What better way to spend your day off your cruise ship than taking a luxury helicopter tour to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, and landing on a glacier by ski plane?
On your journey south you will take in the unique views of Canterbury, the Banks Peninsula, and the fertile Canterbury Plains. Mighty glacier-fed rivers flow from the Southern Alps across the Canterby Plains; you will have views of snowy mountain peaks and crystal-clear lakes.
Upon landing at Mount Cook airfield you will be transferred to an iconic ski plane, the mode of transport for the late Sir Edmund Hillary on some of his trips into the National Park. The flight will take in views of the mighty Tasman Glacier, the longest in New Zealand. On landing you will be knee deep in snow!
On completion of your ski plane flight you will re-board your helicopter to depart to a resort for lunch (lunch is not included in cost). After lunch, we will return you to Akaroa wharf to board your ship. Your pilot will inform and entertain you, pointing out the interesting facts and historical features of our region.
Allow 6 hours for this experience.