The Grand Circle

Franz Josef Glacier
Tasman Valley
Franz Josef Glacier
Tasman Glacier
Tasman Glacier
Ski Plane
Ski Plane Runway
Helicopter Landing
Flying over the Tasman Glacier
Ski Plane
Southern Alps - Grand Circle Tour
Southern Alps - Grand Circle Tour

This 55 minute scenic flight is a great way to view the unbelievable scenery of the West Coast and Mount Cook National Parks on your next New Zealand holiday.

See the majestic Aoraki/Mount Cook at close range, and then fly across The Main Divide for an overview of the West Coast glaciers - the Fox and the Franz Josef. Re-cross The Main Divide to the mighty Tasman Glacier, where you can experience the optional unique thrill of a landing on one of these great glaciers, and enjoy the scenery up close.

After landing on the snow, the engine is shut down so you can enjoy the natural quiet of the mountains and experience the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps. For a memorable experience you will never forget why not book the Grand Circle scenic flight with Mount Cook Ski Planes today!


  • Scenic Flight on board a helicopter or ski plane
  • Glacier/snow landing (10 - 15 minutes)
  • Southern Alps and Mount Cook
  • Tasman, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
  • Hochsetter Icefall
  • Grand Plateau and Plateau Hut


  • Scenic Flight


Departs: Daily, weather permitting from Mount Cook Village
Duration: 55 minutes

Additional Info

Children: 4-12 years are charged at the child rate
What to wear: Jacket, sunglasses, closed in shoes, camera
Important Note: Ski Plane option requires a minimum of 2 adults & the Helicopter option requires a minimum of 4 adults to operate
Operated By: Mount Cook Ski Planes & Helicopters