• Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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Surround yourself with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on this day trip from Christchurch. Travel by coach past the foothills of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Basin; stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari; and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. Enjoy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Includes round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.


  • Explore Mount Cook on a day trip from Christchurch
  • Live commentary onboard
  • Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Informative and friendly guide
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Christchurch

What You Can Expect

Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

Mount Cook

Your full-day trip begins with hotel pickup in Christchurch, taking you through the foothills of the magnificent Southern Alps. Listen to onboard commentary about the sights from your guide, who stops in Geraldine (or in Lake Tekapo) for included morning tea at a local cafe.
Follow up with a photo stop at the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Disembark to soak up the idyllic alpine scenery before continuing on to Lake Pukaki. Here, the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin en route to Mount Cook National Park, a World Heritage site.

Enjoy views of Mount Cook (Aoraki) and a backdrop of snow-capped peaks during lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Opt for a scenic flight or a glacier landing by ski plane (additional cost, payable direct).

The pinnacle of your tour comes with a 20-minute hike up Tasman Glacier. At the summit of the terminal moraine, cast your eyes over the glacier and nearby Lake Tasman. Back on level ground, re-board the coach for the return drive to Christchurch, stopping en route in Fairlie for late afternoon tea.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We tried to book this trip several times before our holiday to New Zealand but as the minimum number is four to make it viable, had to wait until the week before we left the UK to actually know that we could do it, though not on our preferred date. However, the experience was worth the wait.
Our guide Rodney and the fact that there were only two other people with us made it a wonderful day. He was so knowledgeable and able to add in his own experiences to make it something we shall never forget, including the wonderful lunch at the restaurant! Mount Cook is amazing and though we were there on an early autumn day in late March, we didn't need coats as the weather was hot, though maybe as the weather changes quickly, coats and walking shoes would be a good idea in late autumn and winter. Lots of photo opportunities and a great ice cream stop on the return journey to our hotel were the icing on the cake.Thank you Rodney and Viator.

Alenka Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017


Emma C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We had a wonderful time on the trip due to our great tour guide Rodney. We saw many sights along the way and enjoyed the meal at the restaurant with the fantastic view of Mount Cook. The small size of our group made the day more enjoyable. The helicopter ride is definitely worth it. It is a long day but we would definitely recommend it to others!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Pino was a great guide.

Mary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Beautiful scenery and overall wonderful day. Small size of the tour made it very special. Loved taking the short hike to see more of the area!

Joyce L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a wonderful trip! The route design is very well, take you to the most beautiful place in NZ.

Peter J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This was a good trip , we saw some fantastic sights. This was a small group tour, with our selves and two other couples. Stopping at Lake Tekapo was beautiful, we did see half of Mount Cook from a distance, unfortunately the clouds came in when we were at Mount Cook and did not get to see the mountain, but that is Mother Nature for you. This was a good day but a long day.

LYNN G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Great way to see a bit of countryside. Long day but really interesting. Geoff, our driver, had great knowledge of the areas we travelled through. Even though low cloud stopped us from directing viewing Mt Cook I still felt that we had value for money.

George Z Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Great time of year to see some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Long day, but so worth it. Lunch was fabulous.

C.H F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

Overall we had a great trip. A very sweet driver guide accompanied us. Had a lovely lunch at the Hermitage Hotel, very comfortable journey. It's a very scenic drive too! We're glad we didn't miss out!

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