This next day was probably their most exhilarating day of the holiday. They had booked a trip up to the top of Mount Cook via a helicopter. They were very lucky with the weather which had changed for the good with clear blue skies, sunshine and perfect visibility. They actually landed on the Tasman Glacier where they were allowed to get out of the helicopter after it had first hardened the snow for them; otherwise they would have sunk in it up and over their knees, as in places it was at least 18 inches deep! The pilot was good and took photos of them with their own cameras, as a memory of the thrilling experience. There were six people in the helicopter and after taking off again, they were given a tour of the other glaciers, such an experience Liz says she will never forget. On landing, they were presented with a certificate as evidence of the trip. They had their lunch in The Hermitage Hotel, situated at the base of the glaciers and then went for a three mile walk along purposely built board-walks before their coach driver, Dave took them on a circular tour around the lakes which were a deep blue, being the reflection of the grey stones on the beds of the lakes. They eventually ended up at their resort, feeling well and truly spoiled.