Mount Cook Day Tour: Queenstown to Christchurch
- 11 hours 50 minutes
- Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
- Offered in: English and 3 more
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.
- Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park
- Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo
- Mackenzie Country scenery
- Lindis Pass
- Entertaining driver commentary
- Luxury coach with onboard toilet and leather reclining seats
- Free WiFi and onboard USB charging docks
7:30 amTour departs Athol St Carpark, Queenstown
10:30 amMorning tea stop, Omarama
12:15 pmTour arrives outside Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village
2:25 pmTour departs Hermitage Hotel, Mt Cook Village
5:00 pmAfternoon tea stop, Geraldine
7:20 pmTour arrives Lichfield Street, Christchurch
Available from selected inner-city hotels.
Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.
Reference tour code: GS83
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