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Review of Glacier Explorers

Glacier Explorers
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We visited the glacier in early April and had a great experience. We took the 9:30 tour and met at the Hermitage Hotel and took a short (about 10 min) bus ride to the parking lot, so I recommend comfortable walking shoes. From there, we took a 15 min walk to the lake. We spent about 1 hour on the lake. We were able to see icebergs of all sizes close up and even touch them. The views were beautiful. The guide was very informative, professional, and friendly. She even took pictures of everyone on the boat with the glacier as the background. It was a bit cold and rainy the day we went, so also recommend warm clothes and a rain jacket. Overall, this was a very unique experience and we would recommend it to everyone!

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Reviewed 1 June 2014

We( 6 of us) did the morning 11Am tour. The entire group for the tour ( 26 people), were first taken by bus to the Tasman glacier car park about 10 mins drive away from the Hermitage hotel. The drive itself was through spectacular views of Mt cook and surrounding peaks. Unlike the previous day, this day was bright and sunny, with clear skies giving perfect and complete views of Mt cook. From the car park the Tasman lake is a 20 minute walk though a track having gravel and large stones. Hence need to have comfortable shoes. This is the terrain all over mount cook. ( We did the Hooker valley track later in the day, which was similar). At the banks of the lake we were fitted out with life jackets and divided into two groups with 13 to one boat. We were seated in the front of the boat, which was good as we could hear our guide clearly over the din of the engine. The boat tour was for about 45 mins. There were numerous blocks of ice floating around. We were taken near one large ice berg, blue in colour in the reflecting sun. Our guide broke pieces of the iceberg and gave it to us to eat !! The boat stops around 500 mts away from the glacier wall for obvious safety reasons. Throughout the trip we could hear loud cracking noise of ice breaking, however did not see any falling into the lake. We had many photos taken. The guide was good and explained in detail on the glacier and its surroundings. Those wanting to see this must do so, sooner than later. Apparently the glacier may have fully melted in another 20 yrs or so !!. We reached back the Hermitage activity centre by around 2:00PM. The guides both in the bus and in the boat were very good and enthusiastic. A well spent three hours and a must do activity while in Mt Cook.

3  Thank trawelbug
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I thought the tour by Glacier Explorers was very informative and professional. A bus ride from Mt Cook Village, a brisk walk in the mountain air, and a wonderful experience on the glacial lake inspecting icebergs and learning about the Mt Cook glaciers, made this an excellent, although not cheap, family excursion. You leave in awe of the mountains and in wonder of the fragility of the ecology.

2  Thank SeraphineV
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I did this boat trip in March this year and think i was very lucky because it was a beautiful sunny day, no clouds at all, Mt Cook fully visible and heaps of icebergs.
Tour is run very professionally. Short bus trip to get to the lake which was very informative with the guide giving us a running commentary, very knowledgable. Then a shortish walk to get to the lake and then onto the boat. The guide again was very good with the boat and let everyone touch the icebergs and explained all about the glacier and tasman lake. The glacier "calved" the night before (is that the right word?) so there were lots of icebergs in the lake which was very interesting. You don't get to go very close to the glacier because of safety issues but close enough and looks great with Mt Cook in the background. Also a nice drive in to get to Mt Cook, although quite a ways. Well worth making the trip!

1  Thank OzeeTraveller
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We woke to a dreary & wet day expecting our trip to be cancelled. However, the guides decided to go for it & despite the weather we had a great time. They supplied us with waterproof coats before jumping in the boat. Our guide, Duncan, was obviously passionate about his work. He was also very friendly, knowledgeable & down to earth, sharing many secrets about the ice. Definitely worth the short walk & the money.

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