Access to New Zealand’s stunning Tasman Glacier is once again possible as iconic tourism operator Glacier Explorers opened for summer business earlier this month.
The company’s four Mac Boats, including a new 15-seater vessel called the Nor’easter, were recently lifted into the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake by helicopter, marking the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
Glacier Explorers offers the only tour of its kind in New Zealand, at Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and is one of the only accessible glacial lakes containing icebergs in the world.
Operations manager, Bede Ward, said the team is excited to get back in the water for another year.
“You never get tired of being out here, it’s ever-changing and every day you see something slightly different.
“It promises to be yet another exciting season ahead with a couple of ‘calvings’ predicted over the next few months,” he said.
Last summer saw a major calving event take place, which formed the largest-ever iceberg seen on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake.
“No one knows exactly when this natural phenomenon will take place but during a recent helicopter flight over the glacier we could see signs of movement. We’ll see a couple of calvings this year, though who knows if they’ll be as big as last year’s”, Mr Ward said.
Glacier Explorers take passengers out on the lake to view the terminal face of New Zealand’s largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, and the icebergs that periodically break away to float on the glacial lake offer corporate groups an extraordinary opportunity to view nature in action.
The tour is popular with local and international visitors, taking over 25,000 passengers last season.
Glacier Explorers trips depart up to seven times a day. Bookings are essential and can be made at www.glacierexplorers.com