Mount Cook Glacier Helihike

Heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier offers easy access to the realm of the mountaineer

Flying every fine day October to April

Explore the 'white ice' of New Zealand's longest glacier at Aoraki Mount Cook.

Includes 2 scenic helicopter flights, and glacier equipment.


Professionally Guided by Alpine Guides

With your mountain guide, you will fly high on to the “white ice” of NZ’s longest and largest glacier – the mighty Tasman.

We meet our guests at Mt Cook Airport, provide a safety briefing, and equipment check. Then we embark on a thrilling helicopter flight into the mountains.

Our helicopter flight is twice as far as at Fox or Franz Josef Glacier  - so the flight is a great value scenic experience - in addition to the ice walk.

In The Mountains

You land at 1,200 metres above sea level and spend up to 2 hours in the mountains. This is a guided interpretative trek on an amazing landscape of fluted ice, runnels, moulins, and sinuous winding streamlets.

As your crampons bite into the ice, you will trek on gentle undulating terrain, below the highest peaks of the Southern Alps (Aoraki and Mount Tasman). The snow-clad giants tower above vast ice-falls that bulldoze and grind down the mountain sides.

Your helicopter will return you safely to Mt Cook airport, flying close by the massive 1,000 metre high (3,200 feet) Hochstetter Icefall to finish your adventure.

Price: NZ$555 per person

Dates: October to 30 April

Times: daily at 10:00, 12:00, and 14:00


  • Professional guide services

  • Equipment - crampons & ice axe. Bring your own boots and jacket, or borrow ours

  • 2 x scenic helicopter flights

  • Up to 2 hours exploring the glacier

You should bring:

  • Small backpack
  • Sun glasses
  • Wind/waterproof jacket
  • Sun block and lip cream (UV is high)
  • Gloves for hand protection
  • Warm hat for cool weather, sun hat/baseball cap for warm weather

See our FAQ for more details on equipment →

Private Bookings / Different Times

Please contact us directly for information on privately arranged helihikes, or for a different departure time.

More questions?

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