Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Mt Cook Heli Hike takes you on an exploration of the Tasman Glacier, the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps.  At 27km in length, Tasman Glacier is New Zealand's longest glacier.  It is as much as 4 kilometers wide and 600 meters thick and lies within the borders of Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park.  The glacier covers an area of 101 square kilometres and starts at a height of 3,000 metres above sea level.  


The Helicopter Line offers the Tasman Heli-hike in conjunction with Alpine Guides Ltd, Mount Cook. They have been operating
since 1996 and can trace their heritage back 100 years. Your professional guide will lead you into the most spectacular terrain
that is usually seen only by experienced mountaineers. With an excellent safety record, rigid assessments and using quality
equipment, your safety and enjoyment is assured.


Your helicopter will fly you from Mount Cook Airport to around 1,200 metres above sea level where you will spend up to 2 hours in the mountains. Your guide will take you on a journey to explore the white ice with an interpretative trek.  Your crampons bite into the glacier ice as you trek on easy undulating terrain, below Aoraki/Mt Cook and Mount Tasman the highest peaks of the Southern Alps. The snow covered mountains tower above vast ice-falls that bulldoze and grind down the mountain sides.  Your helicopter will fly you close by the 1,000 metre high Hochstetter Icefall as your journey ends and you return to Mt Cook Airport.  


  • Scenic helicopter flight to Tasman Glacier to explore the white ice.
  • Glacier landing and pickup
  • Approx 2 hours hiking and exploring glacial ice formations
  • Professional and experienced heli hike guides
  • All equipment provided (glacier boots, socks, ice crampons, waterproof jacket and pants)


  • Warm upper body clothing (preferably 3 to 4 layers)
  • Leggings or light trousers, although shorts are acceptable
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof jacket (one will be provided if you don't have one)
  • A sense of fun and adventure!


  • 20th September 2017 to 30th April 2018 - 9am, 11pm and 1pm
  • 1st May to 14th May 2018 - 9am and 11am
  • 15th May to 30th September 2018 - 11am
  • Check-in upstairs in Mount Cook Airport
  • Pick up available from Mt Cook village.  8.30am confirmation call to base for weather check is necessary prior to flight


  • Moderate fitness required
  • Minimum age is 8 years

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

Mount Cook

Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Duration 3 hours
$585 per person

Adventure into Mount Cook National Park and Heli Hike across Tasman Glacier. 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 heli hike guide introduces you to the world of the Tasman Glacier. This is a unique experience and one which will not be forgotten. Learn More


Price Information

Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax of 15%. Major credit cards, travellers cheques and foreign currencies are accepted. Please see here for child prices. Prices are subject to change without notice. Pricing valid from 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018.

Departing Franz Josef

Franz Josef Heli-Hike

Duration 3 hours
Adult $449, Child $419

Simply the ultimate Glacier experience! Take in the Franz Josef Glacier by helicopter before descending onto the ice itself for an adventure like no other. From the crevasses and ice caves to the splendour of the clean blue ice, immerse yourself in the unique surroundings and touch the ice, breath the fresh air and enjoy one of the world’s most exhilarating experiences. Learn More

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