I had been traveling the South Island of New Zealand for 2 weeks with the Magic Bus and this was one of my last stops. The reason I decided to do the flight over Lake Tekapo & Mt. Cook was because my helicopter tour of Franz Josef including the glacier hike was cancelled due to a severe rain storm.
My dreams of walking on a glacier on New Year's Day were shattered but this flight more than made up for it. It was an hour long tour that took us over Lake Tekapo, out to Mt Cook and over the Franz Josef glacier. I have incredible photos documenting the trip and it'll be a part of New Zealand that I will never forget because the colours were so defined. Make sure you stop here on your tour of the South Island - you won't be disappointed.