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Tasman Glacier Explorer Tour

Visit New Zealand's Tasman Glacier terminal lake for a fascinating glacial encounter. Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery on this wonderful tour.

Tasman Glacier Explorer Tour

Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystals - a spectacle not to be missed!

Cruise the rapidly growing terminal lake taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery on this wonderful tour. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the glacier allowing you to touch and taste the 300-500 year old glacial crystals.

Departing from The Hermitage Hotel, the bus will take you to the Tasman Valley, followed by a 30 minute alpine walk through the National Park. Board your custom built MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing scenery. View the Tasman Glacier ice face from a safe distance and icebergs of all shapes and sizes with the opportunity to touch and taste the ice crystals.

The tour generally operates from the middle of September to late May - the glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing.

Tour Type: Activity
From: Mt Cook to Mt Cook
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 2.5 hours
Tour Code: DMT1

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Tour Inclusions

  • Return Transport
  • Experienced guides
  • Life jackets
  • An unforgettable experience

Pricing

Season Adult Child  
1 October 2018 - 30 September 2020 $170 NZD $87 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tours depart through the day. Please ask for available times. Children: Child (4 - 14 years). What to bring:
  • A smile, and sense of adventure
  • An extra warm layer of clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun block & Sunglasses
  • Camera with plenty of memory
Additional notes:
  • Tour is not suitable for those aged under 4 years
  • Tour generally operates from the middle of September to late May - the glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing
Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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This boat ride on the lake to view the glacier icebergs (what you see is only 10% of the sheer ice)

You get up close to an eye level view and the feel is great. The boat takes you as close as possible to Tasman Glacier (the part at the lake meet point).

The guide picked up a huge crystal clear ice chipped off from an iceberg. Very informative guide that explains all about icebergs and how the retreats inwards have been significantly fast as our inability to manage global warming.

This is a great nature trip and superb for our first encounter with icebergs
I had one night at Mount Cook and am so glad I added this tour on the morning of my departure.

It was the first day of the season and we had beautiful weather. Our guide was friendly and helpful. I think most anyone could enjoy this adventure though be prepared to walk about 15 minutes down to the lake and have extra layers. As warm as the day was, it was cold on the water and you do get splashed some (which I think adds to the experience).

Getting to see the icebergs, touch them and even hold parts of the ice was an added benefit to an already awesome experience. The icebergs are truly beautiful and there are so many features and views you can’t see from standing on the edge of the lake. The pictures I captured on this exploration were some of my favorite of a two week trip.

I recommend for all ages and anyone wanting to have a unique experience.