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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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  • Location:Mount Cook, New Zealand
  • Duration:35 minutes (approx.)

Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

Experience a 30-minute scenic helicopter flight above the magnificent alpine landscape of Aoraki/Mt Cook and its surrounding peaks, and make a snow landing atop Richardson Glacier. You’ll soar above steep ridges and rise over a mountain pass that affords aerial views of the Ben Ohau Range. Step out and play in the snow before enjoying more expansive views down the Tasman Valley. Pilot narration on the sights is included.


  • 30-minute alpine explorer helicopter tour with snow landing
  • Step foot into the snowfield above Richardson Glacier
  • See views of Mt Cook/Aoraki from the summit
  • Listen to narration provided by the pilot

What You Can Expect

Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the helicopter base at Glentanner Park in Mt Cook Village. Board the twin-engine helicopter, which seats up to six passengers. Buckle up after a safety briefing in preparation for a 30-minute scenic flight that includes a snow landing at the summit of Richardson Glacier.

Listen to commentary from your pilot who expertly hovers the helicopter above an alpine landscape of scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers. Soar over steep and rugged ridges of the Ben Ohau Range en route to a mountain pass through the Southern Alps.

Experience a brief landing atop Richardson Glacier and step out of the helicopter to play in the snow. Take advantage of prime views of 12,217-foot (3,724-meter) Aoraki/Mt Cook from above.

On your return flight to Glentanner Park, look down the Tasman Valley toward Lake Pukaki.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Amazing sights, friendly crew, but be warned minimum numbers required to fly, so you may end up sitting around waiting for late tourists!

Rachel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2010

We had a fantastic time! The weather, the views, the helicopter it was all fantastic. The guide was great too, he told us what we were seeing and made sure we all had photos taken on the glacier. Well worth it! Thank you.

Robert D

4 star rating: Recommended April 2010

We think it would have been amazing if we had been able to walk on a glacier; however, we did get to walk on some snow.
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