Mt. Cook Day trip from Queenstown by Scenic Flight

Take a scenic flight over New Zealand's Southern Alps and land at one of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park’s famous airstrips
Queenstown, New Zealand
7 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
9am to 4pm
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
6 per aircraft
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Queenstown & Mount Cook Airstrip

What's Included

  • Guaranteed window seat with unimpaired views over the Southern Alps
  • 2hr 15min scenic flight to and from Mt Cook from Queenstown
  • A knowledgeable, highly-skilled local pilot will provide interesting and informative commentary
  • Experience unparalleled aerial views of Aoraki | Mt Cook, plus three of the country's most spectacular glaciers, all in one breathtaking flight
  • Marvel at the most remarkable glaciers New Zealand has to offer - Fox and Franz Josef glaciers on the west coast and the Tasman glacier within Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
  • Land in Mt. Cook National Park at Aoraki/Mt. Cook Airport on the picturesque outskirts of Mt. Cook Village
  • Spend up to 4 hours on the ground exploring
  • Check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Centre or venture out and walk the famous Hooker Valley Track.
  • Complimentary shuttles to and from central Queenstown available in our comfortable 2019 Hiace Vans

What's Excluded

  • Helicopter snow landings on the glacier can also be arranged at an additional cost


Why do we love this

Seeing New Zealand from the sky allows us to recognise just how beautiful this country actually is! Get to see 360-degree views of the huge, snowy mountains that make up this region.

What to Expect

Embark on an adventure and enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight from Queenstown landing at Mt Cook where you have the option to choose how you'd like to spend your day.

Enjoy uninterrupted views from your window seat of of our fixed wing aircraft as we orbit the summit ridge of Mount Cook; New Zealand's highest mountain standing at 3,724 metres. Marvel at the most remarkable glaciers New Zealand has to offer. 

Touching down at Aoraki/Mt. Cook Airport on the outskirts of Mt. Cook Village, you'll have the chance to spend up to 4 hours on the ground to explore.

Add on a helicopter or ski plane glacier landing with Mt. Cook Ski Planes and Helicopters by INFLITE on the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest glacier – additional costs apply.


Based at Queenstown Airport, Glenorchy Air is conveniently located inside the Main Terminal Building across from arrivals baggage claim, but also offer complimentary shuttles from central Queenstown.

Frequently Asked Questions

We suggest you bring the following with you on your tour:

  • Any essential medication
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Camera - make sure it's fully charged
  • Warm clothing layers
  • Sensible foot wear is essential
  • Bottle of water
02019-02-13 16:17:16
2019-02-13 16:17:161

Flights between Queenstown and Mt. Cook are approximately 1 hour 15minutes as you take in the scenery on the west coast (Fox and Fran Josef glaciers). The return flight is just under 1 hour.



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No, but there are food options available for purchase once you land in Mt. Cook. You are also welcome to bring any snacks of your own. 

02019-02-13 16:15:35
2019-02-13 16:15:351

No. As you are travelling in a fixed-wing aircraft, you are unable to land on glaciers. Your landing for this trip will be on a runway/airstrip on the outskirts of Mt. Cook Village.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The Pilot in command is responsible for the safety of the aircraft and everyone on board at all times. Service can be refused if the Pilots' instructions are not complied with.

  • Given alpine flying conditions, Glenorchy Air reserves the right to alter the flight paths, durations, or cancel flights due to weather and safety considerations. If we cannot fly due to adverse weather conditions, we will attempt to reschedule depending on the passenger's schedule and flight availability. If we cannot reschedule, passengers will be refunded. 

  • We are required to make sure that the aircraft is operated within its maximum weight limitations and the aircraft’s center of gravity is within limits. We, therefore, request passenger weights at the time of booking, to assist us operationally in planning and managing seat availability and to provide a great customer experience. 

  • Please ensure you inform us of your weight, especially if any passengers are 120kg or 260lb or over, prior to the date of travel. Passengers seat allocation is at the Pilots' discretion due to the weight and balance of the plane.

  • Minimum passenger numbers apply

  • Passengers must call the supplier 1 hour before their flight time to confirm their flight and weather conditions

  • The supplier is not responsible for any missed connections or activities if flights are delayed or cancelled due to the weather conditions

Cancellation Policy:

  • The provider reserves the right to cancel flights due to weather and safety considerations. If we cannot reschedule, passengers will receive a 100% refund. 

  • If passengers choose to cancel a flight, fail to check-in on time, or notify us of changes less than 24 hours prior to their departure, they will incur a 100% cancellation charge

  • Changes or cancellations made with more than 24 hours warning incur no penalties

Pickup Locations

  • Abba Court Motel = Creeksyde Bus Stop
  • Absoloot Value Hostel = The Station Building
  • Adventure Queenstown Hostel = Station Building
  • Alexis Motel& Apartments = Copthorne Bus Stop
  • Alpine Lodge = Station Building
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