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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 Menu

    Chef's soup of the day

    Freshly baked bread rolls

    HOT SELECTION

    Roasted pork with apple sauce

    COLD SELECTION

    Freshly baked rolls

    Smoke salmon

    Sliced tomato, beetroot, cucumber

    Traditional sliced ham, salami and hot pork

    Smoked salmon terrine

    New Zealand salmon with tomato sauce

    Market fresh fish in Mediterranean tomato sauce

    Roasted chicken mild curry

    Penne with cheese sauce

    Roasted potatoes

    Roasted vegetable

    Japanese style rice

    Coleslaw with crispy ham

    Fresh garden green salad station

    Potato salad

    Assortment of condiments, spreads, dips and sauces

    DESSERTS

    Selection of homemade cakes

    Fresh fruit salad

    Chocolate cake

    Cream caramel

    Chocolate mousse

    Vanilla ice cream with berry or chocolate sauce

    Coffee 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, United Kingdom, 23/Nov/2012
    • 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, United Kingdom, 15/Sep/2013

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