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Queenstown Snowmobiles offers the only wilderness snowmobiling experience in New Zealand!

They have exclusive access to trails & back country riding, by way of helicopter only, with breath taking views across to Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and down to Stewart Island on a clear day. Their professionally guided tours cater for individuals, families and small groups of up to six people per tour.

Queenstown Snowmobiles operate 7 days a week with four daily tours from June to late October.


  • Courtesy transfers to/from the airport
  • Helicopter flight into the Garvie Mountains [approx 13 minutes]
  • 1.5 hours of time on the snowmobile tour
  • Protective gear & equipment
  • 3 stops for photo opportunities
  • A hot drink at base
  • Return flight back to Queenstown


  • 9AM, 11.30AM and 2PM daily


  • June - October


  • Drivers/Riders must be 17 years old (Proof of age required)
  • Children aged 4-16 years must ride as passenger with accompanying adult.


  • You will need: Warm clothing (as if you were going skiing or boarding), Beanie, Sunglasses, Camera, Sunscreen and personal items you need to bring. Selfie & GoPro Sticks are prohibited.
  • They supply: Overalls, helmets, gloves and boots but if you have suitable items of your own please wear these.
  • Queenstown Snowmobiles are not responsible for any damage that may occur to your electronics. 
  • You may carry a small backpack to carry your camera.
  • All tours are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers.
  • Minimum numbers: 4 passengers per tour.
  • Maximum numbers: 6 passengers per tour.

Queenstown Snowmobiles:
A scenic helicopter flight and 1.5 hour snowmobile tour!

  • Adult $1,025.00
  • Child $750.00

Where is the Queenstown Snowmobiles check in office located?
Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters, 35 Lucas Place, Queenstown Airport

What is the minimum passengers per trip?
Four people

What is the maximum passengers per trip?
Six people + guide

How old do you have to be to ride a snowmobile?
17 years (Proof of age required)
Those aged 4-16 years must ride as passenger with accompanying adult.

How much is the adult rate (17 years +)?

How much is the child rate (4-16 years passenger rate)?

Is there a courtesy coach?
Yes. Transfers are available form central Queenstown accommodation to/from the airport base.

Is there a self-drive option to Queenstown Snowmobiles at Nokomai?
No, it is accessed by helicopter only.

How long is the helicopter flight to Nokomai Station?
Approx. 15 minutes each way

How long do we Snowmobile for?
1 hour 30 minutes of time on the snow

Will there be any stops during the Snowmobiling?
Yes, there will be 3 stops to soak up the views and take some photos.

What clothing will be supplied?
Coveralls, helmets, gloves and boots will be supplied. (Coveralls, boots and gloves are not supplied for non-riders (ages 4-16) but they will supply helmets for them)

What do I need to bring?
Warm clothing (as if you were going skiing or boarding) We do supply overalls, helmets, gloves and boots but if you have suitable items of your own please wear these. Bring Beanie, Sunglasses, Camera, Sunscreen and personal items you need to bring. Selfie & GoPro Sticks are prohibited.

How often are the trips?
9am, 11.30am, 2pm (7 days a week)

When will I know if the trip is going ahead or not due to bad weather?
You will be contacted one hour before your departure informing you about the conditions & reconfirming check-in details.

What happens if the weather is bad?
Queenstown snowmobiles do not fly or snowmobile if the weather makes it unsafe. All clients will be offered an alternative day and time to fly and ride or a full refund will be given.

Will I be refunded if I cancel?
If you cancel within 24 hours from departure you will not be given any refund. If you cancel before 24 hours from departure you will be given a full refund.

Will I be able to purchase any photos of my trip?
The pilot will potentially be available to take photos of you either at the beginning or the end of the trip.

Is there a bathroom?
Yes, there is a portaloo at the base of Nokomai where you begin and end your trip.

What is the mountain range the Snowmobile tour operates from?
Garvie Mountains.

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