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5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

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Heli-skiing

Wanaka & Queenstown

In a country famed for its spellbinding sea life, many New Zealand explorers spend their leisure time along the country’s 9,000 miles of virgin coast. Yet this picturesque nation also possesses the skyscraping Southern Alps, with plenty of skiing, snowboarding and thrilling winter adventure activities to boot.

Tom DeBuse, director of charter management at Y.CO, places great importance on choosing the best vessel for your itinerary. His pick for hitting New Zealand’s southern ski slopes? The ultimate explorer yacht, the 59 metre Senses. “She is experienced in heli-skiing operations. She offers a 6,000nm range, which is perfect for New Zealand’s vast coastline. It’s the ideal yacht for adrenaline seekers who want to explore off the beaten track.”

Base yourself in the South Island’s Fiordland then board a helicopter to the resort towns of Wanaka, on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park, or Queenstown, perched on postcard-perfect Lake Wakatipu. From here, heli-skiing offers the option of personal itineraries through the snow- topped mountains, each one tailored to your own specific skills. Expect miles of untouched, treeless slopes, plus glacier runs, powder bowls and pristine peaks – as well as a killer après-ski scene. Alternatively, if you find yourself visiting during the summer months, you can make the most of the extensive mountain hiking trails such as the Queenstown Hill Time Walk which offers fantastic views of Lake Wakatipu.

Picture courtesy of Gettyimages.co.uk

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