tasman Glacier Heli Hike
Hike and explore the 'white ice' of New Zealand's longest glacier at Aoraki Mount Cook. Heli-hiking on the Tasman Glacier with Alpine Guides offers easy access to the realm of the mountaineer.
With your professional glacier guide, you will fly high onto the “white ice” of New Zealand's longest and largest glacier – the mighty Tasman (Huapapa).
We meet at Mount Cook Airport, provide a safety briefing, and check equipment - then embark on a thrilling helicopter flight into the mountains.
Want to spent more time on the glacier and do a private trip? Check out our "Ice Trek" option.
An Amazing Landscape of Ice
This guided interpretative trek is on an amazing 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.
Tasman Glacier Heli Hike highlights
2 scenic helicopter flights
Professional guide service
Boots and crampons
Warm jackets, hats, gloves and socks - if required
Up to 2 hours on the ice of New Zealand’s longest glacier
Helicopter flights are twice as long as at Franz or Fox Glaciers
Hike at over 1,200 m above sea level
Amazing close-up views of New Zealand’s highest peaks
Gear Provided and What to Bring
Boots, crampons or snowshoes, warm jackets, hats, gloves and socks.
Sun block and lip cream (UV is high)
Warm hat and gloves for cool days
Sun protection for warm weather.
+ Booking Terms and Conditions
Helihiking is a weather dependent activity. We reserve the right to cancel the hike if weather is not safe/suitable for the helicopter or walking.
You may transfer to another time-slot or day, if space, weather, and itineraries allow.
Alpine Guides reserves the right to change the duration of the Helihike around changing weather conditions. We reserve the right to adjust scheduled times due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.
If a hike is cancelled early due to changing weather conditions, the following refunds apply.
- Flight cancelled: Full refund
- Less than one hour on the ice: $100 refund
- More than one hour on the ice: No refund
There is a strict 100% charge for no-shows. Cancellations made within 24 hours (when flying is possible) – full payment will be applied.
Cancellations should be made by phone, email, or in person.
For all telephone bookings, we require credit card details to secure your booking. This credit card will incur the relevant charges (as above), should you cancel inside of 24 hours of the trip.
Helihiking requires a minimum of 4 guests at each time slot, and on each helicopter load to operate.
Bookings are accepted on the basis that reservations will be coordinated to achieve minimum numbers.
Customers may transfer to another time-slot or day if space and itineraries allow, in order to meet minimum numbers
Check in Time
Check in time is at the advertised time of the activity. Late arrivals disrupt the trip for other customers and delays their flight and subsequent flights. Arrivals 30 minutes or more after the scheduled departure time will be considered as a no-show and cancellation fees may apply.
Safety and Hazards
It is important that you understand the hazards when participating in this activity. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.
Heli Hiking is classified as an ‘adventure activitiy'. It has a low to moderate degree of risk. While all precautions are taken to minimise risk we cannot absolutely guarantee your safety.
We operate 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
All guests receive a briefing on helicopter safety prior to boarding.
Health & Fitness
Most healthy people with ‘street’ level fitness should enjoy this activity.
Health and fitness may limit your ability to take part on a Heli Hike or Heli Snowshoe trip. We request knowledge of pre-existing medical conditions, including medication, on your booking sheet and when completing your registration before flying.
Lack of physical fitness and medical conditions may affect your ability to safely take part in, or complete a trip.
We reserve 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.
People less than 18 years old must have registration forms completed by an accompanying adult. Supervising adults must accompany the child.
Children must be:
Minimum age: least 8 years (minimum shoe size is EU 32, US 2.5, 200 mm, NZ/AU/UK size 2)
Confident on uneven terrain
Able to follow instructions
We reserve the right to change these requirements due to glacier/snow and weather conditions.
There is no child rate. An adult aircraft seat is occupied and the guiding responsibilities are unchanged.
Weight Restrictions: Any guests 120 kg or more will require the use of 2 seats. This will incur an additional 50% charge.
Maximum weight: the maximum allowable weight for a person on a rear helicopter seat is 150 kg.
Pregnancy: so long as there are no health issues associated with exercise, if a pregnant person can travel safely by airline they can participate on a helihike.
You must be 18 years or older to make a Helihike booking. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian traveling with you must complete your registration form prior to the Helihike.