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Enjoy beautiful views of Mt Cook, Mt Tasman, Franz Josef and more
30 minutes of flight time aboard the comfort of a ski plane
Time pre and post-flight to explore the Mt Cook region
Complimentary tea and coffee at Mt Cook Airport
Mount Cook Ski Plane Scenic FlightCircumnavigate the iconic Mt Cook on this 30 minute scenic flight that encompasses all the main geographic features in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park
What to Expect
Are you looking for an experience that will take your breath away?
This 30 minute scenic flight circumnavigating Mt Cook has to be one of New Zealand's best experiences, encompassing all the main geographic features in the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.
With Mt Cook's highest peak standing at 12,349 ft and located in the centre of the national park, this circular flight takes in all the iconic geographic features that this region of NZ has to offer as is traversesrs around the area for 360 degrees.
Expect to see the longest glacier in NZ, The Tasman, on the eastern side of the main divide, before crossing the main divide to the West Coast where you will take in the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. You will then circle back onto the eastern side of the southern alps into the Hooker Valley before returning back into the Tasman valley to land back where the flight started, at Mt Cook Airport.
This is a fantastic flight that condenses the best of NZ’s scenery into an unforgettable experience, so go on, get booking!
This flight departs from Mt Cook Airport, just a five minute drive from the Mt Cook village. For those wanting to make the most of their day by exploring the surrounding area either pre or post-flight, then this is the experience for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
We advise that you wear warm, comfortable active wear and covered shoes. Sunglasses are a must! The Supplier does not require you to bring anything - phones/cameras are allowed in pockets. Bags must be left behind as there is limited storage space on the aircraft's. There is free tea and coffee at the airport. If you feel peckish, The Supplier does sell cookies, chips, peanuts and bottled water at their desk.
Infants 3 years old and under fly for free, they are simply seated on the parents lap with a detachable seat-belt that is attached to the parent’s seat-belt. Special head sets are provided to protect their ears.
This tour departs from Mt Cook airport. There is one turn-off, which is the only way into the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. The turn-off from the main Highway 8 to Highway 80 is very well sign posted and impossible to miss! The two nearest towns are Tekapo (105km away) and Twizel (65km), where you can stock up on food and fuel. From there you follow the beautiful, slightly winding single lane road. This road offers plenty of great pit-stops to pull over and take in the stunning views of Lake Pukaki – Peter’s Lookout is a great stop to do this!
As you are driving into Mount Cook Village there is a turn off on the right-hand side, you will see the Mount Cook Aerodrome from the road. There is plenty of free parking at the airport. The Supplier's counter is located on the right-hand side as you into the airport – you will see their logo and signs.
Yes. There is plenty of free parking at the airport.
All flights are weather dependent. The Supplier will make the weather call first thing in the morning. Customers are kindly asked to call The Supplier the morning of your scheduled flight or before you depart to check on the weather. It is not unusual for pilots to put flights on hold due to fog/low cloud in the Tasman Valley, which will impact the pilot’s visibility whilst flying. If there are adverse weather conditions and flights are cancelled, The Supplier will work with you to re-schedule for a time that suits you. If The Supplier cannot re-schedule you, they will fully refund your booking. If you’re flight is weather affected – The Supplier is sorry for the inconvenience it may cause. However, they can help with free travel advice and bookings.
Ski Plane’s are fixed wing planes that have skis attached at the bottom by the wheels. Ski Planes are uniquely engineered to land on snow and ice. They land by skiing to a halt – a very exciting experience! Mount Cook is one of only two places in the world that offer ski Plane flights, second being Alaska. The founder of Mount Cook Ski Planes, Harry Wigley, was the first to land on the Tasman Glacier in a Ski Plane on September 22nd, 1955. These Ski Planes seat up to 8 passengers – although The Supplier sometimes needs to limit this to 6 in summer due to difficulty with landing and take-off on the Glacier, as it becomes very icy during the hotter summer months. The Supplier also has a smaller Cessna that is used for over flights. This plane can fit up to 2 passenger's or 3 smaller passengers.
- Infants 3 years old and under and free but must sit on a parents knee (seatbelt extension provided)
- Children 4 years old and over are child price and must have their own seat
- Ages 13 years and older require an adult priced ticket
- The Customer may cancel the Agreement by notice in writing to The Supplier.
- Should the cancellation occure:
- More than 20 Working Days prior to first SDT - Nil charge
- 20 to 10 Working Days prior to first SDT - 20% of the Price
- 9 Working Days to 48 hours prior to first SDT - 50% of the Price
- Less than 48 hours prior to first SDT - 100% of the Price
- - After the first SDT 100% of the Price
- The Supplier may apply any monies already received from the Customer towards the cancellation charges set out above
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