Whare Kea Chalet Luxury Backcountry Tour 3 days


Located on Albert Burn Saddle in the Matukituki Valley, the Whare Kea chalet is a short helicopter flight from the base of the Treble Cone access road. 

Ski Touring with Aspiring Guides

David, 2015

In my view, an important aspect for a guide and guiding company is to tailor the trip to the clients needs but also push/facilitate the client to achieve/exceed their goals and expectations, while at the same time providing a safe environment. This has been consistently the case in our trips with Aspiring Guides 

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It's just a 20 minute helicopter flight to your luxury hide-away in the mountains, but it feels like a world away from the busy ski town of Wanaka. Relax and enjoy the views from the luxury chalet or spend the three days based at the chalet exploring the extensive terrain in the area.  Heli back out in the afternoon on the last day.

Available Dates

Available at any time subject to guide & lodge availability.

Private groups or individuals only - no scheduled trips.


Technical Difficulty

Some ski experience is required.  The ability to control your speed in variable snow conditions is essential.

Physical Difficulty

A good level of fitness is required.  Participants need to be able to travel up steep hills and be strong enough to handle variable conditions.

Price Details

Price on application.
What's Included
  • NZMGA/IFMGA qualified guide
  • Accommodation for 2 nights - includes made-up beds & gas heating
  • Helicopter flight into and out from lodge
  • All meals and energy snacks
  • Park concession fees
  • any technical gear required ie., crampons, ice axe, harness etc.
  • bonus weather contingency day.

Itinerary / Trip Options (multi)

Prior to start of the trip

Meet with your guide at our offices 5pm on the evening prior to departure. Your guide will check all your clothing and equipment and ensure that you have everything that is required for the 3 days of the tour. Rental equipment is issued and last minute purchases can be made. Plans are finalized for an early morning departure.

Day One

We drive to the magnificent Matukituki Valley and meet our helicopter at Cattle Flat, just past the Treble Cone Ski Area. After a short scenic flight we are dropped off at the luxurious Whare Kea Lodge.  Welcome to your home for the next few days ! Check out the fabulous views, select one of the bedrooms (made up beds woo!), and unpack your gear.  No bunk beds here! Lots of space to relax in. Head out for a quick introductory ski/snowboard tour close to the hut to get your legs in action. After lunch, the afternoon can be spent relaxing or you can head out for a few more runs before apres ski drinks and dinner.   Relax on the comfortable lounge suites and watch the sunset. If people are keen we can have evening talks on avalanche rescue, terrain analysis or mountain weather.  

Day Two

After a leisurely breakfast it's time to head out for a full day backcountry riding or skiing.  The varied terrain will satisfy those looking for steep slopes as well as those who just want to take it gently. Take a packed lunch or arrange to head back to the lodge for a cooked meal (and maybe an afternoon nap!)  Watch out for keas who have lots of tricks to steal your picnic food. 

Day Three

Maximise your time this morning to make the most of the last day in this Alpine Paradise. Enjoy the snow as after lunch it's sadly time to pack the gear up and head out for pick up by the helicopter to transfer you back to the valley and town. Take with you wonderful memories and photos of your special time in the mountains.

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