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55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter provided by Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by Inflite

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter

55-Minute Grand Circle Helicopter
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
55m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
12
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    55m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    12
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 55m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 55m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 22551P6
Important information
Inclusions
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
55m
Departure details
  • Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services, 22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Flights may be cancelled due to weather conditions
  • Minimum of 4 people per flight applies before the flight will operate
  • Departure time will vary daily depending on bookings and weather conditions
  • Time of departure will be confirmed 24 hours prior to date of flight
  • Check in closes 45 minutes prior to flight time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services, 22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
Duration
55m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Flights may be cancelled due to weather conditions
  • Minimum of 4 people per flight applies before the flight will operate
  • Departure time will vary daily depending on bookings and weather conditions
  • Time of departure will be confirmed 24 hours prior to date of flight
  • Check in closes 45 minutes prior to flight time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Aoraki Mount Cook Aviation Services
    22 Dehavilland Drive, Pukaki, Airport, Twizel 7901, New Zealand
    The airport is located 3 minutes prior to Aoraki Mount Cook Village on State Highway 80.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Tasman Glacier
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by Inflite
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Aoraki/Mt. Cook
    Stop: 55 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
11 reviews
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Geoff G
8 contributions
Nov 2021
Called in the day prior but weather conditions simply weren't suitable. It was suggested the following morning things would be better. WOW!!!! they sure were. Beautiful fine day and unbelievable flight. Pilot was fantastic, thanks Mark, with great knowledge of the area and his experiences across so many areas of helicopter work were a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend this trip. You will walk away with a huge smile on your face.
Written 18 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Eleanor B
Mission Bay, New Zealand8 contributions
Jan 2022
From beginning to end, the team at Mt Cook Airlines was helpful and professional, only wanting the best outcome for us. The Grand Circle was amazing, seeing all three glaciers, each so different, and to get so close to Mt Cook was a bonus. The landing on Tasman Glacier is not to be missed either. An unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.
Written 5 March 2022
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WoozieNZ
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions
Took the Grand Circle flight with Mark this morning. Was an amazing flight, passing by Aoraki Mount Cook, Fox glacier and Franz Joseph glacier. We felt in great hands with Mark as pilot. The scenery was so awesome...so much snow considering it is mid summer! Having time on the ground at Tasman glacier was fun. The flight was really smooth and I would recommend it if you are in the region.
Written 17 January 2022
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James B
2 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Incredible scenery and really great service from the pilots Mark and Andrew. Absolutely recommend this experience and you will never forget it. Views of Mt Cook, glaciers, lakes and rivers all close up and even some deer and tahr! Pilots made the trip that much better with their friendly and helpful nature. We hope to be back!
Written 2 March 2022
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Sharon M
Onehunga, New Zealand27 contributions
Had a fantastic flight over the southern alps, seeing the iconic glaciers and landing on Tasman Glacier. Our pilot Andrew was knowledgeable and pointed out the highlights.

This was much better than a similar trip we did in Alaska last year- we are so fortunate to have such majestic natural beauty in NZ.
Written 10 December 2020
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Thank you so much for flying with us Sharon and for the great review. We hope to see you again soon Tag your photos #myINFLITE Instagram @mtcookskiplanesandhelis Facebook @Mt Cook Ski Planes
Written 3 July 2021
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Faye
18 contributions
Jul 2021
(Posting this on both Inflite and Mt Cook Glacier Guiding pages.)
I paid for the heli-hike a month in advance as an add-on to a day-tour. They emailed around 9:30 PM the night before saying that the heli-hike *might* not push through due to last minute cancellations (which I'm certain you would have heard about much earlier bec the border closure announcements weren't that recent then). What adjustments to my travel plans (flights, day-tour, hotel) could I have made if they email at 9:30 PM the night before on peak season? Not even due to weather LOL which was so perfect then. So we just went ahead and hoped for the best because I was literally about to go to bed then when they emailed. Frankly, they should have safeguards for last minute cancellations so the other booked passengers don't get affected. Don't you retain a portion of the fees already for those?

I had almost accepted that we weren't going but during the tour leading up to there, they kept stringing us along, saying it looked like we could make the heli-hike happen after all. We got there, and that was when they cancelled the trip altogether. When we were *there already* and couldn't make adjustments to go on a full hike instead because there was just no more time left between us being there and the back-up tour they offered. It wasn't even due to weather concerns, which would have been totally understandable LOL. No, it was just poor customer service and organization with other tour companies in the area.

We offered to pay for another seat on the helicopter for the heli-hike but they still wouldn't allow it. They offered us the 55-minute Grand Circle Helicopter instead and sold it as being half-price or something as a consolation for us. Later, I found out that it was an ongoing promo they had anyway and was not for us personally. I only agreed to it then because my partner hadn't gone yet, but I had already flown around the other two glaciers included and done landings there before. So this was a real disappointment compared to the heli-hike we had planned for. Especially on such a perfect bluebird day.

On the replacement heli trip, I found out that only 3 other people were booked aside from us (they need 4 to go ahead). So maybe they strung us along so we could fill in those spots? Idk. But it's really sad to think about..

Another company flew out for a heli-hike around the same time as we were there, they didn't offer to put us on that instead (we would have fit in the max 6 persons trip). Maybe consider that company instead of this one.

Mt. Cook itself is great, but I wouldn't recommend this company to anyone. You'll just ruin your holiday and memories of Mt Cook.
Written 11 August 2021
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We are sorry to read this review, and to hear of your frustration. The other passengers on your original heli-hiking trip cancelled the night before due to illness. We need a minimum of 4 people for our trips to go ahead, so we emailed you straight away when the other customers contacted us regarding the cancellation and to let you know that this may affect your current trip unfortunately also. We refund passengers in full if they cancel due to illness/covid restrictions, or if weather/minimum numbers affect the trip. We do get a lot of last minute enquiries/bookings with the domestic market, so we had everything crossed that other passengers would book on last minute to confirm the heli-hiking trip for you. Unfortunately this was not the case this time. We offered you a full refund/reschedule or to rebook for a new experience/flight entirely (that you choose to do). Please feel free to email myself on hannah.james@inflite.nz so we can help and investigate this further for you. Thank you and stay safe
Written 25 August 2021
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Brittany
Dunedin, New Zealand6 contributions
Great weather, great pilot and incredible views. This experience is well worth the money. We went on the 10.30 am flight which placed the sun directly over us while on the glacier, there was practically no wind which made it very comfortable to walk around on the snow for 20 or so minutes.
Written 11 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sounds like a great trip and a great time! Thank you so much for flying with and we hope to see you again soon
Written 25 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

suecstheworld
Bristol32 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Our expectations for this experience were high and were exceeded beyond imagination!!

We arrived on the morning of our tour, a little apprehensive due to cloud. Initially, we thought we would have to postpone our flight, but at the last minute, clouds cleared enabling us to take off. The trip was tweaked slightly because cloud persisted in some areas, safety is of prime importance.

The views we saw of the glacier and surrounding mountains were wonderful, breathtaking and beyond!!!

The landing was smooth, our pilot positioned us perfectly for views. He was very knowledgeable about the geography, geology and history of these spectacular mountains. We had plenty of time to take photo's and gaze in wonder at this spectacular environment.

I would highly recommend this trip when at Mt Aoraki.

Ps. A refund for the small amendment was back in my account within the hour.

The check in staff kept us informed of weather conditions and pilot decisions dung our wait, tea and coffee was readily available.

A must do.
Written 21 March 2019
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hummernator
Madison, AL261 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
I booked with this company because they said the pilot would turn off the engine when we landed on the glacier if it was safe to do so. I also liked that they don’t allow selfie sticks. Mt. Cook Airport is also closer to Mt. Cook Village than Glentanner Airport. I booked the earliest flight on the first of our two days at Mt. Cook to give as much time as possible to rebook if the weather was bad. There is a four-person minimum on these flights, and we had to wait, because we were the only two people booked at 8 AM. The weather was perfect. We took the 55-minute flight, and were really glad. Yes, it is expensive, but the memories, and videos we shot are priceless. The pilot turned off the engine, so we had a few minutes of quiet on the Tasman Glacier, until the next helicopter arrived. The pilot (J. K.) also wanted to fly us over the peak of Mt. Cook, but said the downdraft was too great. There were 6 of us in the helicopter. J. K. was knowledgeable and gave good commentary, which we had no trouble hearing. I never thought anyone could make me get in a helicopter, (scared), but I forgot all about fear as soon as we left the ground. Magnificent!
Written 24 January 2019
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Amanda B
8 contributions
This was the most epic experience, one you should not leave NZ without checking off your list! We took a ski plane on the Grand Circle to see the Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers as well and the Hochstetter Icefall and of course Mount Cook! INCREDIBLE!
I can't say enough about the inflite team and my experience, thank you Hannah for you're excellent help in organizing my flight and your welcoming smile and Pete, my pilot, for the grand tour of mount cook!
Written 9 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters by Inflite
Cathy G
Cathy G
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Ride in a helicopter, hike on a glacier - an unforgettably awesome experience
The Tasman Glacier Heli Hike is a first class experience with friendly and professional staff taking care of us fro
meandstar
meandstar
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Best flight ever ? GO !
If you are going to do one thing at Mount Cook or choose one helicopter flight to go on in the South island go with
PatrickW3895
PatrickW3895
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A helicopter company which prides itself on customer experience
This is the best adventure I’ve had in a very long time. If you want breath taking views, and the time of your life
KazB734
KazB734
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Great views
Views were amazing would definitely recommend. I felt like I could of gone at least another 10mins longer & charges
fanga607
fanga607
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Fantastic trip
Fantastic flight, gobsmacking views, walking on glacier is outstanding. Worth every second of your time. Keep an ey
janetmM4009GH
janetmM4009GH
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Total thumbs up👍
Totally amazing trip! Mark the pilot gave us an awesome experience. Stopped and walked on the glacier. We will be
Kaye S
Kaye S
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Simply awesome
What a fabulous experience. Our pilot was superb. I am not a fan of heights but he completely put me at ease and I
Seznz1
Seznz1
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The best experience ever!
The most amazing experience, all of the staff at are so knowledgeable & professional. We were lucky to have Rich
ChontelleL1
ChontelleL1
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Wow, wow, wow! Book this trip!
As someone who tries to do a lot of adventures in NZ, I’ve been put off doing most of the heli and glacier trips as
SRStables
SRStables
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Incredible and highly recommended
Fantastic trip thanks to Mike (pilot) and the team. Unforgettable experience landing on the glacier and skimming pa
TimTran
TimTran
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Highly recommend, even for timid flyers
Echoing the many great reviews. Absolutely fabulous, felt very safe in the hands of Dan and the ski plane though I'
PUPKiwiBloke
PUPKiwiBloke
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Great way to start the year!
A fantastic experience! We were lucky to have the opportunity to picnic on the glacier - and I cannot fault anythin
480kurtb
480kurtb
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Absolutely stunning.
Such an amazing experience. Was expecting it to be great but it was so much better. Family of 18 took three helic
Bowielogan
Bowielogan
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Perfect
Perfect. The customer service is excellent, the pilots are excellent, the ski plane was comfortable and so smooth!
636garrym
636garrym
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Put this trip on your bucket list
Wow ! What a day Sun snow glaciers! Bubbles in mountains 🏔 . Scenery was outstanding! Mark the pilot was amazi
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