New Zealand

The main bases for heliboarding in New Zealand are Queenstown and Wanaka. Unlike many heliboarding locations, both towns have the fantastic advantage of offering day trips. There is no need to sign up for an expensive week, and more importantly if the weather is bad you can just choose another day. The season runs from early July to early October and, conditions permitting, heliboarding starts up with the season. www.nzadventure.com offer some great day trip options for around NZ$800 in the Harris Mountains, Clarke Glacier and Mount Cook areas. Methven near Christchurch offers some varied terrain with an area of 1000 square kilometres.

Mount Potts, the highest resort in New Zealand at 2200m, consists of three huge basins and has some fine slopes which are accessed with cats after you’re flown up by helicopter.  Also check out BCH www.heliskinz.com who are based out of Wanaka and fly daily into Mount Aspiring National Park. They sell 3 runs for NZ$660, 4 runs for $710 and 7 runs for $880. In good weather you could get up to 11 runs for the price of 7.