Mount Cook Day Tour: Christchurch to Queenstown

from Christchurch
Book online or call: 0800 744 487 or +64 9 583 5790

from $350 NZD

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  • 11 hours
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more


Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour to Mount Cook.

Leaving Christchurch in the morning, we travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. We then continue to the location of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Rising to 3,724 metres high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Māori can be translated as ‘cloud piercer’. Legend tells of a young boy named Aoraki who was stranded with his brothers when their canoe struck a reef. As it tilted, the brothers climbed to the high side, where they were frozen by the south wind and turned into stone. Aoraki and his brothers now form the Southern Alps.

Enjoy lunch (optional extra) at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village. After lunch you’ll have time to explore the village and soak up the view.

The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint village of Omarama and if time permits, visit the Jones Family Orchard near Cromwell. Your tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

What's Included

  • Operates daily
  • Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
  • Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki
  • Canterbury Plains & Mackenzie Country scenery
  • Premium air-conditioned coach
  • Free Wi-Fi on board


  • 6:40 am
    Hotel pickups commence
  • 7:30 am
    Tour departs Lichfield Street, Christchurch
  • 11:00 am
    Stop at Church of the Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo village
  • 12:50 pm
    Tour arrives at Aoraki Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village
  • 2:25 pm
    Tour departs Aoraki Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village
  • 3:40 pm
    Rest Break at Omarama
  • 6:20 pm
    Tour arrives at Athol St Carpark, Queenstown
  • 6:30 pm
    Hotel drop off commence

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Available from selected inner-city hotels.

Cancellation Policy

Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.


0800 744 487

International Calls: +64 9 583 5790Our contact centre is open 6.30am-8pm daily (NZDT).

Reference tour code: GS62

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