Christchurch, concludes in Queenstown, New Zealand
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clock-o11 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Ride a coach from Christchurch to Queenstown during a fully narrated sightseeing tour via Mount Cook village, situated at the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain. Other South Island highlights include the fertile farmlands of Otago’s Canterbury Plains, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and the grandeur of the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).
  • Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour
  • See the stunning views of the glacier-fed Lake Tekapo
  • See the solitary Church of the Good Shepard
  • Free time to explore Mt Cook Village. There is ample time to experience a scenic helicopter or sea plane flight (at own expense)
  • Enjoy afternoon tea in the quaint village of Omarama
  • See the spectacular sights of the Southern Alps
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.

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J
, Sep 2018

This tour was ok. Lots of sitting and many breaks. Mt. Cook was disappointing.

R
, Mar 2018

Very nice and relaxing way to get to Queenstown such beautiful scenery along the way

j
, Feb 2018

This is a convenient way to see Spectacular Mt. Cook and traverse from Christchurch to Queenstown.

A
, Jan 2018

Great trip! So much more than a transfer. Saw some great sights along the way with interesting and informative commentary from Tom our driver. Regular comfort stops good and clean for coffee/snacks/toilets. Very comfortable seats. Efficient and punctual to the minute! Highly recommended!

r
, Jan 2018

The driver was a very good tour guide. He enriched us with lot of history along the way. He stopped at lot of scenic spots and gave sufficient time for photo shoot. However, his assistant for Japanese speaking tourists was rude. If you dont leave some of your belongings on the seat when you leave the bus for lunch then the assistant would take away your seat and give it to other Japanese tourists who join along the way. Our daughter lost her window seat for no reason this way. That ruined our mood during latter half of the trip. But the assistant had no regrets and did not apologize. It appears that Great Sights is more interested in Japanese customers.

P
, Jan 2018

great way to handle the transfer from Christchurch to Queenstown while seeing a few sights on the way.

N
, Jan 2018

So happy that I signed up for this trip. The only thing I wish is that we could have had more time in the Mount Cook region. We drove right past the Church of the Good Shepherd without slowing down for a photo and only had an hour at Mount Cook. I didn't have the ability to stay the night in the area since it was booked for the holidays, so this was my best option so that I didn't completely miss the mountain. If you have the option, stay in the area.

M
, Dec 2017

Long but beautiful trip to Queenstown seeing all the country side

G
, Nov 2017

Too expensive for the value. we hardly stop 10 minutes for photo stop and 45 minutes for lunchbreak.
otherwise it was only driving. i could have done this with intercity, and it would have only cost me 100. really a swindlle

V
, Nov 2017

Excellent tour with informative commentary from the driver. Plenty of stops. Would definitely recommend this tour.


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