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.

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 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-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.

Pricing is per helicopter load of up to 5 people, $650 (inclusive of GST).

Please wear appropriate clothing, footwear, and bring sun protection for a half-day walk in the high country. A reasonable level of mobility is required for the walking tour (the terrain is a farm track with uneven ground) but a return flight from the landing site can be arranged for guests who do not wish to walk.

Glentanner is proud to debut this new tour experience from Spring 2020. For more information, contact Helen Ivey: