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Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike
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The Tasman Glacier is Aotearoa New Zealand's longest glacier measuring at 27km long and as wide as 4km in places, so this is an experience of a lifetime to explore the ever changing ice formations that carved this wonderful landscape in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. Your journey will begin with a scenic helicopter flight to the Tasman Glacier, landing 1200m above sea level. A two hour hike with professional and experienced guides amongst epic glacial ice formations, gentle undulating terrain below the highest peaks of the Southern Alps. The snow-clad giants tower above vast icefalls that flow down the mountain sides. On the return flight, pass the Hochstetter Icefall as your adventure nears its end.
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Ages 8-99, max of 11 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: English
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  • Return Scenic Helicopter Flights
  • Glacier Landing
  • Informative pilot commentary
  • 2 hour Guided Hike on Tasman Glacier
  • Walking Poles
  • Crampons and quality Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Waterproof Jackets
  • Woolen socks
  • Entry/Admission - Tasman Glacier
What's not included
  • We recommend bringing a small backpack with snacks and drinks for the trip.


Start:
  • Mount Cook Airport, Mount Cook Road, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
    Check in is at the time of your chosen departure time. Please be at the Mount Cook Airport and head up the stairs where you will get checked in for your trip.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3434P24

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • Please note: A guided walk among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all tour activities are dependent on the weather
    • Moderate level of fitness is required
    • The maximum allowable weight for a person on a rear helicopter seat is 120kg.
    • It is recommended that you wear sturdy footwear and bring warm layers due to cold temperatures
    • 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.

    How much is Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike?
    Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike price starts from $845.29. Discover and book Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike on Tripadvisor
    What is the Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike cancellation policy?
    Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike?
    Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike is hosted by The Helicopter Line Mount Cook. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact The Helicopter Line Mount Cook on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Tasman Glacier Heli-Hike on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3434P24

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    • You'll start at
      Mount Cook Airport
      Mount Cook Road, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
      Check in is at the time of your chosen departure time. Please be at the Mount Cook Airport and head up the stairs where you will get checked in for your trip.
      See address & details
    • Pass by
      Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu)
    • 1
      Tasman Glacier
      Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
      Aerial views of the Tasman Glacier Lake and the stunning Tasman Glacier itself before landing on the Tasman Glacier for your guided hike.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • The Helicopter Line Mount Cook
      268
      New Zealand
      Joined in February 2007
    • MrsEWyrick
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Avoid this unprofessional company
      AVOID THIS UNPROFESSIONAL COMPANY. This is a nightmare company to work with. We booked a quick 20 minute ride for 11:30, only to be emailed, not called, to say that our ride had been bumped to 12pm and we needed to call them to confirm our spot. We called and left a message since nobody decided to pick up. We arrived at 11:15 and were told that we probably won't fly at 12 either but could PAY MORE and get on the 1pm flight. We were given a guarantee it would fly. So, we decided to wait around until check in for that flight after paying the required amount to 'upgrade'. We went to check in at 12:45 only to be told they cancelled it and we could wait another hour if we wanted to. We asked to speak with their manager and she decided to cancel the flight then go on break to smoke in the parking lot. After she finally decided to come back, she told us that she can't process a refund for us and to contact a completely different company. When I asked the manager if there was a NZ business complaint agency, she refused to tell me and kept avoiding giving any information. I had to find out through a Google search. We've stayed in NZ for 10 days and haven't run into such a dishonest, unprofessional company and staff as this one. Save your time and money for a better, reputable and professional company. -10/10, would never recommend.
      Written 17 April 2024
    • Joshua Z
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      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beware of bait and switch and dishonest business practices.
      We (family of 4) booked the 55 min tour through a local tour operator in Queenstown and after driving 3 hours to Mt Cook, were told due to weather that only a 40 min option would be available. Before agreeing to the downgrade, we were promised a pro-rated refund on site (Suhas) due to the shorter fight time and missed sights, and to follow up with the local tour operator directly upon return. However, upon returning to Queenstown, the refund we received was unusually small. We asked for an explanation from the tour operator and they said that only a small amount was authorized by The Helicopter Line and that we had to follow up with them directly. Since we could not determine why we received hundreds of dollars less than expected, we asked The Helicopter Line directly for additional details about how our refund was calculated. The Helicopter Line ignored my request for more details (I provided all of the prices from their website to base my prorated refund calculation on) before Hazel finally responded (after yet another email prompting) with simply “this is all we are refunding”. No further explanation, no math, nothing. I asked one more time for details and was ignored. I’ve never written a negative review on TripAdvisor before but in this case, I have the email receipts. Actual trip was fine but hard to enjoy when you are ripped off, especially when you purchased their most expensive trip package. Half a world away I have no further recourse other than to leave a review and warn others. We trusted them to do right by us and they took advantage of us. Highly recommend you book with another provider.
      Written 13 April 2024
    • ScrumptiousSolent
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing 55 minute helicopter tour!
      What a fabulous experience! Flying high over Mount Cook and Mount Tasman and then popping over the other side to see the Fox and Frank Josef glacier with distant views of the sea on the west wide of New Zealand. We landed on the Tasman glacier for about ten minutes which was a fabulous experience to appreciate the majesty of the area. And the views….oh my! There were 6 of us in the helicopter with Mike who did a great job of trying to keep the copter smooth and level at the blustery top! A fabulous experience that you should do if money allows. You won’t be disappointed! Note: no handbags or bags allowed, no peak caps, no selfie sticks or droves. Travel light with your camera or phone! There is a nice cafe at the check in station and loos too! Arrive early as you might get a change (depending on your weight) to nab the front seat!
      Written 29 March 2024
    • chishanc2024
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Not landing on great glacier
      The helicopter was only landing on a small piece of ice but not a great glacier which is out of my expectation
      Written 8 January 2024
    • SapphAnabelle
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      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience except for system around weight
      The views on this flight were incredible and I appreciated the interesting info shared by the pilot about the surrounding landscape. Would’ve appreciated hearing a bit about the local Māori history as well. Snow landing was very cool! Something I was unprepared for was (despite my husband sharing our weights ahead of time) being weighed on the day and having this written on a wristband without explanation, I assume for purpose of distributing weight evenly in the helicopter. As someone who chooses not to know my own weight this was incredibly uncomfortable and I was concerned about staff potentially reading it out loud as several of them looked at it to determine where I would sit. I suggest there are many better ways to have managed this more subtlety and hope it will be considered how this system has the potential to cause discomfort for many passengers.
      Written 22 December 2023
    • agirlwonder
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best views of Mount Cook, glaciers and gemstone-colored glacial lakes
      If the weather is partly cloudy or clear and not too windy, you really can't go wrong booking this heli flight. Seems like a lot of people book a day or two in advance and switch times to make sure their flight is confirmed (minimum 4 people). We had PERFECT weather and could see for miles and miles. Mountains, glaciers, gemstone-colored glacial lakes, braided rivers, and lots of snow! It was glorious. With that said, you, of course, don't get to pick where you sit on the helicopter as seats are assigned due to body weight. If at all possible, you want to be in a seat on the left side of the heli (opposite the pilot) at a window on the first leg of the 55 min flight for the best views. As a photographer, it was a bit disappointing to be stuck in the middle for most of the flight. We switched after our glacier landing but the views weren't as exciting on the second leg of the trip. Otherwise, it was a great trip and our pilot and everyone at The Helicopter Line was very kind and helpful. We loved the experience so much, we had hoped to book a heli hike with them the following day but they were booked up.
      Written 30 November 2023
    • susancY151DV
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing
      What a wonderful experience, Blair our pilot was very informative and friendly. Landing on the snow was awesome. Got some great pictures. Would recommend it.
