Tasman Glacier

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Tasman Glacier: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Mount Cook: 3 Hour Heli Hike to the Tasman Glacier

    1. Mount Cook: 3 Hour Heli Hike to the Tasman Glacier

    Enjoy a once in a lifetime heli hiking experience on the Tasman Glacier in the Aoraki (Mount Cook) National Park. Begin your adventure with a flight from Mount Cook airport over the gorgeous Tasman Glacier Lake and ice formations. Venture on to the surprisingly undulating ice terrain, in the shadow of the highest peaks of the Southern Alps, Aoraki, and Mount Tasman. Be equipped with glacier boots and crampons and spend 2 hours in another world in the mountains. On the return flight home, you will fly close to the massive 1,000-meter high Hochstetter Icefall on the eastern face of Aoraki. Take in the picturesque landscapes that are covered in beautiful white snow and ice year round. 

    It was truly brilliant. Friendly, well-managed, exhililarating helo flight, great fun climbing the seracs and crevasses and the ice cave was a finishing delight.

  • Aoraki Mt/Cook & Tasman Glacier: Scenic Flight

    2. Aoraki Mt/Cook & Tasman Glacier: Scenic Flight

    Discover the real highlights of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on this helicopter tour. Soar high above, get breathtaking views and fly the full length of the Tasman Glacier. Fly close to the mountain peaks, and view this incredible alpine region. You will also get amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak - Aoraki /Mt Cook. Admire hanging glaciers, blue ice, and rocky mountain peaks, with photo opportunities in every direction. Hover over the Tasman Glacier to appreciate the size and scale of New Zealand’s longest “river of ice”, before snow landing on the magnificent Tasman Glacier. Your pilot may shut off the helicopter so you can experience the "sound of silence”.

  • Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

    3. Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

    Fly in a skiplane and a helicopter on the same day for an unforgettable experience of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Enjoy a scenic adventure that includes a glacier snow landing. From take-off to landing, you will enjoy spectacular views! Fly up the Tasman Valley over the breathtaking blue glacier lake. See the Hochstetter Icefall and the cloud-piercing Aoraki/Mount Cook before landing on the upper snowfields of the Tasman Glacier.  Take time to enjoy this unique alpine environment before swapping aircraft and returning to Mount Cook Airport.  These mountains are covered in snow and ice all year round, and the aircraft fully shuts down on landing. You'll also see Tasman Terminal Lake, Grand Plateau, Plateau Hut, as well as the full length of the Tasman Glacier.

    Family trip 2 adults 2 teenagers and we all agreed it was the absolute highlight of our holiday. Everyone we dealt were friendly and accommodating. The trip itself is just incredible. Our pilot Greg was engaging, friendly and informative.

  • Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

    4. Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

    Enjoy a tour that will acquaint you with New Zealand’s biggest glacier and provide you with spectacular helicopter views of the country’s largest mountain, Aoraki or Mount Cook. To start your tour you will fly to your drop-off point on a remote part of the glacier. During your tour, explore amazing ice formations, following your guide as they cut steps in the glacier. Complete your trip with another spectacular scenic flight back to the base of the mountain. Every journey is unique because the glacier is everchanging. Your experienced guides are always finding something new and interesting to show you. Spend up to 2 hours on the ice, weather permitting.

  • From Queenstown: Mount Cook Heli-Hike and Tour Combo

    5. From Queenstown: Mount Cook Heli-Hike and Tour Combo

    Discover everything the beautiful Mount Cook and Tasman Glacier area has to offer on a guided small-group full-day trip from Queenstown. Meet your small group early in the morning and hop on the minivan which will take you to the Tasman Glacier, stopping at some of the area's most iconic sights along the way. Make your way through the Kawarau Gorge, passing the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and of course the famous Roaring Meg Lookout.

    Drive past sights such as the beautiful Lake Dunstan, Lindis Pass, and the Cromwell wine region, stopping for photos along the way, before arriving in Omarama. Here, spot Merino sheep and sample New Zealand's creamiest chicken pie before continuing to Lake Pukaki, where you can spot several Lord of the Rings filming locations.

    Next, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime with a Tasman Glacier Heli Hike. Combine the excitement ...

  • Mount Cook: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

    6. Mount Cook: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

    Explore the immense beauty of the upper snowfield of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. It will be from there that your 23-kilometer journey begins. As you fly in to 2,200 metres (7200 feet) aboard your ski plane, marvel as the rock and ice debris transform to glistening white. Get ready to explore the glacier by walking, hiking and snowshoeing, you may even see an iceberg in the glacier lake. If you have never tried snowshoeing in New Zealand, this is the time to give it a go. Snowshoeing is a great way to confidently make your way across snow-covered terrain. Once on the glacier, you will be provided with snowshoes, adjustable walking poles, harnesses, and any additional equipment you may need. After your gear is fitted, you are ready to explore the ice formations in this ever-changing environment. You will be in the heart and birthplace of New Zealand mountaineering, and at the conclusion...

  • Mt Cook: 35-Minute Tasman Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight

    7. Mt Cook: 35-Minute Tasman Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight

    See Aoraki, also known as Mt Cook, up close on a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight. Be captivated by the highlights of the national park and its many spectacular features, including the Wild Himalayan Thar, and the Hochstetter Icefall.  Enjoy an unforgettable glacier landing on the Tasman Glacier. You will have time to disembark from the helicopter on the glacier to take photographs and throw some snowballs. This is a Mt Cook experience you will never forget. You will truly experience this alpine environment and its spectacular mountain scenery.

  • Mount Cook: 55-Minute Aoraki Scenic Helicopter Flight

    8. Mount Cook: 55-Minute Aoraki Scenic Helicopter Flight

    This helicopter tour is the ultimate way to view the summit of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, and the spectacular scenery in the surrounding national park. Experience a snow landing high up on on the Tasman Glacier and stand amongst the natural silence of this very special place. View hanging glaciers, spectacular rivers of ice and the otherwordly blue of deep ice crevasses. On a clear day you will also be able to admire the views of the incredible West Coast and wild Tasman Sea from your seat. The helicopter will provide a “birds eye” view of both sides of the South Island.

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What people are saying about Tasman Glacier

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 45 reviews

The heli hike was fantastic. However, the organizers had no information from Getyourguide about the booking. Since I did not receive any feedback from the organizer, I asked 2 days later and after a long time after which the organizer had to inquire at Getyourguide, I received the message that only times 9.00 and 11.00 were still available, even though I had the Getyourguide Had received 13:00 as confirmed. On the day of the action, the appointment was canceled at 9 a.m. and the 11 a.m. appointment came very late because the cloud cover for the helicopter flight had only dissolved around 11:30 a.m. The Helihike was fantastic !!!

We originally were booked for the combo but the weather on the day we had booked was not expected to be very good. We ended up doing the ski plane flight over the west coast and then a glacier landing. Amazing experience, everything is very different from above. Peter our pilot had to stay back for our flight, he made the experience even better with his personality and humour. Would definitely recommend.

Family trip 2 adults 2 teenagers and we all agreed it was the absolute highlight of our holiday. Everyone we dealt were friendly and accommodating. The trip itself is just incredible. Our pilot Greg was engaging, friendly and informative.

It was truly brilliant. Friendly, well-managed, exhililarating helo flight, great fun climbing the seracs and crevasses and the ice cave was a finishing delight.

Awesome experience with a professional, knowledgeable experienced guide. Fantastic weather and heli ride. It is a spectacular part of nz