• Location: Christchurch, concludes Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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This one-way coach trip to Wanaka departs Christchurch in the morning, stopping for free time in Mount Cook village along the way. Enjoy fully narrated sightseeing as you skirt Otago’s Canterbury Plains, travel across Burkes Pass and the Mackenzie Basin, visit Lake Tekapo, and enjoy tea breaks in small farming townships. Marvel at the grandeur of UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, a South Island highlight of the Southern Alps. Opt for lunch and, if you’d like, take a helicopter or ski-plane flight (own expense).


  • Christchurch to Wanaka one-way coach tour via Mount Cook
  • Enjoy a morning tea break in Geraldine
  • View the Church of the Good Shepard on the shores of Lake Tekapo
  • Take free time in Mount Cook village, and savor lunch (if option selected)
  • Journey through Central Otago and the Mackenzie Basin

What You Can Expect

Christchurch to Wanaka via Mount Cook One-Way Tour

On the road to Mount Cook

This 10-hour scenic drive from Christchurch makes stops in Mount Cook and Tekapo en route to picturesque Wanaka. After hotel pickup in the morning, your coach departs for the Canterbury Plains before heading inland to the farming township of Geraldine for a morning tea break.

Listen to live commentary on board as you make the journey across Burkes Pass, then descend toward the breathtaking glacier-fed waters of Lake Tekapo. On the lake’s remote shores stands the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd, where you’ll stop for a photo op.

A bit further, your coach skims the western shoreline of Lake Pukaki. Gaze in awe at the 12,217-foot-high (3,724-meter) Mount Cook, New Zealand's tallest mountain, situated in UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Visit Mount Cook village at the mountain's base, with free time to explore the alpine surroundings.

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).

The remainder of your one-way day trip heads further south through the rugged high-country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin. Enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in Omarama before the ascent over Lindis Pass into Central Otago.

On arrival in the small town of Tarras, you’ll transfer to a shuttle that delivers you to your destination, located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka.

Customer Reviews

Patrick China

4 star rating: Recommended July 2010

The journey is excellent.

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