The glaciers of the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks offer some of New Zealand's most dramatic mountain scenery.
You can base yourself at public huts at the head of the Tasman, Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers.
A very popular and reliable venue is Kelman Hut at the head of the Tasman Glacier. Access is by ski plane or helicopter from Mount Cook Village.
Kelman Hut is the base for day trips on the Tasman and Murchison Glaciers. For intermediate skiers the Tasman Glacier offers many runs of gentle gradient. Hochstetter Dome, an easy beginners' mountain, can be climbed from here. Aircraft access in and out is essential.
For the more advanced skiers the Murchison Glacier, Mannering and Aida Glaciers as well as the Darwin and Bonney Glaciers offer many rewarding ski runs. Mount Sydney King, Mount Green and Elie de Beaumont are outstanding peaks that may be attempted. Being to the east of the Main Divide the Tasman and Murchison Glaciers often enjoy perfect powder snow.