Glacier Explorer
  • Glacier Explorer
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Adults (aged 15+) $149 and Children (ages 4-14) $75
Open September to June
2.5 hour trip
Only Glacial Boat tour in NZ
Family Friendly
Fully Refundable if cancelled due to weather
Bookings Essential
reservations@hermitage.co.nz
+64 3 435 1809

Glacier Explorers is the only tour of its kind in New Zealand.

Cruise around the Tasman Glacial Lake and experience the enormity of NZ's largest glacier. The towering ice wall is really quite incredible, with an astonishing history.

On this tour you will explore and learn about the ever-changing glacial landscape as you journey across the terminal lake. Icebergs of every shape and size periodically tear away from the face of the glacier into the rapidly growing lake, making every day different to the next. This is a unique opportunity to truly feel small as the lateral moraines rear up almost 200m, reminding 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 23/23.5km long and 600m deep (at its deepest point), the Tasman Glacier is melting and calving at an exponentially increasing rate. In recent years the Tasman Glacier has changed from a 'melting only' to a 'calving and melting' terminus, resulting in a terminal lake that is rapidly increasing in size.

An incredible experience for everyone.

Check in for this activity is at the Activities counter on the ground floor of the Hermitage Hotel. The bus will take you on a pleasant trip to the Tasman Valley, followed by a 25 minute alpine walk through the National Park. Guests will then board the MAC boat where the boat tour on the Tasman Glacier terminal lake will begin. Expect to spend approximately one hour on the lake.

Glacier Explorers operates from the start of September to the end of June. The glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing.

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What to Bring:

  • An extra warm layer of clothing
  • Camera
  • Sunblock & sunglasses
  • Waterproof jacket (& pants if you have some)
  • Suitable walking shoes (closed toes)

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 Glacier Explorers 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 them.

Important Note:

Please ensure when booking that all individuals joining the Glacier Explorers trip can walk 1.5km in 25 minutes to ensure the trip can run to schedule.