Glacier Turquoise in New Zealand

Guest Post by Anzac Sailing Around the WorldNew Zealand

Not really a sailing post, but I have found that many of my sailing friends are skiers too. And if you happen to be in New Zealand over the winter, then skiing the Tasman Glacier is a spectacular thing to do!

I did this back in 2011. We caught the snow plane from Mount Cook airport. Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak and the Tasman Glacier runs along the valley below the mountain. Landing on the snow in the plane was a unique experience and the views from the top were incredible. From there we skied through some ice boulders and then down through the valley. The photo’s really don’t do it justice as you really can’t get a feel for the scale of this place. Even in real life it was hard to judge the distances until I saw a speck on the mountain which was a big hut.

The first run covered off 8km of terrain and then we caught the helicopter back up to the top and took a different route down the glacier before being picked up and flown back to the airport.

The skiing wasn’t particularly challenging. It was deep powder, but only the top third of the glacier was steep, and the rest was a gentle slope which enabled you to take in the stunning scenery around you.

About Viki from Anzac Sailing Around the World
Viki Moore, blogger based in Christchurch New Zealand loves to travel and see new things.Β She is currently planningΒ her next adventure – sailing around the world!
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36 thoughts on “Glacier Turquoise in New Zealand

      • haaahaa . Jessica , I haven’t traveled anywhere outside India . So , nope πŸ˜€


      • Is it on you bucket list to ski some day? I’ve never been to India, but I’d love to travel there to practice yoga and eat Indian food. Yum!

        Jessica, Turquoise Compass


      • Yeah , It definitely is . Hopefully I’ll be leaving to France early next year to do my Masters . Maybe then I’ll learn to travel , and I’ll learn to ski . Indian food is definitely something to look out for in India . Jessica , I’m 22 and oddly , I’m still not on my own . But maybe after a couple of years , after I stand on my own feet and after I do some real traveling , I would love to take you around India . That would be my pleasure . Actually I haven’t seen the whole of India myself . So maybe , we both could visit India and experience it IN and OUT . If there could be one thing i could assure you about India ; you’re gonna love the south indian and north indian food and the temples πŸ™‚


      • Studying in France would be an incredible experience for you. I hope that it works out for you. I’m sure if you travel to France you will end up exploring much of Europe because the countries are all so very close. Traveling by myself for the first time in Mexico when I was 24 changed me and made a stronger person. I’m sure it will do the same for you.
        If ever I travel to India, I’d love to travel around with you. What an amazing experience that could be for both of us. Let’s be sure to stay in touch in the event that I ever make it to India in the future.


      • Jessica , that’s a Deal . Traveling the world is my greatest dream . Your kind words definitely means so much to me . If things go well with my Masters dream , I will definitely let you know . πŸ™‚


    • You are welcome. New Zealand is an amazing place to explore, but even I didn’t have enough time to see Mount Cook, so I am hoping to get there in the future. Anzac Sailing allowed me to see it through her pictures and words.
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass


    • Thanks so much. This guest post makes me want to ski every chance I get, especially in NZ. I am heading to Czech Republic soon, but I will be there in summer! Are you based in London? I am heading to London in August!
      Jessica, Turquoise Compass


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