The only tour of its kind in New Zealand. An amazing encounter
with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Explore,
learn and discover the ever-changing glacial landscape as you
journey across the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake in a custom-built
MAC Boat with your experienced guide.
With the effects of global warming and other climatic processes
taking their toll on New Zealand glaciers, their retreat is
imminent. Approximately 27km long and 600m deep, in recent
years the Tasman Glacier has changed from a 'melting' to a 'calving
and melting' terminus, resulting in a terminal lake that is rapidly
increasing in size.
This results in icebergs of various shapes and sizes
periodically tearing away from the terminal face of the glacier
into the rapidly growing lake. On either side of the Terminal Lake,
lateral moraines rear up almost 200m to remind us of the scale and
greatness that the glacier has reached in previous times.
For more information about Glacier Explorers see below or visit
the official website: www.glacierexplorers.com
Cruise the Tasman Glacier
terminal lake surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery, Aoraki
Mount Cook and icebergs
Depart from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel. The
bus will take you out to the Tasman Valley and take a 20
minute alpine walk through the National Park to the
Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. Then board your MAC boat and enjoy
the ever changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier icebergs.
Allow 2.5 hours total per trip - (Approx 60 minutes on
Glacier Explorers generally operates from September to late
May (season opening date subject to lake thawing).
Daily departures are available throughout the season at : 8am,
9.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm (subject to
appropriate weather, daylight and lake conditions).
||Child (4-14 years)
|All prices are in NZD and include GST
|What is supplied
||What to bring
||A warm layer of clothing
||Camera with plenty of Memory
|Sunblock & sunglasses
|An unforgettable experience
|Wet weather gear
||Flat soled, enclosed walking shoes
- Check in required 30mins before scheduled departure.
- Due to high demand, we recommend that you pre-book this
activity to avoid disappointment.
- Weather Conditions: Glacier Explorers operates in a unique,
alpine environment. A decision is made by the lead guide just
before each trip based on current weather and lake
conditions. 100% refund if trip cancelled before departure due
to prevailing weather conditions. 50% refund if boat cruise
is shortened after departure due to a change in conditions.
At all times passenger safety and comfort is our first
- Cancellation Policy: 24-48 hours before departure - loss of 50%
of the total price. Within 24 hours of departure - loss of
100% of the total price.
- Please be aware that icebergs on the lake occur as a result of
glacial calving activity. As this is a natural occurrence, at times
the glacier is not as active meaning the quantity and size of
icebergs on the lake vary. Icebergs, calvings and rollovers
cannot be guaranteed, but are a wonderful bonus for passengers
lucky enough to experience them.
Brodie Kane from Seven Sharp
reporting on the Glacier Explorers and the huge February 2013
Calving of the Tasman Glacier.