Board your luxury coach at the Hermitage Hotel at Mount Cook Village in the afternoon and relax during the 3.5-hour journey south to Wanaka. As you skirt the western side of Lake Pukaki, listen to your driver-guide’s commentary about New Zealand’s tallest mountain, towering within UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Continue on through the Mackenzie Basin, a high-country landscape that harnesses its hydroelectric power from the region’s numerous lakes and canals. Following an afternoon break for tea (own expense) in the rural community of Omarama, re-board the coach for the ascent over Lindis Pass, which delivers you into Central Otago, a region famous for its gold-mining history.
Upon reaching the countryside town of Tarras, you’re transferred to a shuttle for the final stretch to Wanaka, nestled on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka.