Looking at heading up the Tasman valley for a look around Gorilla stream area and wondering if the Tasman river is crossable anywhere from around Mt Cook airport up to the outlet of the Tasman lake. I know I can start from the other side at Mt Cook station but its a bit of an extra walk.
@geeves unless one has been built very recently there is no swingbridge over the Tasman.
@rumpy12 I asked a simular question 10 years ago and was told that raking a dinghy or using the glacier boats were the only options (or crossing the Tasman Glacier which was beyond my experuence level). I got a puckup from the mouth of the Murchinson by the glacier boats - who insiated on not charging me. Not sure they're as active now the icebergs are all gone.
However ... the Tasman river didnt look too big and I suspected a crossing may have been possible at the ruver levels I saw.
Hopefully someone with more recent / accurate info responds.
This post has been edited by the author on 30 September 2017 at 21:28.
Thanks for the responses. I was up at the lake in April and there was 2 tourist boats on the lake. Maybe I could call them about ferrying. Crossing the glacier is not something I am experienced with so not keen to go around the top side.
Most climbers going across to climb Nun's Veil flag down a glacier boat. You're at the mercy of their timetable though and often you'll end up waiting for a while to get back across. Make sure you've got something to flag them down with because they're running a business and not necessarily looking out for you.
I know of a few who've used cheap inflatable dinghy's and a rope to ferry their team across the river.
Going around the top is just not safe and would take you forever and defeat the purpose.
The glacier boat's are the safe option.
This post has been edited by the author on 1 October 2017 at 08:33.