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Tasman Glacier (Mount Cook) Heli-Hike from Queenstown
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Tasman Glacier (Mount Cook) Heli-Hike from Queenstown

By True South Flights
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Ages 8-120, max of 11 per group
Duration: 6h
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  • Hiking boots and crampons are provided
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Tasman Glacier
What's not included
  • You are required to bring your own lunch and snacks. There is usually no time to get food in Mt Cook.


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • True South Flights, Building 8 Suite 1B/12 Hawthorne Drive, Frankton, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
    Check in at our office 30 minutes prior to departure. We are located in the Remarkables Park Town Centre, near Queenstown Airport, with free all-day parking. Park near the New World supermarket and walk across the carpark entrance to our building on the corner of the main road (Hawthorne Drive).
Pickup details
  • We pick-up from Queenstown Central accommodation. Pick up starts 50 minutes prior to departure.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Airport pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
    • Frankton Airport, Queenstown New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 171544P2

      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • Children and weight restrictions are applicable for this tour
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers

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

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      Mia D
      12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022 • Solo
      Amazing experience! Communication and organisation was great from the True South flights and the partner hiking guide. I went solo and had a lot of fun, It was a kind group of people of all ages!

      No complaints! I’d suggest booking this at the beginning of your holiday so there is room to transfer to another day as the weather is unpredictable. My date changed 3 times, due to the weather. (The staff at True South we’re very understanding and patient when I’d communicate daily regarding weather updates).
      Written 23 November 2022
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      Expedition537444
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020 • Family
      Just awesome! Incredible service all the way from the hotel pick up to drop off. Jason was an excellent pilot and great guide on the flight up and the helicopter operation up at the glacier was superb too. Very smooth logistics and a fun and skilled guide out on the ice.
      We can’t decide which was the highlight of the day: exploring the ice caves and crevasses surrounded by incredible mountain peaks or the scenery from the plane on the flight up. Our best day in NZ so far ( and that’s a high bar). Try not to miss this this one.
      Written 24 February 2020
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      Thanks for your review! How lucky we are able to show you one of the biggest ice caves in recent years up the Tasman Glacier. The weather was perfect for a scenic flight up Mt Cook. Hope to see you next time. Regards, Jason
      Written 26 February 2020
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      Sara E
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2022 • Couples
      Great experience from start to end! Our guides on the glacier were very knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions, while taking us to some really cool ppints of interest on the glacier. Our pilots were also great, made us feel very safe and confortable. An incredible opportunity to see Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier!!
      Written 25 November 2022
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      Thanks for your feedback - our glacier heli-hike tours are an amazing experience, and for many people, once in a lifetime! It's a bonus that the scenic flight from Queenstown is also stunning. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Queenstown and will consider coming back to fly with us again someday!
      Written 4 December 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Jack M
      Dallas, TX17 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Never been on a helicopter before but this experience sounded amazing. Well - it was! We got dropped off on Tasman glacier and Andy, our guide, did a nice job explaining the forming and melting of of glaciers. Besides hiking on top of the glacier, we were able to explore a natural ice cave…. That will only be around for about one year. Being inside the glacier was a lifetime memory. Beautiful and amazing all in one.
      Written 2 July 2023
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      Wow, the photos are amazing!!! Learning about the natural processes and understanding the significance of these magnificent formations can add a whole new level of appreciation to the experience. Thank you so much for sharing your absolutely amazing experience with us! Regards, Deborah
      Written 12 July 2023
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      Will R
      San Francisco, CA9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Deborah and Melissa were awesome with getting us signed up and letting us know when and how to check in and arranging a pickup for us.

      Peter, our driver, overheard us realizing we had left a phone at the Platinum Villas where he picked us up. He said that it’d be a rush for us to get back there before our flight after the tour.

      He offered to pick up the phone for us and arranged to do so while we were on tour. Thank you Peter!

      Garrett was our pilot to the base of the mountain and was awesome! He shared lots of information about the scenery on the way to the mountain and back.

      The hike itself was great too and so was the heli ride. This experience was definitely worth the price of admission.
      Written 8 January 2023
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      P M
      Noosa, Australia10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2020 • Couples
      An amazing glacier experience with a fantastic flight from Queenstown to Mt Cook. Excellent tour operator, very professional and after 30 years of extensive travel these are at the top. Jason was a fantastic pilot who goes out if his way to make your trip so memorable.
      Written 24 July 2020
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      Thanks for your review Peter. I'm glad I have made your trip to Queenstown memorable. Hope to see you again in Queenstown. Regards, Jason
      Written 30 July 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      wayne h
      Sydney, Australia57 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      This is a fantastic experience, Matt our guild was fantastic and really looked after us and the group ensuring safety and a great experience
      The whole trip was fantastic, great scenery and once in a lifetime memory…
      Would have been a five star no doubt except for how we were greeted on return by the girl working on ground staff,
      We returned, got off the helicopter and walked into the terminal as had no other instructions
      After 5 minutes in the terminal we were approached by a young lady that said, did you just get off the last helicopter in.
      Yes I said.
      Why didn’t you wait in the yellow box she asked
      Because no one told us too I replied.
      You were supposed to wait in the yellow box,
      No one told us too
      Now I have to write a report on this.
      Not my issue I said.
      She again said you had to wait in the yellow box
      And again i said no one told us.
      When leaving my wife who missed the whole conversation said ‘thanks that great’ and was greeted with a grunt.

