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Lake Pukaki Tours

Lake Pukaki
If you've ever seen a picture of Lake Pukaki, you can be forgiven for thinking there’s no way that this lake could possibly be real. After all, the color of the water—a shining, rich, deep shade of turquoise—has the same captivating and alluring effect as a pair of misty-blue eyes. The hue of the water seems to match the sky, and in addition to being surrounded by open plains, the towering spire of Aoraki/Mount Cook stands watch over most of the shoreline. Isolated, empty, and incomparably scenic, there are few places on the South Island of New Zealand which can inspire nearly as much awe. 

Running north-to-south and glacially-fed, this narrow lake parallels the road which leads to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. It’s the glacial silt from the Southern Alps which gives the lake its trademark hue, and on the clearest of days when the turquoise waters are backed by snowcapped Mount Cook, it’s a panorama that easily has the ability to drain your entire camera battery. Summer is the most popular time to visit—due to the warm temperatures and clear views of the mountains—although unpredictable alpine weather can roll through during any time of year. During the winter the views of Mount Cook are often obscured by clouds, but on the rare days when blue skies accompany the lakeside snow drifts, there is a good chance you’ll have the lake completely to yourself.

More than just a scenic picture, however, there are also numerous walking trails which begin from the shore of the lake. Seeing as the lone road leading in towards Mount Cook is the only semblance of development, ten minutes of walking on a trail can leave you enveloped by the surrounding wilderness. The road is also a popular route for cyclists touring the country by bicycle, and whether you visit independently, or on your own two wheels, or as part of a guided tour, everyone who gazes upon Lake Pukaki can agree on its unrivaled beauty.
Address: Lake Pukaki, Canterbury, New Zealand
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Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day TourNature & Wildlife

Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki Day Tour

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Visit the scenic areas of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki on this picturesque day tour. It can be difficult to get to remote rural areas without a car, but you won’t have to worry about planning transport as Christchurch pickup and drop-off is included. The journey itself will showcase spectacular landscapes along the way. Once you get to Lake Tekapo, highlights include visiting Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Pukaki, and Tekapo Springs.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Mt Cook Small Group Adventure Tour from Queenstown or Cromwell4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mt Cook Small Group Adventure Tour from Queenstown or Cromwell

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Take a break from the hectic Queenstown streets with this trip into the mighty Southern Alps. Spend the day at Mount Cook Village, nestled in the shadow of Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Enjoy free reign to set your own schedule, whether it’s hiking around the Alps, speeding around in jet boats or learning more about the mountains at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center.
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  • 12 hours
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4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from ChristchurchMulti-day Tours

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 4 days
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Queenstown to Mount Cook Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

Queenstown to Mount Cook Sightseeing Tour

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Swap Queenstown for Aoraki/Mt Cook on a one-way coach tour through the spectacular South Island countryside. The 4.5-hour journey north passes lush farmland and follows the winding Kawarau Gorge to Central Otago then over Lindis Pass and into the Mackenzie Basin. You’ll skirt the shores of Lake Pukaki where you can set eyes upon Mt Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain. Opt for a three-course lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village before hotel drop-off.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including LunchDay Trips

Mount Cook Private Day Tour via Lake Tekapo including Lunch

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Getting to Aoraki/Mount Cook from Christchurch is half the fun on this private day trip. Get a look at New Zealand’s tallest mountain and dig into a delicious buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Then take a walk in Mt. Cook National Park or stroll the village during free time. En route, admire gorgeous views from Lake Pukaki and make a stop at the alpine waters of Lake Tekapo.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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Explore Mount Cook from ChristchurchBus & Minivan Tours

Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

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Surround yourself with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on this day trip from Christchurch. Travel by coach past the foothills of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Basin; stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari; and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. Enjoy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Includes round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.
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  • 12 hours
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Alpine Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight from TekapoHelicopter Tours

Alpine Experience Scenic Helicopter Flight from Tekapo

This flight is a perfect taster for a helicopter experience! This short flight takes you from our base to a landing site on the Joseph Range with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the lakes.Take in the grandeur of the Joseph Range on this 20-minute Scenic Helicopter Flight adventure. Breathe in the fresh air as you experience an alpine landing.Enjoy Informative pilot commentary on-board as we fly past some of New Zealand most beautiful natural scenery .
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  • 20 minutes
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5-Day South Island Highlights Scenic Guided Tour from ChristchurchMulti-day Tours

