Mount Cook, New Zealand
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Overview

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. Then, fly through the Burnett Mountains and marvel at the expansive Mackenzie Basin below.
  • 40-minute helicopter flight with snow landing
  • See views of Aoraki/Mt Cook from the summit of Tasman Glacier
  • Hover above the Southern Alps and take in panoramic views of the Mackenzie Basin
  • Hear informative commentary from the pilot
  • Relax with pickup and drop-off from Mt Cook hotels
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 Burnett Mountains. Look down upon the Mackenzie Basin — and admire panoramic views of the rugged landscape and sparkling waterways as they trickle down toward the native rainforests of the rugged west coast.
Learn about the stunning landscape as your pilot delivers informative commentary on natural landmarks. Back on firm ground, you’re transferred from the tour base to your hotel.

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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M
, Jan 2019

We really enjoyed the helicopter ride.Beautiful view. Our pilot Richard is excellent. He explained the area and history. The staff are very friendly and helpful. This is a highlight of our NZ trip.

S
, Nov 2018

Be carefull!! The flight was not the same as advertised. Our flight suppposed to fly to Fox and Joseph Glacier as well (advertised on the page of Viator) but the helicopter base officers said no!! First they said the wind upstair was not ok to fly. Later they said our program was not included!! Already emailed for reasons to Viator but nobody replied. Anyone could help with this non-responsibility?However, the experience overthere was good.

R
, Mar 2015

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

G
, Feb 2015

It was okay. For the money we spent on this I don't believe they showed all the glaciers they promised. The only think that was shown was the front face of Mount Cook and the glaziers on the same side. When asked if they will show the other side as described, they said wind was not favourable, I don't think we had a lot of wind that day, it is just that they say something on the site, but don't do what they say. Little disappointing, suggest people to ask clearly what they will show just before you give the money.

T
, Feb 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.

C
, Dec 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.

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, Jun 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.

D
, Apr 2013

Very professional and considerate towards their customers.

L
, Mar 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!

A
, Feb 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


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