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Choose from Queenstown's best half or full day Heli-biking tours.


Explore the Doolans and Horn ranges by bike with a half-day trip that includes two spectacular helicopter flights and 2000 vertical metres of stunning downhill.

This epic ride starts with an amazing flight from Gibbston Valley and land atop Doolans Spur to begin the first downhill of the day. If we’re lucky, there’ll be patches of snow to really test our skills, before a mix of rocky trails and alpine snowgrass down to Doolans creek. Here we’ll meet the helicopter for the second flight of the day, up to the Horn Range above the Nevis Valley. Check out a historic musterer’s hut and epic views then hang on for the rocky descent (with some up) down to the valley floor. Or – if you’re up for some extra pedalling – we can ‘enduro-ify’ this ride by extending it with some more up and down.

At the bottom, the HeliBike NZ Land Rover Defender will shuttle us up to the iconic AJ Hackett Bungy Nevis site where, if you choose, you can Bungy, Swing or Catapult or do all three! Enroute home we’ll drop into one of Gibbston’s eateries for well-earned refreshments. Trip includes: A cold drink and pizza.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
DURATION: Allow 6+ hours


A beautiful short but sweet flight to the top of Crown Peak at 1750m will offer epic 360 degree views of the Cardrona Valley and Wanaka area. This scenic heli bike trip drops down through historic gold-mining relics to amazing single track tucked along a gully gorge. 

With two descent options on offer from the top, this is a great ride for a mix of intermediate and advanced/expert riders. The advanced/expert rider will drop in through high narrow ridgelines and head ‘off- piste’ on tussock while the intermediate rider let’s loose on the nearby rough 4X4 tracks.

The final descent off the Crown Terrace is fast and takes us down to the gold mining village of Arrowtown – with a choice at the end of Tobin’s 4WD track or Murphy’s Run single track.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate or advanced/expert trail options available
DURATION: Allow 3-4 hours


Not for the faint hearted. Two big descents equal a massive 2900m descent in one day! After an awesome flight into the Remarkables Range you will land at just over 6000ft, the highest of all Heli-biking in New Zealand. Get ready for 15km of rock garden trails descending into the open alpine tundra you can only experience at this altitude. They call in the chopper to come and fly us to the stunning 1700m Crown Peak that has 360 vistas taking in Wanaka and Queenstown. You can just make out the houses of Arrowtown way down in the valley - at the final destination for a well earned beer!

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate or advanced trail options available
DURATION: Allow 6+ hours


  • Trained professional guides
  • Door to door transport
  • Trail snack

DEPARTS: 9AM daily on demand

SEASON: November - April


  • Water, backpack, wind breaker, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera.
  • Cash for a beer/snack at the end of your trip.


  • Bike rental not included.
  • Maximum 5 pax per helicopter
  • Heli-biking is weather dependent. We recommend booking your tour towards the beginning of your stay in Queenstown to allow for the tour to be rescheduled if it's cancelled due to weather
  • Minimum numbers of 3 people are required for a trip to be confirmed

Nevis Double Down: Full Day Heli Bike [2 Runs]:

  • Adult $749.00

Crown Peak: Half Day Heli Bike [1 Run]:

  • Adult $399.00

The Remarkables Double Descent: Full Day Heli Bike [2 Runs]:

  • Adult $699.00

ADD On: Bike Rental:
2019 GT Force Dual Suspension [Enduro style bike]. Includes: Helmet, Knee Pads and Gloves.

  • Adult $95.00

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes you can bring your own bike. You will be responsible for getting your equipment to the end of the trail so bring spare gear including 3 tubes, a hanger and chain link.

How may riders will I be riding with on the trip?

5 riders (plus guide) is the maximum on most Heli-bike trips although there are occasions when there are a few more.

Will I be riding with riders my own ability?

Where possible YES! Fat Tyre has a simple policy that the first rider to book gets the choice of ride for the day. If they are an advanced rider they will try their best to book similar riders on that trip. They deliver great mountain bike rides for mountain bikers of all abilities and do our best to accommodate all tastes.

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