Mount Cook Ski Planes

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Flying over Mount Cook National Park allows you to see some of the most wonderful scenery in New Zealand from a different and breathtaking perspective.

Mount Cook Ski Planes allow you to view the stunning alpine vistas from up high, as well as being the only company permitted to make a landing on and exploring the Tasman Glacier.

Typical trips begin with flying the full 17 mile (27km) length of the Tasman Glacier and passing over Mount Cook (Aoraki). After landing and walking on the glacier, the aircraft returns through the might of the Southern Alps . Other landmarks that may be seen include the Hochstetter Icefall and the Fox Franz Josef Glaciers. The Tasman Glacier is the most frequent stop; however, Fox or Franz Josef may be used instead.

Flights take place within small, light planes or 'squirrel' helicopters, with the maximum sized aircraft accommodating 8 people. The aircraft have retractable skis to allow them to land safely on the glacier, as well normal wheels for sturdier ground.

There are, of course, options not to land on the glacier, perfect for thoses pushed for time or who don't fancy the thought of skiing in a plane!

On a fly-by of the Tasman Glacier

On a fly-by of the Tasman Glacier

A skied landing on the glacier

A skied landing on the glacier

High amongst the mountains in a helicopter

High amongst the mountains in a helicopter

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