to develop bungy jumping commercially. This activity takes you to the Kawarau Bridge, where Hackett first set up shop. After your visit to the Kawarau Bridge, you will be transferred to enjoy Quad Biking in the Southern Lakes Region. Experience awesome scenery, amazingly fresh air and unhindered fun on a private quad-biking tour through the beautiful New Zealand countryside around Queenstown. You will receive a safety briefing before hopping on quad bikes for a wild and bumpy two-hour ride through the New Zealand farm country.
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