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Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk

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Canterbury, New Zealand

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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience an exhilarating Tasman Glacier heli-hike adventure. Soar over the Southern Alps and UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, then land atop New Zealand’s largest glacier for a guided walk. Ice axe in hand, follow your guide over this frozen natural wonder to get up close to pinnacles, ice caves, crevasses and seracs. Choose from multiple departure times per day to suit your schedule.
  • Tasman Glacier helicopter flight and guided hike
  • View Mt. Cook and Tasman Glacier from the air
  • Land on the glacier and take a guided hike
  • Marvel at ice caves, deep crevasses, towering pinnacles and other frozen formations
  • Learn about the formation of New Zealand's largest glacier and concerns about climate change
  • Includes use of glacier boots, waterproof jacket and other gear
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Helicopter ride
Professional pilot-guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of gear (glacier boots, crampons, socks, ice axe, waterproof jacket)
Gratuities
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Mount Cook Airport, Mount Cook Road, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the airport and meet your pilot-guide aboard the helicopter. Hear narration about the sights via a 2-way headset as you take off toward Tasman Glacier. Soar high above Aoraki/Mt Cook, the tallest peak among New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and look down upon the country’s largest glacier, including the milky blue waters of Tasman Lake, formed from glacial melt.

Upon landing atop the remote Tasman Glacier, disembark the helicopter and follow your guide on a glacier trek. Walk across a pristine alpine wonderland of dramatic ice-blue pinnacles, crevasses and seracs—normally only reached by skilled mountaineers.

If conditions allow, you can duck into an ice cave for an experience like no other. Your guide shares fascinating facts about the glacier’s geological history and its potential future, and offers a taste of pure glacier water.

Be sure to snap plenty of photos of the otherworldly landscape before re-boarding the helicopter for your return flight back to the airport where your tour concludes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
As you take off, enjoy stunning views of Mt Cook (aka Aoraki, the native Maori name).
Pass By:  
Southern Alps
Fly high above the spectacular Southern Alps
Pass By:  
Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks
While you look down, note the waters of Tasman Lake, which started forming in the 1970s due to melting glacial ice; it now measures more than 4 miles long (7 km), and scientists predict that it will continue to grow from more glacier melt.
Stop At:  
Tasman Glacier
Soar above the Tasman Glacier, an impressive 17-mile-long (27-km) natural wonder. Hop out of the helicopter and begin your 2-hour hike, following your guide through the spectacular frozen landscape and gaining access to areas that normally only skilled mountaineers can reach. Tromp over the ice to see dramatic pinnacles, ice caves, crevasses and seracs, all the while learning about the history and geology of Tasman Glacier. If conditions allow, you can duck into an ice cave to experience the otherworldly blue ice from the inside.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • It is recommended that you wear sturdy footwear and bring warm layers
  • Moderate level of fitness is required
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Please note: Walking among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all activities are dependent on the weather
  • What to bring
  • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers; although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Totally Tourism - The Helicopter Line

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk.

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Incredible!
Raylyn W
, Nov 2019
This was the most amazing excursion! The pilot and guide were incredible. We hiked on the glacier for a good bit of time and Chris got us up close and personal with beautiful blue crevasses and other cool ice formations! Don't miss this!
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It was an awesome experience however...
farnellgc
, Jun 2016
It was an awesome experience however we only had less than 90 minutes on the glacier when it was advertised as a 2 hour glacier hike. A bit disappointing for the cost of the tour. It was not a cheap tour for my husband and myself and we had booked it as a special treat. No offer of a reduction in cost was given. Our guide was very good, but the bottom line is that we would have liked more time on the glacier or at least be offered a reduction in cost for the reduced time. We also did this tour with another friend.
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This was an amazing tour. Our...
mjburgoon
, Feb 2016
This was an amazing tour. Our morning tour got cancelled related to weather. Luckily we were able to get booked onto the afternoon tour. The weather cleared and we had an amazing time. It was a small group 10 people who had the entire glacier to ourselves. Our guide was knowledgeable and allowed the group to explore at our own pace. This was probably one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand!!!
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Were delayed a day due to weather...
Kevin D
, Jan 2016
Were delayed a day due to weather but all worked out fine with our schedule and the staff and pilot and guide were all very accommodating, knowledgeable, and made it a great experience...especially once we got on the glacier. Got some great pics and made some great memories. Thanks to all!
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The helicopter ride to the glacier...
Himanshu M
, Dec 2015
The helicopter ride to the glacier was not very long just that it was moving quite slowly. Alternatively, it could have taken it to a higher altitude for better views of Mt. Cook and glaciers. Also, the walk on the glaciers could have been made more interesting by having some planned activities, like use of ice axe by individuals etc. All in all, the experience was not worth the price tag put against it of 555 NZD.
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Excellent trip quite a different...
a e r c
, Mar 2018
Excellent trip quite a different experience exciting helicopter landing!
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Product code: 3434TASMAN

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