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Mount Cook and Christchurch Tour from Queenstown

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Key Highlights

  • Marvel at New Zealand′s largest glaciers and highest mountains
  • Spectacular views and fabulous photo-opportunities at every turn
  • Be amazed at the intense blue waters of Lake Tekapo
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    11 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Pick up starts approx 0730h (07:30am)
    Duration: 11 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Queenstown
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Ashburton or Christchurch Hotels

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Discover the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand’s Southern Alps on this delightful trip from Queenstown to Christchurch.

    Drive through an alpine landscape of soaring mountains and plunging gorges to the magnificent Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.

    Gaze in wonder at this starkly beautiful world of ice and rock. Blink at the dazzling white of the glaciers and the pristine loveliness of the tall peaks. See New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, and her longest glacier, the Tasman.

    Marvel at the brilliant blue of Lake Tekapo and learn the reason for the glorious colour of its waters. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoy the peace and the tranquillity that surrounds it.

    There are two options for the tour, one with lunch included and one without. The one-way trip ends at Ashburton or Christchurch, where you will be dropped at your hotel.

    Itinerary

    There are two options for your Mount Cook and Christchurch Tour from Queenstown, one with lunch included in the package and one without lunch. At the start of the day you will be picked up from your Queenstown hotel. Throughout the journey an informative commentary will be provided by your driver/guide.

    Departing Queenstown you will enjoy a picturesque drive through magnificent scenery. The route takes you over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country, before continuing on to the stunningly beautiful Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park. This is New Zealand’s great alpine park, home to the country’s highest mountains and largest glaciers. It contains 19 peaks over 3,000 metres, including New Zealand's highest mountain – Aoraki/Mount Cook at 3754 metres. Near the park entrance, you will see awesome views of New Zealand’s longest glacier – the Tasman Glacier, which covers an area of 101 square kilometres (39 sq m).

    You will stop at Aoraki Mt Cook village for lunch at The Hermitage restaurant. (This is included in the package or payable direct depending on the option chosen and a sample menu is given under Additional Information section on this website.) Then re-board the vehicle for the journey past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo. The lake is famous for the amazing turquoise blue of its waters. This intense colour is caused by the sunlight reflecting off particles of suspended rock dust.

    On the lake shore you will see the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935 to commemorate the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. Nearby is the bronze statue of a sheepdog, a tribute to the dogs that make the grazing of this mountain country possible.

    From the Church you can enjoy magnificent panoramas of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range.

    Your journey then continues through the farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up (Queenstown) and drop-off (Ashburton or Christchurch)
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle (vehicle size depends on number of passengers)
    • English-speaking driver/guide
    • Entrance fees
    • 3- course lunch with coffee or tea (if option chosen)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.The tour departs from The Station Information Centre, Corner Shotover and Camp St, Queenstown.Lunch Buffet Sample MenuChef's soup of the dayFreshly baked bread rollsHOT SELECTIONRoasted pork with apple sauceCOLD SELECTIONFreshly baked rollsSmoke salmonSliced tomato, beetroot, cucumberTraditional sliced ham, salami and hot porkSmoked salmon terrine New Zealand salmon with tomato sauceMarket fresh fish in Mediterranean tomato sauceRoasted chicken mild curryPenne with cheese sauceRoasted potatoesRoasted vegetableJapanese style riceColeslaw with crispy hamFresh garden green salad stationPotato saladAssortment of condiments, spreads, dips and saucesDESSERTSSelection of homemade cakesFresh fruit saladChocolate cakeCream caramelChocolate mousseVanilla ice cream with berry or chocolate sauceCoffee and tea
  • Reviews
    • excellent informative trip

      We had two fabulous trips. Driver was very professiomal and extremely onformative. plenty of opportunity to stop. Very comfortable....

      Marie Toolis
    • Very good tour, with a big BUT

      I really enjoyed the tour. The guide and driver both made me feel welcome, and displayed good knowledge. I liked the various stops we made, and the lunch was good too. The...

      DR R J READING