Mount Cook scenic heli flight with glacier landing
Mount Cook scenic heli flight with glacier landing
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
  • Duration
    40 min
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Franz Josef Glacier provides some of the most stunning ‘ice architecture’ of any Glacier in the world. The Glacier was in a state of advance until 2008 when it started retreating. Following a spectacular collapse of the terminal face in 2012, it is now only accessible by helicopter.

The Franz Josef Glacier is known as ‘Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere’ in Maori which means ‘The Tears of Hinehukatere.’ As the legend goes, Hinihukatere had a passion and skill for climbing. Whilst not shared by her lover, Wawe, he liked to be by her side so ventured forth anyway. However, an avalanche soon swept him from the peaks to an untimely death. Hinihukatere was heartbroken and the tears flowed uncontrollably but as they flowed down the mountain they froze, forming the glacier.

The ultimate glacial experience - this flight tours covers it all! Glacial icefalls, crevasses and formations, views from the coast to mountain tops – you get to see both glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peak. Cross the Southern Alps spine and circle the top of magnificent Mt Cook. Topped off with a spectacular snow landing, this is the best helicopter experience on the West Coast!

minimum 4 y/o
Cancellation policy: 
strict1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made
Special terms

Please call 24 hours prior to departure to reconfirm your booking.

Check-in time is 30 minutes prior to departure.

All flights are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions.

*The meeting time can be changed according to weather conditions.


Adult (15+) = 490NZD

Children (4 - 14) = 343NZD

Infant (0 - 3) = 245NZD

  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Helicopter
  • Pilot
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Sunglasses and a light jacket or jumper
  • Sturdy footwear and a camera
Meeting point
20 Main South Road, Franz Josef Glacier, 7886 Get directions
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