Mount Cook (Aoraki) Tours

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The highest peak in New Zealand, the magnificent Mt. Cook (Aoraki) stands 12,349 feet (3,764 meters) tall.

The Maori name Aoraki means "cloud piercer" and its striking beauty makes it one of the island's finest mountains. Of New Zealand’s 27 mountains over 8,400 feet (3,000 meters) 22 of them are in this mountain range offering a spectacular display of snow-capped peaks and lush rainforested slopes.

The mountains glacial lakes are popular with people wanting to fish and sail while the rest of the mountain offers horse riding, 4x4 safaris, scenic flights and excellent mountain climbing for experienced climbers. Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mt. Cook in 1948 before climbing Everest in 1953.

The Tasman Glacier falls down the east side of the mountain with the Hooker Glacier falls to the west. It is possible to take guided skiing trips on Tasman Glacier while Hooker Glacier offers some excellent walking tracks.

Practical Info

Mount Cook Village is also referred to as "The Hermitage" and is situated 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) from the summit. It’s a popular base with climbers and tourists. It is a 2.5 hour drive from both Christchurch and Queenstown.

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Admission: Free
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45-Minute Mount Cook Ski Plane and Helicopter Combo Tour

The Mount Cook National Park is home to New Zealand’s longest glacier and highest mountain, and the stunning scenery is even more impressive from above. This 45-minute tour includes a thrilling aerial tour by both ski plane and helicopter, soaring over the Tasman Glacier and Hochstetter icefall, and touching down on a snow-covered mountaintop. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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25-Minute Helicopter Adventure Including Tasman Glacier from Mount Cook

New Zealand’s longest glacier is even more spectacular from above and this 25-minute helicopter ride includes a touchdown on the Tasman Glacier. Soar over the Mount Cook National Park, gaze down over the Tasman Terminal Lake, then hop out to admire the icy landscapes up close. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
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35-Minute Valley and Glacier Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

Experience the natural beauty of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park during a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight. See the Southern Alps, Tasman Valley, and Hochstetter Icefall before a landing in the snow on the Tasman Glacier. Includes use of headsets to hear your pilot's commentary, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 35 minutes
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55-Minute Southern Alps Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

A scenic helicopter flight is the ultimate way to see New Zealand's Southern Alps. Soar through the sky on a 55-minute aerial tour of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland national parks. Top it off with a snow landing on Franz Josef, Fox, or Tasman glacier. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 55 minutes
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45-Minute Glacier Highlights Helicopter Tour from Mount Cook

Experience the mighty heights of Mount Cook from a different perspective as you fly around New Zealand’s highest mountain. This 45-minute helicopter ride takes in the highlights of the Mount Cook National Park, soaring over the Tasman Terminal Lake, swooping past the Hochstetter Icefall, and touching down on the Tasman Glacier. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 45 minutes
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35-Minute Valley and Glacier Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook

Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain, but you don’t have to scale the mighty peak to enjoy the views. This 35-minute ski plane ride takes in the highlights of the Mount Cook National Park, soaring over the Tasman Valley, swooping past the Hochstetter Icefall, and touching down on theTasman Glacier. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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45-Minute Glacier Highlights Ski Plane Tour from Mount Cook

See the stunning landscapes of Aoraki Mt Cook National Park during a 45-minute scenic flight by ski plane. View the Southern Alps, Hochstetter Icefall, and land on the snowfield of the Tasman Glacier. Choose from three departure times on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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