      Written 27 April 2023
    • jennyj706
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful wonderland experience
      This was one of our top experiences on our 20 day journey through NZ. It was a magical wonderland. I am a little older and not too tall. So when the other nine people arrived, all young and tall, I expressed to my guide Andy, my concern for not being able to keep up. He was understanding and quite experienced as he put me right behind him. He made me feel like i was his best friend as he made sure I was safe and was able to enjoy every minute without slowing the group down. Thank you to Andy and the entire Mt Cook group for this incredible experience.
      Written 2 March 2023
    • caitlinhQ1598VZ
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Breathtaking views!
      Wonderful experience as part of our honeymoon!! Beautiful flight and great guides. The views of Mount Cook and the surrounding mountains are unreal and playing on the top of the Franz Joseph glacier was fun. Highly recommend!
      Written 2 January 2023
    • Kerry G
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highlight of the 80th birthday celebrations
      This was a real bucket list experience! We took my mum-in-law on a trip of a lifetime for her 80th birthday and this glacier flight was a real highlight. We had the loveliest pilot, Sam, with whom we felt very safe in a heli gliding over the exquisite glaciers. From the moment we walked in to the office, the lovely Dior took care of us and the professionalism continued from start to finish. Our family loved this day - my 17 year old daughter said it's one of the best things she has done and she has travelled a fair bit.
      Written 1 January 2023
    • Greg H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible time
      Loved it! From check in, to safety instructions, flight itself - staff were professional and friendly. Pilot was cool. The views are incredible. The landing on the ice was sensational as we had a fantastic view across the valley to Mt Cook. Flight back to Lake Pukaki and Tasman very interesting as well. Well worth it - once in a lifetime? I hope not....
      Written 30 December 2022
    • RaviFJ
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome scenic flight
      It was a great experience right from the time we made the booking. Staffs were professional and very friendly. The landing on the ice was great and the pilot was well informed kept narrating throughout the scenic trip.
      Written 17 December 2022
    • rttravels777
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Helihike experience
      We went with Scott and Eddy today 01/11/22. It was an amazing experience. I do have a bit of fear with flights and flying, but the whole experience felt very safe. Scott and Eddy, were both very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. They were very good guides. I’m so glad I took my water bottle to drink the glacier water. Best water I’ve had. Thank you so much! Would love to come back to do another trip.
      Written 31 October 2022
    • TravelerC_13
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Just wonderful
      We enjoyed a flight into Mount Cook region and had the luck that Mark was our pilot. He explained us the route and the mountains. A wonderful and passionate pilot! Thank you very much for such a wonderful tour! Highly recommended.
      Written 25 October 2022
    • Heffus94
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must do experience
      My husband, sister, brother-in-law and myself booked a helihike with The Helicopter Line. A thoroughly professional operation from the booking staff, pilot (Chris - 4th day on the job) and Mark (newbie getting some hands-on experience). Our guide, Scott, was amazing - so knowledgeable, helpful and oh so personable. What an incredible experience to land on and explore the Tasman Glacier with this team. We learnt so much from Scott and felt utterly safe in his hands. Such a memorable day from the sounds of the glacier and glacial walls to the brilliant icey blues of the moulin.
      Written 6 August 2022
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    Helena H
    London, UK1,117 contributions
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    Really enjoyed our heli hike experience with Troy as a guide. We saw lots of cool things on the ice and the glacial water we collected tasted so pure and fresh it was great. Would have liked it to have more of a safety briefing of what to do on the ice if something happened. It was all fine but the health and safety briefing was all about getting on and off the helicopter and nothing about the equipment that Troy was carrying or if anything happened to him. Also some bigger sizes in coats would have been appreciated and water proof trousers people got very muddy and wet through the holes in the ice.
    Written 14 February 2023
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    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, We are glad you enjoyed your Tasman Glacier Heli-hike and glad you were able to see some awesome features along the way as well as trying the fresh water from the glacier. We apologise you felt the informaation in the briefings given ws insufficient. The guides on the Ice are well trained and certified to handle different situation that may arise on the glacier. We do have emergency procedures in place as well. We will take your feedback about the water-proof trousers and the sizes of the jackets on board. This will be passed onto the team to look into any changes that can be made to make our customers feel a little more comfortable while on our Tasman Glacier Heli-hike. We hope to see you in the future for another awesome experience with us! Kind Regards, The Team at The Helicopter Line, Mt Cook
    Written 22 March 2023
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    marcusr
    Singapore, Singapore50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the best tour of the entire trip. Scott was our guide and he was safe, clear, passionate and very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience exploring the glaciers, the Mulans, the heli ride, it was simply a breathtaking trip.
    Written 20 June 2023
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    Hi Marcus. Thank you for leaving us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Tasman Glacier Heli-hike and had an awesome time with Scott, your guide. We will be sure to pass on the kind words to Scott. Thank you for joining us. We appreciate your support. Kind Regards, The Team at The Helicopter Line Mt Cook
    Written 25 June 2023
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    Ed B
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    Oct 2023 • Couples
    This was the best experience from our entire 3 week trip to New Zealand. Landing on the glacier and then hiking across it for a mile before being picked up by helicopter and flown back across the mountains was like nothing we had ever experienced before and there honestly aren't enough superlatives to describe how much we enjoyed it!

    Matt and Sam (our guides) were brilliant - super friendly, very knowledgeable and really went out of their way to ensure we had the best time possible on the trip.

    Could not recommend this enough!
    Written 29 December 2023
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    Kia Ora Ed B, We are glad you enjoyed your Tasman Glacier Heli Hike with us. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. We are thrilled to be your best experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. We have passed on the kind words to our guides. Thank you for joining us in Aoraki / Mount Cook. Kind Regards, The Team at The Helicopter Line
    Written 14 January 2024
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