Mt Cook Scenic Flights

Flight Overview

The Mt Cook Scenic flight tour allows our passengers to enjoy all that Mt Cook scenery has to offer within half a day and will suit the traveller who may not have more to time to explore this region. This flight will cover much of the landmarks that make this part of the South Island one of the must see attractions for any visitor on their New Zealand holiday.

Departing from Queenstown airport you will climb out past Mt Cardrona and over Wanaka township and lake on an unforgettable scenic flight seeing adventure into the heart of the Southern Alps and around New Zealand's tallest mountain (3,724m or 12,318ft), Mt Cook. Only from the air can you truly appreciate the immense scale and spectacular grandeur of this region. Tracking along the Southern Alps provides views of the increasing heights of the mountains that form this formidable barrier. Mt Glenmary Mt Hooker and Mt Dechen to name a few. Views of some of the 3,000 glaciers that make up this region can be viewed. Looking out to the east as you are nearing Mt Cook you will see the flat plains of The Mckenzie Country, named after a sheep rustler James Mckenzie.

This region contains many water channels that feed water from the glacial lakes Pukaki, Tekapo and Ohau  into the Waitaki River flowing to the East Coast. The Waitaki has 3 hydro electric dams, Benmore, Aviemore and Waitaki that generate much of the south islands renewable energy. Your pilot will also point out, vast snow fields, beautiful turquoise glacial lakes, intricate river systems, glacial formed valleys and towering above it all of course Aoraki-Mount Cook. Once you arrive overhead Mt Cook, we will take you on a grand orbit of the Mt Cook area were you will get to see some of the major glaciers that make up the area, Tasman Glacier Franz, Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier. As you turn back toward Queenstown you will get views of the west coast of the South Island and the Tasman Sea. As all our aircraft have only window seats you will have an unobstructed view of this fantastic and remote part of New Zealand. Our pilots are experienced and enjoy making this your highlight of your stay here in New Zealand. They will provide an interesting and informative commentary and will be pleased to answer all your questions.

Departure times: on demand

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Adult $599 Child $350

  • Flight from Queenstown to over fly Mount Cook and return to Queenstown
  • Courtesy transport

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