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Mt Cook Activities

Mt Cook is surrounded by mountains, glaciers and glorious scenery. It is in this environment that you can make the most of it with a number of activities. Whether you like high energy activities or just a relaxing time beside the lake, Mt Cook has everything the family, tourist and holiday maker needs.



Air Safaris and Services  

Air Safaris scenic flightsAir Safaris operate breath taking scenic flights around the Mt Cook (Aoraki) and Westland National Parks. The flight contains views of New Zealand's highest mountains, twelve major glaciers and 200km of alpine and rainforest scenery unique to New Zealand.

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Mt Cook Ski Planes  

Mt Cook Ski Planes scenic flightsMount Cook Ski Planes and their fleet of ski equipped Pilatus Porter and Cessna aircraft provide scenic flights and snow landings on the upper plateau of the Tasman Glacier. Experience spectacular views of Aoraki/Mount Cook as an alpine climber would see it.

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The Helicopter Line  

The Helicopter Line scenic flightsThe Helicopter Line operates from Glentanner Park at the foot of the mountains near Mount Cook village and from Twizel on State Highway 8, the main route south. View hanging glaciers and rivers of moving ice before a snow landing in this usually inaccessible alpine region.

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Glacial Explorers

Alpine Spring and SpaGlacier Explorers operate boat cruises on the terminal lake of the Tasman Glacier, Lake Tasman. Experienced guides will manoeuvre their boats close to the dripping ice face of the glacier as it completes its journey down the Tasman Valley. Listen as they explain the forces of nature required to produce the spectacular natural ice sculptures surrounding the lake.

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Activities listed for free, courtesy of Tekapo Tourism


Glacier Sea Kayaking
No image submitted Address: PO Box 32, Mount Cook Village
Phone: +64 3 4351890
Fax: +64 3 4351891
Description: A 3-4 hour return trip kayaking amongst the icebergs of the terminal lake of Tasman Glacier.
Discovery Tours
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Address: 10 Jollie Road, Twizel
Phone: +64 3 4350114
Fax: +64 3 4350113
Alpine Guides
Aline Guides Mt Cook Office: Bowen Drive Mt Cook Village
Postal: PO Box 20, Mt Cook
Phone: +64 3 4351834
Fax: +64 3 4351898
Description: Alpine climbing, trekking, ski touring. Alpine equipment sales and hire.
Alpine Recreation
Address: 14 Pioneer Drive, PO Box 2, Lake Tekapo
Phone: +64 3 6806736
Description: Alpine Trekking: 2-3 day Tekapo Trek and 3 day Ball Pass Crossing in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Mountaineering: Climbing Courses and guided ascents. Ski Touring & Snowshoeing in winter (July-September).
The Cook Connection
The Cook Connection Address: Lake Tekapo
Freephone: 0800 26 65 26
Phone: +64 (0)21 583 211
Description: Cook Connection operates a mini-bus service between Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook between September and June (peak season only).

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