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Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

By Viator, January 2018

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On New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki (Mt. Cook) soars up to 3,750 meters (12,315 feet) over the country’s Southern Alps. Australasia’s highest mountain, it’s one of the most popular day trip excursions from Christchurch, 330km (205 miles) away to the northeast.

The Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park is a glacier-filled wonderland, challenging mountain climbers with its snow-covered peaks and providing visitors with picture-perfect vistas of alpine lakes and mountains at every turn.

The park has 72 glaciers, more than 140 peaks over 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) and 22 mountains exceeding 3,000 meters (9,840 feet), but Mt. Cook remains the most iconic crest.

Guided walks take in stunning views of Mt. Cook, the Tasman Glacier and lakes, and scenic flights provide breathtaking aerial sightseeing and the thrill of landing on the snow.

The park’s main tourist center is Mt. Cook’s base camp, Mount Cook Village, where the historic Hermitage Hotel is a local landmark and an essential stop for lunch or cozy fireside drinks.

Day trips to Mt. Cook from Christchurch take you to the Tasman Glacier to climb the moraine, to the Hermitage for lunch, and offer the option of an alpine flight.

En route to Mt. Cook while traveling through the stunning New Zealand scenery of the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, the tour includes stops to sample local produce and visits the high country town of Fairlie for afternoon tea.

You can also visit Mt. Cook from Christchurch en route to Queenstown, or spend three or four days exploring the South Island’s highlights including Mt. Cook, Franz Josef Glacier, Greymouth and Queenstown.

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5-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch

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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch, Christchurch, Multi-day Tours
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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

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Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and ... 
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Private Tour: 8-Day South Island Tour from Christchurch Including Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

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3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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Great Southern Circle - Self Drive (6 days - 5 Nights ), Christchurch, Multi-day Tours
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14-Day South Island Adventure Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Christchurch - Queenstown ( or reverse ) 1 day, Christchurch, Multi-day Tours
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