Mt Cook Helicopter Glacier Landing

Flight Overview

True South Flights offers a variety of options of  Helicopter Scenic Flights with landing options on and near the glaciers around Mt Cook partnering with our providers Helicopter Line.

Flying up the main spine of the Southern alps direct from Queenstown to Glentanner or Franz Josef airport in one of our fixed wing aircraft you will get views of Wanaka township and Lake Wanaka. Along the way many small and large glaciers can be viewed with their rivers feeding into turquoise blue glacial lakes. Views to the east as you near your destination, Glentanner, at Mt Cook are of the McKenzie Country with its canals that link up to Lake Benmore, a man made lake that feeds the Waitaki River hydro power scheme. If you are taking the Franz Josef option you will descend on the western side of Mt Cook  to Franz Josef airport with great views of the Tasman Sea and lush vegetation of the West Coast of New Zealand.

Your pilot will give an interesting and informative commentary whilst you are enjoying a spectacular flight seeing experience. He will be pleased to answer all your questions. After landing, you will be escorted to our helicopter partners who will provide you with a safety briefing and details of your flight and landing options. You can then enjoy a 30mins round trip of Mt Cook . Your helicopter will land on the snowfields at the head of one of the glaciers for you to disembark and you will have time to take in the magnificent view of the surrounding area. Once you had a play in the snow and taken some memorable photos you will be flown back to the helicopter base were we will be waiting for you. We will give you time to relax before we load up for the return to Queenstown.

We endeavour to always fly home by a different route to give you the best variety of landscape and sights. The weather conditions do play a part in our decision on flight routes and destination so we can change as required. However we will ensure you will be spoilt for spectacular scenery through the whole experience and our staff will give you a seamless experience.

We can provide several other helicopter flight durations and other options. Please contact our friendly desk staff to discuss. We can make up a flight and helicopter combination to meet your needs and budget.

Departure times are on demand


Trip Duration

3hr 30m

Flight Time

2hr 45m


Adult $1199 Child $949

  • Direct flight from Queenstown to Glentanner  or Franz Josef and return to Queenstown
  • Helicopter flight with glacier landing
  • Ground time applicable to heli-option
  • Courtesy transport to and from your accommodation in Queenstown

Flight Path