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  • Location:Mount Cook, New Zealand
  • Duration:40 minutes (approx.)

Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

Gain up-close access to the remote alpine landscapes of the South Island on a premier helicopter flight. This 40-minute aerial tour from Mt Cook village soars above the Southern Alps and makes a snow landing atop Tasman Glacier, where you’ll enjoy prime views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Back in the air, marvel at the mighty expanses of the crevasse-filled glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.


  • 40-minute helicopter flight with snow landing
  • See views of Aoraki/Mt Cook from the summit of Tasman Glacier
  • Hover above the Southern Alps, including Fox and Franz Josef glaciers
  • Hear informative commentary from the pilot
  • Relax with pickup and drop-off from Mt Cook hotels

What You Can Expect

Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

After a transfer from your Mt Cook hotel to the base at Glentanner Park, board your helicopter for a scenic round-trip flight including a snow landing above Tasman Glacier. Your trained pilot expertly navigates the South Island’s alpine environment, and serves as your aerial guide throughout your 40-minute tour. The open-plan helicopter cabin makes for excellent viewing for up to six passengers.

Fly toward the Tasman Glacier and hover over its vast ice fields before making a soft landing, then step out of the helicopter to stand in the snow, enjoying a panoramic vista with a close-up view of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain peak, which towers 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) above sea level.

Departing your landing site, the pilot traverses the Southern Alps. Look down upon two impressive glaciers — Fox and Franz Josef — and admire these expansive rivers of ice, whose sparkling waterways trickle down toward the native rainforests of the rugged west coast.

Learn about the stunning landscape as your pilot delivers informative commentary on the natural landmarks. Back on firm ground, you’re transferred from the tour base to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fantastic. Well worth it. If you haven't been in a helicopter before that adds to the excitement.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

A HUGE highlight of our honeymoon. Unfortunately, our camera was stolen a couple of days later before we had a chance to download our pictures, but as my wife says, "that just means we have to go back!" What a HUGE trip this is. Stunning scenery and landing on the glacier is a highlight. The only downside is that not all the headsets were working, so the pilot commentary wasn't heard by all. But that's a minor point.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This excursion was a big thrill for us as we expected it to be. Our son is physically disabled and we were nervous about getting him into the helicopter but we managed by using a small step stool and some good old elbow grease .i.e. lifting. The scheduled ride was tentative due to strong winds in the mountains but we made a slightly modified run, landing on a field of ice rather than a glacier. The thrill factor was present throughout the flight as the mountain and glacier scenery is simply amazing. The pilot was very informative and accommodating asking us if we wanted to stay longer in some areas. There were four of us and we will never forget this spectacular New Zealand experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

What an amazing experience. You do not realise the enormous area of the alps until you can view them from above in a helicoptor. The walk in the fresh snow on top of Mount Cook was exhilarating. A 'must do' if you get the chance, from either Mt Cook (Glentanner), Fox Glacier or Franz Josef.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Very professional and considerate towards their customers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

The staff were friendly and very helpful. The actual helicopter ride was amazing and the pilot was good at informing us of where we were, what we were seeing, giving us background on the glaciers/area and also reassuring us when it got a little bumpy. Landing on the top of the glacier for photos was awesome. Definitely a highlight of my trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

The organisation at base office was friendly and professional, our Pilot Marcus left us with the feeling that he enjoyed his work taking great pride in explaining all the features of the flight. It was my wife's Christmas present, she was smiling from start to finish there is no better accolade

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Quite amazing and definitely a must for anybody visiting New Zealand. Unexplainable, you have to experience the trip to really "get it"

Mervyn A
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

This trip was truly amazing. We saw all there is to see and the landing on the snow was fantastic. We were booked to fly the following day but when we phoned earlier to confirm our booking etc we were offered this flight a day earlier as the weather was good - we just had to 'race' up from Queenstown to do it - and it was well worth it as the sky was almost cloudless - perfect! Thanks to all at the helicopter base for accommodating us. Just one downside. The helicopter seats 2 people in the front seat and 4 people in the rear seat and we were advised before the flight that although we were in the rear seats for the first part of the flight, seating is rotated after the snow landing to allow some of those in the rear seats to sit up front but the others on the same trip as us ignored this and took the front seats both times. We didn't want to cause a scene, but you need to make this much clearer to everyone going on the flight to make it fair to everyone.

Meredith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2009

Stunning vistas, excellent scenic flights and covered lots of area including circling around Mount Cook. Brilliant snow landing too.
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