You can view the glacier with ease at a distance from a lookout point not far off the road. The rock cover helps insulate the ice from the sunlight and slows down the melting process. The waters of Tasman Lake flow into the Tasman River and flow south joining the Hooker River draining the proglacial lakes on the Hooker and Mueller Glaciers. Instead, it continues to shrink by the day. The scenery of … Snowfall during Spring and Winter can be up to 12.5m at the top of the glacier. It leads you to a lookout of the glacial lake and glacier. Unless you don't want to believe your eyes anymore. Have fun out there! After leaving the parking lot you should see signs pointing you in that direction. The “must do” hike in Mount Cook National Park would be the Hooker Valley Track. I have highlighted all the key points along the way that you can make the stop at. Tasman Glacier Lake is a relatively recent addition to the scene, starting its formation in 1974 and growing steadily since then. It contains nearly 1/3 of all glacier ice in New Zealand. Throughout the hike you will be taking in views of the lakes down below, with Mount Cook out in the distance. While many may opt to do the hike in two days, it can also be done in one day instead. I opted to head on the trails that were signposted but there are some alternate (less obvious) trails in the area too. The Tasman Glacier's story goes back 2 million years - to the Pleistocene ice ages. Below is a screenshot of the combined path I took on the app. Book your tickets online for Tasman Glacier, South Island: See 93 reviews, articles, and 237 photos of Tasman Glacier, ranked No.269 on Tripadvisor among 1,506 attractions in South Island. Since it is a valley walk, there is barely any elevation gain/loss, making this a hike for nearly everyone to take part of. New Zealand’s Longest Glacier. Depending on your interest level you can choose from a variety of the below among plenty others. Have fun out there and safe travels! Here comes a bit more incline of the trail as you continue your way up the staircase to the Tasman Glacier View. I have highlighted all the key points along the way that you can make the stop at. At the far end of the lake you will see the glacier wall out in the distance. The Haupapa/Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand, currently 23 kilometres (14.2 miles) long and up to 2 kilometres wide. It includes everything I bring along on day hikes, and it will have you better prepared when taking part of trails all over New Zealand. Tasman Glacier Reviews & Ratings. Once all done at the edge of the Tasman lake/river, backtrack the same way you came as you make your way to the parking lot. Your email address will not be published. 3 Tasman is melting so rapidly—at an average rate of 590 feet (180 meters) per year since the 1990s—that a lake formed at the end of the glacier in the late twentieth century. As you continue down the path, you will see another intersection, one pointing to the Tasman Lake Jetty and another to the Tasman River. Tasman Glacier trail is a short drive from the Mount Cook Village with ample parking available. However, today since the glacier has shrunk in size, it no longer feeds the lakes water. Ball and Caroline) feed into. The first stop on the track will be the Blue Lakes. Skiing the Tasman Glacier is the classic Kiwi snow adventure, guided by Alpine Guides, Mount Cook's original, and most experienced mountain and ski guiding company. During the hike you will pass by the Mueller Lake, and onto three suspension bridges on your way to the base of Hooker Lake overlooking Mount Cook in the distance. Book your tickets online for Tasman Glacier, South Island: See 93 reviews, articles, and 237 photos of Tasman Glacier, ranked No.270 on Tripadvisor among 1,510 attractions in South Island. After taking in those views from up top, you can follow a rocky path right down to the edge of the lake, where you will be able to see these icebergs up close. [19], "When the world's glaciers shrunk, New Zealand's grew bigger", "Place name detail: Haupapa / Tasman Glacier", "Quake shakes 30m tonnes of ice off glacier", "A 40 Million Tonne Iceberg Dumped in Lake by NZ Earthquake",, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 November 2020, at 16:26. Now the track is full of plenty of stairs as you make the 300 meter ascent. Tasman Glacier is located within the Mount Cook National Park and can be seen from a couple treks that start at the end of the Tasman Valley Road. If you are looking for one that combines lakes, glaciers, and plenty of viewpoints then the combination of the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Track and Tasman Lake Track is for you. There are basically just a few hotels and a couple restaurants that make up the town center. They are called the Blue Lakes because in the past the lakes were fed by the glacial water. » Check out an overview of every single hike in the Mt Cook Hikes Guide «. If you do have your own car, take a look at the Driving in New Zealand Guide up on the site. The glacier has advanced and retreated several times, leaving behind great moraine deposits, and carving out Lake Pukaki. Skiers preparing to set off down the Tasman Glacier. Even the most cheapskate budget traveller will occasionally want to splash out on something luxurious. Tasman Glacier, Caroline hut to ball hut, Mackenzie District, Canterbury, New Zealand (-43.59623 170.20768). The large terminal moraines mark the foot of the Tasman Glacier at the time of the lake’s formation and are a sobering reminder of the glacier’s retreat. » Take a look at the Red Tarns Track Guide to get you prepared for the trail. We’ll explain the workings of the Tasman Glacier, how it flows, and what makes the crevasses and sink holes appear. [15] Similarly, Tasman Glacier's significant ice loss over the past decades has impacted tourism,[16] with an increasing number of crevasses being exposed and not filled in by snow any more, requiring guided tours to avoid these areas, and restricting the heli skiing season to July, August and September. The Tasman Glacier Lake is only 8 Km drive from the Hermitage and the Hooker Glacier walk, a walk you must do. Haupapa / Tasman Glacier[2] is the largest glacier in New Zealand, and one of several large glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island. Note: The Sealy Tarns Track is another option here if you do not want to complete the full trail to the Mueller Hut. Yes, ice caves! The track begins with 2000+ stairs (as part of the Sealy Tarns track), before continuing the ascent on steep rocky ground towards the Mueller Hut. Allow approx 2.5 hours total per trip - (60 minutes on the lake). Don’t forget to check out the other New Zealand itineraries and guides up on the site and feel free to ask any questions down below. After about 10 minutes of stairs and some nice views of the Blue Lakes from above, you will reach a beautiful viewpoint of the vast Tasman Glacier Lake and moraine wall down below. The Tasman Glacier has been receding and the Tasman Lake has been expanding. The water in the lakes is rainwater that is turned green by the growing algae. Whether or not you head to the jetty, you should definitely continue the trail to the Tasman River. The tributary Ball Glacier was also popular for skiing, with national championships being held there in the 1930s. [1][3][4] It is as much as 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) wide and 600 metres (2,000 ft) thick, and lies entirely within the borders of Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. Would not recommend for those with mobility issues. » Take part of this trail as part of the 14 Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary or 3 Week New Zealand Road Trip. That trail is a rough four wheel drive track that climbs relentlessly for 6km as it gains 300 metres (1000 feet) up to the crest of the lateral moraine of Tasman Glacier. Snowfall during the winter and spring seasons may accumulate up to 50 metres (160 ft). The Tasman River exhibits a braided characteristic, and flows south into Lake Pukaki. Shops or Restaurants nearby The Hermitage has hot takeaway food and a small store for the over night campers and a fully licence Restaurant and Bar for those with more money to spend. Once all done with the view from above, head back down the stairs, where you will soon be pointed in the direction of the Tasman Lake Track. On this day 30 to 40 million metric tons (33 to 44 million short tons) At this point there will be plenty of smaller pieces of ice flowing from the lake into the river, a pretty unique site to see. New … Similar events in the past have been attributed to buoyancy effects, a result of high basal water pressures and increased lake level following heavy rainfall events. Tasman Glacier is one of the glaciers to come off the Mount Cook range in Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park. If you are wondering what to bring along when taking part of hikes in general take a look at the comprehensive Hiking Packing List that I put together. Boats are not allowed closer than 1.5 km (0.9 mi) to the 50 m (160 ft) tall terminal face of Tasman Glacier for safety reasons. Currently the glacier is 23km long and 1-2km wide and very deep. Once at the parking lot, you will have signs throughout the trail pointing you in the right direction. Although its upper reaches are snow-covered, rocks carried by the glacier are exposed by ablation along its course, and the lower glacier is entirely rock-covered. Google Coordinates:-43.698012, 170.163101. Tasman lake, with the retreating Tasman glacier in the distance Posted By: Hiker October 23, 2017 The Tasman Lake is one of three glacial lakes easily accessible from the White Horse Hill campsite in Mount Cook National Park (the others being Mueller Lake and Hooker Lake). The Tasman Lake Jetty is where the Tasman Lake Glacier Boat Rides depart from and gives you a view of the lake from down below. Now while there isn’t much going on per se in the village, it is the most convenient of options if you are looking to take part of the various trails in Mount Cook National Park. At that point, the rock-covered lower Tasman Glacier in the valley between the moraine walls is 2.5 km (1.6 mi) wide. After the summer melt, 7 metres (23 ft) may remain in the high altitude glacier head.