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  • Location:Mount Cook, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour

Relax during a one-way coach tour from Mount Cook to Christchurch, enjoying scenic views of New Zealand's South Island. Leave the driving up to an expert guide who narrates the landscape, from the shores of Lake Pukaki to the Canterbury Plains and Otago farmland. You’ll make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo before ending your 4.5-hour tour at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook.


  • Scenic half-day tour from Mount Cook to Christchurch
  • See the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd on the foreshore of Lthe glacier-fed Lake Tekapo
  • Travel through the farmland of the Canterbury Plains
  • Admire the stunning glacier-fed Lake Tekapo
  • Stop at Geraldine for afternoon tea (own expense)
  • Explore Mount Cook Village and see Aoraki (Mt Cook) New Zealand's highest mountain

What You Can Expect

Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour

Lake Tekapo - Church of the Good Shepard

Start your half-day coach tour to Christchurch — aka ‘The Garden City’ — with afternoon pickup at a central location in Mount Cook Village. Your driver motors down the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki, where you’re treated to exceptional views of Aoraki/Mount Cook, whose 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) in elevation makes it New Zealand’s tallest mountain peak.

Upon reaching Lake Tekapo, marvel at the glacier lake surrounded by alpine scenery. Disembark for a short visit to the Church of the Good Shepherd, a solitary structure that stands on the lake’s foreshore. 

After some photo ops, continue on over Burkes Pass before a tea break in the farming town of Geraldine (own expense). Afterward, you’ll travel through rolling green hills and via the pastoral stretch of the Canterbury Plains, listening to your guide’s informative commentary along the way to your destination, where you’ll arrive in the evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

The scenery was stunning, but made all the more so, by the comfort and height of vision from the coach, and the amusing anecdotes, interesting commentary, and singing yes singing of the coach driver. The best way to do the journey with plenty of opportunity to take photos, stretch legs at the best possible places en route, and even a drop off at my hotel door in Christchurch.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2015

Hassel free travel.. we liked it

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better June 2015

Not exactly a tour. More of a transfer service only. Were only given a short 15mins at Lake Tekapo. Check-in 10mins late and driver gave a scolding. We really didnt meant to be late. And well, it was still 5mins before departure time!

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Tour code: 3910GS72


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