Visit the majestic Mount Cook in the New Zealand's Southern Alps mountain range on this scenic and exhilarating airplane tour from Queenstown. See why Samuel Butler wondered if there was a more beautiful snowy mountain in the entire world!
What to Expect
At 3754 metres (12,316 ft), Aoraki Mount Cook is New Zealand’s highest mountain. It is a world renowned peak – climbed by many and enjoyed by all that visit. Mount Cook is the flagship of the mighty Southern Alps mountain range. It is joined by another twenty seven peaks giving it an alpine backbone that peaks at over 3050m (10,000ft), yet with hundreds of others not far short of that – it all makes up the famous Southern Alps.
From Queenstown, Air Milford can fly direct to Mt Cook, taking in the scenic Southern Lakes and unmistakable Mckenzie Country hydro-electric scheme. What is normally 3-hour drive by land is a simple 1-hour flight.
On arrival at Mt Cook village we transfer guests onto a ski plane that ventures onto one of the numerous glaciers in the area, often including the Tasman glacier. At 27 kilometres (17 mi) in length, Tasman Glacier is New Zealand's longest. Set foot on an 'Antarctic' like setting, with the engine shut-down to experience NZ nature at its best.
Upon returning to the Mt Cook village, we set off on the second leg of the excursion - a scenic flight down the beautiful and rugged Westland/Fiordland coast to Milford Sound. Mistaken as a sound when discovered in the early 18th Century, Milford is a true Fjord and one of the few in the world to have mountain tops stretch 5,280m (2.5 mi) straight up from the sea.
Enjoy lunch and coffee in this idyllic setting before your final scenic flight and return to Queenstown.
- Scenic Flight: Queenstown - Mt Cook - Milford Sound - Queenstown
- Ski Plane landing at Mt Cook
- Lunch at Milford Sound
- Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation
What's Not Included
- Entry into Sir Edmund Hillary Centre at Mt Cook