Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Lake Cruise | Tasman Glacier Explorer

Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Lake Cruise | Tasman Glacier Explorer

Experience 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
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 20 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

An out of the world experience! Breathtaking views of Mt. Cook and Tasman Glacier, excellent tour guides and thrilling boat ride in the Glacier Lake touching the Icebergs. Will come back again for this trip in the future.
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Wonderful experience. Excellently organised.
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A wonderful experience to be able to get so close to the glaciers and even touch them. Awesome.
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All together it was great experience.
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Loved it - take warm clothes (several layers).
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The caption and guides are all very knowledgable and professional. Worth to join the tour.
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I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this definitely exceeded my expectations! The groups in the boats were just the right size, and the guides where knowledgeable and skillful. I even enjoyed the walk to and from the lake. The glaciers were amazing, and we were so lucky to be able to see quite a few of them the day we were there. Would definitely recommend this tour.
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Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Amazing glacier lake.
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The tour is fun and we learnt a lot about the glacier!
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Fantastic tour, loved it. Spectacular scenery and views of Mount Cook and surrounding snow capped mountains. Touching a 300 - 600 year old iceberg was amazing. Our guides Ben and Doug were very good. I highly recommend doing this tour, if you don't you have missed something special.
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Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Lake Cruise | Tasman Glacier Explorer
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Tour Code: GE
From (NZD) $170 per person
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20 reviews (4.8/5)

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