Glacier Explorer Boat Trip

Glacier Explorer Boat Trip

The Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s largest, and one of the only accessible glacial lakes containing icebergs in the world!

Travel by bus from the Hermitage Hotel to the Tasman Valley, followed by a 30 minute alpine walk through the moraine and National Park.

An experienced guide will then whisk you away across the rapidly growing terminal lake in a stable MAC Boat, taking in spectacular mountain views and scenery and the melting ice-face of the Tasman Glacier.

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 300-500 year old ice crystals.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Guided Nature Tours & Walks
From: Mt Cook to Mt Cook
Price: From (NZD) $170 per person
Duration: 2 1/2 Hour
Tour Code: GE


Return transport from the Hermitage Hotel
Experienced guides
Life Jackets
An unforgettable experience

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily. September to May (subject to road & lake conditions)
  • Departure Point: Activities desk inside the foyer of The Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village
  • Departure Time: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11:00am, 12.30pm, 2:00pm, 3.30pm & 5:00pm
  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Return Details: The Hermitage Hotel

What You Should Bring

  • A smile and sense of adventure!
  • Camera with plenty of memory
  • Layers on top (warm and waterproof), sunblock, sunhat and sunglasses, long pants and walking shoes. Be prepared for the elements.

Important Information

  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Check in required 30 minutes before scheduled departure
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English. A printed navigator in Japanese/Chinese/Korean is available at check in.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

The Glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing In the event of unfavourable weather conditions the tour may be cancelled. This decision is made by the Head Guide just before each trip based on weather and lake conditions. An alternative trip time or full refund is offered under such circumstances.

MAC Boats

Made in New Zealand, our custom built MAC boats are virtually indestructible and the first choice in safety and durability. They are fully moulded polythene one-piece double skinned pontoon boats made from quality virgin polythene. They’re impervious to osmosis and corrosion, designed to survive New Zealand’s extreme UV level and have a low environmental impact because the polythene is fully recyclable and colour fast.

Tourism Affiliations

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There are 37 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Lovely experience very good guide think his name was Nick. Very informative pleasant.
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Friendly, knowledgeable guides who did their best to make our experience as interactive and fun as possible. Seeing icebergs up close and the glacier from the lake was a truly magical experience.
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Good guides. Enjoyable and unique experience.
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Excellent trip, well organised.
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This trip was organised brilliantly, it all ran like clockwork, they even changed our day at the last minute due to the weather, with ease. Everyone was friendly and very knowledgeable from the bus drive to the guide. It was amazing seeing the icebergs close up. I would definitively recommend this trip as seeing them from afar from the edge of the lake is just not the same!
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The tour was almost cancelled because of the weather and snowing. We have waited for 30 minutes, and the tour guide finally agreed to proceed. They made the right decision, because we had an experience of a life time. The stunning view of floating icebergs in the lake, definitely worth a visit. Because the glacier won't be around in next 30 years. The tour guide was most knowledgeable and informative.
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Our tour was fantastic. Mind blowing scenery and fantastic friendly hosts that had all the interesting history and factual information about the area. It is a "must do" when visiting the South Island of New Zealand. I would like to mention tour guide Melissa as a standout on our cruise as she went the "extra mile" to ensure our experience was indeed memorable.
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The tour was amazing - the walk was gentle and well paced and the boat ride on the lake was beyond my expectations. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun. A truly wonderful experience for our whole family.
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Really well run and informative. Guides were excellent and really new their stuff. It was a fabulous experience!
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The tour was wonderful! The guide that took us on the boat was very personable, friendly, and well educated.
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Glacier Explorer Boat Trip
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Tour Code: GE
From (NZD) $170 per person
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37 reviews (4.8/5)

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