Remarkables Heli Hike

Remarkables Heli Hike

Departs Queenstown

Queenstown Remarkables Heli Hike

Helicopter high above Queenstown and look out at spectacular views



  • Departs: Queenstown 8.30am or 1.30pm
  • Season: Nov – Apr
  • Grade: Easy to Moderate
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Walking distance: 2 – 2.5 hours



  • Return Scenic Helicopter ride above Queenstown
  • Panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu, Fiordland and beyond
  • Alpine flowers and flora
  • Lake Alta exploration




  • Hotel Pick up (from Queenstown)
  • Scenic Helicopter Trip (weather dependant)
  • Experienced & qualified guide
  • Drink and all snacks





Queenstown Remarkables Heli Hike - summit landing and alpine walk

We will pick you up from your hotel in Queenstown and drive to the helicopter base in Frankton where we meet our pilot for the trip. Boarding your helicopter, we head up over Lake Wakatipu up to the summit of the Remarkables for a landing with the most amazing views out towards Queenstown, Fiordland and beyond.

We take in the spectacular views and grab some photos before heading round to Lake Alta – a small alpine lake nestled in the basin. The area is home to the Remarkables Ski Field in the winter season so the plant life is slow growing. It was also the site of many movies – the 1999 movie Vertical Limit and more recently the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

If we are lucky we may come across the cheeky Kea – an Alpine parrot that is very intelligent and inquisitive. Chamois and deer are also known to be in this area so keep your eyes peeled.

Your guide will be able to point out the local area and talk about the geology of the Remarkables and the walking is relatively easy going however off the rough track it is schist rock and sturdy shoes are required for the uneven surfaces. Although the vistas and endless views are fantastic up there, it can be exposed so warm clothing is definitely recommended whatever the weather.

The helicopter will then be waiting for us from our pre-arranged pick up point to fly us back to the helicopter base and you will then be dropped back at your hotel.


Remarkables ski field Heli Hike and Lake Alta

Remarkables ski field Heli Hike and Lake Alta

Remarkables Hike Elevation Profile

Remarkables Hike Elevation Profile

Remarkables Heli Hike

  • What to wear and bring for a day hike

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS – Some items we may be able to provide it to you, other items can be hired in Queenstown, please contact us for more informations 

    • Jacket/Coat – wind and waterproof with hood
    • Boots – sturdy, good fit, protected with dressing/polish
    • Treking pants/trousers
    • Top/ shirt – quick drying sports or hiking tops are best.
      Avoid cotton as although cool in the summer, it can be cold when wet or sweaty
    • Walking socks
    • Warm hat, beanie or balaclava and gloves or mittens
      Even in summer the weather can turn cooler in the evenings
    • Mid layer pullover: fleece tops or polartec type are ideal (light and quick drying)
      Cotton hoodies are not as warm and heavy when wet
    • Shorts
    • Day pack – ideally with a waterproof liner
      Pack should be light, strong and comfortable approx. 20-40 litres to carry your water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, snacks and extra clothing/ waterproof
    • Drink Bottle
      We can normally fill up along the way in streams so 1 litre is normally sufficient
    • Personal medication if required
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen, lip balm and sunhatOPTIONAL SUGGESTIONS
    • Gaiters or Puttees – to keep out water and gravel
    • Thermals – long sleeved top and long johns (quick drying)
      The kiwi way is to wear them under shorts and t shirts
    • Over trousers – waterproof and windproof, essential if you get cold quickly
    • Sunglasses
    • Binoculars
    • Blister plasters/band-aid or tape
      Although we do carry a first aid kit too
    • Camera, spare batteries and spare memory card
    • Small day pack for personal items
    • Camera
    • Waterproof jacket
    • Walking shoes
    • Warm clothes (layers are best)
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Water bottle
    • Gaiters (optional)

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