New Zealand

The Southern Alps: A Heli-Bike Adventure


November - March


From $7,625pp excl. flights
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How long

7 nights ideal length

For all the extreme adventure seekers out there, this ones for you: Always pushing the boat out and trying new things here at Black Tomato this action-packed seven-night trip to New Zealand is one of those things that will simply take your breath away. Get ready and brace yourself for the Heli-Bike adventure of a lifetime, where you’ll be taken to isolated peaks for some good downhill adrenaline pumping fun. Starting in Queenstown, moving onto Lake Wanaka where the downhill fun begins before finishing off your trip with an isolated cabin stay. Not for the faint-hearted, this is far from your usual cycling vacation.

Kick back in Queenstown

Heading to the South Islands, this epic landscape of towering glaciers, volcanoes and gleaming lakes make for the perfect place to start off your adventure-filled journey. The Spire Hotel will be your base for the next few nights a small boutique hotel that oozes sophistication. Only a stone throws away from Lake Wakatipu, spend the following days river rafting or why not take a jet boat ride and completely surround yourself with breath-taking scenery. For those thrill seekers, you can also take your chance at the world’s highest bungee jump or soar overhead on a paragliding adventure. A Black Tomato favorite and a must do is skydiving, why not take a birds eye adrenaline-pumping journey back down to earth, we know this is something that you’ll never forget.

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Adrenaline pumping fun in the Southern Alps

It’s on to the next stop and where the journey really begins at New Zealand’s first luxury tented lodge, Minaret Station. Only accessible by helicopter, you really are adventuring into the middle of ‘God’s Own Country’ located at 7000 feet in the heart of the Southern Alps. Your home for the next five nights, the staggering beauty of New Zealand’s remote mountain wilderness will surround you from all sides. Your own Black Tomato guide will stay with you for the rest of the trip and be on hand to explain local conditions and flight paths each morning over the Pisa Range. With your personalized bike seats, pre-training and custom gear (don’t worry we’ll help you cover all the pre-trip prep) you’re all set for this downhill adventure of a lifetime. After a morning breakfast fuel up, a private helicopter will await to collect you, whisking you off over the mountain peaks to untouched trails and off-road terrain (with none of the up-hill grind) there is something for all abilities and experience. Explore New Zealand’s history by cycling a section of the Otago Central Rail, a 150km stretch passing through local townships, gaining an insight into the gold rush hay day and chatting to the locals.

Soar over the highest peaks

After resting your head back at the Station, it’s a jaw-dropping Heli drop off to the remote peak of Mount Burke. At 1535 meters, the views will literally take your breath away, stop and soak up the scenery before hopping on your bikes that are ready and waiting. A four hour downhill bike is next, crossing in between the stunning glassy blue waters of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea then refuel on a gourmet picnic in one of the most picturesque locations on earth. After this adventure packed day, head back to your enormous canvas safari tent and take a dip in the hot tub while you take in the stunning surroundings. Wake up raring to go, this time to the Remarkables Mountain Range, your private helicopter will whisk you up to 2300 meters and on the way check out the bird’s eye view of the Southern Alps below. Tear it downhill on your bikes to a secluded private hut, where you can stay overnight. There is nothing more unique and tranquil than this, with this level of exclusivity you shall be surrounded in luxury while feeling completely alone.

Then it’s time to head home, a helicopter will come to pick you up and take you back to Queensland airport: even though you’ve hung up the saddle this time around, we’re sure you’re already ready to plan the next adventure packed trip.

Where to rest your head

Minaret Station, Laka Wanaka

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The Spire Hotel, Queenstown

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