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“heli hiking”(14 reviews)
“ice cave”(9 reviews)
“southern alps”(16 reviews)
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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3 Larch Grove | Departs from The Old Mountaineers Cafe, Bar and Restaurant, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 January 2015

Mount Cook and the Tasman Glacier was an amazing site and an experience that will stay with us all for the rest of our lives. The helicopter flight up to the glacier was filled with amazing sights of ice waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and flowing rivers....More

4  Thank Marcus A
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 22 April 2015

We were told we were going on a glacier kayak tour from 10-2. You don't even get into the kayaks until 11:30, and our guide spent an absurd amount of time doing safety drills incase we fell in- even though there were stabilizers to make...More

9  Thank mjh19802015
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All reviews heli hiking ice cave southern alps once in a lifetime tasman glacier small group new zealand kayaking tour these guys an amazing experience mt cook personalized service owner charlie franz josef great guide perfect weather two hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Under the very knowledgeable guidance of Ant, and exceptional service provided by Charlie (also the owner of Old Mountaineering Cafe) , our Heli-Hiking experience of exploring the ice caves was nothing less than mesmerizing, beautiful and surreal. 3 cheers for the team.

Thank Ozzy-Kunnu
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for making your positive comments. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the experience of our beautiful area. I think you described it beautifully. Safe travels Charlie

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is by far the most expensive kayaking tour we've done...but it was also by far the best one ;-) The guides were very professional, super relaxed and very pleasant to have around. The tour itself is stunning. The location is breathtaking. On a sunny...More

Thank Kamen_777
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review. It's certainly a stunning and beautiful trip and I'm really pleased you enjoyed it. It's unique that's for sure. Paddling around icebergs in a warm climate is certainly unique!! The price reflects the place where we operate. Being inside...More

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

You can’t beat this trip !! Ant our guide was fantastic ! Mother Nature prevented our group from entering the caves however what we were shown and the sites were fantastic !!! Could not recommend the trip any higher !!! Charlie was welcoming and helpful...More

Thank pk3011
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2018

Thanks for your great review guys. It's certainly a great playground with unbelievable scenery. We're so pleased you had a great adventure. Until next time, all the best and safe travels. Charlie

Reviewed 22 May 2018

I STRONGLY recommend the Mount Cook Helihike - helicopter ride / glacier hike. It is a once in a lifetime experience in multiple ways ... being shuttle to a glacier by helicopter, hike on a glacier wearing crampons and all other stuff, explore ice caves....More

Thank Eduardo C
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2018

Hi and thanks for your review. Our Tasman Glacier Heli Hiking trip is certainly a great adventure and we are so pleased you had a great time on the glacier with us. Unfortunately the helicopter rides are expensive and they wont get any cheaper in...More

Reviewed 16 April 2018

I recently completed a trip with Charlie and his colleague to the Mt Cook glacier and the ice caves and I was blown away by both. I have previously visited the Mt Cook National Park but never on a bespoke guiding trip. Charlie from Southern...More

Thank Chris_Shoreditch
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Thank you so much for lovely review. I'm so pleased you had a great time. It's a pretty amazing place and I'm thrilled that we could share it with you. All the best and hopefully we'll see you again for more great adventures. Warmest wishes...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is weather dependent and we had the perfect weather for it which was truly lucky. There are more chances of doing this here than in Franz Josef and we had I consider one of the best guides Ant. He was very informative, highly experienced...More

Thank Curranpq
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thanks for your lovely review. We are really pleased you enjoyed this amazing glacier with us. It certainly has many fantastic features and yes it certainly pays to follow your guide through all the nooks and crannies to find to specials areas. Safe travels and...More

Reviewed 3 April 2018

We had an amazing time out on the Tasman glacier with Ant. He took us down into a relatively new ice cave and all the views you'll see are just amazing. Highly recommendMore

1  Thank tawieczo
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

We are so please you had a great time on the Tasman Glacier Heli Hiking with us. Ant was as excited as you were to find the new ice cave! It's a magical place and thanks for sharing it with us. Warmest wishes and safe...More

Reviewed 26 March 2018

We had an amazing experience with Ant in March 2018 on the Southern Alps Guiding Tasman Helihike. Ant and Charlie really are legendary mountaineers - they hold the record for Mt Cook climbs, and are full of incredible climbing stories (both theirs and those of...More

Thank Ted F
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Thanks so much for your heartfelt review. For sure Ant and I love taking people to our "office" and sharing the magic of the area. We are so pleased you got to share this with us. All the very best and safe travels. Charlie

Reviewed 16 March 2018

These guys know how to guide. You do need to be in good shape and not a couch potato - but I think most active folk should have no problem at all. Ant was our guide. He took the time to teach all the basics...More

Thank Patrick Y
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Hi Patrick Thanks for your great review. Yes Ant is an excellent caring guide and loves everything about guiding and people whether it be heli hiking or kayaking. It's truly a great experience and we are so pleased you got to enjoy the magic of...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018

Exploring Talisman Glacier with expert guide/owner Charlie Hobbs of Southern Alps Guiding was the highlight of our New Zealand trip, and that's saying a lot! Starting with the helicopter ride up the valley to seeing the splendor of Mount Hood and trekking down into the...More

Thank bien4
Charlie H, Owner at Southern Alps Guiding, responded to this reviewResponded 18 March 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review. It really is a fun trip heli hiking on the Tasman Glacier and I'm so thrilled you enjoyed it so much. I'll pass on your regards to Mary as well as I'm sure she will be thrilled...More

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Melvinsong
5 June 2018|
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Response from Charlie H | Property representative |
TASMAN GLACIER HELI-HIKE AND GLACIER HIKING with Southern Alps Guiding Hi Melvin Thank you for your email regarding our heli hiking trips on the famous Tasman Glacier. Our company offers unique personalised heli hiking... More
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Response from Charlie H | Property representative |
Thanks for your email regarding our Tasman Glacier Heli Hiking. The minimum age is 8 years old. You can check our website for more information mtcook com Warmest wishes Charlie Hobbs
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