Untouched Backcountry Heli Tour


Full day, 6.5 hrs


Accommodation transfers, exclusive access to a high country station, private helicopter, rainforests, waterfalls and glaciers, gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments


1 hour walking


October - April

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Explore the most remote corners of the lower South Island

The Helicopter is yours for the day to with your private guide and Pilot, and you will be touching down in magical places that have remained untouched for thousands of years. This backcountry heli tour is exclusive to Alpine Luxury Tours and will have you up close with wildlife, native rainforests, waterfalls and glaciers without crossing paths with another tourist.

Your adventure begins at your accommodation, where you will be picked up in a Luxury Vehicle and taken to your private Helicopter where you’ll meet your pilot before boarding the helicopter. Taking off across Lake Wakatipu, the first leg of your journey takes you over to the historic Mt Nicholas Station, a 100,000 acre sheep and beef farm run by one family. You'll be invited by the cocky (rancher) to tag along for an intimate look at rural New Zealand life on this remote farm accessible only by aircraft or boat.

After saying farewell and boarding the helicopter again, you will fly you over the Earl Mountain range. Passing the head of Lake Te Anau you will land on the edge of Lake Erskine, a surreal turquoise pool ringed by hanging glaciers. Icebergs floating in the high mountain lake create stunning natural sculptures.

By now it will be time for lunch, so after staking off again you will be flown over several rainforest covered valleys to touch down next to Lake Quill for a picnic to remember. This area averages 7m (23 ft) of rain a year, enough to power one of the tallest permanent waterfalls in the world, the Sutherland Falls homne of the filimg of Mission impossible 6 . Lake Quill is the small mountain lake that feeds Sutherland Falls, New Zealand’s second highest waterfall standing at 580m (1904ft).

After lunch, you will make your way up the West Coast, but not before an unforgettable flyover past one of New Zealand’s most popular attractions – Milford Sound. Coined the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Rudyard Kipling, you will be able to capture its grandeur from the sky, high above the packed cruise boats and buses below.

Flying out of the sound, the native rainforests framed by the Tasman Sea on your left will feel completely different to how they looked just an hour earlier. Landing at a private beach for photo of the wild West Coast.

The flight to your second last stop will take you to Middle earth waterfalls where we will be dropped down the valley this is where we embark on a 1 hr heli hiking experience in a valley of waterfalls and one of the most dramatic locations featured in The Hobbit. Our last stop is on the Isobel or Tyndall Glacier, where you can touch the ancient blue ice before returning to Queenstown over the Richardson Mountain range and the Shotover River; rich in stories from New Zealand's gold rush era.

Lake Quill Picnic
Lake Quill Picnic
Farm tour Pickup
Farm tour Pickup

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Wow!!! What an outstanding day

We have fallen in love with Queenstown after this tour. Lee is so knowledgeable and passionate about the area and adding his passion for gold mining and vast historical knowledge of the area we had an unbelievable personal Queenstown experience. We drove down into Skippers canyon and were surprised with a delicious morning tea at the school house. This was followed by panning for gold at deep creek and a stone skimming competition. Both Lee and Paul were so amazing with our young children (both pre school) that this was their highlight (as well as ours) of the trip. Highly recommend Alpine Luxury Tours to anyone. AMAZING........

Incredible Service and Great People

We spent a week in Queenstown using Lee and Alpine Luxury Tours to book several outings: two hikes (one on the famous Routeburn trail) one helicopter day trip to Milford sound with lunch, and an afternoon of wine tasting. Lee was friendly, professional and accessible at every stage of the trip, particularly as weather changes called for flexibility in our itinerary with the helicopter tour and also to change a planned hike on a particularly rainy day to a driving tour of Wanaka. On the walking days we were guided by the delightful and knowledgeable Lisa who shared so much about the flora, fauna, history, culture and adventure sports in the Queenstown area. Lee personally guided us on the wine tour and his deep local relationships and great knowledge of the region and local wines made for a fun, informative, and indulgent afternoon. The heli tour to Milford Sound with Craig was a highlight - memorable views and a picnic lunch in an unbelievably scenic spot - waterfalls, snow-capped peaks, a delicious wine and sandwiches — we didn’t want to leave. Highly recommend choosing Alpine luxury tours.

Milford Sound Private Tour 10 Pax

Excellent!!! The communication with Lee on this booking for 10 of us was prompt and informative. Our driver/guide, Rob who drove us to Milford Sound is a very good driver. On top of that his knowledge of the region is amazing. Alpine Adventures even managed to book us a last minute scenic flight back to Queenstown for half of us. I highly recommend Lee and his amazing team.

CindyBeezeebee, Malaysia
Amazing heli picnic surprise

The private picnic at Middle Earth Waterfalls was really the icing on the cake of a surprise holiday to Queenstown for my wife and 2 young girls (4 & 2yo). Such an amazing experience. All the staff were so friendly, helpful and professional. Our pilot Craig was outstanding, talking to us throughout the flight, pointing out areas of interest, managing everything including my 2 young children with ease. After a magical glacial flyby we landed at Earnslaw Burn where the kids had such a fun time skipping rocks in the water. Craig setup a wonderful picnic for us and unobtrusively made himself scarce whilst we enjoyed and soaked up the scenery. Words cannot describe the majestic beauty of this place and whilst all the photos you will take will be stunning even they cannot do it true justice. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Sim Turner Sydney, Australia