Full Day Tour of Christchurch to Queenstown via Aoraki Mount Cook

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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!

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.

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.

Includes

  • Admission fees

  • English-speaking guide/driver
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Tour with Lunch

Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Gourmet Lunch / Admission fees / English-speaking guide/driver

Schedule

  • 07:20-07:30

    Pick-up at Christchurch Hotels or Check-in at Christchurch Bus Interchange

  • Landscapes on the Journey to the Southern Alps

    Depart Christchurch in the morning as you pass through and take in the amazing view of fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains. See the glacier-fed Lake of Tekapo where the Church of the Good Shepherd is located as you pass by it on your way to your destination.

  • Mount Cook

    Aoraki or Mount Cook is 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." Know the fascinating legend behind this colossal marvel of nature.

  • Lunch and Mount Cook Village

    Have lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook village. Then explore the village, know more about the people and culture while taking in the magnificent views. Experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight at an additional cost which can be arranged with your guide on the day.

  • Beautiful Landscapes and Arrival in Queenstown

    The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. Proceed to the village of Omarama for an afternoon tea (own expense) before visiting the Jones Family Orchard near Cromwell. The tour concludes in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

  • 18:30

    Check-out at Athol Street

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
Tour without Lunch

Duration: 11 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Admission fees / English-speaking guide/driver

Schedule

  • 07:30

    Pick-up at Christchurch Hotels or Check-in at Christchurch Bus Interchange

  • Landscapes on the Journey to the Southern Alps

    Depart Christchurch in the morning as you pass through and take in the amazing view of fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains. See the glacier-fed Lake of Tekapo where the Church of the Good Shepherd is located as you pass by it on your way to your destination.

  • Mount Cook

    Aoraki or Mount Cook is 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." Know the fascinating legend behind this colossal marvel of nature.

  • Mount Cook Village

    Explore Mount Cook Village, learn more about the people and culture while taking in the magnificent views. Experience a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight at an additional cost which can be arranged with your guide on the day.

  • Beautiful Landscapes and Arrival in Queenstown

    The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. Proceed to the village of Omarama for an afternoon tea (own expense) before visiting the Jones Family Orchard near Cromwell. The tour concludes in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

  • 18:30

    Check-out at Athol Street

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  • (For Check-In) Christchurch Bus Interchange (Christchurch Bus Interchange, Lichfield Street, Christchurch, New Zealand) Time: 07:20:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Specific Hotels in Christchurch (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand) Time: 07:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Athol St (Athol St, Queenstown, New Zealand) Time: 18:30:00

Pick-up/Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Christchurch Bus Interchange (Christchurch Bus Interchange, Lichfield Street, Christchurch, New Zealand) Time: 07:20:00

  • (For Pick-Up) Specific Hotels in Christchurch (Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand) Time: 07:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Athol St (Athol St, Queenstown, New Zealand) Time: 18:30:00

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Notes

Additional Note(s)
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  • The tour ends at Queenstown.

  • If your hotel is not on the list, you may choose to proceed to Christchurch Bus Interchange on Lichfield St.

  • For infants under 3 years old, there is no charge when not occupying a seat.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made after 2 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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