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Meet your pilot-guide and get outfitted with the necessary equipment, including glacier boots and an ice axe. Then board the helicopter and put on a provided 2-way headset that allows you to hear your pilot's commentary about the sights. As you take off, enjoy stunning views of Mt Cook (aka Aoraki, the native Maori name) and the Southern Alps, and then fly high above Tasman Glacier, an impressive 17-mile-long (27-km) natural wonder. While you look down, note the waters of Tasman Lake, which started forming in the 1970s due to melting glacial ice; it now measures more than 4 miles long (7 km), and scientists predict that it will continue to grow from more glacier melt. After soaring over snowcapped mountains and pristine blue and white ice, you'll land high up on the glacier. Hop out of the helicopter and begin your 2-hour hike, following your guide through the spectacular frozen landscape and gaining access to areas that normally only skilled mountaineers can reach. Tromp over the ice to see dramatic pinnacles, ice caves, crevasses and seracs, all the while learning about the history and geology of Tasman Glacier. If conditions allow, you can duck into an ice cave to experience the otherworldly blue ice from the inside. You may also have the chance to taste pure glacier water and peer into deep crevasses. Enjoy plenty of time for photo ops during your hike, and then return to your helicopter for the ride back to town. Your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel. Safety and helicopters: The local tour operator uses well-maintained, high-quality equipment and boasts an excellent safety record. Your enjoyment and safety always come first. Aircraft: The fleet of modern Airbus helicopters specifically configured for flying in New Zealand's outstanding National Parks, glaciers, lakes, mountains and valleys. The Helicopter Line has the highest levels of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of the operations.
Safety and helicopters:The local tour operator uses well-maintained, high-quality equipment and boasts an excellent safety record. Your enjoyment and safety always come first. The helicopter fleet consists almost entirely of modern Airbus helicopters, which carry six passengers plus the pilot. The open-plan cabin means that all seats have excellent views, an ideal set-up for scenic flights. The local tour operator has the top-level certification from the Civil Aviation Authority for helicopter tours. The professionally trained pilots have expertise in flying over New Zealand’s alpine environment, and the entire crew is dedicated to your safety both on the ground and in the air.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of gear (glacier boots, crampons, socks, ice axe, waterproof jacket)
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Not wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Minimum age is 8 years
It is recommended that you wear sturdy footwear and bring warm layers
Moderate level of fitness is required
Subject to favorable weather conditions; if canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
Please note: Walking among ice caves is usually part of the tour but all activities are dependent on the weather
What to bring
Warm upper-body clothing (preferably 3-4 layers)
Leggings or light trousers; although shorts are acceptable
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Waterproof jacket (provided if you don't have one)
Mount Cook Airport
All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.