Mt Cook Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour

Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain can be seen for many miles around. Maori know it as ‘Aoraki’ (‘Cloud Piercer'), and it’s easy to see why as you approach across the sprawling grasslands of the historic McKenzie country.

Mt Cook Full Day Private Sightseeing Tour

A private driver guide is the most relaxing option to make the most of places of interest on your journey. Travelling past turquoise lakes or visiting a mountain-top observatory you can stop as the fancy takes you.

Air conditioned comfort and comprehensive local knowledge combine for an itinerary to suit your mood and weather on the day, while your expert driver navigates the South Island country roads.

Tour itinerary:
• The tour begins with a scenic drive through the spectacularly rugged Kawarau gorge. The mighty Kawarau river follows the road through precipitous bluffs and rock strewn hillsides

• Popping out the other end of the gorge the township of Cromwell sits in the true heart of the Central Otago wine and fruit-growing region. A quick stop at one of the local fruit stalls is a must

• Travelling along the shores of Lake Dunstan into the Lindis country one gets a sense of just how remote and sparsely populated the area is

• Past Omarama the first of two large alpine fed lakes appears into view, the almost luminous colour of these lakes adds spectacularly to the grandeur of the scenery. Mount Cook, or Aoraki as it is known to the local Maori, stands imperiously at 3,754m above sea level. It is New Zealand’s highest mountain

• Optional activity: Take a scenic flight with Mount Cook Ski Planes
• Glacier Highlights flight: 40min flight up the length of the Tasman glacier, includes glacier landing
• Grand Circle flight: 55min flight around the summit of Mount Cook, fly over the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers and a 10min glacier landing. (Weather dependant)

• Optional: Lunch at the Hermitage Hotel, Mount Cook. Several lunch options are available; a buffet lunch or a café lunch option

• Return to Queenstown
Tour Type: Sightseeing
From: Queenstown to Queenstown
Departs: Daily
Duration: Full day
Tour Code: PTLSQ8

Regions Visited

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Mt Cook

Tour Inclusions

  • Services of a driver / guide


Vehicle Passengers Season Per Vehicle  
Tour car 1 - 3 people 1 October 2020- 30 September 2021 $1390 NZD Enquire / Book
Van 4 - 9 people $1515 NZD Enquire / Book
Pick up: 8.30am / drop off: approx 6.30pm

Additional information:
A surcharge of NZ$375 will apply on the major public holidays. Please ask for details

Lunch options are available at additional cost. Please ask for details

Frequently Asked Questions – Private Tours

What is a Private Tour?
Private Tours are exclusive to you. We can accommodate from one passenger up to forty eight passengers. We have a large variety of luxury vehicles available ranging from 2 seater BMW sedans, 3 – 19 seater Mercedes vans and 5 star coaches. Our drivers are fully experienced New Zealanders, offering a full personalised commentary, passing on their local knowledge right down to the best photo opportunities, or where to get a great coffee.  Private Tours can be designed exclusively for you or your group, allowing you to get off the beaten track while you sit back and relax. We will design a tour to suit your needs and we happily cater for Kosher, Halal, Vegan and most other speciality requirements. A wonderful personalised way to travel around New Zealand, mixing our knowledge of New Zealand with your requirements. It’s a perfect match.

What dates do your tours depart?
As the private tours are customised, your tour can depart any day of the year.

What time do the tours leave each day?
As you are on a tour designed for you, departure times can vary, we will develop an itinerary with departure times to suit your requirements.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours include services of a highly experienced driver guide, luxury vehicle large enough to accommodate you and your fellow travellers comfortably. Accommodation and sightseeing activities as specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you prior to your departure or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What standard of accommodation should I expect for my private tour?
Our private tour packages include luxury accommodation. However, we are happy to quote on a private tour for you utilising the following:  Motor Lodge, Apartments, Hotels or luxury lodges.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our private tour packages, include dinner and breakfast. However, we can include all meals, some meals or no meals in your very own customised tour. Please advise your requirements and will quote accordingly.

Is Halal, Kosher and other speciality food available in New Zealand? 
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country, let us now if you require this and we will compile a list for you. In regards to Kosher we can arrange this if required.  We can also offer advice in regards to Vegan and other special requirements.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here:

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

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