Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike

Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike

Duration: 4.5 hours
Times: 8am or 1pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, chartered helicopter and private guide

Available
: All year round
Distance: 1 hour hike
Rating: Easy

Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike

Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli HikeWe will pick you up from your hotel and travel along one of the most stunning roads in Queenstown to the top of the lake and Glenorchy to the helicopter base for the Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike. This stretch of road from Queenstown to Glenorchy was recently voted by Lonely Planet as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world” and you’ll see why when we stop at the Bennett’s Bluff lookout.

Here we board a helicopter flight to Martins Bay, and the head of the Hollyford track where we are able to encounter the native Fiordland Crested Penguins in their natural habitat. We should also encounter seals and other native species, e.g. Wood Pigeons, Kakariki &/or Fantails.

If time allows, we can also enjoy an eco-encounter walk through native bush. Once we arrive back in Glenorchy, we will stop to enjoy either morning tea or afternoon tea by the lake before returning to Queenstown.

The trip includes a stunning flight over the Southern Alps with the option to stop at Milford Sound or land on a glacier for an additional cost for the helicopter, often a high point for an amazing photo opportunity.

The best time of year to see the penguins is during the breeding season from July to November. They may also occasionally be seen during the moulting season from mid-January to early March.

Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike