• 5 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 9 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Certain Hotels Pick Up

Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike Adventure

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Fly in to the top of Tasman Glacier by ski plane and hike New Zealand's largest glacier!

Your adventure starts with a flight over the immense beauty of the upper snowfield of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. As you fly in to 2200 metres (7200 ft) aboard your 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!

If you have never tried snowshoeing in New Zealand, 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, your guide 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. You'll have up to 3 hours on the ice to explore, and in a small group of a maximum of 6 people, your guide will always be close at hand.

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. 

Book your Tasman Glacier Ski Plane Flight and Hike Adventure online with us today!

Basic information:

  • Hike level (difficulty): elementary/moderate
  • Flight Length: 12 minutes each way (approximately)

  • Departure time :8:15 am and 11:30 am

  • Duration: 5 hours (including approximately 3 hours of time on the ice)

  • Availability: all year round

  • Group size: the maximum group size is 6 people per guide

  • Fitness level: low/moderate

  • Maximum weight: 116kg

Assembling arrangement:
  • Meeting point: Aoraki Mt Cook Airport, Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, State Highway 80, 7999, New Zealand.

  • Please check-in at least 20 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.

  • As this activity has strictly scheduled flight times, refunds are not available if you miss your scheduled departure time.

  • Pick-up is available from Mt Cook village, Pick up hotel: Aoraki Court Motel, Mt CookAlpine Lodge, Mt Cook DOC, Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Lodge, Mt Cook YHA. However is subject to availability.


  • There is no child price for this activity.

  • Children aged 0 – 11 are not allowed to join this activity.
  • A minimum of 3 people is required for a trip to depart (if you have less than 3 people in your group, the operator will do their best to put you on a trip with other people).
  • Pregnant women, elderly people, customers who weigh over 115kg and customers with physical disabilities are unable to take part in this activity.
  • No prior hiking experience is required for this activity.
  • Physical ability: While no previous experience is necessary, a good level of fitness and agility is required. 
  • English ability: You must have very good English in order to participate in this activity. This experience uses technical equipment to travel on raw glacier terrain. As you are out all day learning to use this equipment and navigating natural features it is mandatory that you can communicate, comprehend and follow instructions to a very high level. This is for everyone's safety and presently instruction is only given in English.
  • Please note that from time to time, depending on environmental conditions the ski-plane maybe substituted for a helicopter.
  • If you're opting to participate in this activity during the peak season (November to March), make sure to book well in advance. If you want to go hiking in the same group as your companions, do not book separately.
  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance which includes covers this activity.
  • We recommend booking your flights early in your trip with flexibility for weather changes. We don't want you to miss out!

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
  • Daypack, drink and snacks 
  • A warm hat
  • A Camera
  • Note: Drones are illegal to use in the area. Please leave it in the car if you have one.

What the supplier provides:

  • Socks

  • Quality Leather Boots
  • Adjustable Walking Poles
  • Harness
  • Water Proof Jacket
  • Water Resistant Over-trousers
  • Snow Shoes and/or Crampons
  • Gloves
  • Gaiters
How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • The supplier's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 6 days before use.
  • 50% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-5 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • This activity is subject to favourable weather conditions; if cancelled due to poor weather, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
  • Q:What''re the differences between this tour and Tasman Glacier Helicopter and Hike Adventure tour? Can you explain?
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. On this tour you'll fly on a ski plane for a duration of 5 hours (including approximately 3 hours of time on the ice). On the Tasman Glacier Helicopter and Hike Adventure, you'll fly on a helicopter for a duration of 3 hours (including approximately 2 hours of time on the ice). If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, June.
  • Q:Hi, is pickups from hotels around the Mount Cook village included in this package?
    A:Hi, thank you for your question. Pick-up is available from Mt Cook village, Pick up hotel: Aoraki Court Motel, Mt Cook Alpine Lodge, Mt Cook DOC, Mt Cook Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Lodge, Mt Cook YHA. However is subject to availability. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Sandy

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