Experience this magnificent alpine environment with a high scenic flight over the Ben Ohau mountains. Watch as the landscape changes from low rolling hills, becoming steeper and more rugged as you rise above scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers. Fly close to the steep ridges and rise over a mountain pass that reveals superb views out to Aoraki/Mount Cook and its surrounding peaks. Prepare yourself for an amazing landing on the Richardson Glacier where you will be able to step out of the helicopter and play in the snow. Enjoy expansive views down the Tasman Valley on your return to Glentanner Park at the head of Lake Pukaki.
With its ability to hover, land and provide access to some of New Zealand's most remote areas, a helicopter is the ideal choice for sightseeing that will take you up close to towering peaks, crevasse filled glaciers and sparkling waterways. Learn about the stunning landscape as your professional pilot delivers an informative commentary en route.
The fleet consists predominately of European AS355 Twin Engine Squirrels (seats 06 passengers plus pilot). They are ideal aircraft for scenic flights, with an open plan cabin making for excellent views for all passengers. The Helicopter Line has the highest levels of Civil Aviation Authority certification for scenic helicopter operations, this involves regular monitoring and audit of all aspects of the operations.
Select a month to view a calendar of availability and departure details.
The Helicopter Line Base at Glentanner Park
Flights are operated from 8:00am - 5:00pm (October to March) and 8:30am - 5:00pm (April to September).
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Flight concludes at original point of departure.
Click the link below to check pricing & availability on your preferred travel date. Our pricing is constantly updated to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.
Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Scenic helicopter flight with snow landing (30 minutes)
- Pilot guide
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- Items of a personal nature
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- It is recommended that warm clothing and suitable footwear be worn on this tour due to cold temperatures.
- Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
View additional info
You must present a paper voucher for this tour. We will email a link to access and print your voucher at the Lead Travelers email address.
Local Operator Information:
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Reviewed by: Rachel S, Australia, April 2010
We had a fantastic time! The weather, the views, the helicopter it was all fantastic. The guide was great too, he told us what we were seeing and made sure we all had photos taken on the glacier. Well worth it! Thank you.
Reviewed by: Robert D, Australia, April 2010
We think it would have been amazing if we had been able to walk on a glacier; however, we did get to walk on some snow.