McIntosh Loop Track Heli Hike
Whakaari Conservation Area

FULL DAY HELI HIKE - snow shoeing option during the winter months!


Do you wish for something a bit more strenuous and on the wild side?

Opt for a 20-minute scenic heli flight from Glenorchy towards the beautiful Mt Earnslaw hanging glacier up to the Mac Hut (1466m asl.) to experience how the early scheelite miners worked amongst the clouds.

Most of this walk is in open mountainous country with deep river gorges, so the scenery is breathtaking with panoramas for miles.

Although predominantly a downhill walk, the walker here must cross the Buckler Burn River and then walk up hill some distance to gain the Judah Track.

Historic past of the scheelite miners is your constant companion as you walk on miners tracks and visit miner’s huts and relics.

This option may not be available if the weather is inclement or the river is flowing high.

"The Whakaari Conservation Area is one of my favourite places. A great balance of historic, recreation and scenic opportunities on offer."

Duration: 6 hrs. October to May, snow shoeing in winter months upon request and subject to weather

Distance: 9.3 km

Grade: Moderate to Vigorous. Walking on well-formed old mining tracks . One 5m wide river ford to cross

Price Heli Hike: NZ$ 1550 for 2 persons (min 2) | NZ$ 280 per extra person

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