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Tasman Glacier

Tasman Glacier Sightseeing Flight

From the foothills of Mount Cook National Park you can take a spectacular scenic ski-plane flight which will take you up the length of the Tasman Glacier before landing on the newly fallen snow near the top. Your pilot will point out the impressive geographical features of a rarely-visited glacier that you simply would not see were you just to approach it on foot.

Landing on the glacier itself you have time to take photos and absorb the incredible scenery. One of the biggest surprises in this all-white environment is the total distortion of scale — when you land next to what had seemed a small stone below, you will realise that it is a boulder many times the size of your plane.

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Other experiences in Mount Cook National Park

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • Glacier Boat Cruise
    Glacier cruise, Mount Cook National Park

    Glacier Boat Cruise

    Glacier Boat Cruise

    This three-hour tour of Lake Tasman, and the front edge of New Zealand's largest glacier, is a unique opportunity to learn about this incredible remnant of the Ice Age.

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  • Sightseeing flight over Mount Cook
    The Grand Traverse of Mount Cook, West Coast

    Sightseeing flight over Mount Cook

    Sightseeing flight over Mount Cook

    This unique flight encompasses Aoraki (Mount Cook), Westland and Tai Poutini national parks, traversing 200 kilometres of New Zealand's most beautiful and spectacular alpine scenery.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.