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Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

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Canterbury, New Zealand
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Overview

Experience a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight above the magnificent alpine landscape of Aoraki/Mt Cook and its surrounding peaks, and make a snow landing atop Richardson Glacier. You’ll soar above steep ridges and rise over a mountain pass that affords aerial views of the Ben Ohau Range. Step out and play in the snow before enjoying more expansive views down the Tasman Valley. Pilot narration on the sights is included.
  • 35-minute alpine explorer helicopter tour with snow landing
  • Step foot into the snowfield above Richardson Glacier
  • See views of Mt Cook/Aoraki from the summit
  • Listen to narration provided by the pilot
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Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (5 - 10 minutes)
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Glentanner Park, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand

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Make your way to the helicopter base at Glentanner Park in Mt Cook Village. Board the twin-engine helicopter, which seats up to six passengers. Buckle up after a safety briefing in preparation for a 35-minute scenic flight that includes a snow landing at the summit of Richardson Glacier.

Listen to commentary from your pilot who expertly hovers the helicopter above an alpine landscape of scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers. Soar over steep and rugged ridges of the Ben Ohau Range en route to a mountain pass through the Southern Alps.

Experience a brief landing atop Richardson Glacier and step out of the helicopter to play in the snow. Take advantage of prime views of 12,217-foot (3,724-meter) Aoraki/Mt Cook from above.

On your return flight to Glentanner Park, look down the Tasman Valley toward Lake Pukaki.
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Southern Alps
Soar above the Ben Ohau Mountain Range and the peaks of the Southern Alps. Step outside and take in the views from an alpine snow landing. New Zealand's highest mountain seen from a truly magnificent viewpoint.
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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
Aoraki/Mount Cook was named the cloud piercer by Māori. You’ll see for yourself on this flight over the Ben Ohau Mountain Range and peaks of the Southern Alps that surround this storied mountain. Your helicopter will manoeuvre you to an alpine vantage point where it’s safe for a snow landing and time to take it all in.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult, Children under 15kgs are required to sit on a parents lap.
  • It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Totally Tourism - The Helicopter Line

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight.

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We did not go on this flight. It was...
Elva L
, Mar 2016
We did not go on this flight. It was too windy all day- Sun 6th Mar. All helicopters were grounded. We re-booked for Fox Glacier on Sun 13th Mar. but no helicopters were flying that afternoon. Finally we got our flight at Franz Joseph. I wouldn't book this way again because I didn't have the flexibility to do something different when nothing was flying. I was very pleased with the flight we did go on, however every one else paid just 310 NZD PP for the flight we paid 336.80 AUD PP
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Amazing sights, friendly crew, but...
Matthew S
, May 2015
Amazing sights, friendly crew, but be warned minimum numbers required to fly, so you may end up sitting around waiting for late tourists!
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We think it would have been amazing if...
Robert D
, Apr 2010
We think it would have been amazing if we had been able to walk on a glacier; however, we did get to walk on some snow.
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We had a fantastic time! The weather...
Rachel S
, Feb 2007
We had a fantastic time! The weather, the views, the helicopter it was all fantastic. The guide was great too, he told us what we were seeing and made sure we all had photos taken on the glacier. Well worth it! Thank you.
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