5-Day South Island Highlights Scenic Guided Tour from Christchurch

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See the top sights of the spectacular South Island on a 5-day guided coach tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Stop at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain; enjoy free time to explore the adventure capital of Queenstown; take a boat cruise on Milford Sound, surrounded by steep rock walls; view Fox and Franz Josef glaciers; and travel by rail through the Southern Alps aboard the scenic TranzAlpine Express. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, and four nights’ accommodation in Queenstown and Franz Josef.
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Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day TourBus & Minivan Tours

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

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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).
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook Sightseeing Tour: One-WayBus & Minivan Tours

Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook Sightseeing Tour: One-Way

This one-way coach trip to Wanaka departs Christchurch in the morning, stopping for free time in Mount Cook village along the way. Enjoy fully narrated sightseeing as you skirt Otago’s Canterbury Plains, travel across Burkes Pass and the Mackenzie Basin, visit Lake Tekapo, and enjoy tea breaks in small farming townships. Marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a South Island highlight of the Southern Alps. Opt for lunch and, if you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter FlightHelicopter Tours

Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

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Experience a 35-minute scenic helicopter flight above the magnificent alpine landscape of Aoraki/Mt Cook and its surrounding peaks, and make a snow landing atop Richardson Glacier. You’ll soar above steep ridges and rise over a mountain pass that affords aerial views of the Ben Ohau Range. Step out and play in the snow before enjoying more expansive views down the Tasman Valley. Pilot narration on the sights is included.
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  • 35 minutes
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Lord of the Rings 10 day Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Lord of the Rings 10 day Tour

Red Carpet Tours is a family owned company with Kiwi guides who are passionate LOTR fans themselves. We provide a depth of knowledge and detail that will go beyond your expectations. In this 10 day Tour you will get to kayak through the ‘Dwarves in Barrels’ location, try your hand at archery in Laketown and charge across the Pelennor fields! You will spend time with the Artist and map maker of all six films and experience exclusive behind the scenes tours at the famous Weta Workshop. You will climb to the top of Edoras to fly the Rohan flag and experience all Middle-earth has to offer. The whole time you will be submerged in breath-taking New Zealand scenery with lush green forests, volcanic slopes, sparkling blue lakes and native wild life. That, coupled with a fellowship of like-minded fans you will be sharing this tour with, will draw you into a group dynamic that is welcoming, lively and inclusive. Its time to go on an Adventure!
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Lord of the Rings 14 day Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Lord of the Rings 14 day Tour

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Red Carpet Tours is a family owned company with Kiwi guides who are passionate LOTR fans themselves. We provide a depth of knowledge and detail that will go beyond your expectations. In this 14 day Tour you will get to visit Hobbiton, enjoy a pint in The Green Dragon Pub, climb over volcanic rocks at Mordor, kayak through the ‘Dwarves in Barrels’ location and charge across the Pelennor fields! You will spend time with the Artist and map maker of all six films and experience exclusive behind the scenes tours at the famous Weta Workshop. You will climb to the top of Edoras to fly the Rohan flag and experience all Middle-earth has to offer. The whole time you will be submerged in breath-taking New Zealand scenery with lush green forests, volcanic slopes, sparkling blue lakes and native wild life. That, coupled with a fellowship of like-minded fans you will be sharing this tour with, will draw you into a group dynamic that is welcoming, lively and inclusive. Its time to go on an Adventure
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Christchurch to Queenstown One-Way Tour (or in reverse)4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Christchurch to Queenstown One-Way Tour (or in reverse)

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Avoid the stress of navigating and planning with a one-way tour and transfer from Christchurch to Queenstown, or vice versa. In addition to stopping at ideal locations for photo opportunities throughout the trip, your guide offers stories and commentary about historic landmarks and landscapes along the way. Lunch and tea stops are included for your convenience.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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2 days tour from Christchurch to QueenstownNational Holidays

2 days tour from Christchurch to Queenstown

If you are thinking of taking a holiday through Mackenzie part of New Zealand please get in touch and let us help you see it in comfort and at your speed . You name it and we will try our best to make it happen .I look forward to seeing you on the road .
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  • 2 days
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9-day tour with guide in Spanish - Magical New ZealandMulti-day Tours

9-day tour with guide in Spanish - Magical New Zealand

This tour is ideal for Spanish and Portuguese speaking people who want to know the best of New Zealand in 9 days, in small groups and accompanied by a guide who speaks the same language.- Tour in Spanish- Weekly get aways- Small groupsCANCELLATION POLICIES: If you cancel before 35 days from the start of the tour there will be no cancellation charge.
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  • 9 days
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Mount Cook to Christchurch One-Way Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

