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

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Ride a coach from Christchurch to Queenstown during a fully narrated sightseeing tour via Mount Cook village, situated at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain. Other South Island highlights include the fertile farmlands of Otago’s Canterbury Plains, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and the grandeur of the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).


  • Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour
  • See the stunning views of the glacier-fed Lake Tekapo
  • See the solitary Church of the Good Shepard
  • Free time to explore Mt Cook Village. There is ample time to experience a scenic helicopter or sea plane flight (at own expense)
  • Enjoy afternoon tea in the quaint village of Omarama
  • See the spectacular sights of the Southern Alps

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What You Can Expect

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Mount Cook, New Zealand

After pickup from selected Christchurch hotels in the morning, your coach departs for Queenstown. The 11-hour scenic drive via Mount Cook includes sightseeing stops and a break for lunch. Throughout your journey through the Otago countryside and the Southern Alps, you’ll hear live commentary on board as you observe the vivd natural splendor of New Zealand’s South Island. 

When you reach the UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, visit charming Mount Cook Village at the base or Mount Cook (Aoraki). Marvel at New Zealand's highest mountain, which towers 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) above sea level. 

Enjoy a buffet lunch here, if option selected. Let your driver know if you’d like to include an optional scenic helicopter or ski-plane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting; paid direct). 

Then motor through the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains toward the glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo, where you can view the remote Church of the Good Shepherd on the shore. Enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint township of Omarama, situated near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, before your tour ends in Queenstown.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The driver was really knowledgeable and despite the bad weather, the trip was well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great drive and service. what a beautiful country!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Fantastic tour - driver gave lots of info all the way, stunning scenery - absolutely worth doing this instead of the bus straight there!!!

Chris Hord

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

For a bus tour, this is the most convenient way to visit Queenstown via Mount Cook. The bus stopped at a few nice spots for us to take photos on the way to Mount Cook and Queenstown. The best part of the tour was definitely the helicopter flight at Mount Cook. The flight is fairly expensive but it is definitely worth the money. We got the chance to get off the flight and play at the top of the snow mountain. If you want to save money, it is better to get the discount voucher at the airport.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

excellent arrangements

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2009

It was a great way to get to Queenstown from Christchurch. The highlight was definitely the helicopter ride. It may cost a lot, but it is definitely worth it! To make it cheaper, try to make use of the free discount coupons inserted in the free travel guides at Christchurch Airport. If you're taking the helicopter ride, eat lunch quickly, because we had had the helicopter ride, we only had a few minutes to finish our lunch. In fact, we had our lunch packed in order to rejoin the group in time!

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Very good experience, fantastic and experienced driver!

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

The sights were great but the driver was surely. In fact even tough he was suppose to take me to my hotel he dropped me several blocks away with no explanation on how to get there. Thanks to some other tourists I managed to find the place.,,no thanks to the driver.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2012

A wonderful way to travel between towns. The stops at the lakes was the highlight for me. I wish we had more time there.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

All the same like in my two other tours provided by Viator (Milford Sound Overnight Cruise and Gondola Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown) - everything was very good and value for money, but weather destroys some expected high points. For example we had no seen Mount Cook due to rain and fog...

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