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The Wigley: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

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    What to Expect
    Explore the immense beauty of the upper snowfield of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. As you fly in to 2200m on board either your helicopter or ski plane, marvel as the rock and ice debris transforms to glistening white.  You may even see an iceberg in the glacier lake.

    Equipped with snowshoes (or crampons,depending on snow conditions), walking poles, harness and other equipment, you are ready to explore ice formations in this ever-changing environment; you’re in the heart and birthplace of New Zealand mountaineering. 

    Your flight home tracks down the eastern side of New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook and the stunning Hochstetter icefall. You’ll return home with incredible memories of your experience in this vast mountain landscape. 

    This experience is named in honour of Harry Wigley, pilot and pioneer of the skiplane's retractable ski for glacier and airfield landings.  You will be a part of New Zealand's history.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Aoraki Mt Cook Airport
    • Two scenic flights
    • Professional guide
    • Woollen socks
    • Quality leather boots
    • Harness
    • Snow shoes or crampons
    • Adjustable walking poles
    • Water proof Jacket
    • Water resistant over-trousers
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing
    • Warm trousers (no jeans)
    • Sunglasses and sun protection
    • Hat
    • Camera
    • Drink and snacks
    • Gloves
    • Trip is weather dependent
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We took this trip is part of our Honeymoon and loved it! The plane ride was so fun and amazing to see the park from that angle. Our guide Rich was really friendly and knowledgeable and pointed out a lot on the flight and of course during the walk. I felt really safe the whole
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    Response from MtCookGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing at The Wigley: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike
    Responded 28 Sep 2019
    Congratulations and thank you for including us during such a special time for you both. It certainly sounds like you took away some amazing lifelong memories from being on top of New Zealand's largest glacier, the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. Thank you also for acknowledging Rich, we will pass your comments along and know he will appreciate them. Wishing you all the best for your future together. Kind Regards Jo Wisniewski On behalf of the Mt Cook Glacier Guiding Team
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    We had booked The Wigley Experience for 2 but the day before the trip at 5pm we got a call saying they had to cancel due to weather and the ski plane would be unable to land. I totally understand that the weather is out of the company's control however a few things did
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    Response from FoxGlacierGuiding, Sales and Marketing at The Wigley: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike
    Responded 10 May 2019
    Hello Emily, We are saddened to hear your frustration and disappointment as a result of the cancellation of The Wigley:Top of the Tasman Glacier Walk due to unsafe conditions on the glacier where this experience operates. Firstly, we would like to explain and make it clear that safety and risk management is at the core of all of our operational decisions, not commercial gain, minimum numbers or any other group management related considerations. Yes, the ski-plane could not land but also the terrain available for exploration was severely limited due to the lack of snow making it unsafe, as you will understand the use of a helicopter would not have solved this. We apologise if this was not made clear to you at the time. Secondly, it is our practice to offer a full refund or the next available experience when there is a cancellation, we refer to our email of April 6th to you where this was offered. Unfortunately due to every departure being full on the day you wanted the closest we could offer was on the following day. We were happy to read that you were able to secure a departure with an alternative company who had space available at a time that suited you more. Thirdly, the full amount you paid to us for our experience was 100% refunded in full back to your credit card. Your issue is indeed with your bank and their foreign exchange charges over which we have absolutely no control. We are aware of this being an issue with some of the many banks across the globe and have this set out in our terms and conditions which must be ticked as read before purchasing our experiences online. If you would like to discuss further, we invite you to email us directly on marketing@mtcookguides.co.nz.
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    Had a really awesome experience with Mt Cook glacier guiding. We elected to go on the Wigley so we would be higher up the Tasman glacier and were not disappointed. The plane took us up treating us to spectacular views before we set foot on the glacier itself. We then spent the
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    Fantastic ski plane flight up to the glacier then a snowshoe hike through a pristine, silent landscape. Perfect weather. Beautiful blue ice caves and towers with occasional distant avalanches noisily tumbling down mountain sides. Our guide, Ewan, leading us gently and carefully
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    We had the opportunity to take a ski plane up to the top of the Tasman Glacier in this truly amazing experience. After a quick 15 minute plane ride, we met up with our Guide at the top. The surrounding scenery was legitimately one of the most beautiful that I had ever seen. Our
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