5 run Heliskiing excursion in Mt. Cook National Park
5 run Heliskiing excursion in Mt. Cook National Park

Activity Snapshot

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  • Duration
    full day
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Activity description

Discover the heart of the Southern Alps on this heliski adventure in Mt. Cook National Park.

Home to 6 mountain ranges in Mt. Cook National Park, this impressive 5-run wilderness package takes place in New Zealand’s largest heliski area – offering both boarders and skiers a chance to ride the longest vertical drop  in the country – with some runs covering up to 800m! Discover ancient glaciers, azure lakes, and endless powder on this serious backcountry adventure.

This activity is run & operated from the main helipad in Glentanner Airfield, and occasionally from Mount Cook Airport. Glentanner is only 15 minutes drive from Mt Cook village and less than an hour from Lake Tekapo. All runs take place in Mt. Cook National Park.

Meet your guide at the heli base in Aoraki/Mt. Cook for this full day heliskiing adventure in the Southern Alps.  A 5 run package in some of New Zealand’s best backcountry terrain, both skiers and boarders can enjoy the fun thanks to the clean lines and vertical drops made possible by using a bespoke helicopter service. After a quick kit check and safety briefing, you’ll chopper out into Mt. Cook National Park – travelling to a remote location in the heart of the mountain range, from here you can enjoy up to 800m of pure powder – following a guide through bowls, ridges, ski-throughs and unique ice formations. Stopping for a picnic lunch at altitude, each run is serviced by the helicopter – meaning no need to work up a sweat on the traverse. Top tip: there’s always the chance to add more runs to the activity on the day (based on group ability and conditions), check with your guide on the mountain.

Suitable for both snowboarders and skiers, an intermediate level is required with the ability to comfortably ride red/black runs.  All-mountain or wider skis are preferred - giving better floatation in powder, and better control over a range of conditions. Alpine skis, telemark skis, or snowboards are all welcome. Ride on whatever you are comfortable with; just make sure the gear is well waxed.

minimum 10 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Offer Description

*Extra runs are the best way to maximise vertical for your dollar. Extra runs can be arranged on the mountain. Talk to your guide on the day, or let us know when booking.

Activity requirements

The minimum age is 10 years, and is dependent on the child's ability. Supervising adults must be prepared to ski at the pace of their children.

Special terms

Please note this activity operates with a four-person minimum per tour

  • Professional mountain guide services
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Safety equipment, including avalanche transceivers
  • Ski Rental $50
  • Ski/Boot/Pole Rental $75
  • Extra Runs $110*
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Powder Skis (90mm width)
  • Split Board or Powder Board
  • Small Backpack
  • Alpine Outerwear
  • Goggles & Sunglasses
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Glentanner Airport, Mount Cook 7999, New Zealand Get directions
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