The Wigley: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

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FITNESS LEVEL
Low/Moderate
DURATION
5 Hours from 1 October 2017
DEPARTURE TIMES
8:15 am and 11:30 am

OVERVIEW

Heli Hike to the Top of Tasman Glacier

Explore the immense beauty of the upper snowfield of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier, this is where its 23 kilometre journey begins. As you fly in to 2200 metres (7200 ft.) aboard either a helicopter or ski plane, marvel at the rock and ice debris transform to glistening white. Get ready to explore the glacier by walking, hiking and snowshoeing, you may even see an iceberg in the glacier lake!

All Glacier Exploring Equipment Included

If you have never tried snowshoeing in NZ now is the time to give it a go, snowshoeing is a great way to confidently make your way across snow covered terrain. Once on the glacier we will provide you with snowshoes or crampons, adjustable walking poles, harnesses and any additional equipment you may need. After your gear is fitted you are ready to explore the ice formations in this ever-changing environment; you’re in the heart and birthplace of New Zealand mountaineering. 

Tasman Glacier Heli Hike – An Experience You Will Remember

Your flight home tracks down the eastern side of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook and the stunning Hochstetter icefall. You’ll return home with incredible memories of your Tasman Glacier hike in this vast mountain landscape.
This experience is named in honour of Harry Wigley, pilot and pioneer of the retractable ski for glacier and airfield landings.
Although the Haupapa/Tasman glacier is the primary landing site this may vary depending upon environmental conditions.

Important – Please Make Sure That You Arrive on Time for Your Trip

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to travel to our base at the Aoraki/Mt Cook Airport, Mt Cook Road, State Highway 80 safely.
We have strict scheduled fly times so are unable to delay a trip departure if you are running late.

Flight Length
18 mins each way (approx)
Ice Time
up to 3 hours
Availability
All Year Round
Guide Ratio
1:6

WHAT TO BRING

  • 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing (jeans are not recommended on wet days, as they become very cold and uncomfortable to wear).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection .
  • A daypack, a drink and snacks are useful.
  • A warm hat and gloves.
  • A Camera
      • WHAT WE PROVIDE
        • Socks
        • Quality Leather Boots
        • Adjustable Walking Poles
        • Harness
        • Water Proof Jacket
        • Water Resistant Overtrousers
        • Snow Shoes
        • Gloves

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PRICING

Adult NZ$575.00 (GST Incl)
Children There is no child rate
Child Age Minimum age is 10 years
Cost includes two scenic flights, guide, quality leather boots, socks, gators, snow shoes, harness (if required), adjustable walking poles, jacket and over-trousers, gloves (an extra insulation layer is provided during winter)

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