Mount Cook to Christchurch One-Way Sightseeing Tour

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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. Make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo before ending your tour at Christchurch the garden city.
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  • 4 hours 50 minutes
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  • 4 hours 50 minutes
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Christchurch to Mount Cook Day Tour: One-WayBus & Minivan Tours

Christchurch to Mount Cook Day Tour: One-Way

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Take the scenic route from Christchurch to Mount Cook on a one-way narrated tour. Enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned coach as you admire magnificent scenery along the way. You’ll hear informative commentary from the driver-guide while traveling via Otago’s Canterbury Plains and make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel at the base of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
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Mount Cook to Wanaka Half-Day Sightseeing TourBus & Minivan Tours

Mount Cook to Wanaka Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

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In the afternoon, depart Mount Cook Village on a one-way narrated tour to Wanaka by luxury coach. The journey follows a scenic route along Aoraki/Mount Cook’s Lake Pukaki and through the Mackenzie Basin and Omarama before arriving in the rural township of Tarras, where a shuttle transfers you to your final destination on the shores of Lake Wanaka.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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1 day private tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt.CookPorts of Call Tours

1 day private tour from Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt.Cook

" We do it your way " There will be no rushing around on these trips , just time for you to see things that you have come to see and at your speed .
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Christchurch to Aoraki Mt Cook via Tekapo, Pukaki - private day tour 2 - 5 pplBus & Minivan Tours

Christchurch to Aoraki Mt Cook via Tekapo, Pukaki - private day tour 2 - 5 ppl

Aoraki / Mt Cook Bespoke, escorted private tour for up to 5 people by your guide with over 16 years experience and a lifetime of stories.- Can start in Aoraki/Mt Cook or Christchurch - Visit Aoraki / Mt Cook Visitor Centre and Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre - amazing!- See Mt Cook close-up Height 3,724 mtrs ( 12,217 ft ) - Lakes like you've never seen before...close up.- Pastures, lakes and photostops like you've never seen.- "Every minute a great memory" guaranteed. Promise!!- Large modern air conditioned vehicle w/ pure NZ lambs wood seat covers. - This area will blow you away!**** More than 4 or 5 people in your group? Larger groups by arrangement - ask for a quote.******** Proud Member: ProGuidesNZ
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Aoraki Mt Cook Full Day Tour from Christchurch / Lunch / Dark Sky Exp + returnDay Trips

Aoraki Mt Cook Full Day Tour from Christchurch / Lunch / Dark Sky Exp + return

This tour takes in the Canterbury Plains, Geraldine, Failie, Burkes Pass, Three Creeks, Lake Tekapo and features the NEW Dark Sky Experience. Lunch is included.Embark on a journey 13.8 billion years in the making with this multi-media indoor astronomy experience that combines science and tātai Aroraki (Māori astronomy).Thought-provoking, educational and entertaining, this journey is sure to change your outlook in the best possible way.This is your tour. Unlike a bus tour your knowledgeable and professional driver/guide will do everything he can to make this tour a 'memory you will never forget'. He will stop at all the best vantage points and share the interesting history and facts of this beautiful region.Licensed tour operator, advanced driver trained and with outstanding client reviews....you're guaranteed "every moment a great memory". Promise!!**** More than 4/5 people in your group? Larger groups by arrangement - ask for a quote.********* Proud Member: ProGuidesNZ
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Aoraki-Mt Cook from CHCH, private, transfer for 1 to 5 peoplePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Aoraki-Mt Cook from CHCH, private, transfer for 1 to 5 people

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Take a scenic drive from Christchurch to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Travel through rugged landscapes with snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and pastoral plains. See Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand at 12,217 feet (3,724 meters), and drive over Burkes Pass. Your expert guide shares knowledge of the area as you go.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Alpine Traverse Scenic Helicopter Flight from TekapoHelicopter Tours

Alpine Traverse Scenic Helicopter Flight from Tekapo

This flight will take you further into the Mt Cook National Park. Crossing multiple mountain ranges with beautiful views of the Southern Alps, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, this flight is stunning. An alpine landing will provide magnificent views of the almighty Aoraki/Mount Cook.View Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki from above. Step outside and take in the views from the alpine landing site. New Zealand's highest mountain seen from a truly magnificent viewpoint.
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  • 35 minutes
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