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Reviewed 29 July 2019

WoW! Where do I start?
Our first Overseas holiday together for my husband & I celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. We initially had booked to do this trip early into our Queenstown trip, but bad weather & other booked activities had prevented us doing it, which was a huge disappointment to us. By chance, I contacted the company again to see (fingers crossed) if the weather was behaving & we could do a trip later in the week.
We were in luck! We were collected promptly from our accomodation & the office staff were nice. Our pilot for the chopper ride was Matt. Really lovely guy who we felt safe with as he took us over the most glorious view of the Remarkables & to the plateau where the snowmobiles were. There is a little hut there where you put on warm coveralls, boots, helmets, gloves. If you have your own ski gear, you are welcome to wear it & it cuts down on some of the time getting ready so you can get out to the snowmobiles & start having fun! There is also a toilet there with an incredible view! (in case you need to do a nervous pee ;-) Wear sunscreen too.

Our guide was Mush.....such an amazingly experienced lady. I was very nervous as I had NO experience what so ever on a motorbike/four wheeler/jet ski, but Mush reassured me I would get it & put my mind at ease. She showed us how easy they were to operate......right hand to go faster, left hand is to slow down. Correct way to sit on the snowmobile & how to lean when turning. We did practice runs to get a feel for the machines & to build up our confidence.
Then Mush took us on our expedition thru the most pristine country. We would travel along, then stop for everybody to regroup & Mush would check we were all comfortable & happy with our ride. We did that a couple of times until we got to an area where Mush let us go on our own in a large, safe supervised area where we could go as fast or as slow as we wanted. It was so much fun! When the snowmobiles weren't running, the silence was absolutely peaceful & so serene up there!
Mush very kindly took photos & videos/Go Pro footage from our cameras/phones, of us having a blast on the snowmobiles.
Then it was time to turn around & head back to the chopper. A quick undress back in the hut, more photos/videos until Matt was ready for us to hop back in to the chopper and choppered us back thru stunning scenery & mountains, to the premises.
The lovely staff had arranged for us to have transport back to our accomodation.
This is a definite MUST DO when visiting Queenstown!
Thank you so much to Matt & Mush for giving us such a memorable experience on such a special occasion in our lives!

Date of experience: July 2019
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Lucy_L_NTT, Marketing Manager at Queenstown Snowmobiles, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2020

Kia ora BoltDuo94

Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary and thanks so much for the wonderful review of your Queenstown Snowmobiles experience! We're thrilled to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your day with us and so pleased that we were able to get the trip in for you around the weather. We would have to agree that it's a pretty special day out and a real must do when in Queenstown - definitely a great way to experience the true magnitude of our pristine alpine environment away from the crowds. We're lucky to have a wonderful team of guides and pilots and we'll be sure to pass your thanks on to Mush and Matt. Thanks again and we wish you safe travels.

Ngā mihi
Lucy

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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We are a family of 4 with two children (10 and 12) and we all thought this was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand!
We were travelling around in a campervan so the included pickup and drop off back to our accommodation made it easy for us to not worry about where to park our camper.
The helicopter ride, seeing snow and riding snow mobiles were all a first for us and we weren't disappointed.
The views from the helicopter ride were amazing. Luke our pilot gave us some commentary during the flight.
Once we landed, we went into a little hut where all the gear was provided so we stayed warm. We were then given a demo by our guide Seb who was fabulous, especially with our kids. We loved the snow mobile ride and especially the stop where we all got to go sliding in the snow. We were super lucky with sunshine, no wind and fresh snow.
So many smiles, much laughter and fabulous memories created on this trip.
Would highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2018
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GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Queenstown Snowmobiles, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Kia ora mysnell

We really appreciate a great and comprehensive review.

Sounds like you had such fun and so pleased we were the highlight of your NZ trip.

Thanks too for you kind words about Seb and Luke.

Kind regards
Trish

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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Amazing trip. The check-in was quick and painless although on this particular day all the car parks out the front of the premises were full so I had to drive another 2 blocks to find an available car park - no big deal for me but those less abled might want to factor that contingency into their travel time (or use the courtesy bus provided).
The helicopter itself was modern, nice and clean. Some commentary from the pilot pointing out a few interesting sights on our way there and back, taking in the incredible scenery.
Once we landed on the mountain it was a quick change into warmer clothes (everything you need supplied by Queenstown Snowmobiles), and then a 10 minute intro was provided on how to operate the snowmobile and we were off!
The snowmobiles themselves are very easy to operate and ride, you don't need any special balance like riding a motorbike - right hand makes it go faster, left hand is the brake - no clutch or gears or anything like that.
Our guide was great, very friendly, and with a few basic safety requirements we could go as fast or as slow as we liked.
It really is a unique experience like no other, and one you will remember for a long time. I had a great time and can definitely recommend it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Queenstown Snowmobiles, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Kia ora Christian B

Wow! We appreciate you taking the time to write such an extensive and thorough review.

Some great tips in there for future snowmobiliers too!


Thanks once again.

Kind regards
Trish

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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Awesome experience. Chopper flight in was amazing. On arrival it felt as if I was alone on the mountain top. Fantastic weather. Awesome well trained staff. Would highly recommend this experience, super unique and worth the money. All clothing and footwear supplied. Only recommendation I would make is to get changed on the ground so you can jump straight onto the snow mobile.

Date of experience: August 2018
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GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Queenstown Snowmobiles, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Kia ora Lozzie 2010

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences from your Snowmobile trip.

We've had some glorious days and so pleased you were able to enjoy one of our great days.

We appreciate the suggestion too and will look at that when we review our season.

Thanks once again.
Trish

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Reviewed 4 August 2018

This is a must do trip. It may seem expensive but once you have done it you realise it is worth every cent!! The helicopter ride and views were breathtaking, Was awesome on the snowmobiles. Better than I ever imagined - it is like another world up there. To ALL the staff thank you so much and I really appreciate that you contacted me early to see if I could change my booked day for a more perfect weather day.

Date of experience: July 2018
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GlacierSouthernLakes, Public Relations Manager at Queenstown Snowmobiles, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Kia ora 123Sheryl123

Loved reading your comments......so pleased you had such a great time snowmobiling and the great views from the helicopter ride there and back.

Hope to see you again in the future.

Kind regards
Trish

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