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A South Island Skiing Adventure with Methven Heliskiiing

So you have heard about how great the skiing in New Zealand is? If you’re heading to the South Island for winter, then let us tell you about one of the best things to do in the South Island.

You will find Methven Heliski only two hours away from Christchurch in the Canterbury district of the South Island of New Zealand. The Canterbury region is a fertile and mountainous delight. If you think of the majestic scenery of Lord of the Rings and you will get the idea of how very beautiful this area is.

Methven Heliski will take you to the magnificent Arrowsmiths, a mighty glaciated mountain range running parallel to the Main Divide of the Southern Alps. Be prepared to have your breath taken away by the awesome wonders of nature that you will witness, and be assured that you will find the experiences Methven Heliski offer exhilarating and heart pumping. The South Island offers some of the very best New Zealand skiing, if not the world, and with Methven Heliski you will get the very best service, excellent safety standards and small groups to enjoy your heliskiing adventure.

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Enjoy spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps (Photo credit: Methven Heliski)

You have so many options to choose from when you choose Methven Heliski to take you into the mountains to ski or snowboard.

The Standard “Perfect” 5-run Day is anything but ‘standard’. You will have 5 ski/snow board runs, a professional guide service, a generous picnic lunch provided, and all the safety gear you will need, and if you require you can make use of the return transfer service from Methven to Glenfalloch Station Helipad.  You can add extra runs at low cost and can help to maximise your time on the slopes. 

Another fantastic way to enjoy Canterbury skiing is to take advantage of Methven Heliski’s access to three mountain ranges with 250 named runs. This terrain is suitable for intermediate to expert skiers and board riders. You will be able to ski and snowboard in the beautiful Arrowsmiths taking in the vistas of the Southern Alps, Mt Cook and you can gaze upon both the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea from at least two of the runs.

If you wish to ski or snow board over multiple days Methven Heliski offer discounts on the daily rate. Methven Heliski only operate on fine days, so if you are planning a 7 day skiing and boarding adventure you can expect to be active on the mountain for at least four of those days.

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Ski the magnificent Reischek Glacier on your New Zealand heli-skiing adventure (Photo credit: Methven Heliski)

Another of the great things to do in Methven is to privately charter a flight with Methven Heliski. They can take you to ski and board in Methven and Mt Cook, you will have exclusive use of their helicopter, you have the freedom to roam and ski as much or as little as you desire.  There is a maximum ratio of one guide to four clients so you are guaranteed personalised expert service.

If you are an adventure lover who wishes to ski or snow board amongst the magnificent terrain of the South Islands exquisite snow fields then you should really check out New Zealand Heliskiing at its finest. Methven Heliski’s vast experience, expert guides and access to some of the best ski fields in the world will not disappoint.

If you require ski, snowboard or snow gear rental, repair, or need to make that last minute purchase before your Methven Heliskiing experience, visit Big Al’s Snow Sports. Located near the centre of Methven, they stock equipment and snow gear from leading brands and will have you kitted out in no time.

With breathtaking surroundings and an almost endless variety of great attractions, a visit to the South Island is an essential part of any New Zealand experience. To get to Methven, pickup your Christchurch car rental from Omega Rental Cars and take either State Highway 1 or 73.