Glacier gliding, stargazing and gourmet treats in New Zealand’s magical Southern Alps
From soaring, scenic helicopter rides to indulgent gastronomic feasts, a trip to New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier is where food, ski and thrill-seeking adventure collide. A once-in-a-lifetime experience that promises endless exploration, this snow-specked safari will take your ski game to dizzying new heights.
Your intrepid voyage will begin with an exhilarating helicopter flight past New Zealand’s tallest mountain (Aoraki or Mt. Cook, 3724m), where you’ll gaze down at the grandeur of the spectacular Southern Alps in all their magnificent glory. This goes way beyond your average alpine backdrop — rugged mountaintops frame the blue, cloudless skies, whilst below, dense forests and majestic crystal lakes sparkle in the distance.
The aviation thrills don’t stop there. A private ski plane will transport you to the top of the country’s longest glacier, where you’ll get to touch down onto soft powder before plummeting with precision down an intoxicating 8km ski descent. But despite appearances, this vertiginous run allows for an altogether relaxed pace of skiing — the easy to moderate blue runs provide a powdered playground for all levels of skiers, from beginners to advanced.
With breathtaking views of the Southern Alps and the Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Area that boasts the tallest peak in Australasia — skiers will be in true alpine heaven as they glide effortlessly, navigating themselves through glistening blue ice caves and dramatic ice formations, all set beneath a canvas of cloudless blue skies.
A backdrop so breathtaking it will quite literally take your breath away.
Experienced guides will lead the way through frozen seracs and aquamarine ice caverns, followed by an alfresco picnic lunch perched on the glacier. Lunch with a view doesn’t even cut it.
Guests will then fly back to the serene setting of Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat — the glistening blue waters of Lake Pukaki are enough to send anyone into switch off mode — before being served a sumptuous three-course supper of gourmet delights.
Finish the evening with an exclusive private wine tasting, whilst stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere's only dark sky reserve.
A bucket list alpine experience that will stay in your memory forever — this is a ski discovery with a difference, and an adventure we guarantee you won’t want to miss out on.
Price from £2,100 per person, including 2 nights’ accommodation at Mt. Cook Lakeside Retreat, breakfast and evening meals, private helicopter flight, ski plane with glacier landing, two guided 8km ski runs, glacier picnic lunch with wine, private wine tasting with winemaker and stargazing.
Note that ice caves and seracs cannot be guaranteed as the glacier moves around 30cm each day and guest safety is our top priority.