Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook Day Tour

Visit the Mount Cook National Park and experience the beauty of this alpine area dominated by Australasia's highest peak before continuing to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook Day Tour

Leaving Queenstown we travel north through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge to the fruit growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam, we pass through the golden tussock country of the Lindis Pass to Omarama, our refreshment stop.

Across the McKenzie Country, notable for the extensive hydro electric power development in the area, we then follow the shores of Lake Pukaki to the Mount Cook National Park. 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).

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.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Queenstown to Christchurch
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: 1GS

Regions Visited

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Queenstown, Mt Cook, Christchurch

Tour Inclusions

  • 5 star coach travel
  • Complimentary hotel pick up / drop off available (at selected properties)
  • Informative commentary
  • Mt Cook National Park


Season Optional Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 Excluding lunch $299 NZD $149 NZD Enquire / Book
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 Including lunch $335 NZD $167 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 7.30am, arrives Christchurch 7.20pm.

Children: Child (2 - 12 years).

Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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Enjoyable trip from Queenstown to Christchurch. We stopped at a fruit stand, scenic spot overlooking a pass, couple of small towns. Also stopped at Mt. Cook for an hour and half to do the helicopter tour that was arranged while we were on the bus.
“It was wonderful. The tour bus was spacious, clean and comfortable and the driver was fun and knowledgeable of the area. Mt. Cook National Park itself was breathtaking. The sights were gorgeous and well worth the trip. It was exactly what I wanted to do for my birthday.”