First Tracks Wanaka Alpine Heli Camp

Food

We will provide nutritious and hearty food throughout the trip. All meals will be provided whilst in the mountains. We can cater for special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free, please advise us at the time of registration.

Accommodation

Wanaka has a range of accommodation from backpackers, motels, hotels and luxury lodges.  We are happy to assist with your accommodation arrangements.

Clothing & Equipment

While winter ski touring in the New Zealand mountains requires good personal gear due to the potential cold weather conditions, your regular ski clothing, bulked up with some extra warm layers will normally suffice. 

We will provide your avalanche safety equipment, transceiver, probe and shovel, but you will need to come prepared with your ski touring equipment, personal clothing, sun cream and water.

There are a number of rental options available in Wanaka and we can help you with sourcing rental of specialised touring skis, boots and climbing skins. We have snowshoes available for rent for snowboarders or we can help you rent a split board and climbing skins.

Travel to and from Wanaka

We commence the First Tracks trips from our base in Wanaka. Air New Zealand and Qantas/Jetstar provide daily services for flights from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington to Queenstown. There are also direct international flights from Australian cities to Queenstown.

Alpine Connexions operate a shuttle service several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (approximately one hour driving time and at a cost from $35 each way).

Bus services operate daily between Christchurch and Wanaka (approximately 6 hours travel time).

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself in the case of injury or mishap prior to/or whilst on our trips. This is usually available as an option when you purchase your airfare.

Whilst our focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is always the potential for mishap.

If you were injured whilst on the trip the New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) will pay rescue costs, however, you would not be eligible for bulk compensation payments. You are responsible for any medical or evacuation costs beyond the cover provided by ACC.  Hence it is worth getting travel insurance for your trip.

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