AORAKI MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK.
Southern Alps Guiding offers exclusive wilderness heli ski adventures in the majestic playground of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and beyond.
Our exclusive runs and landing sites in the Aorkai Mt Cook National Park for heli skiing make our product very special indeed. We are the only operator that can land at the head of the Tasman Glacier ridge tops and Darwin Bowls.
Our concessions allow us to heli-ski in some of the most beautiful and spectacular glacier terrain in New Zealand. The vertical terrain is enormous and the runs are from 5 to 15 kilometres long!
Our heli-skiing, located on New Zealand’s longest and largest glaciers, is a world of breathtaking beauty and spectacular scenery. WE HAVE EXCLUSIVE LANDING RIGHTS ON THE UPPER TASMAN GLACIER REGION RIDGE TOPS FOR HELI SKIING. Our exclusive helicopter landing sites are located in some of the highest areas of the Southern Alps inside the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. We take off from the Aoraki Mt Cook airport.
Owner and Chief Guide Charlie Hobbs is one of New Zealand’s most experienced mountain and ski guides. He is an internationally qualified IFMGA/UIAGM guide. Charlie will guide guests through these areas of glaciated terrain and icefalls, crevasses and ice canyons with your safety his first priority. He knows the area like "the back of his hand" and will give you a day of great adventure and skiing.
Our permitted areas outside the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park include:
The Hopkins Valley. This offers wilderness skiing along the Main Divide.
The Black Hills in the Ruataniwha Consevation Area. The Black Hills area offers great intermediate heli ski runs for first timers.
These heli ski areas offer vast hectares of skiing terrain with some landing sites above 2500m
Heli Ski prices are based on a minimum of 4 guests per load.
4 run Glacier Heli Day = $1050 per person. Level Heli 2 or 3
Extra runs at $125 per run per person
Above map shows our Exclusive Runs in the upper Tasman Glacier Region - Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Costs for Glacier Heli Skiing and Tasman Glacier Heli Skiing include: helicopter rides, guide fees, packed lunch, safety equipment, all DOC permits and landing fees and GST.
You Ski/Board the blue runs, only sometimes go off piste, have little or no powder experience and Ski/Board up to 10 days per season.
You Ski/Board the blue runs and some easier black runs, sometimes go off piste in good conditions, have some powder experience and Ski/ Board 10-20 days per season.
You mainly Ski/Board black runs, go off piste most of the time, have many days of powder experience and Ski/Board over 20 days per season.
You always Ski/Board black and double black runs, mostly Ski/Board off piste, and are an accomplished powder and “all snow condition” Skier/Boarder. You Ski/Board 40 days plus per season.
Private Charters are available for those that want their own private trips with friends or family.
Private Charter pricing works on a fixed rate for helicopter flying time used. You are charged only when the collective is up and the helicopter is flying - Not when it's parked.
Groups of 4 or 5 per helicopter offer the best economy for the group. Weight restrictions do apply on each load.
Cost includes helicopter flights, guide fees, safety equipment, lunch, permit fees and GST
Contact us at email@example.com or ph 03 4351 890. Our after hours number is 0274 342277.
“Southern Alps Guiding Ltd works with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to ensure that our impact on New Zealand's National Parks and reserves is minimal. We are an approved concession holder, ensuring that your visit with us to conservation lands adheres to best practice and contributes to the management of these protected areas”
When is the best time to go Heliskiing?
The heliski season starts 1 July, and continues
through to October 31.The earlier part of the
season has colder, clearer conditions while the latter
part of the season usually enjoys a great snow base
and ongoing snowfalls.
Do I need powder skis?
Specialty powder skis makes your
heli day that much more enjoyable. If you don’t have
your own equipment - hiring is a popular option and
easily co-ordinated. We have hire gear available.
How long are the runs?
Run length varies depending on terrain and
conditions (the average run would measure
approximately 1000m vertical metres!!!).
What should I wear?
Dress as you would for a cold day at the resort
(windproof jacket and pants, warm gloves, sunglasses
or goggles and sunscreen). You don’t need to ski/ride
with a backpack.
What about safety equipment?
All clients are provided with avalanche safety
beacons and instructed on their use. Our guides
will carry all other safety equipment.
You'll be required to sign a Waiver Form.