Mount Cook Lodge


An adventure in the realm of the mountaineer, hiking on the white ice of the Tasman Glacier.

You land at 1,200 metres above sea level and spend up to 2 hours in the mountains. This is a guided interpretative trek on the "white ice". The terrain is an amazing landscape of fluted ice, runnels, moulins, and sinuous winding streamlets.

As your crampons bite into the ice, you will trek on gentle undulating terrain, below the highest peaks of the Southern Alps (Aoraki and Mount Tasman). The snow-clad giants tower above vast ice-falls that bulldoze and grind down the mountain sides.

Your helicopter will return you safely to Mt Cook airport flying close by the massive 1,000 metre high (3,200 feet) Hochstetter Icefall at the end of your adventure.

Our helicopter flight is twice as far as at Fox or Franz Josef Glacier - so the heli flight is a great value scenic experience, in addition to the ice walk.

Season & Departures

Mount Cook Glacier Helihike operate multiple departures daily weather permitting. Check in time is 45 minutes prior to departure.

Approx 3.5 hr trip duration with up to 2 hours on the glacier. Departing from and returning to Mt Cook Airport.

$585.00 per person

Minimum age 8 years

Price valid from 01 May 2018 - 30 April 2019

Minimum numbers required for operation

All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%)

What is supplied What to bring
Professional guide services A small backpack
Crampons & ice axe Sturdy boots (or use ours)
2 scenic helicopter flights Sunscreen, sunglasses & lip cream
suitable footwear and jacket if required Gloves, & wind/waterproof jacket
warm hat & sun hat during warm weather
Important Info
  • Online bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance to confirm availability.
  • Check-in is 45 minutes prior to the trip departure time. If people arrive 15 minutes or less before the start time we reserve the right to treat them as no-shows, as it can have a huge knock-on effect on flights for the rest of the day.
  • At least 4 guests are required to operate each Helihike. Bookings from individuals are welcome.
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 8 years
  • Weather Conditions: Mount Cook Glacier Helihike operates in a unique, alpine environment. If we are unable to operate due to weather or track conditions, an alternative trip time, similar value product or full refund will be offered.
  • Cancellation Policy: Within 48 hours before departure - loss of 50% of total price.  Within 24 hours before departure - loss of 100% of total price

This activity is provided by Alpine Guides and Hermitage acts as a booking agent