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 Māori 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 (optional extra) 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 (weather permitting and at additional cost – this flight can be arranged with your driver/guide on the day itself).
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.
Tour departs daily outside the bus interchange on Lichfield Street, near Colombo Street at 0730hrs.
If you have opted for hotel pickup, your pickup time will be stated on your confirmation voucher.
How to Use
Please present a printed voucher to the tour operator on the day of your tour.
Upon completion of purchase, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subject to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Outside Bus Interchange on Lichfield Street, near Colombo Street.
If you have opted for hotel pickup, you will be picked up by the tour operator on the day of your tour.