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Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

By Viator, December 2010

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On New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki (Mt. Cook) soars up to 3,750 meters (12,315 feet) over the country’s Southern Alps. Australasia’s highest mountain, it’s one of the most popular day trip excursions from Christchurch, 330km (205 miles) away to the northeast.

The Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park is a glacier-filled wonderland, challenging mountain climbers with its snow-covered peaks and providing visitors with picture-perfect vistas of alpine lakes and mountains at every turn.

The park has 72 glaciers, more than 140 peaks over 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) and 22 mountains exceeding 3,000 meters (9,840 feet), but Mt. Cook remains the most iconic crest.

Guided walks take in stunning views of Mt. Cook, the Tasman Glacier and lakes, and scenic flights provide breathtaking aerial sightseeing and the thrill of landing on the snow.

The park’s main tourist center is Mt. Cook’s base camp, Mount Cook Village, where the historic Hermitage Hotel is a local landmark and an essential stop for lunch or cozy fireside drinks.

Day trips to Mt. Cook from Christchurch take you to the Tasman Glacier to climb the moraine, to the Hermitage for lunch, and offer the option of an alpine flight.

En route to Mt. Cook while traveling through the stunning New Zealand scenery of the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, the tour includes stops to sample local produce and visits the high country town of Fairlie for afternoon tea.

You can also visit Mt. Cook from Christchurch en route to Queenstown, or spend three or four days exploring the South Island’s highlights including Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth and Queenstown.

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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Travel by road on a full day tour from Christchurch to Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. Along the way you'll pass through the spectacular scenery ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hrs

From USD $278.47

Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

See the best of New Zealand’s stunning South Island on this unforgettable 8-day tour! Traveling by private luxury vehicle you’ll visit all the highlights of ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $2,985.65

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Picturesque mountains, deep fiords and icy glaciers - this is New Zealand's South Island. See for yourself on a four-day independent tour highlighting this ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $1,351.98

4-Day South Island Southern Discovery Tour from Christchurch

Experience the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this four-day independent coach tour. Travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $1,045.26

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience a brief tour of the major highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this three day independent coach tour. Travel by coach from ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $1,017.01

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook. Take in the spectacular sights ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, concludes in Queenstown, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $226.00

Christchurch to Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Take the scenic route from Christchurch to Mount Cook in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach, admiring spectacular scenery along the way.

Location: Christchurch, concludes Mount Cook, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.01

Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

This full day tour departs Christchurch in the morning, and travels through the rich pastoral farmland of the Canterbury Plains before heading inland to the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, concludes Wanaka, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.18

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