“What flies in, must ride out!”
Our apologies, both Helibike tours (the Grand Greta and the Omahau Helibike) are currently on hold for this season due to land access issues. We apologise for the inconvenience. This does NOT affect the helicopter flight to the start of our A2O Cycle Tours.
Want to go Heli-biking in New Zealand and are a novice or intermediate rider? Take a scenic helicopter flight to the Ben Ohau Mountain Range between Twizel and Lake Ohau. Land in a remote location high above the Mackenzie Basin and mountain bike with your guide along secluded tracks through varied terrain with stunning scenery, back down into the valley. All our Heli-bike Tours start from Twizel town centre. Prices include the scenic helicopter flight, an experienced Mountain Bike Guide, a mountain bike helmet and any transport to and from the start and finish points. Additional mountain Bike equipment and high quality, full suspension mountain bikes are available for hire, if required.
All our Helibike trips have a maximum guide to rider ratio of 1 guide for up to 5 riders so you will enjoy the mountain bike ride at your own pace, be that fast or slow. As a consequence, because we restrict the numbers on each trip, please book early for peak dates to avoid disappointment.
1. Grand Greta Helibike Adventure
Grade: 3 – Intermediate (Intermediate fitness required)
Duration: Allow 6 Hours, October to May
The Grand Greta Helibike Adventure is our premier trip. We meet in Twizel, sort out bikes and gear, then ride out to the airport. A scenic helicopter flight takes you over Twizel, the canals and along the Ben Ohau Mountain Range. A short but worthwhile walk from the landing site takes you up to the summit of Ben Ohau with its amazing 360-degree views over Lake Ohau and Twizel. Then, you mountain bike down constantly changing scenery from rocky farm track through a mountain gorge, a remnant beech forest, down grassy banks and, finally, you end up on the shores of the beautiful Lake Ohau. There’s a short cycle along the gravel lakeside road to the pick up point where you’re collected and driven back to Twizel. We ride on a mix of surfaces and types of trails, there are some short uphills and, depending on the amount of rain, there may be a few stream crossings. You get to see some of the most varied scenery and terrain you’ll find on any single Helibike experience in New Zealand.
This ride is suitable for anyone who is comfortable riding a mountain bike off road on a variety of surfaces and/or is prepared to have a go. This is a real back country adventure, with plenty of stops to admire the amazing views. It is not technical but, due to the remote location, it is for the adventurous! We have had many couples on this trip with differing abilities and we make sure everyone gets to enjoy it at their own pace and riding comfort level.
2. Omahau Downhill Helibike
Grade: 2 – Easy (Intermediate fitness req’d)
Duration: Allow 4 hours, October to May
The Omahau Downhill Helibike is a great trip for the novice mountain biker or someone who wants to enjoy the scenery as much as the biking. There are some steeper sections but they are easy to walk, if you are uncomfortable riding down. This trip is slightly easier than the Grand Greta and is perfect for couples and families. (Children must be over 14 years old). Enjoy a helicopter flight to one of our landing sites on the Ben Ohau range behind Twizel. Cruise down easy 4WD and farm tracks with panoramic views of the Mackenzie Basin and the beautiful Lake Pukaki. Ride around the base of the mountains and finish with an hour long fast and flat ride to Twizel along side the river and through the Pelennor fields Lord of the Rings film site. Depending on the weather, we usually stop for an optional swim in one of the local’s swimming pools, the warm Lock Cameron or the slightly cooler Twizel River!
3. Helibike the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
If you’re riding the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle trail, we have some great Helibike options for you.
- Our speciality is an alternative to section 3, Twizel to Ohau Village. Our Grand Greta Helibike is an amazing alternative route to replace this part of the official Alps to Ocean Cycle trail, adding variety and adventure to your overall Cycleway experience.
Check the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail Helibike …
- A multi-day option is the A2O Alpine Adventure is a 4 day/3 night, fully supported and inclusive mountain bike ride that takes you along the stunning Alpine section (Mt Cook to Omarama) of the new Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Run by our sister company A2O Cycle Tours, we’ve designed this trip specifically for mountain bikers so we avoid the sealed roads where ever possible.
Check out the A2O Alpine Adventure…
4. Private Heli-bike Trips
If you want a more personalized service to experience a completely unique scenic flight and mountain bike trip, then Contact Us for more information on our Private Helibike Trips. By Chartering the Helicopter for yourself, we are able to combine any length of scenic flight with any type of mountain bike ride or local outdoor experience you wish to complete. Price: $POA