Grand traverse mount cook scenic flight
New Zealand’s premier Aoraki Mount Cook flight-seeing experience
At a glance:
Price: NZ$395 Per Person
Duration: 50 minutes
Departs from: Tekapo Airport
Checkin no later than 20mins prior to departure
Your flight will depart Tekapo Airport in your comfortable, modern aircraft with large viewing windows, and head out over the Tekapo Village and north over the beautiful waters of Lake Tekapo. Following the lake, with expansive views of the Two-Thumb Range, Round-hill ski field, and several high-country sheep stations, you will fly overhead Lilybank Station, and follow the Godley River until you cross the Liebig Range to fly over the top end of the Murchison Glacier.
Continuing on across the Tasman Saddle, the magnificent Tasman Glacier will come into view. New Zealand’s largest Glacier, the Tasman Glacier is over 22 kilometres long, up to 4 kilometres wide and 600 metres thick, with a layer of up to 50 metres of snow on top.
From above the Tasman Glacier, you will get excellent up-close views of New Zealand’s highest Mountain, the breathtaking 3724metre (12217ft) high Mount Cook. As you continue to the Western side of the Southern Alps views down the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers, all the way out to the Tasman Sea will take your breath away.
Crossing back over the Southern Alps to the Southern and Eastern sides of Mount Cook, you get an even greater appreciation of the sheer size of the Southern Alps compared with the surrounding plains of the South Island. There are magnificent views of the Hooker, Ball, and Hochstetter glaciers and the bottom end of the Tasman Glacier, and on a clear day you will be able to see all the way from the Tasman Sea in the West to the Pacific Ocean in the East.
Before flying home to Tekapo airport, you will fly overhead the Tasman Lake at the Terminus of the Tasman Glacier, and enjoy the striking turquoise blue waters of Lake Pukaki framed by expansive views of the whole Mackenzie Basin, for the perfect finish to your flight.
The approximate time for this scenic flight is 50 minutes in the air, with the whole experience taking around 1 hour