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Heli-assisted ski & split-board touring terrain in the mountain ranges around Lake Tekapo
A skiing & split-boarding playground
Lots of terrain options to explore in the mountain ranges around Lake Tekapo
Heli-assisted ski & split-board touring in the mountain ranges between Lake Tekapo and Aoraki Mount Cook
Enthusiastic UIAGM / NZMGA ski guides
Avoid the crowds and find the best snow with your NZMGA ski guide
Heli-assisted ski & split-board touring near Roundhill, Lake Tekapo
First tracks on untouched slopes
Heli-assisted access provides great ski & split-board touring opportunities in the Two Thumb, Sherwood & Hall Ranges
Heli-assisted ski & split-board touring near Fox Peak
Explore new terrain
Let our experienced guides take you on a great adventure
Our ski guides know where to find the best snow
Ski & avalanche equipment provided
A great option to try ski touring, without a big commitment - just bring your own ski boots!
Views over the Mackenzie Basin, heli-assisted ski & split-board tours, Lake Tekapo
Remote day trips
Enjoy a safe and hassle free backcountry ski holiday
Views of Aoraki and the Southern Alps, heli ski & split-board touring, Lake Tekapo
Great terrain & views
Looking across to Aoraki and the Southern Alps

Heli-assisted ski & split-board tours

Ski lodge based day tours on the peaks and ranges around Lake Tekapo

NEW THIS SEASON! Ski and split-board touring for those wanting to be based out of Lake Tekapo, but still access the backcountry for rewarding ski tours.

You may be holidaying with family in Tekapo or haven’t got the time for the walk into our huts. Or maybe you simply prefer staying in a comfortable holiday home or hotel rather than a backcountry hut. Here is the ski touring trip for you!

Our trips can cater to first-time ski tourers as well as to experienced ski touring groups.



We have two different ski / split-board touring areas for you to choose from:

Eastern ranges

The "heart" of the Two Thumb and Sherwood Ranges to the east of Lake Tekapo is a backcountry skiing paradise with an amazing landscape providing a good variety of terrain. Nestled in difficult to access terrain - between the ski fields of Round Hill, Mount Dobson and Fox Peak - on a mixture of conservation land and private farm land, awaits a winter wonderland with rewarding day ski tours. There are no huts, nor is there any road access. So, we access this terrain in typical kiwi-style by helicopter.

These mountain ranges form the eastern boundary of the Mackenzie Basin, close enough to the Southern Alps to get great views and regular snow fall, but sheltered enough to escape many of the predominant north-west storms hitting the Main Divide.

Western ranges

The Hall Range to the west of Lake Tekapo is an exciting new backcountry skiing venue towering above the Mistake Valley. The mountain range is just east of the main Southern Alps and being close to the Main Divide, this area receives regular snow fall and has great skiing and split-boarding.

Returning to the comforts of Lake Tekapo every evening, you have the recipe for a great backcountry holiday - relax with a soak in the hot pools or enjoy a stargazing tour after an exhilarating ski tour in untouched snow! We recommend 2 days for a weekend away for "sampling" backcountry ski touring, and 4 days for those looking for a refreshing break combining the comfort of the township and its attractions with active visits in the surrounding alpine environment.

Value & flexibilty

All trips are planned with your arrival in the evening before the first day in the snow, so no time is lost in the morning for checking gear, getting organised or waiting for participants to arrive - we like you to get maximum value and enjoy full days out in the mountains! Trips are designed to be flexible with our changeable New Zealand weather in mind. The base trip cost is paid upfront, with helicopter flights paid extra, based on if and how much you fly (flights can be affected by weather or the group may choose to add on extra days). We also want you to offer you the most competitive flight price, as numbers and total passenger weight influences the costs. Talk to our office staff to get all the information you need on the flight cost.



You can have a taste of backcountry ski touring before committing to buying all the gear. We can provide touring skis, skins, poles, transceivers, probe, shovel and any other equipment you might need, but you will need to bring your own ski boots. Outdoor clothing and packs can also be provided at no extra cost if necessary.

All of your equipment will be checked during the gear check at our office at the start of your trip. Any equipment you need to borrow from us will be issued by your guide.

Heli-assisted Ski & Split-board Tours Clothing & Equipment list