If you want to see glaciers in New Zealand, you can’t miss the mother of them all, the mighty Tasman Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park! This is New Zealand’s longest, largest and without doubt, most spectacular glacier and the good news for you is that it’s super easy to see or get onto. It’s 27 kilometres (17 miles) long, up to 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide and 600 metres (2,000 feet) thick and has an area of 101 square kilometres (39 square miles). The Tasman is a special place for us Kiwis, it’s right next to our tallest peak, it’s so closely connected to the story of the greatest Kiwi explorer of all, Sir Edmund Hillary, but most of all because it’s just such a damn fine place. When you're standing out in the middle of the Tasman Glacier, looking up at Mt Cook and around at the big sky, jagged peaks and the ice field that seems to go on forever, you know you’re in the real heart of New Zealand.
Most Kiwis, especially South Islanders, have made a visit to Mt Cook on holiday to check out the Tasman Glacier! Here’s everything we’ve learned from a lifetime of Kiwi holidays, where is the Tasman Glacier and how to get there, some suggestions for fitting it into your itinerary, the best tours, walks, flights and boat trips on our around the glacier. Plus a few tips from all our Kiwi holidays to Mt Cook and a mate of ours to drop in and say gidday to!