Wanaka Mountain Guides

Glacier Ski and SplitboardTour

The Glacier Ski Tour provides the opportunity for skiers and splitboarders to explore the remote glaciers, cols, and peaks of the Southern Alps/ Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Helicopter into a base at a high alpine hut or remote expedition-style camp for days of fresh terrain, surrounded by NZ’s most magnificent mountain scenery of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park or Westland National Park.


Tasman Saddle Hut in Winter

The glacier ski tour can be based out of Tasman Saddle or Kelman huts on either the eastern or western glaciers of Aoraki / Mount Cook or Pioneer or Centennial huts in Westland National Park. Alternatively, we can fly in with an expedition-style tent camp to more remote areas such as the Murchison Glacier. Objectives can be tailored to the experience and aspirations of the group.

All venues provide a range of terrain and ski touring and mountaineering objectives to explore and practice the skills and decision-making to keep you safe on your own future glacier adventures.

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Glacier Ski Tour

Options on the Tasman Glacier include Hochstetter Dome, Lendenfeld Saddle, Darwin Bowls, Canyonlands, or crossing over into the Murchison. For trips based on the Fox or Franz Josef glaciers, options include Pioneer Pass, Mount Von Burlow, Grey Peak, and Graham Saddle.

As part of the trip, the NZMGA-certified guide will provide instruction in important safety skills. These include avalanche awareness and rescue, glacier travel and crevasse rescue, and basic snowcraft, including crampon and ice axe use.

Glacier Ski Tour Itinerary

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The guide will pick guests up from their accommodation in Wānaka at 8:30 on the first day. After checking gear, it is a 2.5 hour drive to Mount Cook Village or 4 hours to Fox Glacier townships from where it is possible to fly into the mountains. Trips are based from high alpine huts from where it is possible to explore the glacial névés with day packs.

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Glacier Ski Tour

On the last day, the tour will ski the Haupapa / Tasman Glacier for a helicopter transfer back to the village. It may be possible to undertake a side trip to explore the Bonney and Darwin glaciers. From the huts on the west side of the divide, we ski down to the historic Chancellor Hut for the helicopter ride back down.

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Glacier Ski Tour

The itinerary is flexible and subject to weather. There are many options to explore the névés, cols, and summits with day packs. If the weather dictates that the tour is unable to spend the entire time in the high mountains, day or overnight trips will be carried out from Mount Cook Village or nearby ski fields.

Difficulty and Fitness Requirements

Wanaka Mountain Guides [] Glacier Ski Tour
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Good fitness is required to get the most out of the course. Expect uphill travel of up to 1000m on consecutive days.

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This trip is accessible to a wide range of ski and snowboarding abilities from intermediate or higher with experience off-piste in a range of snow conditions and touring.

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No mountaineering experience is necessary but some experience with rope work, and knots will be useful. All the required safety skills can be introduced and taught during the trip.

Details and Pricing

Duration: 5 days
Maximum ratio: 1:4
2024 Dates:
2nd – 6th September: Places available
16th – 20th September: Places available
30th September – 3rd October: Places available

Can’t make these dates. Get in touch to arrange group or private bookings from August to October.
2023 Price:
$2550 / $3150 / $4490 per person for 4 / 3 / 2 people

Includes: GST, guide fees, all food, mountain accommodation during the trip, transport from Wānaka to Mount Cook Village or Fox Glacier, avalanche safety gear, and flights in and out of the mountains.
Excludes: Ski touring equipment hire. Available from MT Outdoors.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A great local company offering backcountry tours. Less people, fresh lines and opportunity to enhance your backcountry skills. Our guide, was exceptional. He picked a great route, great skiing in variable conditions, and included some snow science along the way. Highly recommended.’

— Nathan, Remarkables Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I did a day ski touring trip with WMG. [They] were excellent at communication before I arrived in NZ as well as sorting out some travel logistics for me. Tim was very helpful and great at explaining what we were doing. He took the time to give some ski tip instructions and made sure that everyone in the group was looked after in terms of ability while touring. It was a wonderful day out. Thank you.’

 Sheila, Remarkables Backcountry Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘A relaxing getaway with an old mate combined with a cool lodge and backcountry skiing. Awesome slopes. Staying at the Chalet was an amazing place with awesome facilities and luxury beds with a view of the Milky Way! Backcountry ski touring with a guide in remote locations takes all the stress out of making decisions.’

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