Canterbury, New Zealand
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Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

1. Mount Cook: Ski Plane and Helicopter Alpine Combo Flight

Fly in a skiplane and a helicopter on the same day for an unforgettable experience of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Enjoy a scenic adventure that includes a glacier snow landing. From take-off to landing, you will enjoy spectacular views! Fly up the Tasman Valley over the breathtaking blue glacier lake. See the Hochstetter Icefall and the cloud-piercing Aoraki/Mount Cook before landing on the upper snowfields of the Tasman Glacier.  Take time to enjoy this unique alpine environment before swapping aircraft and returning to Mount Cook Airport.  These mountains are covered in snow and ice all year round, and the aircraft fully shuts down on landing. You'll also see Tasman Terminal Lake, Grand Plateau, Plateau Hut, as well as the full length of the Tasman Glacier.

Franz Josef Town: 3-Glacier Helicopter Ride with Landing

2. Franz Josef Town: 3-Glacier Helicopter Ride with Landing

Take in three of New Zealand’s most impressive glaciers during a helicopter ride. Land on the elevated snow landing site to take photos of the spectacular views. Meet at the local partner’s office to check in and attend a safety briefing. Then, following a transfer to a private hangar, you will meet your pilot and board the helicopter for takeoff. Put your headset on to listen to your pilot's guided commentary. Fly over the terminal moraine of the ancient Franz Josef Glacier and up the valley to see the big three from above. The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are ice rivers that plug New Zealand's longest glacier: the Tasman Glacier. Take in their ice pinnacles and crevasses while flying amongst some of New Zealand’s biggest mountains. Admire Mount Cook in the impressive Southern Alps. Land on an elevated snow landing site to enjoy stunning views of Westland Tai Poutini National Park for 15 minutes. You will have plenty of time to take photos before returning to the hangar.

Arthur's Pass: TranzAlpine Train and Castle Hill Day Tour

3. Arthur's Pass: TranzAlpine Train and Castle Hill Day Tour

Experience the South Island's remarkable natural landscapes by taking a journey on a train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass, which is considered one of the world's greatest train journeys for the scenery it passes. Enjoy breathtaking views of Canterbury Plains, Southern Alps, ice-fed Waimakariri River, lush beech forests, and stunning landscapes. Explore walking tracks in Arthur's Pass National Park with spectacular mountain views & pristine waterfalls. Capture mirror images at Lake Pearson & wander through the majestic limestone boulders at Castle Hill. A perfect day trip for nature lovers, hikers, and adventure seekers.

Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

4. Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

Enjoy a tour that will acquaint you with New Zealand’s biggest glacier and provide you with spectacular helicopter views of the country’s largest mountain, Aoraki or Mount Cook. To start your tour you will fly to your drop-off point on a remote part of the glacier. During your tour, explore amazing ice formations, following your guide as they cut steps in the glacier. Complete your trip with another spectacular scenic flight back to the base of the mountain. Every journey is unique because the glacier is everchanging. Your experienced guides are always finding something new and interesting to show you. Spend up to 2 hours on the ice, weather permitting.

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What people are saying about Canterbury, New Zealand

Great flight

Unfortunately the weather was against us for our booked flight and the skiplane and wasn't flying either the day we had booked - there were no flights that day - or the following day so we were offered a helicopter flight instead. This was a cheaper deal but we were told the difference would be refunded. The flight was excellent. I was surprised how slowly we rose to the mountain top and how close we flew to the rocks but it all felt perfectly safe and controlled. The view when we landed on the mountain was fantastic. The staff were all extremely helpful and the pilot was excellent. It was a great experience.

We originally were booked for the combo but the weather on the day we had booked was not expected to be very good. We ended up doing the ski plane flight over the west coast and then a glacier landing. Amazing experience, everything is very different from above. Peter our pilot had to stay back for our flight, he made the experience even better with his personality and humour. Would definitely recommend.

Family trip 2 adults 2 teenagers and we all agreed it was the absolute highlight of our holiday. Everyone we dealt were friendly and accommodating. The trip itself is just incredible. Our pilot Greg was engaging, friendly and informative.

Great trip and great guide. The guide was very knowledgable and surprised us with special features such as snacks for the trip.

fantastic great guide with lots of knowledge about the whole trip. would highly recommend