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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

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What You Can Expect

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

Mount Cook, New Zealand

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.

Customer Reviews

karbrown12 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Was concerned about this bus trip being too long, but our Great Sites guide was a fount of information about the environment, government, and history that we were continuously entertained. The color of the lakes near Mt Cook were amazing and we learned what caused it. A final stop before Queenstown at Mrs. Jones' fruit and wine shop was delightful. Great way to see a lot of the beautiful South Island.

Barbara H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I'm so glad I did this! The bus tour is a delightful way to not only see the beautiful countryside between Christchurch and Queenstown, but to learn more about it as well. The bus driver was amazing in what he shared about the land and about New Zealand itself. I actually took notes on what he shared so I would not forget it! The lakes we saw were breathtaking too.

Sonia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great way to travel between Christchurch and Queenstown. Although it made me wish I were staying in the Mt Cook village for an evening! Beautiful sights. If you can afford it, add on the lunch, it is bloody delicious.

Anson M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect way to travel all the way from Christchurch to Queenstown, especially if you do not want to drive or fly - as you would definiely miss out the most amazing views of New Zealand! The coach is large and comfortable. We get to stop every 2hours to get photos taken and to have some break for a long day. Lunch arrangement beside the glacier is fantastic. A very packed day but not tiring at all. Really enjoy it, Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo is amazing. Highly recommend it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great scenery including Mount Cook.

sharvari.go Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Vry good exprnc

Kulkanya N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

very beautiful

Jason C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The driver was really knowledgeable and despite the bad weather, the trip was well worth it.

girija v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great drive and service. what a beautiful country!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Fantastic tour - driver gave lots of info all the way, stunning scenery - absolutely worth doing this instead of the bus straight there!!!

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