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Queenstown sits in a spectacular lakeside and alpine setting in the south-west of the South Island.

With endless heli-ski terrain on the doorstep and two ski resorts located in close proximity, Queenstown is the perfect destination for a winter trip with a difference. Take in the stunning views over Lake Wakatipu from The Remarkables ski resort and finish your day wine tasting or bungee jumping in the afternoon.

Queenstown itself has the relaxed, cosmopolitan vibe you’d expect from a place where visitors from around the world mix with locals the whole year round. It’s a place that truly offers something for everyone, and plenty to do away from the mountains, from sky diving and biking to scenic flights and wellness retreats, festivals and wineries to art galleries and heritage tours.

Queenstown is also home to some of the best restaurants in New Zealand, with fresh local produce proudly transformed into a mouthwatering variety of cuisines. And if it’s nightlife you want then look no further than the local pubs and bars, where you’ll find live music and a warm local welcome.

Queenstown’s ski season runs from June to October, but we’d recommend visiting in August or September for more reliable snow.

Why Queenstown’s Backcountry?

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in New Zealand then take the adventure of a lifetime skiing through Queenstown’s backcountry. Our Heli ski & backcountry ski adventures offer breath taking views over the lake with slopes suitable for skiers and snowboarders, enjoy endless mountain terrain covered in fresh powder snow and a backdrop that can only be seen in movies.

Queenstown's Culture

After an exhilarating day on the ski slopes of Queenstown, relax and take in the diverse cultural heritage of New Zealand which is the town known for the friendly and welcoming atmosphere, visitors from all round the globe are made to feel at home here.

Queenstown has been heavily influenced by the natural environment and surrounded by beautiful alpine landscapes and crystal clear waters of Lake Wakatipu. The beauty doesn’t stop there, enjoy the unique blend of arts with galleries and exhibitions showcasing the work of local and national artists.

Your Backcountry Ski Guides

At Mabey Ski, our ski guides are more than just experienced professionals – they are passionate skiers and adventurers who have a deep love for the mountains. Nickie is an expert in backcountry skiing and heli skiing, and we will provide you with all the knowledge and information you need to make your trip the best it can be.

We understand that every client is unique, and that’s why we take the time to get to know you and your objectives before creating your custom ski adventure. Our ski guides will work closely with you to understand your passions and what you want most from your experience, whether it’s a romantic backcountry adventure, a corporate retreat with a twist, or a full-on expedition with a crew of friends.

The Dream Heli Ski Adventure

Your dream skiing adventure awaits you, if you’re looking for the ultimate challenge or want to explore the snow capped mountains, alpine forests and crystal clear lakes this is an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.