Tasman Glacier Heli hike

Hike and explore the 'white ice' of New Zealand's longest glacier at Aoraki Mount Cook. Heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier offers easy access to the realm of the mountaineer.

With your mountain guide, you will fly high on to the “white ice” of NZ’s longest and largest glacier – the mighty Tasman. You land at 1,200 metres above sea level and spend up to 2 hours in the mountains.

Includes: 2 scenic helicopter flights, professional guide service and glacier equipment.

Flying every fine day October to April.

Professionally Guided by Alpine Guides

We meet our guests at Mount 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.

An amazing landscape of ice

This is a guided interpretative trek on an amazing landscape of fluted ice, runnels, moulins, and sinuous winding streamlets.

You will trek on gentle undulating terrain, as your crampons bite into the ice below the highest peaks of the Southern Alps (Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman).

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



TIMES: DAILY AT 09:00, 11:00, AND 13:00


  • 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


  • 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 the FAQ for more details on equipment.

Tasman Glacier Heli Hike is a joint venture with The Helicopter Line.