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clock-o13 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Explore Mount Cook on a day trip from Christchurch
  • Live commentary onboard
  • Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Christchurch
Your full-day trip begins with hotel pickup in Christchurch, taking you through the foothills of the magnificent Southern Alps. Listen to onboard commentary about the sights from your guide, who stops in Geraldine (or in Lake Tekapo) for included morning tea at a local cafe.
Follow up with a photo stop at the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Disembark to soak up the idyllic alpine scenery before continuing on to Lake Pukaki. Here, the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin en route to Mount Cook National Park, a World Heritage site.
Enjoy views of Mount Cook (Aoraki) and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks during lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Opt for a scenic flight or a glacier landing by ski plane (additional cost, payable direct).
The pinnacle of your tour comes with a 20-minute hike up Tasman Glacier. At the summit of the terminal moraine, cast your eyes over the glacier and nearby Lake Tasman. Back on level ground, re-board the coach for the return drive to Christchurch, stopping en route in Fairlie for late afternoon tea.

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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j
, Apr 2018

We tried to book this trip several times before our holiday to New Zealand but as the minimum number is four to make it viable, had to wait until the week before we left the UK to actually know that we could do it, though not on our preferred date. However, the experience was worth the wait.
Our guide Rodney and the fact that there were only two other people with us made it a wonderful day. He was so knowledgeable and able to add in his own experiences to make it something we shall never forget, including the wonderful lunch at the restaurant! Mount Cook is amazing and though we were there on an early autumn day in late March, we didn't need coats as the weather was hot, though maybe as the weather changes quickly, coats and walking shoes would be a good idea in late autumn and winter. Lots of photo opportunities and a great ice cream stop on the return journey to our hotel were the icing on the cake.Thank you Rodney and Viator.

A
, Jun 2017
E
, Apr 2017

We had a wonderful time on the trip due to our great tour guide Rodney. We saw many sights along the way and enjoyed the meal at the restaurant with the fantastic view of Mount Cook. The small size of our group made the day more enjoyable. The helicopter ride is definitely worth it. It is a long day but we would definitely recommend it to others!

R
, Mar 2017

LONG DAY-Bus Ride 8 hours BUT worth it for Fantastic Views.
More adventurous took helicopter to Glacierextra cost.
Recommend it .

s
, Jan 2017

Pino was a great guide.

M
, Dec 2016

Beautiful scenery and overall wonderful day. Small size of the tour made it very special. Loved taking the short hike to see more of the area!

J
, Dec 2016

This was a wonderful trip! The route design is very well, take you to the most beautiful place in NZ.

D
, Nov 2016

I didnt do that trip!!!!

A
, Jun 2016

This was a great trip. We had a great guide, Hank, who was extremely helpful. The weather was not cooperative but we had, I believe, one the rare experiences of seeing a glacier in the middle of a snow storm. A trip I will never forget. Thanks again.

K
, Mar 2016

The tour overall was superb. It's a long day but a lot is packed in. The day started off rainy so I wasn't sure how much we would see but as the day went on, the sun came out and once we got to Mount Cook National Park it was beautiful. I really enjoyed that part of the day and the climb up to see the Tasman Glacier was amazing. Our guide was also helpful along the way.

I was expecting a little more direction throughout the day and timings weren't particularly clear. The microphone system also didn't work very well meaning we missed some of what he was telling us - I like to know as much as I can about the places I'm visiting so that was a bit frustrating.

Overall though, a superb day.


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