Glentanner Station High Country Heli Hike

NEW IN 2020!

Soar over the Southern Alps, take in breathtaking views and walk a trail of High Country history on the new Glentanner High Country Heli Hike.

Travel somewhere new in the Aoraki / Mount Cook region, away from the familiar tourist route. This guided tour grants exclusive access to private land on family-owned Glentanner Station, one of New Zealand’s most historic and iconic stations in one of the country’s most magnificent settings.

The experience has been designed with Kiwis in mind. It’s a journey back through time to the rough and rugged early days of high country farming, and further, to the ancient past when glaciers carved the land to form the spectacular Mackenzie Country.

New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz news called our heli hike "The South Island's most spectacular new walk"!

Check out the full article with a great video of the High Country Heli Hike experience.

Journalist Brook Sabin wrote:

"When you look back at your life, there will be a few thousand moments that will never leave your brain....these moments need to be very special to stay with you forever – and this trip had one of them."

The tour begins with an exhilarating helicopter flight to a high point on Glentanner Station. Take in dramatic views of Lake Pukaki, the Tasman River Valley and Aoraki / Mt Cook towering over the landscape in the distance.

From the landing spot, the tour continues on foot with an easy walk down a picturesque farm track. The track descends gradually along alpine tarns and beneath towering peaks. Your private guide will ensure plenty of stops for photography and will share stories of the station’s history, geological features, flora and fauna and present-day operations. The walk also includes a break at an historic private hut with a scrummy morning or afternoon tea provided.

The walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres over a gradual downhill farm track and some off-track terrain. Guests must be comfortable on uneven sloping ground with some loose rocks, tussocks, etc.

A reasonable level of mobility is required for the walking tour but a return flight from the landing site can be arranged for guests who do not wish to walk.

The Glentanner run was taken up in 1858 by the Dark brothers, who named it after the ship that carried them from England to Lyttelton. At one time, the property extended from Boundary Stream in the south to include Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in the north.

Today, Glentanner Station encompasses about 4,000 hectares, or 10,000 acres, from Whale Stream in the south to the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park boundary. It has been run by the Ivey family since 1957.

Three generations now live on the property: Ross and Helen Ivey manage tourism operations, and their son George and his young family manage farm operations.

Glentanner Park provides holiday park accommodation with cabins, powered and nonpowered campsites. Glentanner Park also provides booking services for other visitor activities. This is the perfect base for your exploration of the Aoraki / Mt Cook and Mackenzie region.

High Country Heli Hike Tour includes:
  • Approximately 3.5-hour tour.
  • Knowledgeable, friendly guide.
  • Helicopter flight to a landing point high on private Glentanner Station land.
  • Access to private land, historic huts and other features otherwise closed to the public.
  • Walking poles provided, or bring your own if preferred.
  • Morning or afternoon tea break with food and drink provided.*

*Unfortunately we are not able to cater to specialised dietary requirements. If you are on a restricted diet please bring your own snacks.

Departure Times:

When booking, please indicate your preferred departure time. Morning tours depart 9am and afternoon tours depart 1.30pm.

Check in 30 minutes prior to departure at Glentanner Park Centre.

Pricing:

Pricing is per helicopter load of up to 5 people, $650 (inclusive of GST). Pricing valid until 30th September 2021.

Hike Season:

The High Country Heli Hike tour operates from approximately 1 October through 31 May, depending on weather conditions. Contact us using the below form to inquire about specific dates.

Gear Provided & What to Bring:
We Provide:
  • Walking poles
  • Morning/afternoon tea (those with dietary restrictions must self-cater)
Please Bring:
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block (UV is high)
  • Warm hat and gloves for cool days
  • Sunhat for hot days
  • Light windproof rain jacket
  • Small backpack
  • Appropriate footwear for a backcountry hike
Booking Terms and Conditions:

Credit card details are required to confirm your booking. Your credit card details will be held as security over your booking and you will be charged on the day of your trip.

Weather

Glentanner High Country Heli Hike is a weather dependent activity. We reserve the right to cancel the hike if weather is not safe/suitable for the helicopter or walking.

You may transfer to another time-slot or day, if space, weather, and itineraries allow.

We reserve the right to adjust scheduled times due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Refund Policy

If a hike is cancelled by the operator due to weather conditions, the guest will not be charged.

Cancellations made by the guest up to 24 hours prior to departure will not be charged. Cancellations made by the guest within 24 hours of departure (when flying is possible) – full payment will be taken. There is a strict 100% charge for no-shows.

Cancellations should be made by phone, email, or in person.

We require credit card details to secure your booking. This credit card will incur the relevant charges (as above), should you cancel within 24 hours prior to the trip.

Safety and Hazards

It is important that you understand the hazards when participating in this activity. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact us.

Heli Hiking is classified as an "adventure activity." It has a low to moderate degree of risk. While all precautions are taken to minimise risk, we cannot absolutely guarantee your safety.

We operate in natural mountain features that present certain physical hazards. These hazards include, but are not limited to:

  • Uneven terrain and slopes
  • Natural, uncontrolled terrain features
  • Potential exposure to cold
  • Potential exposure to UV light
  • All guests receive a briefing on helicopter safety prior to boarding
Health & Fitness

Lack of physical fitness and medical conditions may affect your ability to safely take part in, or complete a trip.

Most healthy people with "street" level fitness should enjoy this activity.

Health and fitness may limit your ability to take part on a Glentanner High Country Heli Hike trip. We request knowledge of pre-existing medical conditions, including medication, on your booking sheet and when completing your registration before flying.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

Existing or previous medical conditions including (but not limited to) those listed below may have an impact on your ability to participate in our Heli Hike. It's important that you advise us of the following when making your booking:

  • Ankle or knee injuries
  • ACL damage
  • Joint replacements or dislocations
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Heart conditions and high/low blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Severe asthma

If you have any doubt about your ability to participate in the trip, we recommend you consult your medical practitioner prior to booking.

We reserve the right to shorten or cancel trips for guests whose fitness or ability is not appropriate. If you are unable to complete the activity, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Booking Restrictions

Weight restrictions: Any guests 120 kg or more will require the use of 2 seats in the helicopter.

Maximum weight: The maximum allowable weight for a person on a rear helicopter seat is 150 kg.

Pregnancy: So long as there are no health issues associated with exercise, if a pregnant person can travel safely by airline, they can participate on a Heli Hike.

You must be 18 years or older to make a Heli Hike booking. If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian traveling with you must complete your registration form prior to the Heli Hike.

Book Now

Send us your details using the below form and we'll reply to finalise your High Country Heli Hike booking. If you don't receive a reply within 48 hours, please ring us on +64 3 435 1855.