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Glacier Explorers

Terrace Road | The Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-435 1809
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Experience a glacier up close and taste glacial ice

Glacier Explorers took us (2 adults and 2 kids 6 and 8) on a very interesting - and at times... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WindLover2001
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Sydney, Australia
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Cool experience to feel a glacier ice up close

After alighting from the bus, will need another 20-30 mins of walking up to the lake. Once at the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Trumpboyer86
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Singapore, Singapore
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Terrace Road | The Hermitage Hotel, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Glacier Explorers took us (2 adults and 2 kids 6 and 8) on a very interesting - and at times exhilarating - boat ride across the lake at the bottom of the Tasman Glacier. It's a great thing to do and I'd recommend it if...More

Thank WindLover2001
Reviewed 3 days ago

After alighting from the bus, will need another 20-30 mins of walking up to the lake. Once at the lake, the boat ride will take 45mins to an hour. Knowledgeable and funny guide will be there to share interesting facts about the location, occasionally pick...More

Thank Trumpboyer86
Reviewed 1 week ago

A short bus ride followed by a boat tour with a great guide. A great deal of time is spent explaining the glaciation and melting processes. You have the opportunity to hold ice from the ice bergs that have calved off of the glacier. Seeing...More

Thank davejohnbiking
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's so worth it , even if you aren't a glacier expert! The guide's are amazing, they tell you so much about it & are really enthusiastic. It makes your trip really worth it !! Especially we were lucky to get Pancho & Will who...More

1  Thank Shriya R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Earlier in the day we had done the helicopter ride to the glacier and in the afternoon we did this. Initially we are taken by bus to the park it's a 25 min walk from there to the lake. The person driving the bus kept...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As others have mentioned, the coach bus pick up was at The Hermitage Hotel. Once at the trail-head, expect to walk on gravel and rocks for about 15-20 min. You then drop off your backpacks in a bin before boarding the jetty. I had a...More

2  Thank DeeL007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was excited initially but what a let down. The trip on the boat was so short & very expensive. We were only able to touched a small iceberg. Every other thing were viewed from far. Makes no difference for those who wish to omit this...More

3  Thank season177
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We met the tour bus at the Hermitage Hotel; the friendly GE driver checked us in and drove the group out to the trailhead, where we walked about 1.5 km over a rough gravel trail to the jetty on Lake Tasman. It is a bit...More

Thank ArlettaC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came on a nice sunny day excellent weather Brett tour guide was very informative answered every question about the ice and the area. No chance to walk on glacier as a safety concern at the face. But good tour very interesting walk to the boats...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We travelled over Easter and we had an amazing day with the weather. Tom was our guide and he was awesome. Tom was very knowledgable and had a sense of humour and answered everyone's questions. We saw icebergs and the glacier and a clear view...More

Thank Bunnykinstravel
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Keith O
As i will be arriving on 3 May. Can I book on site as I am not sure if the lake is frozen and closed? Any package deal if I take up both the Glacier Explorers as well as Tasman Experience (35min). Thanks! Any hotel shuttle to the respective locations. Will be staying at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels
17 April 2017|
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Response from Cheri R | Reviewed this property |
The tour desk is actually at the Lodge, no need for shuttles. The buses and 4WDs leave from there, too. Space is limited, so I suggest booking in advance. If they cannot operate due to weather or track conditions, refunds... More
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tking22016
Is it a steep walk?
9 March 2017|
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Response from SteveandJune | Reviewed this property |
The walk takes about 20 minutes each way and you are pressed to keep up with the group in order not to miss the boat departure. The walk is over a rough and sometimes stony track and you really should wear good shoes or... More
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Jess086
Is there any tour in July 17?
16 February 2017|
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Response from Fernas | Reviewed this property |
By boat no, because the lake is frozen. But, plenty of walks to see the glaciers. Worth going anyway.
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