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First Tracks Wanaka Geo Dome Heli Camp

Get whisked away from it all with a stay at Wanaka's only alpine expedition style camp, high in the mountains above Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

Accessed by helicopter, our specially constructed Geo Dome camp provides a very comfortable camping experience and the perfect base for trekking and climbing activities, with stunning views of the lakes and mountains and wide-open skies for star gazing at night.

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Difficulty Level Low ?
Fitness Level Low ?
Duration 2 to 3 days
Elevation 1,600M / 5,249FT
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High on the ridge above the camp - Thomas Vialletet

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Gentle evening light hits the dome - Anthea Fisher

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Views across Lake Wanaka to Mount Aspiring - Thomas Vialletet

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Gourmet catered Hike & Dine option available - Thomas Vialletet

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A dining location like no other! - Thomas Vialletet

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Catering to a range of group sizes and abilities - Thomas Vialletet

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Heading out to explore the surrounds. - Thomas Vialletet

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Access our remote alpine camp by helicopter - Thomas Vialletet

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The perfect base from which to launch day hikes into the high mountains - Suze Kelly

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Airy and light yet insulated and warm - Suze Kelly

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The camp soars above Lakes Hawea and Wanaka - Guy Cotter

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Explore the surrounding landscape from this unique camp - Guy Cotter

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A home away from home tucked into the mountains - Guy Cotter

From December to March
Departs from Wanaka, New Zealand
1:2 $3,500 NZD $ $4,800 NZD $
1:3 $2,500 NZD $ $3,800 NZD $
1:4 $1,980 NZD $ $2,850 NZD $
  • Overview

    • Wanaka's only alpine expedition style camp
    • 2, 3 or 4-day overnight options
    • 1 day Hike & Dine gourmet catered lunch option available

    Helicopter into and out of our comfortable high-mountain Geo Dome Camp in the dramatic McKerrow Range to enjoy remote and fantastic hiking right outside the tent door!

    Bring a sleeping bag, your tramping gear and some friends to enjoy exclusive access to the area featuring sublime views over Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

    You’ll be accompanied by a friendly and personable guide who will take you out into the best hiking areas during the day and by night you get to enjoy hearty meals in the camp while you relax and reflect on your day. Get up the next morning and go exploring again!

    The camp in winter transforms into a ski tourer's paradise.

  • Why First Tracks?

    Experience the solitude of being in the big mountains in an exclusive part of Wanaka's McKerrow Range. Once the helicopter departs, it's only us there to enjoy the peace and solitude of the Southern Alps and as much action as your legs can handle!

    Our guides are all NZMGA or NZOIA qualified. They are professional and experienced trekking guides, operating to the highest industry standards. First Tracks Wanaka has a commitment to ensure the highest standard of instruction and guiding practices and we only employ guides who share our philosophy. Our guides will offer you the best possible experience, plus a safe and enjoyable time.

    Our guides are in communication with our operations base and Department of Conservation headquarters via satellite phone and radio at most times throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, helicopter coordination and safety back up. Urgent messages can be relayed from our office in Wanaka to the mountains if required.

  • Payment Conditions


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants Guide
    • Department of Conservation permit fees
    • Helicopter flights in and out of the camp
    • Helicopter transfer of gear to First Tracks Geo Domes Camp
    • Return transport from Wanaka office to helicopter staging area
    • Guided trekking options
    • Comfortable bed with thick mattresses inside the Geo Domes
    • Meals and drinks while at the camp
    • 15% NZ Goods and Services Tax


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Personal equipment (outdoor and waterproof clothing, day backpack, walking shoes, sunblock, water bottle)
    • Alcoholic drinks (BYO)


    Registration, Deposit & Balance Payments

    In order to confirm a guide and your trip, we require a completed Registration Form and a deposit of NZ$500.

    The balance of payment is then due 60 days prior to the start date.

    Please note that in order to reserve a guide we recommend that you book well in advance.

