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55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter provided by Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by Inflite

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter
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from $614.36 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 55m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 55m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Following pickup from your accommodation in Aoraki/Mt. Cook Village, you're transferred to the nearby airport for a safety briefing. Climb aboard the helicopter and prepare for take-off. Slip on your headset to hear the pilot's narration during a 55-minute scenic flight that traverses the Main Divide of the Southern Alps to the west coast of the South Island, with premier views of the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers. You'll track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman glacier. Look down upon Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park as the helicopter soars through the Grand Plateau and the Hochstetter Icefall and passes under the east face of Aoraki/Mt. Cook before descending over the Tasman Terminal Lake. A snow landing is included on Fox, Franz Josef, or Tasman glacier; the aircraft will completely shut down on landing, giving you the opportunity to soak up the stillness. Souvenir photos are available to purchase. Upon returning to the starting point, you'll be transferred back to your accommodation.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 22551P6
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Headsets to hear the guide clearly • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
55m
Departure details
Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services, 22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
Inclusions
Headsets to hear the guide clearly • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services, 22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
Duration
55m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Flights may be cancelled due to weather conditions
Minimum of 4 people per flight applies before the flight will operate
Departure time will vary daily depending on bookings and weather conditions
Time of departure will be confirmed 24 hours prior to date of flight
Check in closes 45 minutes prior to flight time
Wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
Most travellers can participate
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services
    22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
    The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Tasman Glacier
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by Inflite
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Aoraki/Mt. Cook
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services
    22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
    The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
    See address & details
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Sharon M
Onehunga, New Zealand27 contributions
Thoroughly recommended - an awesome experience
Had a fantastic flight over the southern alps, seeing the iconic glaciers and landing on Tasman Glacier. Our pilot Andrew was knowledgeable and pointed out the highlights.

This was much better than a similar trip we did in Alaska last year- we are so fortunate to have such majestic natural beauty in NZ.
Written 10 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

suecstheworld
Bristol30 contributions
Superb ariel experience.
Feb 2019 • Couples
Our expectations for this experience were high and were exceeded beyond imagination!!

We arrived on the morning of our tour, a little apprehensive due to cloud. Initially, we thought we would have to postpone our flight, but at the last minute, clouds cleared enabling us to take off. The trip was tweaked slightly because cloud persisted in some areas, safety is of prime importance.

The views we saw of the glacier and surrounding mountains were wonderful, breathtaking and beyond!!!

The landing was smooth, our pilot positioned us perfectly for views. He was very knowledgeable about the geography, geology and history of these spectacular mountains. We had plenty of time to take photo's and gaze in wonder at this spectacular environment.

I would highly recommend this trip when at Mt Aoraki.

Ps. A refund for the small amendment was back in my account within the hour.

The check in staff kept us informed of weather conditions and pilot decisions dung our wait, tea and coffee was readily available.

A must do.
Written 21 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hummernator
Madison, AL261 contributions
Magnificent!
Nov 2018 • Couples
I booked with this company because they said the pilot would turn off the engine when we landed on the glacier if it was safe to do so. I also liked that they don’t allow selfie sticks. Mt. Cook Airport is also closer to Mt. Cook Village than Glentanner Airport. I booked the earliest flight on the first of our two days at Mt. Cook to give as much time as possible to rebook if the weather was bad. There is a four-person minimum on these flights, and we had to wait, because we were the only two people booked at 8 AM. The weather was perfect. We took the 55-minute flight, and were really glad. Yes, it is expensive, but the memories, and videos we shot are priceless. The pilot turned off the engine, so we had a few minutes of quiet on the Tasman Glacier, until the next helicopter arrived. The pilot (J. K.) also wanted to fly us over the peak of Mt. Cook, but said the downdraft was too great. There were 6 of us in the helicopter. J. K. was knowledgeable and gave good commentary, which we had no trouble hearing. I never thought anyone could make me get in a helicopter, (scared), but I forgot all about fear as soon as we left the ground. Magnificent!
Written 24 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amanda B
8 contributions
The ride of your life!
This was the most epic experience, one you should not leave NZ without checking off your list! We took a ski plane on the Grand Circle to see the Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well and the Hochstetter Icefall and of course Mount Cook! INCREDIBLE!
I can't say enough about the inflite team and my experience, thank you Hannah for you're excellent help in organizing my flight and your welcoming smile and Pete, my pilot, for the grand tour of mount cook!
Written 9 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

SnowGremlin
Hemel Hempstead, UK21 contributions
Awesome experience
Mar 2018 • Couples
Perfect conditions meant an incredible flight around Mt. Cook with great views of the Mt. Itself, Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and 20 minutes landing on the Tasman glacier. Stunning scenery, loads of photo’s and long standing memories. Although it’s a lot of money it is well worth it and would do it again.
Written 20 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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kiwifamilythree
kiwifamilythree
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Awesome Plus !!
Wow! What an amazing trip. We were so lucky to have an amazing pilot. He kept the helicopter very steady the who
amandasargeant
amandasargeant
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Bucket List items getting ticked
For me this was a chance to tick off two of my bucket list items all in one - ride in a helicopter and stand on a g
Nicholas Y
Nicholas Y
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Fanastic experience, absolute must do
There is no scenic flight in New Zealand which matches the awesomeness of the flight around the glaciers including
michaelsT4954AU
michaelsT4954AU
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Stunning adventure
I thoroughly recommend this activity. We flew the grand traverse from Mt Cook village & landed on the top of Franz
Pippi1980
Pippi1980
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HELICOPTER TASMAN TASTER INFLITE
My partner and I had this experience, the Tasman Taster flight in the helicopter with the glacier landing! Locatio
Linda M
Linda M
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Ski Plane flight landing on the Tasman Glacier
This was the highlight of our South Island trip. Spectacular views of the area. Fantastic to land of a glacier a
MarkRankin07
MarkRankin07
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Top notch
Great friendly staff, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Perfect way to top of a trip in twizel. An experience you wont
JessieChapman
JessieChapman
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Best xmas present ever!
This is rated by my 15 year old daughter as "the best thing I have ever done in my life". I bought the jump for her
Michaela_Jewson
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Such a unique expreience flying in a Ski Plane
We had an absolutely incredible experience out in a Ski Plane with our pilot Dan. We flew from Queenstown with Glen
ShelleyC687
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Absolutely brilliant!!!
I had the best trip! My first time in this part of New Zealand and what a way to start. Really appreciated the c
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Sky diving
Spontaneously called in while driving past to see if they had a free spot, super accommodating and within 20 mins w
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Amazing!
AMAZING! 3 jumpers, including me, all first timers. Was a very hit and miss weekend with the weather that we got. I
ltwoa
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"A must do - Perfect present"
This was a 21st present for my daughter who has travelled and very adventurous. It was perfect. The staff amazing
SharonM5071
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15,000ft of smiles
Thanks to the excellent team at Skydive Mt Cook, I was able to exceed my expectations of a first tandem skydive on
2innz
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NZ’ers- do this!!
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