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
Price:
From (NZD) $170 per person
Duration: 2 1/2 Hour
Tour Code: GE

Inclusions

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.

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4.8/5.0

There are 19 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
30/03/2018
Wonderful experience. Excellently organised.
Overall Tour Rating

4
21/03/2018
A wonderful experience to be able to get so close to the glaciers and even touch them. Awesome.
Overall Tour Rating

5
12/03/2018
All together it was great experience.
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5
07/02/2018
Loved it - take warm clothes (several layers).
Overall Tour Rating

4
03/02/2018
The caption and guides are all very knowledgable and professional. Worth to join the tour.
Overall Tour Rating

5
12/01/2018
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.
Overall Tour Rating

5
30/12/2017
Friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. Amazing glacier lake.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/11/2017
The tour is fun and we learnt a lot about the glacier!
Overall Tour Rating

5
29/10/2017
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.
Overall Tour Rating

5
16/04/2017
We went to Mt Cook on Easter weekend. We had a lovely day out on the Tasman Glacier Lake Cruise. The weather was beautiful. The guide is nice and very knowledgeable. He answered all the questions we asked. Very informative. We saw icebergs and the glacier. We took lots of photos. It's a great day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
02/02/2017
The guides were very enthusiastic and really knowledgeable. Highly recommend the trip.
Overall Tour Rating

4
07/11/2016
We really enjoyed the experience, seeing the icebergs was fascinating. The glacier face wasn't what I expected but great nevertheless. The long walk to the lake was a bit tedious as not scenic. The young woman who took us out on the boat was informative and entertaining.
Overall Tour Rating

5
28/10/2016
The boat ride was fun, thrilling enough for non-dare devils. Guide was informative. Amazing to learn about glaciers and see them up close. The short walk from the bus to the lake offered picturesque views of the mountains and valleys.
Overall Tour Rating

5
01/01/2016
Excellent! We had amazing memorable day with good weather! Have to do this when you are at Mt Cook.
Overall Tour Rating

5
28/09/2015
The tour was very well conducted. The guides were friendly and did a good job in keeping the tourists engaged. The Tasman Glacier itself is awe inspiring and incredibly beautiful. It has left a lasting imprint on our memories. We are glad that we did the tour.
Overall Tour Rating

5
08/01/2015
It was a wonderful experience on 8/Jan/15 on the Tasman Glacier Explorer Trip. It was a cloudy morning and we were wondering if we will be able to see the peak. However, by 12PM the clouds cleared and it was all set to be a perfect trip for us. The staff were very knowledgeable and we had a fantastic time and had the thrill of witnessing the fall of a portion of a huge iceberg that caused waves in the Tasman Lake. We touched and even tasted pieces of the iceberg that takes a very long time to melt (unlike normal ice from the fridge). All in all, it was a worthwhile experience and we thoroughly recommend the same. It was easy to book this trip via Relaxing Journeys at a discount online.
Overall Tour Rating

4
22/11/2014
It is a fantastic experience with cheerful tour guide. Fun and excellent.
Overall Tour Rating

5
04/04/2014
It was AMAZING - just a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to any one. I can not wait to go back and do it ALL again. Loved it :)
Overall Tour Rating

5
17/09/2013
Fantastic! Organised friendly and informative staff - you must go!
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Mt Cook Tasman Glacier Lake Cruise | Tasman Glacier Explorer
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Tour Code: GE
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