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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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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

Koda
India

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
Australia

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
Australia

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2009

I liked it very much. The service was very good, with an enthusiastic driver! It was worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2009

I liked it very much. The service was very good, with an enthusiastic driver! It was worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2009

We had on-the-dot service with a nice guy to show us around, the bus was too good, and the tour arrangement was excellent.

Elaine R
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2009

Absolutely loved the trip, good value for money. Driver skilled and very informed. Scenery spectacular, and service to motel was very much appreciated. Would have liked more information when booking about the bus, the sights, accurate info on pickup points - as it turned out the details on our voucher were incorrect. Eventually I was able to ascertain that we could be picked up next door to our motel. Once we were on the bus all was fantastic.

Maree C
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Great trip.

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2014

Fabulous - good way to see sites and get from point A to point B

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2013

Unfortunately it rained and was foggy most of the day so we didn't get to see Mount Cook. However, the driver shared much interesting information during the day that we would not have had access to if we had travelled on our own. Pickup and drop off at our hotels was greatly appreciated.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2012

Long trip, but great views and the possibility of going on a Helicopter flight at Mt Cook, which I took up, was great

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2010

Great tour guide, very comfortable and made good use of time. The trip between Mt. Cook and Queenstown is somewhat more interesting than the portion to Christchurch.

4 star rating: Recommended
August 2008

Excellent way to return to Christchurch for flights out.

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2014

The operator I spoke with to book hotel pick up explained the bus would not come to my hotel because they had no access. I was watching a "Cooks to Christchurch bud drive past our hotel as we were speaking. He also told me I would not be permitted to get off the bus at Rolleston. I gave up arguing with him and asked the driver the following day. He had no problems with this and let me off at the Station. Operator needs to get story straight!! Driver was very informative. Snow prevented us actually seeing Mt Cook.

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2013

Grumpy bus driver and too many stops. Mt. Cook was a beautiful site to behold, and we are glad we stopped by on our way between Queenstown to Christchurch.

3 star rating: Worth doing
March 2011

Good bus and excellent driver had safe punctual trip

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2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
February 2010

You get to see some great landscapes, but where don't you see great landscape in New Zealand. The Day trip from Queenstown to Christchurch itself was just excessive! There are stops about every hour to 45 minutes just for the bus driver to get coffee. I don't know if this is New Zealand law but it dragged what could be done in 8 hours to 12 hours. Be prepared for a long day.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2009

Although you get to stop and take pictures along the side of the road, you don't get to experience that much. The extended break at Mt. Cook is nice, but the overall experience didn't feel absolutely complete. But it is a great way to see a lot on a limited amount of time. I did a more personal tour of Skippers Valley in a 4x4 and found that a lot more rewarding.

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