[4]. Set aside about half the time if you are looking to just head up to the halfway point to the Tarns. Glacier Kayaking, Southern Alps Guiding, Aoraki Mt Cook Guiding Company, Tasman Glacier Skiing, Tasman Glacier Heli Skiing and Heli Hiking are based in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. It’s approximately eight kilometres away from Mount Cook Village. 2) Tasman Glacier, Blue Lakes, & Tasman Lake Map, 5) Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Track. As long as you follow the signs you should have no trouble getting from one spot to the next. About 18 miles (29 kilometers) long and up to 2,000 feet (600 meters) thick, Tasman glacier in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is New Zealand's largest and longest glacier. » Take a look at the Kea Point Track Guide to get you prepared for the trail. Then board your MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing face of the Tasman Glacier terminal lake and its icebergs. It is the larger glaciers that many smaller glaciers (i.e. The car park is at the end of Tasman Valley road which you’ll take near the end of Mount Cook road. Do you want to stay up to date and receive the latest travel iTINeraries, guides and tips to better plan your next trip around the world? The longest glacier in the country is neither immovable nor permanent. Tributaries in the lower parts are the Rudolf Glacier,[5] Forrest Ross Glacier, Kaufmann Glacier,[6] Haast Glacier, Hochstetter Glacier,[7] and Ball Glacier.[8]. The Tasman flows south west from Hochstetter Dome and Mount Elie De Beaumont alongside the southern slopes of the Minarets peak and south along the eastern flank of New Zealand's two highest mountains, Mount Tasman and its higher southern neighbour Aoraki / Mount Cook. The Blue Pools Trek ascends above the Tasman Lake to a viewpoint where you have decent views of the glacier in the distance. Write a Review. Below are a some of those options to choose from: If you cannot find accommodation within the village, you can also take a look at some options in the towns of Twizel and Tekapo, which would be some of the closest main towns from Mount Cook. At 23.5 kilometres (14.6 mi) in length, Tasman Glacier is still New Zealand's longest glacier, despite shrinking considerably from the 1990s onwards. As you get higher, the views just get better and better. The glacier covers an area of 101 square kilometres (39 sq mi) and starts at a height of 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above sea level. But I think the main interest are the wonderful views of the open valley. The park has walking tracks for all skill and fitness levels—the Blue Lakes trail is good for beginners, while the up-glacier hikes are recommended for more seasoned hikers. The Tasman Glacier is a must for outdoors enthusiasts and all first-time visitors to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Tasman Glacier is by far New Zealand’s largest glacier too! Expect the total round trip to be around 6-8+ hours depending on fitness level and the amount of time you want to spend at various viewpoints and the hut itself. Skiing the Tasman Glacier. The hike to view the glacier is straight up, mostly on gravel stairs with no handrails. Rate this attraction Submit. Well sign up and join the TripTins community to receive monthly newsletters that will recap everything you need to know to make that trip as memorable as can be. It is estimated that the Tasman Glacier will eventually disappear and the terminal Tasman Lake will reach a maximum size in 10 to 19 years time. The hike to view the glacier is straight up, mostly on gravel stairs with no handrails. The most demanding of hikes in the Mount Cook region is that of the Mueller Hut. Once you have reached Kea Point, you will get a great view of Mueller Lake from another angle and Mount Cook out in the distance. This magnificent glacier is the largest of several in the region that flows towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps. The best way to get around New Zealand in general is by having your own car but if you do not have one, you can walk, bike, or maybe try and hitch a ride from the village. Many people head to just the first of the lakes, not realizing that there are actually two more lakes beyond the initial one. Enable Map. But once up top you will be able to relax and take in those views before making your way back down in the direction you came. This track will take you above the valley with views of the glacier lake and Mount Cook out in the distance. I started out by heading to the Blue Lakes first, then the Tasman Glacier View, followed by Tasman Lake and River, before turning around and making my way back to the parking lot. There is one good mountain bike permitted trail in Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO world heritage area. It's literally right in front of you. Tasman Glacier Map. The starting point of the trails is at the Tasman Glacier Car Park, a 15 minute / 10KM drive from Mount Cook Village. At around 27 km long, the Tasman Glacier is the longest glacier in New Zealand and a relatively recent addition, having started its formation in 1974. 