The only tour of its kind in New Zealand and one of the only
accessible glacial lakes containing icebergs in the
An amazing encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the
Tasman Glacier. Explore and learn about the ever-changing glacial
landscape as you journey across the terminal lake in our
custom-built MAC Boats with your experienced guides. Icebergs of
every shape and size periodically tear away from the face of the
glacier into the rapidly growing lake. Lateral moraines rear up
almost 200m to remind us of the scale and greatness that the
glacier has reached in previous times.
With the effects of global warming and other climatic processes
taking their toll on New Zealand glaciers, their retreat is
imminent. Now approximately 27km long and 600m deep, the Tasman
Glacier is melting and calving at an exponentially increasing rate.
In recent years the Tasman Glacier has changed from a 'melting' to
a 'calving and melting' terminus, resulting in a terminal lake that
is rapidly increasing in size.
For more information about Glacier Explorers see below
or visit the official website: www.glacierexplorers.com
Experience the Tasman Glacier,
New Zealand's largest with Glacier Explorers in a truly unique
Depart from Mount Cook Village outside The Hermitage Hotel. The
bus will take you on a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed
by a 30 minute alpine walk through the National Park. Then
board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing face of the Tasman
Glacier terminal lake and its icebergs. Allow approx 2.5 hours
total per trip - (60 minutes on the lake)
NEW Glacier Explorers season begins Thursday the 1st of
Glacier Explorers operates from the start of September to the
end of May - the glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of
the season is subject to the lake thawing.
Daily departures are available
throughout the season at : 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
& 5pm (subject to appropriate weather, daylight and lake
All prices are in NZD and include GST (15%)
Prices valid until 30th September 2017
|What is supplied
||What to bring
||An extra warm layer of clothing
||Camera with plenty of memory
||Sunblock & sunglasses
|An unforgettable experience
||Wet weather gear
||Flat soled, enclosed walking shoes
• Check in at the Activities Desk is
required 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
• Due to high demand, we recommend that
you pre-book this activity to avoid disappointment.
• Weather Conditions: Glacier Explorers
operates in a unique, alpine environment. In the event of
unfavourable weather conditions the tour may be cancelled. This
decision is made by the Head Guide just before each trip based on
weather and lake conditions. An alternative trip time or full
refund is offered under such circumstances.
• Please be aware that icebergs on the
lake occur as a result of glacial calving activity. As this
is a natural occurrence, at times the glacier is not as active
meaning the quantity and size of icebergs on the lake vary.
Icebergs, calvings and rollovers cannot be guaranteed, but
are a wonderful bonus for passengers lucky enough to experience
Brodie Kane from Seven Sharp
reporting on the Glacier Explorers and the huge February 2013
Calving of the Tasman Glacier.