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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Experience an exhilarating Tasman Glacier heli-hike adventure. You’ll soar over the Southern Alps and UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, then land atop New Zealand’s largest glacier for a 2-hour guided walk. Ice axe in hand, follow your guide over this frozen natural wonder to get up close to pinnacles, ice caves, crevasses and seracs. Choose from three departure times per day to suit your schedule. Snow gear and round-trip hotel transport are included.
  • Tasman Glacier helicopter flight and guided hike
  • View Mt Cook and Tasman Glacier from the air
  • Land on the glacier and take a 2-hour guided hike
  • Marvel at ice caves, deep crevasses, towering pinnacles and other frozen formations
  • Learn about the formation of New Zealand's largest glacier and concerns about climate change
  • Includes use of glacier boots, waterproof jacket and other gear
Meet your pilot-guide aboard the helicopter and hear narration about the sights via a 2-way headset as you take off toward Tasman Glacier. Soar high above Aoraki/Mt Cook, the tallest peak among New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and look down upon the country’s largest glacier, including the milky blue waters of Tasman Lake, formed from glacial melt.
Upon landing atop the remote Tasman Glacier, disembark the helicopter and follow your guide on a 2-hour trek. Walk across a pristine alpine wonderland of dramatic ice-blue pinnacles, crevasses and seracs — normally only reached by skilled mountaineers.
If conditions allow, you can duck into an ice cave for an experience like no other. Your guide shares fascinating facts about the glacier’s geological history and its potential future, and offers a taste of pure glacier water.
Be sure to snap plenty of photos of the otherworldly landscape before re-boarding the helicopter for your return flight back to town, where you’re transferred from the base to your hotel.

Itinerary

Safety and helicopters:The local tour operator uses well-maintained, high-quality equipment and boasts an excellent safety record. Your enjoyment and safety always come first.
The helicopter fleet consists almost entirely of modern Airbus helicopters, which carry six passengers plus the pilot. The open-plan cabin means that all seats have excellent views, an ideal set-up for scenic flights. The local tour operator has the top-level certification from the Civil Aviation Authority for helicopter tours. The professionally trained pilots have expertise in flying over New Zealand’s alpine environment, and the entire crew is dedicated to your safety both on the ground and in the air.

Reviews

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a
, Mar 2018

Excellent trip quite a different experience exciting helicopter landing!

f
, Jun 2016

It was an awesome experience however we only had less than 90 minutes on the glacier when it was advertised as a 2 hour glacier hike. A bit disappointing for the cost of the tour. It was not a cheap tour for my husband and myself and we had booked it as a special treat. No offer of a reduction in cost was given. Our guide was very good, but the bottom line is that we would have liked more time on the glacier or at least be offered a reduction in cost for the reduced time. We also did this tour with another friend.

m
, Feb 2016

This was an amazing tour. Our morning tour got cancelled related to weather. Luckily we were able to get booked onto the afternoon tour. The weather cleared and we had an amazing time. It was a small group 10 people who had the entire glacier to ourselves. Our guide was knowledgeable and allowed the group to explore at our own pace. This was probably one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand!!!

K
, Feb 2016

Were delayed a day due to weather but all worked out fine with our schedule and the staff and pilot and guide were all very accommodating, knowledgeable, and made it a great experience...especially once we got on the glacier. Got some great pics and made some great memories. Thanks to all!

H
, Dec 2015

The helicopter ride to the glacier was not very long just that it was moving quite slowly. Alternatively, it could have taken it to a higher altitude for better views of Mt. Cook and glaciers. Also, the walk on the glaciers could have been made more interesting by having some planned activities, like use of ice axe by individuals etc.
All in all, the experience was not worth the price tag put against it of 555 NZD.


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