    Payment Options

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank: Bank of New Zealand
    For the account of: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account number: 02 0673 0043443 00
    Account Type: NZ Dollars

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex) plus a 3% credit card fee.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 60 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel their participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 60 days incur a NZ$250 cancellation fee.
    • For cancellations made within 60 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations made within 30 days of the trip commencement date we reserve the right to retain 75% of the full fee.
    • For cancellations within 15 days of the departure date a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    We highly recommend you take out trip cancellation insurance via your travel agent. This is usually packaged together with your travel insurance and covers you for loss of deposits should you not be able to make the trip for personal reasons.

  • Trip Details

    Team Membership

    This trip runs as a private departure with a minimum number of two people and a maximum of eight. The guiding ratio is 1:2, 1:3 or 1:4. Please enquire for 1:1 pricing.

    Our Guides

    NZMGA IFMGA LogoOur guides are all NZMGA or NZOIA qualified. They are professional and experienced trekking guides, operating to the highest industry standards.

    First Tracks Wanaka has a commitment to ensure the highest standard of instruction and guiding practices and we only employ guides who share our philosophy. Our guides will offer you the best possible experience, plus a safe and enjoyable time.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the First Tracks staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Suze KellySuze Kelly, General Manager

    Suze has been coordinating the office at AC headquarters since 1996 and was our Everest Base Camp Manager in 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Much of the quality of our expeditions and the way we go about things here at AC is owed to the attention to detail which Suze applies in her role. Suze has skied and climbed in New Zealand all her life, including ascents of Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook and internationally she has climbed Island Peak, Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro, Lhotse, Everest and Vinson.


    Staff Photo

    Your Health

    Our registration form requests that you advise us of any medical problems you may have and if you are on any medication. Any information you supply will be treated as confidential.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Preparing for Your Trip

    To make the most of your climbing experience we encourage you to work on your fitness prior to the trip. You will find that training with a 8kg + pack on is the best preparation for the mountains, with the aim of getting 'pack fit' and building your endurance. Your guide places special focus on fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. Read our AC Blog article 'Fit to Trek', or see our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trip.


    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.


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

    Clothing & Equipment

    Trekking in the Southern Alps requires you have the highest quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment while keeping your pack as light as possible.

    Your guide will go through the equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. Actual equipment taken may vary subject to seasonal weather and route conditions. All group equipment including ropes and cooking equipment will be organised by your guide.

    We can offer secure storage at our office for your luggage and valuables during the trip.


    We commence this trip from our base in Wanaka. The nearest airport is located in Queenstown, approximately one hour's drive away. Air New Zealand and Jetstar airlines provide daily services to Queenstown from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. There are also direct international flights from most major Australian cities.

    A shuttle service operates several times daily between Queenstown and Wanaka (from $35 each way), see We are happy to assist with your transfer arrangements.

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

  • Itinerary

    Staying at our Wanaka Geo Dome Heli Camp offers a great base to experience a few days of premier alpine hiking in the Southern Alps.

    We require you to register with us at the Adventure Consultants Office in Wanaka the day prior to the start of your trip. Your trip then begins at 9.00 am on Day 1 at the Adventure Consultants Office in Wanaka. You will meet your guide, who will check through your equipment. You will need to come prepared with your backpack, personal clothing, sun cream and water bottle as well as overnight gear such as sleeping bag and down jacket. We will then drive to the helicopter staging area, load up the helicopter and set off on our flight into the mountains. It's a spectacular ascent hugging the mountainside as we rise, with the shores of Lake Wanaka dropping away behind us. We arrive at the Geo Dome Camp site to unload our gear and we're ready to begin our adventure in the mountains! Each day, depending on conditions, we will explore the surrounding mountains.

    At the end of the trip, we will be whisked up from the Geo Dome Camp site by helicopter at 3.00-3.30pm, and will drive back to the Adventure Consultants office in Wanaka to finish by 4-5.00pm.

    Day 1 of the trip begins at our office, at 20 Brownston Street, Wanaka. Please arrive just on 9.00am as the guides will be preparing prior to that time.

    You will find some of New Zealand's best sport climbing in the Matukituki Valley - the gateway to the Mt Aspiring region (just a ten-minute drive from our office). Three ski resorts provide plentiful winter activity and all year round fishing, boating and numerous other recreational activities abound.

  • Add Ons

    201911 XP21746Special occasion? Celebration? Staff function? Or just looking for something deliciously different? Our gourmet catered Hike & Dine Treks are exactly that! Fly into our First Tracks Geo Dome Camp where you'll head out for guided hike taking in spectacular views of the nearby Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, before returning to the Domes for lunch prepared by our experienced professional chef. Create unforgettable memories wining and dining in a location quite unlike any other.

    Return helicopter flights included, prices tailored to your group, contact us for further details and menu options.

    Wanaka has some of the most relaxing and beautiful accommodation in New Zealand. Let your friendly liaison know if you would like to discover some of the potential options that Wanaka has to offer.

    IMG 00170Take a private transfer between Queenstown Airport and Wanaka in a Jaguar F-Pace S.

    Available any time of the day or week, the service is personalised and includes an airport meet and greet at the gate.

    A Frankton shopping stop can be included in this service, as can a brief Wanaka orientation tour upon arrival.

    Each transfer can be tailor-made to meet your needs and transport can be included for up to 4 passengers.

    Please see Wanaka Chauffeured for more information.

    (Photo: Wanaka Chauffeured)

    Wild Wire - Our top pick!

    Experience a via ferrata (iron rung) climb on soaring waterfall whilst in Wanaka. Wild Wire is a truly great guided day out climbing a private via ferrata at Twin Falls in the Matukituki Valley. A safe and fun adventure activity for all ages.

    Scenic Flights

    In Wanaka we are surrounded by a myriad of lakes and mountain ranges as well as South Westland and Fiordland National Park, with the world famous Milford Sound. Seeing such sights from above by helicopter or plane is a must whilst visiting the South Island. Talk to our office about booking a flight.

    Queenstown Rafting

    Feel the spray on your face and adrenaline through your body as you shoot through the rapids on one of Queenstown Rafting's numerous options, from short half day trips to three day wilderness experiences, there is something for everyone.

    Wanaka Paragliding

    Experience paragliding with Wanaka Paragliding, New Zealand's most Scenic Tandem Flight with lake and mountain views across the stunning Matukituki Valley. On a clear day enjoy spectacular views of Mt Aspiring, Lake Wanaka, Roy's Peak and the surrounding mountains.

    Bike and Boat Tour

    Enjoy a fun and adventurous half day boat and bike tour which combines a scenic lake cruise on the pristine Lake Wanaka with a mountain bike tour skirting the lakeshore with our friends at Wanaka Bike Guides.

    Wanaka Wine Tours

    Discover the scenery, history, food and wine of Wanaka and Central Otago with Wanaka Wine Tours. Catering to all, from complete wine novices to dedicated wine connoisseurs, their explorations of the local vineyards are a delight to the senses!

    Bungy Jumping / Canyon Swing

    Bungy… the quintessential New Zealand activity that speaks for itself. And Canyon Swing! Let us organise this for you after your trip with us and take the hassle out of it. Talk to our staff about it today!


    Canyoning adventures are a journey unlike any other. Get in touch with a special natural world and see beauty such as you’ve only dreamed of… From the raw power of strong waterfalls to the tranquillity of deep, forested pools, from sculptural rockscapes to glowing green moss droplets, you will be immersed in a world you never knew existed.

    Fiordland Helicopter Flight, Cruise or Remote Scuba Dive

    Take an incredible scenic helicopter flight through Fiordland National Park, a listed World Heritage Area, where you will land on a private boat in the very remote Dusky Sound. Enjoy a cruise of the Sounds and if you're feeling adventurous then don your dive gear and head underwater for a phenomenal dive in the unique underwater world that Fiordland has to offer. Feast on an amazing lunch of fresh seafood, before heading back to civilisation. Truly an experience not to be forgotten.

    Rock Climbing

    After your course you could add-on a multi-pitch single day 1:1 ascent with your guide. Depending on your skill level, there is a range of excellent options for rock climbing in the region. This is a superb way to consolidate the skills that you learnt, and an opportunity to feel the real exposure of multi-pitch climbing.

    Kosciuszko 2020 21Climb Kosciuszko

    While you are in New Zealand, you could pop over to Australia to climb one of the Seven Summits, Kosciuszko the highest mountain in Australasia. Let us take the hassle out of the logistics and organise everything for you. It is a fantastic country and a really fun, non-technical, adventure. Contact our office for a detailed quote.

    Have a camera man join your course or ascent and document the entire thing! Choose from a variety of options for different budgets. You could have a full colour book and short film, or a full documentary for television. Your trip is the trip of a lifetime; why not keep it to show your friends and family. Contact us or see our specialty Film & Photo Services page for more information.

    Let us take the hassle out of buying new gear. We can sort all of your expedition equipment requirements for you from head to toe with specific personal purchases that will leave you with all of the best gear for use on the mountain. Contact us or see our specialty Gear Store page for more information.

    Your friends or family may wish to join you on your holiday but don't like the idea of actually climbing a mountain. Let us know if this is the situation and we will be able to put together an itinerary that keeps them busy while you are up high. There are so many wonderful things to do, so have a chat with us and we will put together the perfect programme.

  • Travel Insurance

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your trekking and mountaineering adventures can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance

    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • FAQs

    • Contact Us

      The following Frequently Asked Questions answers serve as a helpful guideline for the First Tracks Wanaka Geo Dome Heli Camp. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. Our team is here to help!
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Heli-Hiking

      How does the trip work?
      On the morning of your trip, your guide will check your equipment and clothing. We will then transport you on the 30-minute drive from the AC office to the staging area and the helicopter will pick us up soon after. After a gear drop at the Geo Dome Camp, we can begin exploring our surroundings!

      The length of each hike can vary according to your preferences and we'll take the time to stop to enjoy the views! At night we will return to the heated camp for a hearty dinner and a good night’s sleep before starting all over again the next day.

      At the end of our final day, the helicopter will return to pick us up and deliver us back to the staging area. You can expect to be back in Wanaka around 4-5.00pm.

      It is important to note that the focus of the trip is to enjoy the hiking and being in the mountains. If you are a small group of fit, go-getter types, the guide will be happy to do more with you than a standard group might expect. Alternatively, if your group’s focus is to enjoy the backcountry environment, your guide will be happy to instigate a more leisurely pace. Simply talk to us at the time of booking about your group's goals for the trip.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      What is a Geo Dome?
      A Geo Dome is a 7-metre diameter steel-framed dome. It’s sturdy against the wind and covered in a durable PVC with a wooden floor and an insulated liner to retain warmth. There is a built-in kitchen area and a small log burner to ensure you are well-fed and toasty at night!

      What do we sleep on?
      We know that one of keys to a great trip is a good night’s sleep so we offer real bunk beds, mattresses and pillows as part of the cosy sleeping set up. You simply need to bring a sleeping bag, although we have these available for rent if you aren’t travelling with one.

      Are there toilets?
      The camp incorporates a separate toilet tent. As part of our environment and sustainability commitment, we fly out all waste from the camp.

      How much water shall I bring?
      Water supplies are plentiful in summer, and you should drink copiously to stay hydrated. 

      What's for lunch?
      Lunch is sandwiches, fruit and snacks or a more hearty cooked lunch back at the camp. If you're a big eater or have strict dietary requirements and feel you need more, then please bring some extra snacks or food. 

      And dinner?
      Hearty, wholesome New Zealand classics such as lamb shanks, Panang chicken or tasty vegetarian options.

    • Travel

      Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts? And when should I arrange to leave?
      We need you to register for your trip at the AC Office the day before you depart. This allows us to go through a briefing and view a couple of instructional videos ahead of time to allow for an early start on the first day of your trip. Arriving early also provides some leeway in case of delays or lost baggage and means that you start your trip well-rested and ready to get into the mountains. You are welcome to arrive several days early or stay for extra nights at the end. We are happy to assist with accommodation bookings and/or travel advice.

      Where do we meet? Will I be picked up?
      Our NZ trips start at the Adventure Consultants head office which is located on 20 Brownston Street in Wanaka, which is on the corner of Russell and Brownston Streets. Our trips start at 7:45am. We can easily arrange for your guide to come pick you up from your accommodation and your Client Liaison will be happy to assist with booking airport transfers.

      What if I am arriving early or departing late?
      Adventure Consultants can make reservations for you and can often make recommendations for local attractions you can enjoy while waiting for your trip to begin. Please let our office know your specific plans.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, once your booking form and deposit have been received, we will send you out a specific gear and equipment checklist along with additional equipment notes, which will provide a description, example and recommendations for each item required. 

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, all of the items on the list, except those marked optional, are necessary for mountaineering in New Zealand. Due to the variable weather and conditions in the New Zealand Mountains some of the items may or may not be utilised on your trip and your guide will discuss this with you during your gear check on arrival.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      A sleeping bag rated up to 3 season or better (approx -5˚C and containing anything from 550gms–750gms down fill) is ideal for New Zealand summer mountaineering conditions.

      We suggest buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in if it is especially cold. Sleeping in a warm hat can greatly improve a bag's warmth.

      What first aid supplies will be available on the trip?
      All our guides carry a full first aid kit to deal with any medical emergency on the trip. You need to bring any medications you regularly use (don’t forget to tell us about them), plus some extras. Also, bring a small first aid kit including a blister kit and mild pain relief medication.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many guides will be assigned to our group?
      Generally, our group scheduled courses are guided at a maximum ratio of 1:4, whereas guided ascents are at a 1:1 ratio. Depending on your experience and objectives, Private Instruction Courses operate at a ratio of between 1:1 and 1:4, and Ascents Weeks at 1:1 or 1:2.

      How much weight will we carry?
      Once we arrive at our alpine base we will be able to leave most of our gear and only carry what is required for each day. You will need to be able to carry a daypack with warm clothes, water bottle, snacks, sun block, camera and whatever else you need for the day. Generally, it will be a medium weight of approximately 5 to 10kgs (10 to 20 pounds). 

      Who goes on your trips?
      Our climbers, ski tourers and trekkers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, interests, countries and skill levels. We provide courses, expeditions, treks and guided ascents for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts, from those seeking skill development to those looking for assistance in reaching the world's highest mountains. We love what we do and we look forward to assisting you with whatever mountain adventure you’re dreaming up.

    • Health & Fitness

      What kind of physical condition should I be in for my trip?
      We encourage you to work on your fitness prior to your trip. When training, it is recommended you carry a pack for long periods on hills and uneven terrain. Over time, increase the pack weight until you are comfortable with 15-20kgs. Gym training, swimming, running and cycling also add to your base fitness and are a great addition to a pack training program.

      Arriving fit and prepared for your trip is an essential key to a successful and enjoyable time. We have partnered with the experts at Uphill Athlete to create scientifically sound training plans designed by two professional coaches and leading mountaineers. Together we provide a range of training programs designed specifically for mountaineering, as well as one on one online coaching options. Check out our programs at Training Peaks or see our Fitness Training page for more information.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      Will there be any phone access on this trip?
      Our guides take satellite phones on our NZ trips and you are welcome to use these at a cost of US$4 per minute. There is no cell reception at the Geo Dome Camp but it is sometimes available on the surrounding ridges. However, please do not depend on this.

      I want to contact my friend or relative, who is on one of your trips, how can I reach them?
      The best place to make contact is through our office, as we can pass on messages when the guide calls in with updates.

      Will there be any power source for charging batteries, etc. available on this trip?
      We highly recommend fully charging your phones and cameras before heading into the New Zealand mountains. We do however have solar USB charging available at the camp.

    • Weather Forecasts

      Which weather reporting service do you use?
      On the days leading up to your trip, your guide will be looking closely at the weather and we utilise a variety of websites as well as being lucky enough to receive updates from landowners, the Department of Conservation and others already in the mountains. Once in the mountains, your guide will contact our office on a regular basis via satphone to receive weather updates and any changes to the perceived weather pattern for the week.

      What happens if the weather turns?
      Our guides know these mountains inside out and will be able to devise an alternate programme if the conditions do not allow the original itinerary to go ahead as planned.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do I need to get?
      We strongly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance to protect yourself in case of injury, mishap or cancellation prior to/or whilst on our trips. Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on a trip with us we will send you information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself. While our number one focus is on safety and our track record supports this, the mountains do have hazards and there is always the potential for mishap.

      What is trip cancellation insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips and courses. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip, then we will refund your fees paid. However, if you have to cancel your trip at the last minute trip cancellation insurance will cover your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred in the lead up to your trip.

    • Fees & Payments

      Can I pay by credit card?
      Yes, you can pay at our office by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex), EFTPOS or NZ cash. Please note there is a 3% fee for all credit card transactions.

      What is included in the cost of my trip?
      Each trip page on the website has a section with exactly what is and what is not included on the trip. Please see 'Payment Conditions' above.

      Why are you sometimes more expensive than other operators?
      Many of our trips are very similar in price to our competitors. Some companies even wait for us to set our prices and use ours as a guideline!! Some of our main selling points, which sometimes do cost more, are internationally qualified guides, small group sizes, safe client-to-guide ratios and quality equipment, amongst other things. You do get what you pay for which is why we stand out from the rest.

      How do I sign up for a trip?
      The best way to reserve your space on a trip is to contact our office or complete our online booking form (click 'Book Now' below).
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • Photography & Filming

      Is this trip good for photography?
      Yes! An overnight trip in the Geo Dome allows you to get those stunning dawn and sunrise shots in the mountains. Multi-day trips also mean you can access more varied and interesting terrain to get some truly memorable footage or photographs.

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase. Please contact our office for more information.

  • Media

    Wilderness Mag May 20Wilderness Magazine - Going Guided: First Tracks Wanaka Ski Camp
    May 2020 - If you’ve skied all the runs at your local field, you may be wondering what to do next. Wanaka-based Adventure Consultants has the answer: a two to four day ski camp at 1600m on the McKerrow Range.
    SMH No Place Like DomeSydney Morning Herald - No Place Like Dome
    1 June 2019 - The Geo Dome is a captivating base for ski touring remote and pristine slopes, writes Jim Darby.
    Traveller Geo DomeTraveller - New Zealand's Geo Dome heli-camp: A merger of modern technology and Kiwi can-do
    May 2019 - Jim Darby is hosted by AC CEO Guy Cotter at New Zealand's first Geo Dome heli camp, a remote and inspired ski touring camp in the mountains above Wanaka, a merger of modern technology and Kiwi can-do.
    Stuff Geo Dome Kiwi Can DoStuff - New Zealand's Geo Dome heli-camp a merge of modern technology and Kiwi can-do
    May 2019 - I'm ski touring with Guy Cotter; it's a bit like having Bruce Springsteen play in your garage band...
    Stuff First Tracks 2018Stuff - First Tracks Wanaka Alpine Heli Camp Ski Touring
    October 2018 - Jim Darby visits First Tracks Wanaka Alpine Heli Camp, built for ski tourers in the winter and bushwalkers in the summer, the camp is in the McKerrow Range, well above the snowline at about 1600 metres.
    Snow place like domeThe Sun Herald - Snow place like dome
    September 2018 - They organise Himalayan base camps and expeditions, so surely it wouldn't be too difficult for Everest veteran Guy Cotter, his partner Suze Kelly (she has also climbed that peak) and their team at Adventure Consultants to make a camp in the alps above Wanaka.
    Space Camp 2018Space Camp - Contours & Coffee
    September 2018 - A visit to Adventure Consultants‘ new alpine heli camp high in the mountains of Wanaka’s Southern Alps will give you the opportunity to experience space in every definition of the word.
    Miss Snowitall - Camp in an 'igloo' and ski tour New Zealand's Backcountry
    September 2018 - First Tracks Wanaka is pleased to announce that the Geo Dome Heli Camp has been set up in the McKerrow Range.

    JE8A7473AC Blog - Welcome to the Geo Dome
    September 2018 - Sitting snug into the mountainside of the McKerrow Range, near Wanaka, you’ll find New Zealand’s newest alpine experience, the First Tracks Wanaka Geo Dome Heli Camp.

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Latest News

Dec 10, 2020
Summer is upon us and we have been blessed with great mountaineering conditions. Thanks to our Kiwi friends who are already filling up our guiding schedule with summer 
Nov 27, 2020
A blog post by AC General Manager Suze Kelly - Climbing at high altitude is not on everyone’s bucket list but it is a very rewarding activity and physical endurance achievement. 
Sep 30, 2020
The snow keeps falling in NZ as we plan ahead for summer, winter and 2021, including a chance to experience the solar eclipse in Antarctica.
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