Independent Mountain Guides

Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand

Half to Full Day Guided Heli Mountaineering Excursions

The guided Heli Mountaineering programme has been introduced for anyone wanting a taste of the Queenstown mountains with limited time.

All access is via helicopter to and from the climbing venue. Excellent weather is also a very important component of the day and a trip will only depart given good flying and climbing conditions.

All of the peaks selected are easy to moderate climbing with fantastic views of native beech forest, massive lakes, the big mountains of New Zealand, Cook, Aspiring, Earnslaw, Tutuko, and the dramatic Southern Lakes alpine landscape.

Recommended Trips

Mount Aurum 2320metres (winter/spring only)

This peak is situated in the beautiful Aurum Reserve where gold mining was the prime industry at the turn of the centuary. We land at the Aurum Saddle(2000metres) and climb the elegant snow rib to the summit. Retracing our footsteps down we await our pick up at Aurum saddle for the magnificent scenic flight back to Queenstown Heliport.( Difficulty- moderate, reasonable fitness required, some climbing experience necessary).

Costs one to two people NZ$425/person plus helio flight return.

Mount Fergusson 2100metres (all seasons)

Is a glaciated snow dome with two summits. This peak has a beautiful tourquoise mountain tarn at its feet. We land at a wide saddle (1900 metres) at the head of Wide Creek overlooking the Rees Valley and the spectactular Mount Earnslaw From here an easy climb of snow/ice to the first summit and rest and view point. The ridge narrows here before cresting a comfortable summit. We retrace our footsteps after photo's and a snack back to our landing spot. You now enjoy your scenic flight back to Queenstown.(Difficulty- easy, average fitness required no climbing experience needed.)

Costs one to two people NZ$425/person plus helio flight return.

Single Cone 2319 metres (all seasons)

This is the closest peak to Queenstown dominating the Wakatipu Basin. A short flight lands you on a suitable spot roughly 2000 metres above sea level. Some easy climbing is encountered before steepening to a narrow low angle chimney with fixed anchor points. This where the "going gets tough and the tough get going". Belaying is required here to the summit. A magnificent view of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu awaits you. We retrace our steps down before the final abseil(rappel) back to easy terrain. A short hike takes us to the helipad and flight to Queenstown. (Difficulty- moderate, reasonable fitness required and some climbing experience necessary).

Costs one to two people NZ$425/person plus helio flight return.

Cecil Peak 1978metres or Walter Peak 1800metres

The two most noticed peaks in Queenstown from bedroom windows of any accomodation looking out over Lake Wakatipu. (Enquire for further information). You can make a booking by phoning Dave at 0274 140 544 or e mail

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