55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 55 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    1030am, 1230pm, 230pm All flight times are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions and weight restrictions.
  • Departure Details :
    Mount Cook Airport, Mount Cook Road, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Soar through the sky on this 55-minute scenic Helicopter experience through the Mt Cook and Westland National Parks flying over the Fox, Franz Josef and Tasman Glacier, included a glacier landing (10-15 minutes). The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps and a bucket list flight.

Check in closes 45 minutes prior to the flight time.


  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

The ultimate way to see the Southern Alps. Traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Glacier. Enjoy the stunning views of the Mt Cook National Park as you track south down the Tasman. Fly through the Grand Plateau and the Hochstetter Icefall as you pass under the east face of Aoraki Mt Cook before descending over the Tasman Terminal Lake.

Key highlights include beautiful views right from take-off, a glacier snow landing, views of Mt Cook, Mt Tasman and Mt Sefton, stunning views of the West Coast of New Zealand, hochstetter Icefall, Grand Plateau and Plateau Hut, Snow/ice all year round, and the aircraft will completely shut down on landing, really giving you a chance to soak in the atmosphere.

With hotel pickup and drop-off included, leave your worries behind you to enjoy an amazing Southern Alps helicopter experience.


Headsets to hear the guide clearly

Live commentary on board


Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Flights may be cancelled due to weather conditions

Minimum of 4 people per flight applies before the flight will operate

Departure time will vary daily depending on bookings and weather conditions

Time of departure will be confirmed 24 hours prior to date of flight

Check in closes 45 minutes prior to flight time

Wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Infant seats available

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 06-Sep-2022

    The landing on the glacier is absolutely mind blowing! Flying through the glaciers and seeing the alps up and close made our day! And the kids absolutely loved it! Our guide - Mark. He was amazing and made the whole ride so smooth and worth every penny!

  • 06-Aug-2022

    Had previously thoroughly enjoyed the 35 Minute Flight but the 55 Minute Grand Circle flight with Mark surely cannot be beaten. No words to describe the feeling every time we flew over another mountain, the views were breathtaking, the glaciers and out to sea, so incredible which ever way I looked. Blessed to have flown in perfect conditions in winter with a very informative, skilled pilot. Ample time on the Glacier for photos and to just take it all in. Recommend as up there one of the best adventures possible.

  • 27-Jun-2022

    This was hands down one of the coolest experiences we’ve ever done, we’re so glad we went. Our pilot, Mark, was so knowledgeable and not only did we see the amazing sights, we learnt some pretty cool stuff too! If you’re contemplating, just do it! You’ll have the best time 🤍❄️🙌🏼

  • 05-Mar-2022

    From beginning to end, the team at Mt Cook Airlines was helpful and professional, only wanting the best outcome for us. The Grand Circle was amazing, seeing all three glaciers, each so different, and to get so close to Mt Cook was a bonus. The landing on Tasman Glacier is not to be missed either. An unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.

  • 02-Mar-2022

    Incredible scenery and really great service from the pilots Mark and Andrew. Absolutely recommend this experience and you will never forget it. Views of Mt Cook, glaciers, lakes and rivers all close up and even some deer and tahr! Pilots made the trip that much better with their friendly and helpful nature. We hope to be back!

  • 17-Jan-2022

    Took the Grand Circle flight with Mark this morning. Was an amazing flight, passing by Aoraki Mount Cook, Fox glacier and Franz Joseph glacier. We felt in great hands with Mark as pilot. The scenery was so awesome...so much snow considering it is mid summer! Having time on the ground at Tasman glacier was fun. The flight was really smooth and I would recommend it if you are in the region.

  • 18-Nov-2021

    Called in the day prior but weather conditions simply weren't suitable. It was suggested the following morning things would be better. WOW!!!! they sure were. Beautiful fine day and unbelievable flight. Pilot was fantastic, thanks Mark, with great knowledge of the area and his experiences across so many areas of helicopter work were a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this trip. You will walk away with a huge smile on your face.

  • 11-Aug-2021

    (Posting this on both Inflite and Mt Cook Glacier Guiding pages.) I paid for the heli-hike a month in advance as an add-on to a day-tour. They emailed around 9:30 PM the night before saying that the heli-hike *might* not push through due to last minute cancellations (which I'm certain you would have heard about much earlier bec the border closure announcements weren't that recent then). What adjustments to my travel plans (flights, day-tour, hotel) could I have made if they email at 9:30 PM the night before on peak season? Not even due to weather LOL which was so perfect then. So we just went ahead and hoped for the best because I was literally about to go to bed then when they emailed. Frankly, they should have safeguards for last minute cancellations so the other booked passengers don't get affected. Don't you retain a portion of the fees already for those? I had almost accepted that we weren't going but during the tour leading up to there, they kept stringing us along, saying it looked like we could make the heli-hike happen after all. We got there, and that was when they cancelled the trip altogether. When we were *there already* and couldn't make adjustments to go on a full hike instead because there was just no more time left between us being there and the back-up tour they offered. It wasn't even due to weather concerns, which would have been totally understandable LOL. No, it was just poor customer service and organization with other tour companies in the area. We offered to pay for another seat on the helicopter for the heli-hike but they still wouldn't allow it. They offered us the 55-minute Grand Circle Helicopter instead and sold it as being half-price or something as a consolation for us. Later, I found out that it was an ongoing promo they had anyway and was not for us personally. I only agreed to it then because my partner hadn't gone yet, but I had already flown around the other two glaciers included and done landings there before. So this was a real disappointment compared to the heli-hike we had planned for. Especially on such a perfect bluebird day. On the replacement heli trip, I found out that only 3 other people were booked aside from us (they need 4 to go ahead). So maybe they strung us along so we could fill in those spots? Idk. But it's really sad to think about.. Another company flew out for a heli-hike around the same time as we were there, they didn't offer to put us on that instead (we would have fit in the max 6 persons trip). Maybe consider that company instead of this one. Mt. Cook itself is great, but I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone. You'll just ruin your holiday and memories of Mt Cook.

  • 11-Jul-2021

    Great weather, great pilot and incredible views. This experience is well worth the money. We went on the 10.30 am flight which placed the sun directly over us while on the glacier, there was practically no wind which made it very comfortable to walk around on the snow for 20 or so minutes.

  • 10-Dec-2020

    Had a fantastic flight over the southern alps, seeing the iconic glaciers and landing on Tasman Glacier. Our pilot Andrew was knowledgeable and pointed out the highlights. This was much better than a similar trip we did in Alaska last year- we are so fortunate to have such majestic natural beauty in NZ.

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