Heliskiing in New Zealand changed in 1986. Methven Heliski opened up untapped heli ski and heliboarding terrain in the Southern Alps, near Christchurch - and raised the bar of professionalism and safety for the NZ heliski industry.

Alpine Guides' team of professional NZ heliski guides have led Methven Heli from day one. Focus on safety, details, and personalised service has established Methven Heli's status with skiers and riders around the globe.

High country History

Tom Todhunter and Suzie Kay, circa 1992

Tom Todhunter and Suzie Kay, circa 1992

In 1985, during a family heliskiing day with Alpine Guides at Mt Cook, Tom Todhunter realised the potential of Glenfalloch Station, and the surrounding mountains.

In 1986 Methven Heliskiing began: a joint venture with Alpine Guides (Mount Cook) Ltd, the company that pioneered NZ heliskiing in the Ben Ohau Range in 1976.

The original shareholders were Bob and Tom Todhunter who ran Lake Heron and Glenfalloch Stations - in partnership with Jim and Ju Morris from Manuka Point Station.

Expanding Our Horizons

From the beginning we have worked closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and local landowners, adding terrain as land came available though the tenure review process (high country land surrendered to DOC).

Methven Heliskiing has gone from strength to strength. The Arrowsmiths are now a destination for recreational and professional snowboarders and skiers from around the world.