The Tasman Glacier has retreated rapidly over the past 100 years. Where the end of the glacier stood 50 years ago is now a large terminal lake populated with floating icebergs of all shapes and size
The layer of rock on top of the glacier provides some spectacular rock falls as the ice continually melts away from beneath. Although a surprise to many, the messy array of dirty moraine on top of the Tasman Glacier isn't such a bad thing…. Let your guide explain why!
About 40 species of birds are found in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. The most distinctive is the Kea, a mountain parrot well known for its mischievous antics!
The Mount Cook lily is truly a giant -it is the world's largest buttercup. Learn during the trip how it has developed a clever mechanism which aids in its survival in the harsh alpine environment.
As we journey alongside the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake, the lateral moraines which rear up 100 feet remind us of the scale and greatness the glacier has reached in previous times the last ice age finishing in just 1890!
You will be stunned by the awesome mountain scenery as we explore the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park by 4WD and ARGO! The 158 named peaks range in height from Mt Sebastopol at 1468 metres to Aoraki Mount Cook at 3724 metres, the highest peak in Australasia!
Your friendly guide is a real Mount Cook character, learn about the area and be entertained by their wealth of knowledge and local stories. As you travel up the Tasman Valley on a 4WD track you will be amazed at the awesome mountain scenery! During the Spring and Summer months you can see an abundance of Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies, Golden Spaniard Spear Grass and many delicate mountain flowers. You may even catch a glimpse of the world's only 'mountain parrot' - New Zealand's cheeky Kea.
Pick up and drop off from The Hermitage Hotel. Check in required 20mins before scheduled departure at the Activities Desk located inside the lobby of The Hermitage Hotel. Purchase your ticket online or in person from the Activities Desk (due to limited availability pre bookings are recommended).
What to bring
- Camera with plenty of memory!
- Warm layers on top, sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses, long pants and walking shoes. Be prepared for the elements!
- A BIG smile and sense of adventure!
Your safety is our first and foremost consideration. Our guides are extensively trained and we operate to the highest safety standards at all times. Trips do not operate if deemed to be of no scenic value or unsafe to operate. Some trips may therefore not operate due to prevailing weather, road or avalanche danger.
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