Aoraki / Mount Cook
The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is alpine in the purest sense – with sky-scraping dramatic peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields.
Although it encompasses 19 peaks over 3,000 metres high, this National Park is very accessible. State Highway 80 leads to Aoraki/Mount Cook Village which is situated beside scenic Lake Pukaki and provides a comfortable base for alpine activities.
Adventurers can find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks leading to alpine tarns, herb fields and spectacular glacier views. Encounters with cheeky Kea are all part of the fun. Kayak on a glacial lake with floating Icebergs, take a helicopter or small plane onto the glacier or simply picnic beside the milky turquoise lakes.
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Mount Cook Glacier Kayaking
A unique opportunity to meet icebergs face to face – an experience like no other! New Zealand’s longest glacier (the Tasman Glacier) winds its way down from the Southern Alps for 29km before culminating at the terminal lake. Here, the transition from glacier to lake produces impressive icebergs on a regular basis; this truly is ‘big berg country’.
This is a full day of adventure for keen kayakers, and you’ll get to view the terminal face of the glacier from a safe distance and explore the Tasman Lake, with plenty of time to take it all in. Conditions permitting there may be opportunities to beach the kayaks and explore some shoreline areas – a stop in glacier bay is a pretty unique location to enjoy lunch.
Rated as one of Lonely Planet’s top Ultimate Adventures in the World!