Mount Cook Day Tour: Queenstown to Christchurch


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Mount Cook Day Tour: Queenstown to Christchurch

7:30 am - Athol St in the middle of the car park (all-day parking is NOT available at this carpark)
7:20 pm - Outside Bus Interchange on Lichfield Street, near Colombo Street

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Travel to the foothills of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, on a full-day sightseeing tour from Queenstown to Christchurch.

Setting off from Queenstown, travel by luxury air-conditioned coach through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. We enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. According to Māori legend, the boy Aoraki and his brothers once hit a reef in their canoe. When they climbed to the higher side of the tilting vessel, the cold south wind froze them, turning them into stone. Aoraki and family now form the Southern Alps, which you will see in all their glory on this tour.

During your stop at Mount Cook Village, choose to enjoy a delicious lunch (optional extra) at the famous Hermitage Hotel. Also on offer is the chance to take a scenic flight over this spectacular region (additional cost, weather permitting – this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day).

In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. We then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.

Travel up the South Island and through the Southern Alps to stand at the foot of Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain.

Tour Details & Highlights

  • Half day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs Queenstown, arrives Christchurch
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
  • Lindis Pass
  • Mackenzie Country scenery
  • Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
  • Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo
Multilingual options available

Multilingual options are available >

Free WIFI on this tour

Free WiFi is available on this tour

Lunch Options

Hermitage Hotel lunch

The Hermitage Hotel offers some of the finest dining in New Zealand. Enjoy a gourmet lunch amid stunning scenery.

Five Star Tour

Enjoyable trip from Queenstown to Christchurch. We stopped at a fruit stand, scenic spot overlooking a pass, couple of small towns. Also stopped at Mt. Cook for an hour and half to do the helicopter tour that was arranged while we were on the bus.

Reviewed by: 314pi

Five Star Tour

"It was wonderful. The tour bus was spacious, clean and comfortable and the driver was fun and knowledgeable of the area. Mt. Cook National Park itself was breathtaking. The sights were gorgeous and well worth the trip. It was exactly what I wanted to do for my birthday."

Reviewed by: Kaitlyn F

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