Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook

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What To Expect

Drown in the majestic beauty of the South Island, a must for any visitor to the South Island. View the spectacular scenery on this tour!

Specifications

Type:
Tours around Mount Cook
Departs From:
Christchurch
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up or Christchurch Bus Interchange
Duration:
11 hours
Availability:
daily at 7:30 AM
Product Code:
2199
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Description

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 Maori 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 (if option is selected) at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village. After lunch you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. Alternatively there is time to experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight for incredible views of mountain peaks and glaciers (additional cost, weather permitting - this flight can be arranged with your driver guide on the day).

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.

Includes

  • Pick-up from hotels and other locations

  • Guided tour

  • Admission fees

  • Lunch (if option is selected)

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Available Languages

  • All tours include a comprehensive English commentary by the driver guide while headsets are provided in Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese.

Please Note

  • Children under 3 years old are free of charge provided no seat is occupied.

  • The tour ends at Queenstown.

  • Pick-up is available from selected hotels and locations. (View list and schedule).

  • If your hotel is not on the list, you may choose to proceed to Christchurch Bus Interchange in Lichfield St. Please indicate your choice upon booking.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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