Greenstone Valley Day Trip
Spend a day in the alpine back country
Fish, hike or soak in the scenery, the choice is yours.
A 35 minute scenic flight is all it takes to escape the crowds of Queenstown and discover a whole new world in the remote wilderness of the region's back country.
Fly over Lake Whakatipu and land deep in the heart of this high country station. As the only helicopter company permitted to land in this area, guests can be assured they will have this untamed wilderness to themselves.
Nestled in the heart of the tussock-covered valley is the Greenstone River; pristine and crystal clear as it meanders down the valley to Lake Whakatipu. Known in local fly fishing circles as one of the region's best kept secrets, this river is abundant with rainbow trout, especially in the spring, and with exclusive helicopter access your chances of landing the big one are vastly increased.
We can arrange an experienced local fishing guide to accompany you on your day trip so you can go straight to the best spots, and can provide you with a gourmet picnic lunch and refreshments to keep you going throughout the day. You will also have exclusive access to our authentic, yet comfortable, back country hut Te Whare Pounamu (the Greenstone hut) to use as your base during the day.
For those who are keen to explore the valley on foot, we have highly skilled guides on hand to take you through this beautiful natural environment. Our guides have exceptional local knowledge and are passionate about this region. As you walk you'll learn all about the flora and fauna you encounter as well as the natural and cultural history of this valley. The Greenstone Valley was an essential access route for local iwi between the West Coast and Central Otago, and was a later home to early European settlers.
Whatever your interests our team is happy to customise a Greenstone Experience just for you, creating the ideal way for you to discover the true New Zealand.
A guided excursion into the Greenstone Valley allowing guests the opportunity to heli-fish or heli-hike in the pristine wilderness of the Greenstone Valley.
Helicopter transfer, guide and picnic lunch included. (Fishing license – if chosen activity – is additional).
Each trip is customized to guest needs but is aimed at allowing for approximately a 6 hour day including the flights.
This experience is available year round.
Please contact our customer services team for further details.