Skiing in New Zealand? Most definitely, and you won’t need to drive far from Christchurch to take advantage of raw slopes that will challenge even the best skier. In fact, you can journey so far off the beaten path that you’ll need a helicopter to drop you off. Are your juices flowing yet?
Methven Heliskiing operates throughout the winter months in New Zealand (July to September), attracting skiers and boarders from around the world who want to sample the rugged terrain of the Arrowsmith Range in the Southern Alps on the South Island. The helicopter pad located on a working high country sheep farm at Genfalloch Station serves as the launch point for your alpine adventure.
The Southern Alps offer a picturesque and unique setting for anyone brave enough to zoom down fresh snow at steep angles. Being dropped off by helicopter sets the stage for a run that can be as challenging as you choose, from beginner level to skilled daredevil. These hard-to-access runs are perfect for skiers and boarders who don’t like to travel with the crowd.
The standard package features five runs at any level you prefer, with an average vertical drop of 850 metres. Skiers can sample any one of 250 runs on three mountain ranges, with more than 1,000 kilometres of white expanse to roam. No lift lines, no crowded trails, no jockeying for position.
If the standard five runs are not enough to challenge you, you can book extra runs or additional days to maximize your time on the
slopes and give your legs a vigorous workout and your eyes a visual feast. Be sure to bring your weather-resistant camera along for shots that cannot be taken anywhere else in the world. Don’t forget your sunscreen, either, as brilliant sunshine is frequent in this part of the world.
Alpine Guides, which has operated the tours for 25 years, take their clients’ safety quite seriously, focusing on security, detail and personalised instruction to ensure that all winter sportsmen and women have an unforgettable adventure in the Southern Alps.
You can book a coach to go to Methven or you can rent your own vehicle (4-wheel drive is recommended) to meet the team at the helipad. In order to take full advantage of the many attractions in and around Christchurch, having your own wheels is advantageous. Dozens of activities are at your disposal both in the city and a short drive away. Several Christchurch car rental agencies can be found at the airport and in town.
For an unforgettable day or two far from city streets and noisy vehicles, take flight in a helicopter above the Alps and be dropped onto any slope that suits you. The copter will meet you at the bottom of the trail that you’ve blazed and guides will be happy to hear you explain the thrill as you catch your breath. Heliskiing in New Zealand is tough to top, both literally and figuratively, for a tourist experience within minutes of Christchurch.
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