Tasman Glacier Névé Adventure

The Névé Adventure is Alpine Guides highest adventure for glacier explorers. It is a journey across the vast névé - the source - of the Tasman Glacier (Huapapa) to a pickup point on the hard ice.

The journey begins with an amazing scenic flight, landing you at 2,400 metres above sea level on the high névé.

This is the realm of the mountaineer, surrounded by the highest, most dramatic ice-clad peaks of the Southern Alps.

You will rope together for glacier travel and safely move on snowshoes, or crampons into the heart of the glacier.

Seracs and Blue Ice Grottos

The first zone of exploration is the Darwin Icefall, a surreal realm of caves, ice grottos and stacked blocks of ice the size of city buildings.

The azure-blue ice caves offer an escape from the summer sun. In cooler periods, adventurous parties can try their hand at a pitch of ice climbing.

The journey continues into the lower névé zone - around 4 km downstream, with many diversions, stopping before reaching the hard ice for your helicopter ride home.

Seasonal Variation

Snow and ice conditions on the glacier vary constantly.  No two trips are the same. Snowshoes are often needed  (June - October) and conditions are usually very 'firm' underfoot from January until May.

You will need to dress warmly during winter.

All The Gear

You'll meet your private guide at our base in Mt Cook Village. They will explain the plan for the day and then equip you with all the adventure gear required. Then it is a short drive to your waiting helicopter.

Low Guide Ratios

Safety is always our priority. We run our glacier trips at a low guide to guest ratio. All groups travelling on the névé are roped together. 

Experience Needed

The Tasman Névé Adventure is for fit people. There is less distance covered than The Tasman Glacier Ice Trek. 

You must be able to walk continuously on uneven terrain for several hours carrying a small backpack.

Tasman Glacier Névé zone.


Price: from NZ$725 per person

Booking Terms and Conditions
  • Departures: 08:00 every day, by arrangement.
  • Includes: Two 18 minute scenic helicopter flights, professional guide service, equipment, lunch
  • Meet at: 08:00, Alpine Guides base, Mount Cook.
  • Gear provided:
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  • Maximum guide ratio: Up to '4' people per guide
  • Age restriction: Minimum of '12' years old
  • Pricing: One Person $2,500
    2 People $1,290 per-person
    3 People $895 per-person
    4 people $725 per-person