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Tasman Glacier Boat Cruise

Experience the grandeur of New Zealand's largest glacier from the waters of Lake Tasman on this fascinating yet educational tour which is suitable for the whole family.

Stretching for 27km, the Tasman Glacier is New Zealand’s longest glacier and this tour gives you a unique opportunity to visit its immense terminal wall which is retreating back up the valley at a rate of 30 metres a year.

Board a boat to explore the fascinating glacial landscape dotted with icebergs and the ever-changing ice face of the glacier. The boat passes so close to the icebergs clients can touch them! Commentary from the guides imparts their knowledge and passion for this amazing alpine environment.

This trip provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and some of the best photographic opportunities available in the national park.

Tour involves a 15 minute drive, a 30 minute walk to Glacier Lake and 45-60 minutes of cruising.

Tour concludes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes after commencement, back at departure point. Total tour time of approx 2.5hrs.

Experience Includes

  • Amazing encounter with Tasman Glacier and its terminal lake
  • Opportunity to touch and taste 300-500 year old ice
  • 30-minute guided Alpine walk though national park
  • One hour boat trip on Lake Tasman (life jacket provided)
  • Experienced guides
  • Minibus transfer from Mount Cook Village

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, between September and May.

Departure location

Hermitage Hotel. Tour picks up from Aoraki Alpine Lodge, YHA, Department of Conservation Visitor Centre.

Start times

8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm and 5.00pm.


Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please follow the instructions on your voucher.
  • The tour is not suitable for infants aged between 0-3 years.
  • Guests must check in and exchange vouchers 30 minutes prior to tour departure at the Activities desk located inside The Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village.