Meet your pilot-guide aboard the helicopter and hear narration about the sights via a 2-way headset as you take off toward Tasman Glacier. Soar high above Aoraki/Mt Cook, the tallest peak among New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and look down upon the country’s largest glacier, including the milky blue waters of Tasman Lake, formed from glacial melt.
Upon landing atop the remote Tasman Glacier, disembark the helicopter and follow your guide on a glacier trek. Walk across a pristine alpine wonderland of dramatic ice-blue pinnacles, crevasses and seracs—normally only reached by skilled mountaineers.
If conditions allow, you can duck into an ice cave for an experience like no other. Your guide shares fascinating facts about the glacier’s geological history and its potential future, and offers a taste of pure glacier water.
Be sure to snap plenty of photos of the otherworldly landscape before re-boarding the helicopter for your return flight back to town, where you’re transferred from the base to 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.
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.