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Reviewed 7 August 2015

A little bit overpriced for what you get. Can't say it's worth the $835...$500 would be more like it.
Helicopter ride was really good, very safe. I expected a little more adventure style riding on the snowmobile.
Girls at the desk were lovely, and the guide was informative and pleasant.
Not a horrible experience.

Date of experience: August 2015
3  Thank Rach D
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Reviewed 1 August 2015

We have been lucky enough to do many activities around the world, and this would be up there with the best. The day we did this, we were lucky to have a perfect winter’s day - deep blue sky and pristine white snow.
Check-in process at the Heli base located at Queenstown airport was quick and not too complicated. Obliviously there are forms to fill out and safety briefings to go over. The staff there was helpful and friendly.

After taking off from the airport you travel up and over The Remarkables to the Garvie range . The flight time was just under 15 minutes. Spectacular views along the way and even better on the return flight as you fly back towards Lake Wakatipu.

Arriving at the snow mobile base you feel like you are landing at an Antarctic expedition base. The snow mobiles were lined up ready for our tour.
The gear is all first rate and was basically brand new. The provided overalls were super warm and they also have boots, gloves etc if you need them.

A quick briefing and demo by the excellent guide, Ed, and then we had a 5-minute training session out the back of the base on a figure of 8 course. The snow mobiles require ‘active riding’ as you need to shift your body weight to keep the tracks flat on the snow while turning. We all felt comfortable after that, including my older son who rode his own. My younger son rode on the back of Ed’s snow mobile and enjoyed the experience as well. We have a fair amount of experience with jet skis and this helped a bit.

From there we were off! Firstly we set off North for 10 minutes for a photo op. From this position we could see Mount Cook in the distance. We then set off South. The views were stunning; you would come up over a rise to see another mountain range in the distance.

The snow mobiles have heated handlebars which make it very comfortable on a brisk winter’s morning.
All in all I was very impressed. It was a true adventure, but also very professionally run, with excellent safety procedures and equipment. Ed was an excellent guide and very passionate about his job.

Even though we had our own rental vehicle we opted for pick-up from the hotel, this was also prompt and efficient.
Although it is an expensive experience, if you are thinking of having a scenic helicopter flight during winter in Queenstown I would highly recommend it as you will get that along with the snow mobile adventure.

We would do it again without question.

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Kiwi_SG
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Reviewed 16 July 2015 via mobile

If you love the snow then you must do this. The staff are excellent and cater for your every need. The tour starts and finishes with a spectacular helicopter flight over the remarkables and the snowmobiles are excellent fun. A must do

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank Firenat
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Reviewed 17 June 2015

I went snowmobiling in early June and haven't had such a great day out in a long, long time. The helicopter ride in itself was fantastic - Andy flying us over the Remarkables mountains on a blue-sky day before landing at our mountain base! Our snowmobiling guides then took over and had us all up to speed in no time, even though most of us had never done it before. They were very knowledgeable about the area and the views we could see and clearly knew their stuff. One of the highlights for me was being able to see and access a part of the mountains that not many people will get to experience. All in all a brilliant day out - don't hesitate just do it!

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Tom T
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

From start to finish, this trip gives you a grin from ear to ear and an experience that is unlike any other. It has it all; adrenaline, scenery and oh so much fun. Despite the obvious years of experience the team had, they were filled with as much excitement as the customers were, which created a real buzz. Ed, our guide and Andy the pilot were full of knowledge about the local area and gave a great commentary during the flight.
We landed in a remote location at the base. We got changed, had a briefing and then they unveiled the machines, which we were soon to be unleashing on the snowy, white playground we had just landed in.
We started with a quick circuit around the base building, to get used to the way the snowmobiles felt and then we were off. As the confidence of the group grew, we picked up some speed and took a tour through some spectacular scenery, making several stops on the way for pics.
We were fortunate enough to have had perfect weather for the trip, which made the view stretch for miles.
I can't recommend this trip highly enough!

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank WillTate
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