Martins Bay
Luxury Land Rover Discovery
New Zealand Fur Seal
New Zealand Fur Seals

Alpine Adventures Walking with Penguins & Seals Heli Hike

We will pick you up from your hotel and travel along one of the most stunning roads in Queenstown to the head of the lake and Glenorchy. This stretch of road from Queenstown to Glenorchy was recently voted by Lonely Planet as “one of the most beautiful drives in the world” and you’ll see why when we stop at the Bennett’s Bluff lookout.

Here we board a helicopter flight to Martins Bay, and the head of the Hollyford track where we take our one hour hike and are able to encounter New Zealand Fur Seal Colony, the native Fiordland Crested Penguins in their natural habitat and other native species, e.g. Wood Pigeons, Kakariki and/or Fantails.

If time allows, we can also enjoy an eco-encounter walk through native bush. Once we arrive back in Glenorchy, we will stop to enjoy either morning tea or afternoon tea by the lake before returning to Queenstown.

The trip includes a stunning flight over the Southern Alps with the option to stop at Milford Sound or land on a glacier for an additional cost for the helicopter, often a high point for an amazing photo opportunity.

The best time of year to see the penguins is during the breeding season from July to November. They may also occasionally be seen during the moulting season from mid-January to early March.

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Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Saturday 8:00AM – 7:00PM
Sunday 8:00AM – 7:00PM

Months of Operation

  • Jan - Dec


  • Includes hotel return transfers


  • 12
  • We can offer private heli hikes for groups however it is 4 per helicopter.

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