The Grand Circle

Planes Sightseeing

This 55 minute scenic flight is a great way to view the unbelievable scenery of the Westland 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 unique thrill of a Ski Plane 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.

Mount Cook Ski Planes is the only company licensed to land in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park on the Tasman Glacier. The Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand and the closest scenic glacier landing site to Aoraki/Mount Cook.


  • Scenic Flight
  • Glacier landing (10 minutes)
  • Southern Alps and Mount Cook
  • Tasman, Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers
  • The Main Divide


  • Scenic Flight & glacier landing
  • Complimentary shuttle transfers between Mt Cook village and airport


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

TopAdditional Information

Children: 3-14 years are charged at the child rate **From 1 October 2023 child rate applies to 3 - 12 years**
Flight Map: Follow the yellow line
Operated By: Mount Cook Ski Planes

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