Ride the South Island’s Canterbury and Aoraki Mt Cook regions.
From powder filled bowls and open faces to steep chutes and technical lines. Join us for a big-mountain adventure in a region that receives the highest and most consistent snowfall in New Zealand. Here’s what’s included:
1 DAY MT COOK HELI-SKI
Heli-skiing at Mount Cook is unique as it has more advanced-level terrain, the most consistent snow quality, the deepest snowpack and the highest landings than any other heli-ski operation in New Zealand.
1 DAY METHVEN HELI-SKI
Heli-ski big mountain lines in the Arrowsmith or Ragged ranges. The terrain here demands the best and most experienced heli-ski guides in the business.
1 DAY MT OLYMPUS
Kiwi club fields don’t get more legendary than Mt Olympus. The ski area is proudly groomer free so ensure you take the correct weapon from your quiver. There are steep cliffs and chutes, along with fun rolling terrain.
1 DAY MT HUTT
Rising 2086m from the Canterbury Plains is Mt Hutt. The runs have a good fall-line that can feel can be like an epic heli-ski run.
PRIVATE LODGING WITH MEALS
Our base is a private lodge that’s designed to reflect the local Canterbury landscape. Mornings start with hot breakfasts and espresso. Evenings finish with a home cooked meal with locally sourced beef, lamb and salmon.
GUIDING, PRIVATE TRANSPORT & LIFT TICKETS
All accommodation, lift tickets and transportation is included and you’ll travel in comfortable 4WD vehicles daily from our lodge.
2 - 7 August, 2021
Guest to Guide Ratio
5 guests : 1 guide
AUD $3,690 per personCurrency Convertor
Heli-ski / backcountry, suitable for advanced snowboarders
Why Travel With Mint
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. We are a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conduct business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we are able to take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre or post tour arrangements.
2 Days Heli-skiing
You've got 2 days of heli-skiing included on this tour with a guaranteed 5 runs per day. Need more heli? No problem. Pre-book to avoid missing out.
You'll clock up the vertical on the our heli-ski and freeride days. Ride real big mountain terrain with runs averaging 800 - 1200 vertical metres, some up to 1,300 metres.
The Southern Alps has a maritime snowpack. Powder is more common earlier in the season which is why this tour runs at peak the peak of winter.
CANTERBURY & AORAKI
MT COOK HELI TOUR
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1 DAY HELI-SKIING MT COOK
Heli-skiing at Mount Cook is unique as it has more advanced-level terrain, the most consistent snow quality, the deepest snowpack and the highest landings than any other heli-ski operation in New Zealand. Its truly worthy of your bucket list. The heli-ski area is a wilderness of ancient glaciers, blue lakes, and endless runs across 6 mountain ranges. From exclusive tenure at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, to the Ben Ohau Range above Lake Pukaki.
1 DAY HELI-SKIING METHVEN
We’ll spend a day riding big mountain lines in the Arrowsmith or Ragged ranges. These ranges are located at the headwaters of the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers and catch snow from every winter storm to deliver some of New Zealand’s most consistent heli-ski conditions. The terrain here demands the best and most experienced heli-ski guides in the business. We will fly with small groups where the focus is on safety, and great Kiwi service.
1 DAY SNOWBOARDING MT OLYMPUS
Kiwi club fields don’t get more legendary than Mt Olympus. The terrain is amazing, the access road an adventure, the coffee is good and it boasts the highest hot tub. The rope tows here are nestled within a high, south-facing basin which is the ideal aspect for catching snowfall from the big southerly storms. The ski area is proudly groomer free so ensure you take the correct weapon from your quiver. There are steep cliffs and chutes, along with fun rolling terrain.
1 DAY SNOWBOARDING MT HUTT
Rising high above the Canterbury Plains is Mt Hutt. At an altitude of 2086m with a 683 vertical drop Mt Hutt has the South Island’s highest chairlift, leg-burning runs and some of the country’s most spectacular views. Most days at the summit you can see from one side of the country to the other, from the jagged spine of the Southern Alps to the West, right across the patchwork of pastures to the Pacific Ocean on the East. The shape of Mt Hutt is great for catching snow, and with its high elevation, the area typically gets more snowfall than some of its southerly neighbours. The runs have a good fall-line and if we're lucky enough to ride after new snow, it can be like an epic heli-ski run.
PRIVATE LODGING WITH MEALS
Our base for this tour is a private purpose-built lodge that's designed to offer our guests quality single-share, ensuite rooms in comfortable surroundings that reflect the local Canterbury landscape. Start the day off with cooked breakfasts, and relax after a big day on the mountain with a local craft beer by the fire. Each evening we sit down to a home cooked meal including locally sourced ingredients like Canterbury beef, lamb or salmon washed down with a glass (or bottle) of South Island wine.
SNOW AND CONDITIONS
This tour runs during peak heli-ski season as conditions are at their optimum. The vast terrain spans numerous mountain ranges which are affected differently by prevailing snow and weather conditions. It is these variations that allow us to ski or snowboard many aspects ensuring powder snow each day.
Meet your guides
LOCAL GUIDES & PARTNERSHIPS
Mint opens doors around the globe. Our long-standing relationships with local guides, local legends, professional athletes, local businesses and resorts allow us special access to places and people. Travelling with us, you go behind the scenes to get a close-up view of each destination. You’re enriched by the knowledge of our experts and local guides.
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES
- 1 Heli-ski / snowboard day at Mt Cook Heli-ski (guaranteed 5 runs)
- 1 Heli-ski / snowboard day at Methven Heli-ski (guaranteed 5 runs)
- 2 days of professional heliski guide services
- Use of safety equipment on heliski days
- 2 days return transfers to heli staging area on heliski days
- 1 guided day at Mt Olympus, includes transport and lift ticket
- 1 guided day at Mt Hutt, includes transport and lift ticket
- 5 nights accommodation in a single room with ensuite
- 5 breakfasts at our lodge
- 5 home-cooked dinners at our lodge
- Generous picnic lunch on heliski days
- Scheduled airport transfers on arrival and departure day, Christchurch Airport
- Hosting & guiding by Mint Tours
The Canterbury and Aoraki Mt Cook Tour is 5 nights. If this isn’t enough, then book one of our multi-tour combo’s.
02 – 07 August, 2021
PRO-TIP – GO PRIVATE!
Book this tour as a private departure – with your own guide and all the benefits of a Mint group tour – for any group, big or small (even just one traveller). Get in touch to discuss.
WHY TRAVEL WITH MINT?
In a rapidly changing travel industry it’s important to know that your travel provider is accredited, accountable and responsible. Mint is a registered member of AFTA and IATA and conducts business in accordance with the ATAS Charter and Code of Conduct. When you travel with Mint you can have peace of mind that you are booking with a qualified and established travel operator with over 20 years of expertise. And as a full-service travel agent, we can take care of your flights, insurance, stopovers and pre-or post tour arrangements.
WHAT HAPPENS IF BORDERS ARE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The global health crisis has impacted everyone enormously, so we want to make sure your future travel plans are safe and reassure you that we are committed to supporting our customers in the best way that we can. You can view our latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates HERE
WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY?
Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information.
WHAT IF I’M TRAVELLING SOLO?
About 99% of our guests are travelling solo, so you’ll be in good company. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that New Zealand has to offer.
HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ON THIS TOUR?
We take a maximum of 7 guests on each tour. We know that by offering one of the smallest client to guide ratio in the industry allows you to ski or snowboard at your preferred pace, and ultimately leads to a better experience for everyone. This ensures you get the most out of your time with us, and keeping the groups small means less time waiting and more time riding powder.
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR ME?
This tour is best suited to advanced skiers and snowboarders who are comfortable skiing and snowboarding in backcountry terrain. You can can link turns in powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse, hold speed and is adventurous when skiing and snowboarding the entire mountain including side-hits and jumps. If you’re not sure, give us a call. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY OR STAY ON AFTER THE TOUR?
For most tours you can arrive earlier or stay later. We can tailor the trip to suit your travel plans. Speak with one of our tour specialists when you are booking and they will be more than happy to assist.
WHO ARE THE GUIDES?
All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains. Most of our guides work for us season after season.
CAN YOU BOOK FLIGHTS?
Yes. Let us take the hassle out of selecting the right flights for the tour. We can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No, flights are not included. If you need assistance booking flights, we can book you the best flight options for the tour, with no booking fees.
DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered be comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We offer all of our tour guests discounted snow specific travel insurance.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I’VE BOOKED?
Once you’ve booked your spot on tour, we will send you through a booking confirmation and provide updates about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, flight options, Visa requirements and transportation information. We will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing we will invite you to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
HOW CAN I CHECK MY ABILITY LEVEL?
The best way to check if a tour is suited to your ability is by speaking with one of our tour specialists. They will be able to determine if the tour you have selected is a good fit for your ability, as well as suggesting other tour options.
HOW DO I GET TO METHVEN?
We’ll provide you with a guide with details on how to get to Christchurch and where to meet your hosts. If it’s your fist time to New Zealand or if you’re unsure about travel arrangements, often we can link you up with other tour guests to travel with.
HOW DO I CHECK AVAILABILITY?
Speak with one of our tour specialists. As this is a small group tour with limited availability, it’s best to get in touch early to avoid disappointment.
ARE LIFT TICKETS INCLUDED?
Yes, lift tickets are included for Mt Hutt and Mt Olympus.
CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT?
We recommend bringing your own equipment for the tour.
WHAT EQUIPMENT SHOULD I BRING?
Skiing and snowboarding in the New Zealand backcountry is like nothing else. Expect all kinds of weather and snow with temperatures typically ranging from +10 to -10. We recommend that guests have a good quality waterproof jacket and pants, lightweight insulated layer, merino base layers, merino gloves and waterproof gloves, goggles with low light & high light lenses, sunglasses, balaclava, beanie, and helmet. We recommend that all guests bring their own ski or snowboarding equipment for the tour (board, boots, bindings & outerwear).
WHO WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
Your group will be made up of travellers from diverse backgrounds and will be varied in age. Our groups generally mix well due to a shared interest in snow sports and an eagerness to explore all that New Zealand has to offer.
If you would like some more information or a quote for the tour you can contact us by:
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