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Our Story

Experience Counts

Leaders in aviation tourism, Mt. Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters by INFLITE, and glacier guiding professionals Fox Glacier Guiding, have combined to create the Mt Cook Glacier Guiding experience.

We are proudly New Zealand owned and operated and have a long and safe history operating in this beautiful environment.

Among Harry Wigley’s passengers on his first retractable ski plane flight was none other than famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary. See Harry far left on the image below with Hillary on the second from left.

Saftey is paramount

Professional guiding is our business, and we love it.  All Mt. Cook Glacier Guiding Guides are constantly being reviewed and assessed internally to ensure their knowledge is up to date, and their guiding practices are of the highest quality.  Every guide, from our most seasoned to our newest guides, is subject to this. We never take safety for granted.

Our guides are either fully qualified, or in training for Hard Ice Guide and Alpine Trekking Guide certifications through the internationally recognised New Zealand Mountain Guides Association.

A Special Environment

The Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is a beautiful and natural environment. It is an area where the dramatic forces of nature are at their most spectacular, and as such, it demands respect and an acknowledgement of the risks to all visitors.

The Tasman Glacier is by far New Zealand’s loargest glacier, containing nearly one-third of all glacier ice in New Zealand! Currently, the glacier is 23km long and 1-2km wide and very deep.The glacier terminates into a glacial lake, Tasman Lake, that formed as late as 1989/90.

Our People

Leaders in aviation tourism, Mt. Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters by INFLITE and glacier guiding professionals Fox Glacier Guiding, have combined to create the Mt. Cook Glacier Guiding experience. We have a long and safe history of operating in this beautiful environment! We’re passionate about the glacier experiences we deliver and the surroundings we work and play in.

Protect our Kea

We actively support the Department of Conservation’s programme to remove lead nails from huts, to prevent any harm to our Kea population. Part of your experience cost helps fund this initiative. 

For more information and facts on this national treasure, please see the Department of Conservation and Kea Conservation websites.