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Remarkables Lake Alta Heli Hike

Skippers Canyon Heli-Hike

Duration: Full Day
Times: 9am to 5pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, chartered helicopter, private guide and picnic lunch
Available: September to April
Distance: 5 to 7-hour hike (can be shorter on request)
Rating: Easy to Intermediate with some river crossings

Skippers Canyon Heli-Hike

Follow in the footsteps of our goldmining pioneers in spectacular Skippers Canyon on this full day heli hike adventure.

Combine the best of both worlds with a breathtaking scenic flight over Queenstown’s iconic mountain landscapes and famous Shotover River, before hitting historic trails nestled beneath Mount Aurum.

Your heli hike adventure begins as we transport you to Queenstown Airport to board your privately chartered helicopter and ascend over the turquoise lakes, snow-capped peaks and vast canyons surrounding Queenstown.

We fly over the world famous Shotover River and New Zealand’s first hydroelectric power scheme, built in pursuit of gold in the 1860’s. Experience jaw dropping views as we venture deep into Queenstown high country and land below Mount Aurum (Mount Gold), amongst the pioneering relics of the 1880’s gold rush.

Here our adventure on foot begin as your personal local guide navigates you through Skippers Canyon to historic mountain huts and Dynamo Flat – New Zealand’s first hydroelectric power scheme — before embarking on a five to seven-hour guided hike through stunning alpine wilderness.

Enjoy one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets as you wander alongside pristine rivers, through alpine herb and fruit fields, towering native forests and tranquil waterfalls.

At historic Skippers Point your local guide will explain the rich goldmining history of the region as you walk in the footsteps of our ancestors.  Discover the remains of Mt Aurum Homestead, which sadly burned down in 2018, and learn stories of early families and pioneers who forged a hard living from this dramatic landscape.

Wander through Skippers Point’s historic buildings and beautiful cemetery before we meet our private helicopter for a scenic flight back to Queenstown.

Our local personal guides love to tailor each tour to suit your interests and tastes. Get in touch to customise your hike and make your Queenstown adventure one to remember.

Skippers Canyon Heli-Hike