Alpine Helicopter Adventures & Best New Zealand Travel Deals
Southern Lake Helicopters: an alpine outing like no other. Photo / Supplied
Treat yourself to an Alpine outing like no other, with a spectacular 2.5-hour scenic flight through the Alpine country of Fiordland. The helicopter’s knowledgeable pilot gives informative, historically-rich commentary throughout the trip and makes several alpine landings. The standard price of $ 1,550 per person will increase to $ 1,317.50 per person when you mention KIWITRAVEL when booking. A minimum of two passengers is required and flights are scheduled on an “on demand” basis. The departure is from the helipad at the edge of Lake Te Anau of Southern Lakes Helicopters.
Contact: Southern Lakes Helicopters, 0508 249 7167, email [email protected] or check out southlakeshelicopters.co.nz/scenic-flight-experience/ history-of-fiordland /
SPEED AND CRUISE
A “Queenstown Combo” combines a Go Orange jet boat ride and a cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the graceful and elegant TSS Earnslaw, with a long gourmet lunch at Walter Peak High Country Farm, a four-day adventure. hours, priced at $ 179 per person. Gourmet lunch at Colonel’s Homestead on the scenic shore of the lake is followed by a walk through the property’s award-winning gardens and a sheep farming demonstration.
Contact: Voyages Réels, 0800 656501 or realjourneys.co.nz/en/experiences/the-queenstown-combo
ON YOUR TRIKE
Relax in the luxurious backseat of a Wānaka Trike for a scenic cruise through the stunning landscapes of central Otago. Prices for Wānaka Trike Tours range from $ 99pp for a half hour scenic tour to $ 199 and $ 215pp for tours from three hours to 3.5 hours. A variety of destinations on the routes include Cardrona Valley, Kawarau Gorge, Cromwell, Lake Hawea, Blue Pools, Wānaka, Lake Dunstan and some of New Zealand’s oldest pubs including the much photographed Cardrona Hotel .
Contact: Wānaka Trike Tours, (03) 443 6595 or wanakatriketours.co.nz
Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, Taupō Kayaking Adventures will take you to explore the isolated rock carvings of Mine Bay. You paddle your own two-person kayak under cliffs covered in native bushes and glide through narrow coves. Taupō Kayaking Adventures offers a “no experience necessary” outing and is the only kayaking company in New Zealand to offer fully motorized kayaks for the elderly or disabled. Allow four hours for the Mine Bay Rock Carvings Tour (three hours on the water). The tour is reduced from $ 410 to $ 360 for a family of four (two adults and two children up to 17 years old).
Contact: Taupō Kayaking Adventures, 0800 852 583, [email protected] or tka.co.nz/kayak-tours/half-day-rock-carvings
LAKE & VOLCANOES
Discover the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Lake Rotomahana with the Full Waimangu
To live. This half-day excursion begins with a walk in a natural geothermal energy
ecosystem before taking a 45-minute boat cruise on Lake Rotomahana – the last
resting place of the Pink and White Terraces. Reduced to $ 50 per person, the tour departs four
times a day. The child rate is reduced to $ 15 (6-15 years old); children under 6 accompany
you for free. The family rate option is $ 115, based on two adults and three
children. Departures are sometimes dictated by the weather – check first. A 25 minutes
by car from Rotorua, there are shuttle services if you do not have your own transportation.
Contact: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, (07) 366 6137, [email protected] or