Wanaka Mountain Guides

Whare Kea Chalet Luxury Ski and Splitboard Tour

The Whare Kea Chalet experience re-defines ski and splitboard touring in New Zealand. The Chalet, in association with Aspiring Helicopters, offers luxury accommodation and a spectacular base for touring in an exclusive location high in the Buchannan mountains on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park. After a day out skiing or riding, relax whilst your guide prepares a full mountain dinner and watch the sunset over the Southern Alps / Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.


Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Whare Kea Chalet

The Chalet is located at 1750 metres above the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak. Watch the sunrise on the northern ramparts of Tititea / Mount Aspiring and on clear nights, it is a fantastic place to observe unobscured stars and the southern lights / aurora.

Albert Burn Saddle is a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight from the Aspiring Helicopters Matukituki Valley base.

The skiing starts from the door and there are a number of accessible ski runs to explore and enjoy the mountains without interruption.

Whare Kea Chalet

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Whare Kea Chalet

With two double bedrooms and a spacious loft, the Chalet provides comfortable accommodation for up to six guests including down duvets, lounge, a gas fire, and a full kitchen.

The large windows frame astounding views of Tititea / Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers through to Aoraki / Mount Cook far to the north. Check out the live feed from the window Whare Kea Webcam.

Fitness and Difficulty

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Ski Touring
Wanaka Mountain Guides

Good fitness is required to get the most out of the course. Expect uphill travel of up to 1000m on consecutive days.

Wanaka Mountain Guides

Intermediate or higher skiing or snowboarding ability with experience off-piste in a range of snow conditions.

Pricing and Details

Duration: Overnight to 4-days
Private groups by arrangement July to September
2023/24: Price
Overnight packages from $1750 per person.

Please contact us for more information and to receive a quote specific to your requirements.

Optional extras include: helicopter transfers from Queenstown or Wanaka accommodation, additional scenic helicopter flights including Milford Sound and Mt Cook, and heli-skiing packages.
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A relaxing getaway with an old mate combined with a cool lodge and back country skiing. Awesome slopes. Staying at the Chalet was an amazing place with awesome facilities and luxury beds with a view of the Milky Way! Back country ski touring with a guide in remote locations takes all the stress out of making decisions.’

 Murray, Whare Kea Chalet Ski Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Really good  no1 fun day. Perfect conditions, great guide, got everything out of the trip that we wanted and more: fresh tracks, beautiful scenery, stunning weather, great company, and very safe and knowledgeable guide.’ 

— Wayne, Treble Cone Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Very good guiding, very good cooking, very good company.’

Robert, Private Ski Guiding

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