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Tasman Glacier Heli Hike from Queenstown

Spend an epic day among the glaciers of the Southern Alps, including return scenic flights from Queenstown plus a heli-hike on Tasman Glacier.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration
Duration
6 hrs
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
8 years
Meals
Meals
Not included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Queenstown

What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A full-day tour to the Southern Alps, including both fixed-wing & helicopter flights
  • Return fixed-wing aircraft flights between Queenstown & Mount Cook, taking a different route back via Mt. Aspiring if possible, with guaranteed window seats
  • A heli-hike to Tasman Glacier, with 2 hrs to 2 hrs 30 min of time on the ice & scenic helicopter flights to & from the glacier
  • Use of all necessary equipment for your glacier hike, including crampons, boots, socks, & ice axes
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Queenstown accommodation

What's Excluded

  • Lunch

What to Expect

Relish the opportunity to hike the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in New Zealand, on this epic day out in the Southern Alps. 

 

Beginning with pick-ups from selected Queenstown accommodation, you'll then board a fixed-wing flight from Queenstown to Mt Cook. You'll fly over the Southern Alps, home to over 3,000 small glaciers, to the Tasman Glacier on the east. 

 

On arrival at Mount Cook Airport, your guide will accompany you to your check-in with the helicopter and guiding partners, who will provide you with all necessary equipment and a safetybriefing.

 

Then, with your professionalglacier guide, you will fly high via scenic helicopter flight onto the "white ice" of New Zealand's longest and largest glacier – the mighty Tasman (Huapapa).

 

Here, you'll be fitted with crampons for your time on the glacier ice, exploring icecaves and seeing the natural, ever-changing wonders of the South Island's glaciers. This guided interpretative trek is on an incredible landscape of fluted ice, runnels, moulins, and sinuous winding streamlets. You will explore the gently undulating terrain as your crampons bite into ancient ice. The highest peaks of the Southern Alps, Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, tower above you.

 

Your helicopter returns you safely to Mt. Cook Airport, flying close to the massive 1,000-metre high (3,200 feet) Hochstetter Icefall to finish your incredible adventure.

 

At the end of your glacier experience, the adventure continues with your fixed-wing aircraft flight back to Queenstown. If the weather and conditions permit, your pilot will take an alternate route back, passing by Tititea/Mount Aspiring.

 

Where we Visit:

  • Southern Alps
  • Tasman Glacier
  • Mt Cook Airport

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sunglasses 
  • Sun block and lip cream (UV is high)
  • 3–4 layers of warm upper body clothing (jeans are not recommended on wet days, as they become very cold and uncomfortable to wear)
  • A daypack, a drink & snacks are useful
  • A warm hat and gloves.
  • A Camera
  • Light snacks or lunch
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If the weather isn't suitable to safely conduct the flight, you will have the option to rebook for the next available time or receive a full refund. If the weather is safe to fly but will be turbulent, you will have the option of flying, rebooking, or receiving a full refund.

The Operator is able to fly approximately 70% of the days in the summer and winter, and 55% of the days in the spring and fall.

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Most healthy people with ‘street’ level fitness should enjoy this activity. Lack of physical fitness and medical conditions may affect your ability to safely take part in, or complete a trip.

 

Heli Hiking is classified as an ‘adventure activitiy'. It has a low to moderate degree of risk. This tour operates in natural mountain features that present certain physical hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to:

  • Uneven and icy terrain and slopes
  • Natural, uncontrolled terrain features
  • Potential exposure to cold
  • Potential exposure to UV light

 

Guests should be confident walking on uneven terrain. The Operator reserves the right to shorten or cancel trips for guests whose fitness or ability is not appropriate. If you are unable to complete the activity, you will not be entitled to a refund.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:

  • A minimum of three passengers is required for this tour
  • The pilot in command is responsible for the safety of the aircraft and everyone on board at all times. Service can be refused if the pilot's instructions are not complied with
  • The Operator is required to ensure that the aircraft is operated within its maximum weight limitations and the aircraft’s centre of gravity is within limits. The Operator, therefore, requests passenger weights at the time of booking to assist with operational planning and managing seat availability and to provide a great customer experience. Please ensure you inform your weight (including any luggage), especially if any passengers are 100kg or 260lb or over, prior to the date of travel. Any deviation of weight could result in the flight being rescheduled and/or a surcharge applied
  • On the helicopter, any guests 120 kg or more will require the use of 2 seats. This will incur an additional 50% charge. The maximum allowable weight for a person on a rear helicopter seat is 150 kg
  • Passenger seat allocation is at the pilot's discretion due to the weight and balance of the aircraft
  • The minimum age is 8 years and 35kg & children must have a minimum shoe size is EU 32, US 2.5, 200 mm, NZ/AU/UK size 2

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations by the operator due to weather will be fully refunded
  • Changes or cancellations made with more than 24 hours warning incur no penalties
  • Cancellations made within 24 hours prior to your reserved flight incur a 50% cancellation fee and in the case of a "no show" The Operator will charge you the full cost of the flight

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