Mount Cook 45-Minute Scenic Flight In A Ski Plane Or Helicopter

Soar over rugged mountains and land on a glacier for a unique experience!
Mount Cook, New Zealand
45 min
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
8 ppl
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
All Ages
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Mt Cook Airport
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Best Seller
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What's Included

  • Enjoy this 45-minute scenic experience over Aoraki Mt Cook National Park!
  • Experience breathtaking views from the moment you’re in the air 
  • Choose between flying in in either a ski plane or helicopter
  • Glacier landing for 10-15 minutes
  • Depart & land at Mt Cook Airport


What You See:

  • Tasman Terminal Lake
  • Hochstetter Icefall
  • Mount Cook
  • Southern Alps


What to Expect

Experience Mt Cook National Park and the tallest mountain in New Zealand from above! This scenic flight will soar you over rugged mountain terrain and ever changing glacial landscape of the Southern Alps. The cool thing about this tour is that you get to choose between flying in a ski plane or in a helicopter!


Once in the air, the pilot will fly over the Tasman Terminal Lake so you can discover the stunning ice formations of the Hochstetter Icefall. Tasman Lake, named after Dutch explorer Abel Janszoon Tasman, is a proglacial lake formed by the recent retreat of the Tasman Glacier. In the early 1970s, there were several small meltwater ponds on the Tasman Glacier. By 1990, these ponds had merged into Tasman Lake, which you'll get to see from the ski plane or helicopter. Get your camera out to snap a pic of the incredible Hochstetter Icefall! Then the pilot will fly you beneath the east face of Aoraki Mt Cook and land in the upper reaches of the Tasman Glacier to enjoy the natural quiet of the magnificent Southern Alps.

Enjoy the scenic beauty of Mount Cook and the national park surrounding it from take-off to landing. The ski planes, in particular, were designed by Harry Wiggly in the 1950s. Although fixed skis used for snow takeoffs and landings were in existence, retractable skis had not yet been developed. Fixed skis were not practicable at Mount Cook Airfield, where snow remains on the runway for a limited time during the winter. On September 20, 1955, Harry Wigley piloted an Auster aircraft as the first ski plane using a retractable ski. Modern advancements made the planes more innovative and today, the tour operates a fleet of Cessna 185 and Pilatus Porter PC6 aircraft.


From the seat of a ski plane or helicopter, enjoy the views of the snow-capped mountains, the bright blue colours of the glacier lake, and the lush green vegetation during a 45-minute flight. Not many people can say they've flown over the Southern Alps as such an intimate experience! Be one of the few. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Ski Plane Cessna 185 (3 seats); Ski Plane Pilatus Porter (8 seats); AS350 Helicopter (6 seats)

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The tour will do its best to work with you to reschedule your flight to suit your travel plans.

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Both aircraft have the same flight path and landing sites on the Tasman Glacier. The ski plane will shut down the engine on every landing so you can fully appreciate the 'natural quiet' of the alpine environment. As one of only a few places in the world that offer this kind of product, a ski plane flight is a truly unique and memorable experience.

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All you will need is a light sweater or jacket, sunglasses, closed-in shoes and a camera.

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  • Infants 3 years old and under and free but must sit on a parents knee (seatbelt extension provided)
  • Children 4 years old and over are child price and must have their own seat
  • Ages 13 years and older require an adult priced ticket
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Yes, this flight lands on the glacier. If snow conditions are unsuitable, the tour has alternate sites or overflight options available. You will have 10 to 15 minutes on the snow. This is plenty of time to take photos, play in the snow and absorb the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The operation of the flight Itinerary will be subject to conditions and any additional terms and conditions of the Operator, which shall be read in conjunction with and form part of these conditions.
  • The tour will ensure that all passengers to be carried are made aware of the conditions and any additional terms and conditions of the Operator before the commencement of each flight of the Flight Itinerary.
  • If the Aircraft, for any reason, whether before or after the commencement of the Flight Itinerary, becomes incapable of undertaking or continuing all or part of the Flight Itinerary, the Operator may at its absolute discretion substitute one or more aircraft of the same or another type and the provisions of the Agreement shall apply to the substituted aircraft.
  • The Charterer must ensure that all passengers obey all lawful commands given by Ithe tour, the Operator, and the pilot for the duration of the flight as contemplated in the Flight Itinerary

Cancellation Policy:

The guest may cancel the booking at any time prior to the first SDT of the Flight Itinerary by notice in writing to the tour company. Upon such cancellation, the guest will be obliged to pay to the tour, the cancellation charges set out below:

  • More than 30 days prior to first departure Nil
  • 30 to 14 days prior to first departure 20% of the Charter Price
  • Between 14 and 2 days prior to first departure 50 % of the Charter Price
  • Less than 48 hours prior to first departure 100% of the Charter Price

The tour may apply any monies already received from the guest towards such cancellation charges.

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