The Cool Climber: Tasman Glacier Ice Climbing


Up to 8 hours


Up to 6 hours

Fitness Level:



No experience required

Minimum Age:

13 years (An adult must accompany young people 13-16 years)

Tour Times:

Check In 10 mins. before


$950 per adult
$950 per child (13-16)

Valid until 30 September 2024.

The Cool Climber: Tasman Glacier Ice Climbing

Feeling adventurous? Come ice climbing in New Zealand’s big alpine environment!

A thrilling scenic helicopter flight takes you up the Tasman Valley to the best ice climbing location. Take in awe-inspiring views of the home of New Zealand’s big alpine scenery, watch for the Haupapa/Tasman glacier lake and marvel at the spectacular Hochstetter Icefall.

Our expert guides will quickly teach you how to master basic crampon and ice axe techniques. Using ice tools and the front points of your crampons, you climb vertical and at times, overhanging ice walls and pinnacles, or maybe you’ll climb into a crevasse; you are always safely secured by a top rope attached to your harness.

On this trip you receive personalized ice climbing instruction. Our ice-climbing guides receive special training to ensure they teach skills in the correct order so you advance quickly. Come on an adventure you will never forget!


Any Essential Medication

3 – 4 layers of warm upper body clothing 

Warm trousers

Sunglasses and sun protection 

Lunch, snacks and a drink

Warm hat

A Camera

Jeans are not recommended


Specialised climbing boots

All technical & safety equipment

Waterproof Jacket


Gloves & woolen socks

Alpine backpack

Climbing helmet

A great day on the ice!


We recommend you book in advance so you don’t miss out on this amazing experience. You can easily book with us online, or contact us via phone or email. 

We suggest booking for your first day in Mt. Cook, as our experiences are weather dependent. 

Check-in time is 10 minutes before departure.

Absolutely no experience is needed for any of our trips. Our guides will provide specialist equipment and professional instruction to quickly have you exploring the glacier with confidence.

Can you climb a ladder without difficulty? You can learn to climb ice!

Yes, we require 3 people for this trip to go ahead. If you have less than 3 people in your group, we will do our best to put you on a trip with other people. If minimum numbers are not met, we can accommodate private trips at an additional cost. For more details, contact us.

For this trip, you need to bring any essential medication, 3-4 layers of warm upper body clothing, warm trousers, sunglasses and sun protection, lunch along with a drink and snacks, a warm hat and a camera. No drones are allowed and jeans are not recommended.

On this trip, we provide specialised climbing boots, all technical & safety equipment, a waterproof jacket and overtrousers, gloves, woolen socks, an alpine backpack, and a climbing helmet.

Aoraki/Mt Cook Village is located on the eastern side of the Southern Alps/Ka Tiritiri O te Moana in the McKenzie Country Region.  It is home to most of New Zealand’s big mountains over 3,000m including the tallest, Aoraki/Mt Cook at 3724m.

Weather in this alpine environments is subject to rapid change and temperatures can vary accordingly.

Weather and cloud levels can change within a matter of minutes. This is why our weather checks are not made until 10 minutes before your departure time.

There is an individual weight restriction of 116 kg/256 pounds for our experiences as they utilise either helicopters or ski planes. Please contact us on or 0800 68 2665 if you would like to join a trip and are over this weight limit.

No. Please leave your drone behind. It is illegal to fly a drone in Mt. Cook as it is within a National Park.

If you fly a drone, it will be confiscated and you will be fined $5,000. For rules on flying drones in New Zealand, please reference

If for some reason you need to cancel your trip, then let us know as soon as possible. Most of our trips are fully refundable provided we receive your cancellation request twenty-four (24) hours prior to the reporting time. Please see the Terms and Conditions section on this website for more details.

Please find more questions and answers on our FAQ Page.