Get High Down Under with Heli-Adventures in the Southern Alps


Your vacations lately have been logging more massage time than mountain time, and your gut is starting to feel a little soft from all those champagne cocktails. It’s time to roll off the massage table.

Get your adrenaline pumping again by heading to the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, to the place where they invented bungee jumping—Otago, New Zealand.

The intimate Blanket Bay Lodge will wrap your adventure in a bit of luxury. The laid-back staff at this posh lakeside inn can arrange, at a moment’s notice, for their choppers to get your adventures started. Take advantage of the lodge’s exclusive landing rights to spectacular spots for heli-hiking, and heli-picnic with a wine-soaked gourmet meal on a glacier. The rivers open in November for heli-fishing, so have the chopper lift you to remote, unreachable rivers to stalk wild rainbow trout—and if you catch something worth his time, the lodge’s chef will even fry it up for your dinner (make sure to let him know it was a “heli-good” catch).

Go horseback riding through sheelite mines, raft the Shotover River, or just give a nod to good old tradition and bungee jump off a major cliff or two.

And at the end of it all, you still might want to get one of Blanket Bay’s legendary massages to work off all that high altitude.

This time, you may have actually earned it.
Blanket Bay Lodge, Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand, 64-3-441 0115, www.blanketbay.com .

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