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  • Address: Old Ball Hut Road, Mount Cook 7946, New Zealand
  • Admission: Free

The Tasman Glacier is a geology lesson in action. The largest glacier in the Southern Alps, the massive sheet of ice is slowly flowing south along the eastern edge of Aoraki/Mount Cook.

The top of the glacier is covered in ice and snow, but its long lower stretch extending for kilometers is a jumbled mass of rocks and debris swept down from the melting peak.

It’s estimated that the Tasman Glacier is retreating between 477 to 822 meters (1,564 to 2,696 feet) each year; at that rate its days are numbered. Since the 1970s, the melting waters have collected in Lake Tasman at the foot of the glacier.

Practical Info

The Tasman Glacier spills into the north shore of Lake Tasman, 7 km (4.5 mi) north-east of Mount Cook Village. The glacier measures 29 km (18 mi) long, 4 km (2.5 mi) wide.

The best way to see the glacier is from a boat excursion on Lake Tasman.

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Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk, Mount Cook, null
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Mt Cook Helicopter Flight and Tasman Glacier Walk

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 32 Reviews

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight from Mt Cook to Tasman Glacier followed by an exhilarating 2-hour guided walk on the glacier itself. Fly over the Southern ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $419.88
25-Minute Helicopter Adventure Including Tasman Glacier from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Ski & Snow
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25-Minute Helicopter Adventure Including Tasman Glacier from Mount Cook

Soar through the sky on this 25-minute scenic helicopter experience through Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Sit back and take in the stunning scenery around you ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Duration: 25 minutes (approx.)

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20-Minute Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Helicopter Tours
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20-Minute Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook

Enjoy fantastic views of the stunning Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter Icefall on this incredible 20-minute scenic Ski Plane overflight up the Tasman Valley. ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch, Christchurch, Air Tours
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

4 star rating: Recommended 176 Reviews

Travel by road on a full day tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. Along the way you'll pass through the spectacular scenery ...  Read more

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Duration: 13 hrs

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55-Minute Southern Alps Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Day Trips
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55-Minute Southern Alps Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

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Location: Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Duration: 55 minutes (approx.)

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45-Minute Glacier Highlights Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Helicopter Tours
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45-Minute Glacier Highlights Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

Join this 45-minute Helicopter scenic experience through Aoraki Mt Cook National Park for a helicopter tour like no other! Sit back, relax, and soak in the ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

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35-Minute Valley and Glacier Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Helicopter Tours
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35-Minute Valley and Glacier Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

See the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park on this 35-minute scenic flight tour. Enjoy a stunning scenic flight up the Tasman Valley, through the Hochstetter ...  Read more

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

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Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight, Mount Cook, Helicopter Tours
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Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

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The premier flight over this amazing alpine region with vast snowfields, glaciers and a spectacular view of New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook. Fly ...  Read more

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

From USD $334.42
10-Minute Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Helicopter Tours
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10-Minute Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook

Join this 10-minute tour for a scenic ski plane experience over the lower ice formations of the Tasman Glacier and the Eastern face of Mt Cook. Perfect for ...  Read more

Location: Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand
Duration: 10 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.57
35-Minute Valley and Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook, Mount Cook, Air Tours
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35-Minute Valley and Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook

Experience Mt Cook National Park like never before on this scenic 35-minute Ski Plane adventure! Delight in a stunning scenic flight up the Tasman Valley, ...  Read more

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

From USD $230.37

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