Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) Tours

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A fabulous UNESCO World Heritage site measuring 434 square miles (700 square kilometers), Aoraki Mount Cook National Park stretches from Westland to Fiordland on New Zealand's South Island. A mecca for climbers, hikers, skiers, and lovers of natural beauty, the park's attractions include the Tasman Glacier and the warm and welcoming Heritage, New Zealand’s most famous hotel.

Twenty-two of the country's highest mountains also stand proudly in the park, including the mighty 12,316-foot (3,755-meter) Mount Cook itself, the tallest of them all. Perhaps the best way to take in the mountains’ grandeur is from the air on a helicopter tour.

Practical Info

Mount Cook Village is the park's main base, 7.5 miles (12 km) from Mount Cook's snowy summit. Buses run here from Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.and elsewhere on the South Island.
Location
Address: Highway 80, Mount Cook 8770, New Zealand
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Hours: Daily 8:30am–6pm (until 5pm from May to Sept)
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Admission: Free
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Mount Cook Mountains High Helicopter Flight

Gain up-close access to the remote alpine landscapes of the South Island on a premier helicopter flight. This 40-minute aerial tour from Mt Cook village soars above the Southern Alps and makes a snow landing atop Tasman Glacier, where you’ll enjoy prime views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Back in the air. Then, fly through the Burnett Mountains and marvel at the expansive Mackenzie Basin below.
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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Mount Cook to Queenstown Tour

Journey by luxury coach, departing Aoraki/Mount Cook on a one-way tour to Queenstown. You’ll be mesmerized by the vivid landscapes of New Zealand's Southern Alps during the 4-hour drive south, which takes you alongside Lake Pukaki, through Mackenzie Basin and over Lindis Pass into Central Otago. Stop for a tea break in Omarama before continuing on through the Kawarau Gorge and past verdant farmland into Queenstown. Hotel drop-off included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour

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. You’ll make a photo stop at Lake Tekapo before ending your 4.5-hour tour at Christchurch the garden city.
  • Duration: 4 hours 50 minutes
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Mount Cook Alpine Explorer Helicopter Flight

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.
  • Duration: 35 minutes
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