The Adventurer: Tasman Glacier Heli Hike


Up to 3 hours


Up to 2 hours

Fitness Level:



No experience required

Minimum Age:

10 years

Tour Times:

8:45am, 10:45 am, 12:45pm
Check In 10 mins. before meeting guided trip


SAVE $120PP with promo code MCGGDOM20
$619 $499 per adult
$619 $499 per child (10-16)

Valid until 30 September 2022.

The Adventurer: Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

Combine the excitement of walking on New Zealand’s biggest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, with the thrill of breathtaking scenic helicopter fly-bys of New Zealand’s largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. You will fly in to your drop off point on a remote part of the glacier.

All glacier exploring equipment is included. In summer, your guide will outfit you with special ice spikes for your feet, called crampons, designed for hard ice glacier conditions. During the winter months, you will be able to use crampons, try snowshoeing or a combination of both.

Once your crampons or snowshoes are fitted you’ll go exploring the amazing ice formations, following your guide as they cut steps in the glacier, using skills handed down from NZ’s mountain pioneers. Your trip finishes with another spectacular scenic flight back to our Aoraki/Mt. Cook base.

As the glacier is changing all the time our experienced guides are always finding something new and interesting to show our visitors. Time on the ice is up to 2 hours, weather permitting.


Any Essential Medication

3 – 4 layers of warm upper body clothing 

A warm hat and gloves

Sunglasses and sun protection 

A drink and snacks are useful

A daypack

A Camera

Jeans are not recommended


Quality leather boots



Crampons/ Snowshoes

Harness (if required)

Walking poles

Waterproof Jacket



We recommend you book in advance so you don’t miss out on this amazing experience. You can easily book with us online, or contact us via phone or email. 

We suggest booking for your first day in Mt. Cook, as our experiences are weather dependent. 

Check-in time is 10 minutes before meeting guided trip.

Absolutely no experience is needed for any of our trips. Our guides will provide specialist equipment and professional instruction to quickly have you exploring the glacier with confidence.

Can you walk up and down a flight of stairs without holding the handrail? Can you walk at a moderate pace, starting and stopping, for up to 2 hours? At times we might have to walk on steeper steps with a handrail for balance.

Yes, we require 3 people for this trip to go ahead. If you have less than 3 people in your group, we will do our best to put you on a trip with other people. If minimum numbers are not met, we can accommodate private trips at an additional cost. For more details, contact us.

For this trip, you need to bring any essential medication, 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing, sunglasses and sun protection, a drink and snacks, and a camera. No drones are allowed and jeans are not recommended.

On this trip, we provide leather boots, socks, gaiters, crampons/snowshoes, harness (if required), walking poles, a waterproof jacket, overtrousers, and a great day on the ice!

Aoraki/Mt Cook Village is located on the eastern side of the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri O te Moana in the McKenzie Country Region.  It is home to most of New Zealand’s big mountains over 3,000m including the tallest, Aoraki/Mt Cook at 3724m.

Weather in this alpine environments is subject to rapid change and temperatures can vary accordingly.

Weather and cloud levels can change within a matter of minutes. This is why our weather checks are not made until 10 minutes before your departure time.

There is an individual weight restriction of 116 kg/256 pounds for our experiences as they utilise either helicopters or ski planes. Please contact us on or 0800 68 2665 if you would like to join a trip and are over this weight limit.

No. Please leave your drone behind. It is illegal to fly a drone in Mt. Cook as it is within a National Park.

If you fly a drone, it will be confiscated and you will be fined $5,000. For rules on flying drones in New Zealand, please reference

If for some reason you need to cancel your trip, then let us know as soon as possible. Most of our trips are fully refundable provided we receive your cancellation request twenty-four (24) hours prior to the reporting time. Please see the Terms and Conditions section on this website for more details.

In the event New Zealand goes into Alert Level 3 or 4, you will receive a 100% refund.

All visitors to Mt. Cook Glacier Guiding MUST:

  1. Be double-vaccinated (for those aged over 12) and show their government ‘My Vaccine Pass’ on arrival.
  2. Sanitise their hands and sign in using the NZ COVID Tracer App.
  3. Wear a mask in all indoor areas – including reception, our boot room, and inside the helicopter/ski plane.
  4. Comply with any additional public health measures (including social distancing) that are in place at the time of your visit.

Please find more questions and answers on our FAQ Page.

Queenstown Heli Hike

If you’re staying in Queenstown, you can fly with our partners Glenorchy Air, who will provide a round-trip flight.

We are OPEN under the Orange setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, with extra safety precautions in place. Learn more here.