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.
Katie K USA
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.
The weather was bad and you could not see Mount Cook. I was hoping to take a helicopter flight but all flights were grounded because of the weather.
The driver/guide was excellent. The scenery was O.K. Long ride for limited scenery. Probably worth doing, but only if one is particularly interested in the Glacier. I've seen them before and been on one so there was novelty, which impacts my opinion. If time is an issue, then would skip and fly.
The main attraction we were looking forward to in this tour was the Mount Cook. And we got to spend just 50 minutes at the Hermitage hotel so we just had lunch there. The your should not mislead people by saying it's via Mt. Cook. The translator was rude at most times. Not recommended!
Not the best of trips the weather closed in and was raining for most of the day, couldnt actually see Mount Cook and the stop at the top was for 1 1/2 hours with nothing really to do as all flights cancelled. The other thing i thought was unfair was that the trip was more of a local bus not an organised tour as we stopped and started dropping and picking people up at differenct locations all day
was not worth the money at all. Most of the stops were at gift shops and while the commentary was decent it was not worth the money i paid for it.