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Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Pricing

Per Person Adult (8yrs & over) $795.00


  • Minimum numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible. 
  • For bookings on the day, please call the office to confirm availability. 
  • Prices valid until 30th September 2024. 

Highlights

  • Scenic helicopter flight from Aoraki / Mount Cook Airport over spectacular ice formations, landing on the Tasman Glacier.

  • Encounter glacial ice formations up close on a professionally guided 2-hour hike with Alpine Guides, Ltd. exploring Aotearoa New Zealand's longest glacier.

  • Soar above the Southern Alps and pass the Hochstetter Icefall on your return flight.


What's included

  • Scenic helicopter flight.

  • Glacier landing and 2-hour glacier hike.

  • Professional and experienced guides.

  • All equipment - glacier boots & ice crampons or snowshoes. A waterproof jacket if required.

  • Complimentary transportation can be provided from Aoraki / Mount Cook Village.

Overview

Witness the beauty of the Tasman Glacier Lake and the stunning ice formations from the helicopter as you fly over the spectacular Tasman Glacier.  Once you descend and step foot onto the ice, you will encounter fresh alpine air as your guide introduces you to the unique world of the Tasman Glacier. 

The Helicopter Line offers the Tasman Heli Hike in conjunction with Alpine Guides Ltd, Mount Cook. They have been operating since 1966 and can trace their heritage back 100 years. With an excellent safety record, rigid assessments and using quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is assured.  

Tasman Glacier Facts:

  • The Tasman Glacier is Aotearoa New Zealand's longest glacier.
  • Measuring 27km (17mi) and lies entirely within the borders of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. 
  • As much as 4km (2.5mi) wide and 600m (2,000ft) thick.
  • The glacier covers an area of 101km(39mi2) .
  • Starts at a height of 3,000m (9,800ft) above sea level.
  • Get ready! Here’s what you should know

    Duration

    • Allow approximately 3-hours duration for the whole experience, including flights and check-in.

    Departure Locations

    • Departs and returns from Mount Cook Airport.

    Departure Times and check in

    • Additional information- Please call 0800 650 651, 24 hours prior to departure for a weather check and to reconfirm your booking.

    • Check-in upstairs at The Helicopter Line Reception in Mount Cook Airport.

    • Arrivals 30 minutes or more after the scheduled departure time will be considered as a no-show and cancellation fees may apply.

    Check-in Times

    May - September

    9am & 11:30am daily

    October - April 

    9am, 11am & 1pm daily

    Please check-in upstairs in Mount Cook Airport

    Weather

    • Your flight is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.

    • We recommend booking your flights early in your trip with flexibility for weather changes. We don’t want you to miss out.

  • Additional information
    • Confirmation will be received within 48-hours of booking, subject to availability.

    • All flights have a minimum passenger number for departures. We do our best to coordinate the required minimum.

    • Maximum allowable weight for a person on a rear helicopter seat is 150kg. 

    Moderate fitness and hiking ability required. For example, you must be able to walk at least 1 kilometer and be able to climb or descend stairs easily to participate.

    • Our guides provide interpretation and safety instructions in English. The inability to understand your guide's instructions is a safety risk.  If you cannot understand basic English instructions, you must accompany a person who can translate for you. If you are hearing impaired, please inform our staff.
    • Children must be at least 8 years old to participate. They must be confident walking on uneven terrain and able to follow instructions. We reserve the right to change this requirements for children due to glacier/snow and weather conditions. 
    • Drones, iPads and selfie sticks are not allowed on board for safety.

     

    Safety is our number one priority. All our guests, no matter how experienced, will receive a full helicopter safety briefing and instructions on how to use the gear supplied.

    The glacier is not without natural hazards. Always follow your guide's instructions. 

    We reserve the right to remove people from the activity, if, in our opinion, a safety hazard is being created by their participation. 

  • What to bring
    • Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers).

    • Leggings or light trousers.

    • Sunglasses and sunscreen.

    • Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one).

    • We provide glacier boots, crampons, and hiking poles.
  • Cancellation policy
    • Booking online does not charge your credit card. Credit card details are only required to guarantee your booking.
    • Should you fail to check-in on time, or notify us of changes less than 24-hours prior to departure, your credit card will be debited with the total amount of the booked activity.
    • We reserve the right to remove people from the activity, if, in our opinion, a safety hazard is being created by their participation. 

Pricing

Per Person Adult (8yrs & over) $795.00


  • Minimum numbers apply for flights. Bookings will be coordinated to achieve this where possible. 
  • For bookings on the day, please call the office to confirm availability. 
  • Prices valid until 30th September 2024. 

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Trip Details

We team up with Alpine Guides Ltd, Mount Cook who have been taking visitors over this epic icefall terrain since 1966 and can trace their heritage back 100 years. They have an immaculate safety record, rigid assessments and using quality equipment, your safety and enjoyment is taken care of.

  • Pickup is available from the Mount Cook Village. 
  • Confirmation call to base for weather check is necessary prior to flight. 
  • Moderate fitness is required and a minimum age of 8 years applies. Clients who are pregnant will not be able to participate and weight restrictions apply.

What to Bring

Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3 to 4 layers), leggings or light trousers.

(Shorts and Jeans are NOT acceptable).

Sunglasses, sunscreen, waterproof jacket (one will be provided if you don’t have one) and a sense of adventure! We provide glacier boots and ice crampons.

Our Heli-hike trips are weather dependent. We will do our best to accommodate you but occasionally cancellation may be unavoidable.