Glacier Sea Kayaking

This tour is not currently operating.

Mount Cook Glacier Sea Kayaking is another great way to explore Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. Paddle around in one of the National Parks glacial lakes, on this fun-filled Mount Cook activity. 

Please contact us if you would like to book a Glacier Sea-Kayaking trip. You can also book Glacier Sea-Kayaking and other Mount Cook activities in conjunction with your accommodation booking.

Tasman Glacier Lake Trip

A full on adventure for the keen kayaker. This trip provides a unique opportunity to meet icebergs face to face, view the glacier terminal face from a safe distance and explore the Tasman Lake with plenty time to take it all in.

There may be opportunities to beach the kayaks and explore some of the shoreline areas. We also stop is a glacier bay to have lunch.

New Zealand's longest glacier winds its way down the Southern Alps for nearly 30km before culminating at the Tasman Lake.  The transition from glacier to lake produces impressive icebergs on a regular basis; this truly is 'big berg country'. Launch into the trip of a lifetime as you push away from the shore to explore the wonders of nature's creation.

  • All double kayaks are fitted with outriggers (Floaties) for perfect stability.
  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Departure Time: 9:00am 
  • Price: $250 per person
  • Lunch not provided.
  • Minimum age 15 years
Mueller Glacier Lake Trip

This is the ultimate Eco-Tour taking in the most awe-inspiring scenery. The trip starts at the Old Mountaineers Café next door to the DOC visitor info centre. We drive out to the Hooker Valley car park where we start our short trek. We use our exclusive track to the Mueller Lake where we have our gear shed and launch site. You won't see any other people during this tour.

Once kitted up with kayak safety gear and trekking gear we head off on our adventure. We paddle through the nooks and crannies of the old glacier moraines which have formed the perfect route to the glacier hike. We dock the kayaks right under the towering Mt Sefton where avalanches can be seen and heard! A short trek on the glacier moraines to explore glacier ice remnants is the order of the day from here!

Bring your lunch and refreshments with you, whilst being stunned by the sheer beauty and scale of the area. There are no other operators in this part of the national park and there are no aircraft's permitted to fly overhead. This is definitely the "Quiet Zone" of the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

You may not see any icebergs on this trip but you will journey through incredible terrain with breathtaking views. The south side of Aoraki Mount Cook as well as the giant glaciated face of Mount Sefton which dominate the views.

This trip is for people who have done some kayaking and enjoy hiking. All double kayaks are fitted with outriggers (Floaties) for perfect stability.

  • Duration: 4-6 hours
  • Departure Time: 9:00am
  • Price: $250 per person 
  • Lunch not provided.
  • Minimum age 15 years

Previous experience kayaking is required.

Your tour guide will choose which glacial lake you will visit, on the day. This depends on weather conditions and icebergs.


This trip is currently not operating.

Departure Point:

The Old Mountaineers Café, Mount Cook Village (about 20 minutes drive from Glentanner Park Centre).

What would I need to take?

A camera/phone, sunscreen, good walking shoes or sandals, sunglasses, sun hat, warm clothing, rain jacket, personal medication, lunch and water.

All prices are in New Zealand dollars (subject to change).