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Intro to Heli-Skiing in New Zealand

Take your off-piste skiing to the skies in New Zealand’s extensive backcountry

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Full day heli-skiing
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Max 5 guests per heli
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Queenstown and Wanaka
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Ski untouched powder
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July - September
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From NZD $995 per person

Whether you’re looking to heli-ski long, gentle runs at a relaxed pace, or ski steeper faces and rack up the vertical, we work with top operators flying out of Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt Cook.

A more relaxed heli-ski ski day, suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers without much powder skiing experience. Your professional heli-ski guide guide will teach you the techniques needed to ski untouched powder with precision and style over several helicopter-accessed runs. No need to pack your lunch, as your guides will lay this out for you as a mountaintop picnic.

This day trip takes place in the Queenstown, Wanaka and Mt. Cook areas, departing from Queenstown or Wanaka.

This adventure is available for up to 5 guests, and aimed at advanced intermediate skiers who are looking for a great introduction to powder skiing and heli-skiing.

The best conditions are in the peak winter season in New Zealand, end of July through to mid September.

What to expect

For an intermediate skier, a typical day of heli-skiing will include 3-7 runs, departing from either Queenstown or Wanaka. Included in your day will be a pickup from your accommodation, a full safety briefing and professional ski guiding for the day, as well as an alpine buffet lunch. Expect to ski wide open slopes and bowls with soft powdery snow – the perfect environment to learn how to ski powder, under the watchful eye of your guide.

If you choose to ski the Mt Cook area, we will organize for you to be flown by ski plane (a plane with specially adapted skis on the front, built to land on snow) to your staging area, and you will heli-ski from your plane’s landing zone. Each flight in their own right is a fantastic sightseeing experience, with the added bonus of skiing untouched powder slopes at the end!

Looking for something extra special?

If you are looking for a completely private experience, we have the option to charter a helicopter for a day. If you’re looking for detailed instruction, to enjoy your surroundings, get in the most vertical possible, or a combination of all 3, then the charter is your best option.

The private charter can include either a gourmet picnic on mountain for those looking to maximize on-snow time, or a chef prepared gourmet lunch at the spectacular Minaret Station, matched with local award winning wines for those looking to to ski hard in the morning and take a more laid back approach to the end of the day.

Charlotte, Queenstown and Wanaka

Mabey Ski has an exceptional eye for detail and no request was considered too difficult. There were so many personal touches...

James and Charlie, Queenstown and Wanaka

Heli-skiing and lunch on top of a mountain with nobody for miles around are memories that will stay with me forever! That and running around Lake Wanaka at sundown with clear skies - might be the best running trail I've ever been on.

Becca, Queenstown and Wanaka

The most personalized trip I've ever been on. I would never have thought of a day's wine tasting on a ski holiday, but it turns out it's the perfect way to rest your legs in the middle of a week of skiing!


Starting at NZD $995 per person for a full day, 3 run heli-skiing adventure.

4 run packages starting at NZD $1,095

7 run packages starting at NZD $1,395

Private charter starting at NZD $9,900 for up to 4 people


  • Professional ski guiding (5:1 guest to guide maximum ratio)
  • Alpine buffet lunch
  • Avalanche safety demonstration and equipment rental
  • Return transportation to and from your Wanaka or Queenstown (or Mt. Cook) accommodation


  • Additional runs ($110 each)
  • Video service, available on request
  • Powder or all mountain ski rental


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