      11 out of 10 experience if you take this girl out of play as the rest of it was amazing, pilot and guide fantastic.
      Only takes one person to pull things down.
      Written 27 January 2024
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      NADGTraveller
      New York City, NY110 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2019 • Couples
      I recently booked two excursions with True South with Elliot Kensington as my pilot for both because he was just awesome! I could not have been happier with my experience from working with Bridget in the office and having Elliot be my guide and pilot.

      The first excursion was the flight to Franz Josef Glacier for a heli hike. It was an hour flight there and an hour flight back. This was an amazing flight experience in a Piper Lance aircraft. Elliot was a great guide and as I sat in the co-pilot seat on the way back to Queenstown he explained all the gauges and instruments to me. When the heli-hike was over, he was there waiting to go back to airfield. This trip althoug a little costly was worth every penny! The view from the plane was unmmatched and have the photos to prove it. If you want to go to Franz Josef from Queenstown and not stay there, True South is the best most efficient option. Ask for Elliot!

      The 2nd excursion turned into a scenic flight to Milford Sound due to the weather. Weather is unpredictable here so give yourself an open schedule and be flexible. Elliot was my pilot again on request as I had such an amazing experience the previous day. Day 2 was just as great. Again I sat in the co-pilot seat of the Piper Lance aircraft and has a blast. The views were incredible and Elliot kept coaching me on how to navigate and what was happening. Overall , another amazing day and worth every penny.

      I absolutely loved these excursions and Elliot made them fantastic. I would absolutely work with True South again and recommend anyone going to Queenstown to book an excursion with True South. Bridget in the office is fantastic and accommodating and the team is amazing. Had a blast! Thanks Elliot and team.
      Written 16 February 2019
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      Erin B
      Shanghai, China43 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2023
      To preface, this was by far one of the most expensive activities I've done in all of Australia and New Zealand. Therefore, I had high expectations. I believe in spending more money on experiences than accommodation or food when traveling. I was told by a travel agent that this was a great tour operator for a heli-hike experience...

      Everything was going smoothly. We had a scenic flight from Queenstown to Mt. Cook airport and the weather was clear. But, when we arrived at Mt. Cook airport, they checked us in, gave us gear, gave a safety briefing, ... the whole deal. But, the tour guide had decided to pre-empt the helicopter flight to the glacier with a note about how long we would spend on the ice and the refund policy...

      I was part of the first group to take the helicopter to Tasman glacier. We landed and then our guide said he would rather wait for the second group to land before guiding us. When we landed and shortly after, it looked dreary, cold, and began to rain a bit. So, we waited quite some time on the ice until he finally got a notification that the pilot did not feel it was safe to fly the second group over. We thought we were extremely lucky to have already landed and may get a private hike. He began talking about glaciers, showed us how to put our crampons on our shoes, and we didn't walk very far before we saw an ice cave. The ice cave was relatively small, but it was still an ice cave, which is interesting to see nonetheless. Shortly after seeing this ice cave, he was notified that the 'hike' would end and the pilot would come to pick us up and return us back to the airport

      Everyone was bummed. The second group did not touch down on the glacier at all and only got a 'partial refund' for the actual guided hike, but not for the scenic flight portion. The first group - although lucky to see an ice cave at all - spent less than an hour on the ice (some of which was waiting for the second group, putting the crampons on the shoes, and walking a short distance to an ice cave) and they didn't want to refund people due to inclement weather and their policy about landing on the glacier and being there for X amount of time.

      So, I took my time to write this review because I was really disappointed by this experience. It was a very expensive activity and I wasn't so much interested in the scenic flights as I was about doing the actual glacier hike, which in the end, we didn't get to do. In the end, they only gave me the tiniest refund of 149 NZD, but it doesn't change the fact that I spent $1,399 NZD on this experience and didn't even get to experience much of the glacier at all.

      The company had not called or notified anyone that day to let us know that conditions may not be safe BEFORE we flew from Queenstown to Mt. Cook, which would have been the more respectable thing to do. After you take the flight, they cannot refund you for that and then you're stuck in Mt. Cook and still need to return. As a consequence, you then have taken their flight to Mt. Cook and the return flight back, so you basically just paid for scenic flights without having the true glacial experience.

      So, my words of wisdom to you all is to only book this tour when there is ZERO percent chance of any kind of inclement weather. Call the company that morning for a weather check before even getting on their transportation to try and save yourself lost money on an experience that won't end up happening.
      Written 29 January 2023
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      Thank you for choosing our company and for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry that you felt disappointed with the hike experience on Tasman glacier, as we strive to provide our customers with the best possible experiences. We would like to clarify that we did warn you before the flight that if the hike was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, a partial refund would apply. However, we understand your frustration and disappointment with the outcome of the tour, and we regret that we were unable to provide you with the full glacial experience that you were hoping for. In response to your feedback, we will be modifying our procedures to check the weather with the helicopter pilots in addition to the mountain guides before departure. This will help ensure that our customers are made aware of any potential weather-related issues before the flight, and can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the tour. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment that you experienced, and we appreciate the opportunity to learn from your feedback. We hope that you will consider giving us another chance in the future to provide you with a more enjoyable and memorable scenic flight experience. Kind Regards, Gareth Chief Pilot
      Written 31 January 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Colleen O
      Metro Manila, Philippines10 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic service from True South. They picked us up from our hotel and drove us to Queenstown Airport where we met our pilot, Matt. We then flew to Mt Cook Airport where we met our hiking guide and boarded a helicopter that took us up to Tasman Glacier. Definitely an experience to remember. True South made sure that everything went smoothly. Shoutout to Matt for the great commentary while flying.
      Written 3 September 2019
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