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Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

Amazing views abound on this thrilling helicopter flight over dramatically contrasting landscapes before you will get to land on an actual glacier and take a stroll in the pristine snow. It's safe to say an unforgettable trip is in store!

Experience the magnificent alpine environment of Aoraki/Mount Cook with a helicopter flight over the picturesque Ben Ohau Mountain range.

After boarding the chopper, watch as the landscape changes from low rolling hills, becoming steeper and more rugged as you rise above scarred ridges left by ancient glaciers.

Be prepared for an amazing alpine landing where clients will be able to step out of the helicopter and play in the snow.

On the return journey enjoy expansive views down the Tasman Valley to Glentanner Park, at the head of Lake Pukaki.

Tour concludes approximately 35 minutes after commencement, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

Experience Includes

  • 35 minute helicopter flight over the Ben Ohau Mountains
  • Open plan cabin in the helicopter ensuring an excellent view
  • 10 minute landing on an actual glacier
  • Headsets + commentary
  • Professional pilot fully trained for alpine environment conditions
  • Landing fees and permits

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel transfers


Daily, year round.

Departure location

Glentanner Park, Mount Cook.

Start times

Flights operate from 8.00am to 5.00pm.


Approximately 35 minutes, including a 10-minute landing on the glacier.

Additional information

Open plan cabin in the helicopter ensures that all passengers have an excellent view.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please follow the instructions on your voucher.
  • Flights operate weather permitting.
  • You must reconfirm your reservation 24 hours prior to flying by calling the supplier locally.
  • A minimum number of three passengers are required for the flight to go ahead.
  • Infant: 0-3 years - free of charged if seated on a parents lap. Maximum 1 infant per adult.
  • Should inclement weather prevent a flight at the booked location, the same prepaid voucher will be accepted at any of The Helicopter Line aviation bases for a flight of similar duration and price. If you are unable to re-schedule the flight then a full refund will be provided.
  • This tour picks up from Hermitage hotel on request. Mount Cook Villiage and Glentanner Park city hotels. Hotel details must be advised at time of booking.
  • Essential Wear for Snow Landings: Sunglasses; Covered shoes (trainers are fine); Clothing - Wear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for wearing on the snow. Occasionally the temperate can be 5-10 degrees cooler on the snow than it is in the village; Camera.