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  • Location:Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

Take a narrated coach tour from Queenstown to Christchurch, driving across the Canterbury Plains of the South Island. View the rugged mountain and farmland terrain of Otago as you cross Lindis Pass to Mt Cook Village, located at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain. You’ll make several stops, including a church at Lake Tekapo, before arrival at your destination. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or skiplane flight (own expense).


  • Mount Cook Day Tour from Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Visit Mount Cook Village and see Aoraki (Mount Cook), new Zealand's highest mountain
  • Enjoy an optional scenic flight (own expense)
  • See Lake Pukaki - stunning glacial-fed lake
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel (if option selected)
  • View the famous Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
  • Travel through farmland of the Canterbury Plains

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What You Can Expect

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

Alpine Road, Mount Cook

Depart Queenstown after hotel pickup and travel by comfortable coach to Christchurch. The scenic drive takes approx. 11 hours to your destination, including sightseeing stops and a lunch break. En route, listen to live commentary on board, relax and gaze out at the Otago countryside. 

Your driver crosses the Lindis Pass, the primary inland route to the Mackenzie Basin in the Canterbury Region. When you reach Mt Cook, also known by its Maori name Aoraki, you’ll stop to visit the alpine Mount Cook Village at its base. Ogle New Zealand's highest mountain, soaring 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) in elevation along the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. 

Enjoy a 3-course lunch at the Hermitage Hotel, 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). 

Your journey continues with a stop at the glacial-fed Lake Pukaki and the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before arriving in Christchurch.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Well worth the long day!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Knowledgeable and funny bus driver, beautiful scenery, plenty of comfort stops


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Awesome tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Beautiful Scenery. Very memorable and a must do for all visiting the south island.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Highly Recommended!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

nice persons and good view !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had previously flown from Christchurch to Queenstown and arranged our itinerary so that we could get this 1-day coach trip back to Christchurch for the next leg of our 4-week holiday. We therefore had all of our luggage but this wasn’t a problem as it was large air-conditioned coach so it was stored underneath.

We were also concerned that the trip may not run so we’d have been stranded on South Island for Christmas but again this wasn’t a problem as it we were told they run the trip every day - it seems to be a local bus service as well so this could explain why. For example, we picked up a few people at various remote locations on the way and dropped them off again at youth hostels or other remote locations en-route. The driver even stopped at one place to drop off the post! This didn’t affect our schedule and we had lots of stops on the way to take photos.

We had a great lunch at the foot of Mount Cook and the scenery was fabulous. We left Queenstown at 8am and arrived in Christchurch at 6:30pm. It was a great trip and I would definitely recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

It was really excellent! The nature is perfect!!!

Scott R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

A very long trip, but had a perfect day too see mt cook which was awesome, great views. It would be a long trip if you had poor weather and couldn't see anything. Luck of the draw, cant control the weather.

Satyakam G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2010

The trip is a must-do for people who have less time. it is a wonderful way to begin your journey in Queenstown and end in Christchurch and visit lot of places on the way including the wonderful scenery of Mount Cook.
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