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!
The driver was really knowledgeable and despite the bad weather, the trip was well worth it.
Fantastic tour - driver gave lots of info all the way, stunning scenery - absolutely worth doing this instead of the bus straight there!!!
Chris Hord Australia
For a bus tour, this is the most convenient way to visit Queenstown via Mount Cook. The bus stopped at a few nice spots for us to take photos on the way to Mount Cook and Queenstown. The best part of the tour was definitely the helicopter flight at Mount Cook. The flight is fairly expensive but it is definitely worth the money. We got the chance to get off the flight and play at the top of the snow mountain. If you want to save money, it is better to get the discount voucher at the airport.
Chia Chieh T Taiwan
It was a great way to get to Queenstown from Christchurch. The highlight was definitely the helicopter ride. It may cost a lot, but it is definitely worth it! To make it cheaper, try to make use of the free discount coupons inserted in the free travel guides at Christchurch Airport. If you're taking the helicopter ride, eat lunch quickly, because we had had the helicopter ride, we only had a few minutes to finish our lunch. In fact, we had our lunch packed in order to rejoin the group in time!
We enjoyed the tour to Queenstown via Mt Cook and the stops on the way.
great driver! the tour was very good too. loved the scenery along the way.
Comfortable bus, and regular stops along the way for photos and refreshments. Our driver's Mark commentary very informative and interesting. The views at Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook were fantastic. We were fortunate to have clear sky around the mountain.
Our tour bus was initially a little late departing, so our time at Mount Cook was limited, but the meal was rushed but good. Overall, this was a good way to travel from Christchurch to Queenstown and see some great scenery along the way!
The sights were great but the driver was surely. In fact even tough he was suppose to take me to my hotel he dropped me several blocks away with no explanation on how to get there. Thanks to some other tourists I managed to find the place.,,no thanks to the driver.
A wonderful way to travel between towns. The stops at the lakes was the highlight for me. I wish we had more time there.
All the same like in my two other tours provided by Viator (Milford Sound Overnight Cruise and Gondola Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown) - everything was very good and value for money, but weather destroys some expected high points. For example we had no seen Mount Cook due to rain and fog...
Rajeev R USA
This is a great way to travel form Christchurch to your next destination, Queenstown. The scenery en route is fantastic with stops at Mt. Cook and Lake Tekapo. Special thanks to our guide/driver for the great commentary and excellent driving, I never felt road sick despite windy roads. Comfortable coach and well timed stops. A bit long journey that can be cut short by rental car but one would miss the interesting facts commentary en route from the guide.
Katalin K Germany
Perfect guide-driver, lovely scenery. The trip gave a good overview of this part of the beautiful country. The only pity was the fog and rain at Mount Cook - the mountain could not be seen.
Paul H USA
Great scenery, excellent drivers with interesting commentary.
We booked this mainly as a means of transport from Christchurch to Queenstown, but expected a little more than we got. Be aware that this is basically just a very long bus journey with a rest stop in between.
We did stop at a couple of picturesque lakes along the way, but were only given 10mins at each. We then had a 30min stop in a souvenir shop/cafe, 15mins at a petrol station and another 20mins at a fruit n veg stall. I'm probably not like most in this regard, but I would have taken 20mins at each of the lakes and cut down the stops elsewhere. The trip to the fruit n veg stall was particularly annoying, as not only can I buy fruit n veg at home as well as in Queenstown and Christchurch.....and everywhere else in the world, but had I wanted to take any of it home with me the strict rules on import/export of these goods would not allow it.
When we arrived at mount cook, the weather was too poor to actually see it obviously this is not a fault with the tour, just bad luck on our part, but we then had an hour or so to explore a coffee shop. We went for a brief walk in the surrounding area, but couldn't really go far due to having to be back for the bus.
Overall a long day with a lot of spectacular scenery on the way, but don't expect to stop at many of them - unless you really like the look of Prunes and Oranges
Too many commercial stops, it was more a means of transport than a tour.
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