Camp in an ‘igloo’ and ski tour New Zealand’s backcountry

Pic: Geoff Marks

A Geo Dome Heli Camp has been set up in the McKerrow Range as a base for guided ski touring activities over winter and climbing and trekking activities over the summer months. Did someone say, YAY!

The guides at First Tracks Wanaka have been catering to groups of ski touring enthusiasts who want to enjoy great terrain in the company of their friends with the security of a guide.

“We’ve been hosting some groups who just want to tour in the area and others who focus on upskilling their backcountry touring capabilities” says company owner and veteran mountain guide, Guy Cotter.

“We’re really excited to have started operating our First Tracks Wanaka adventures from our geodesic dome situated at 1600 metres in the McKerrow Range between Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.

The steel-framed dome is covered in a durable PVC with an insulated liner to retain warmth and a wooden floor. We’ve set this up so groups can enjoy being in an amazing space in the mountain environment.”

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The company flies to and from the high-mountain location by a short helicopter ride from the shores of Lake Wanaka and the company plans to send in a second dome, in a few weeks from now, that will enable them to operate with several small guided groups at one time.

Interested? Check them out here.

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