After pickup from selected Christchurch hotels in the morning, your coach departs for Queenstown. The 11-hour scenic drive via Mount Cook includes sightseeing stops and a break for lunch. Throughout your journey through the Otago countryside and the Southern Alps, you’ll hear live commentary on board as you observe the vivd natural splendor of New Zealand’s South Island.
When you reach the UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, visit charming Mount Cook Village at the base or Mount Cook (Aoraki). Marvel at New Zealand's highest mountain, which towers 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) above sea level.
Enjoy a buffet lunch here, if option selected. Let your driver know if you’d like to include an optional scenic helicopter or ski-plane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting; paid direct).
Then motor through the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains toward the glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo, where you can view the remote Church of the Good Shepherd on the shore. Enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint township of Omarama, situated near the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, before your tour ends in Queenstown.