2) Tasman Glacier, Blue Lakes, & Tasman Lake Map Below is a screenshot of the combined path I took on the app. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from December until May. Required fields are marked *, Join our mailing list to receive the latest iTINeraries, guides & helpful tips to plan your next trip, TripTins is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect to see a large iced glacier down below. The spectacular view at the top of the … [17], The proglacial Tasman Lake is a popular destination for boat tours among the icebergs often floating in the lake. There are so many exciting features on the Tasman Glacier! » Take a look at the Mueller Hut Track Guide to get you prepared for the trail. Below is my guide to help you plan your hike. The hike to Kea Point starts in the same area as the Hooker Valley trail, and is a simple 1 hour round trip walk. Everything should be pretty well signposted but it is always helpful to have a app like handy just in case. [10], A large calving event was possibly triggered, or at least contributed to, by the 2011 Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011. [9] Since the 1990s the terminus has retreated about 180 metres (590 ft) a year on average. Franz Josef Glacier; West Coast Wildlife Centre; Tatare Tunnels Walk; Roberts Point Track; Glacier Hot Pools; The Helicopter Line Franz Josef Glacier; To your right you will see where the lake flows into the Tasman River down into the valley. Attractions Nearby. Your email address will not be published. It may be tough to tell, but there is a path that goes along the edge of the first lake and onto the next two. While technically two separate tracks, the two can easily be combined into one longer one. At first you will get a beautiful view of the lake from up top as you see plenty of icebergs floating in the water. Now while they are called the Blue Lakes, you may be a bit confused that they are actually green in color. The glacier remained at a constant 28 km (17 mi) in length for all of its recorded history in the 20th century before starting its current period of rapid melting in the 1990s. Tasman Glacier Haupapa / Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand, and one of several large glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island. Actually, there is. Tasman Lake Map - Canterbury, New Zealand - Mapcarta The glacier lake freezes over winter so the start of the season is subject to the lake thawing. 14 Day New Zealand South Island Itinerary, A Helpful Okere Falls Walk Guide | The 7 Meter Plunge, Kuirau Park in Rotorua | Mud Pools, Lakes, & Geothermal Activity. [14] It has since diminished too far to be safely accessed. An easy add on to the Hooker Valley Track is Kea Point. Tasman Glacier View is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Cook Village, Canterbury, New Zealand that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. [11][12] of ice dropped from the terminal face of the Tasman Glacier and fell into the Tasman Lake. You will also be able to see parts of the Hooker Valley Track that you may have just completed. The Terminal Face is the technical term for the cliff-face of ice which marks the end of the Tasman Glacier’s tongue of ice. If you're visiting New Zealand and into skiing, then one luxury to indulge in is skiing the Tasman Glacier, the longest river of ice in New Zealand's southern alps. New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier is a massive block of ice, but it is no bulwark. Below are some quick facts about each the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Track and the Tasman Lake Track: Starting and Ending Point: Tasman Glacier Car Park, Pit Stops: 3 Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View, Pit Stops: Tasman Lake Jetty & Tasman Glacier Lake / River. We start at 9:00AM and 11:30AM (high season). The Tasman Glacier is New Zealand’s largest glacier and flows from the Southern Alps southeast to the Mackenzie Basin. Glacier Explorers operates from the start of September to the end of May. The Tasman Glacier walk is one of the best short walks in south Island New Zealand. Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Walk Discover New Zealand's longest glacier with this walk that takes in alpine-fed lakes and glacier-moulded landscapes. The glacier is now in a period of faster retreat where the rate of retreat is calculated to be between 477 to 822 metres (1,565 to 2,697 ft) each year. Tasman Glacier trail is a short drive from the Mount Cook Village with ample parking available. An easy 3 hour trail round trip trail, this hike takes you alongside and into the valley beneath Mount Cook itself. Simply type that into Google Maps and you will be on your way. The village of Mount Cook is pretty small altogether. [11][13], Tasman Glacier has a long history of tourism, with heli skiing tours offered on the upper glacier since the early 1970s. The two main systems are the Tasman and the Godley. You can follow the path to the first of the lakes, which is only 10 minutes away. The list includes several different essentials such as: Since there are a few different points of interest on this longer track, throughout the hike you will come by intersections that are signposted pretty nicely. There are several other hiking trails around the area to choose from ranging from less than an hour to 8+ hours. Feel free to head off to 1,2, or 3 of them before making your way back to the intersection that points you up to the Tasman Glacier View. That about does it for a combined hiking guide to the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View Track & Tasman Lake Track. They eventually flow into the Waitaki River and to the Pacific Ocean north of Oamaru. You can also see on the app/map that there are some other viewpoints and trails to get you from one place to the next. The glacier used to reach all the way to where the viewpoint is today. It is an unforgettable experience to view this glacier both from the air and on top of it, especially when the aircraft shuts down its engine, leaving you in the serene silence that this breathtaking beauty has to offer. The runs are easy to moderate (green to blue grade), but all on natural snow. Instead of just ending the hike after the Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier View, you can continue on the Tasman Lake Track that brings you to some additional views closer to the lake itself towards the southern end of the lake. We use aircraft to access NZ's two longest ski runs. This guide will go over both hikes and how to best take part of them. The Tasman Glacier terminates into a lake (Tasman Lake) which is currently 5km long and 240 metres deep and constantly expanding. The glacial terminal lake is met by the meltwater of the Murchison Glacier, which approaches from the northeast and flows alongside the Tasman Glacier outside the moraine wall. Altogether you are looking to take part of both hikes it will take about 2 hours or so to complete depending on how long you will want to relax at the stops along the way. New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier, is shrinking. We are located at the Old Mountaineers' Cafe Bar & Restaurant next door to the DOC Visitor Information Centre. [18], The Ball Shelter Track, part of the Ball Hut Route, leads along the western side of the glacier, separated from Tasman Lake by a tall moraine wall until about 6 kilometres in, where it climbs high enough for the view to open up. Tasman Glacier meanders through the Southern Alps like a river of ice, carving itself through rock and arriving with a splash at Lake Tasman. The Tasman Glacier View track starts at the Tasman Glacier Car park, also known as the Blue Lakes Car Park. [1] Between 2000 and 2008 alone, the glacier terminus receded 3.7 km. If you are looking to get some views from above, one option is the Red Tarns Track. Tasman Lake is a proglacial lake formed by the recent retreat of the Tasman Glacier in New Zealand's South Island.In the early 1970s, there were several small meltwater ponds on the Tasman Glacier. I will split up the two tracks just in case you just want to go to one or another. Tasman Glacier View Track Map Two million years of history. Haupapa / Tasman Glacier is the largest glacier in New Zealand, and one of several large glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand's South Island. Mount Cook National Park is full of different types of hiking trails all throughout the area. Lying long and deep in the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is the incredible Tasman Glacier, a terminal ice structure that is the biggest of its kind in New Zealand.. Boats were hit with tsunami waves of up to 3.5 metres (11 ft) as the ice fell into the Tasman Lake under the glacier. In 1973 Tasman Glacier had no terminal lake and by 2008 Tasman Lake was 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) long, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide, and 245 metres (804 ft) deep. It contains 1/3 of all the glacier ice in New Zealand! In 1972, the lake didn't exist. by CharlesOct 18, 2019Blog, New Zealand, New Zealand Blog.
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