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In the afternoon, depart Mount Cook Village on a one-way narrated tour to Wanaka by luxury coach. The 3.5-hour journey follows a scenic route along Aoraki/Mount Cook’s Lake Pukaki and through the Mackenzie Basin and Omarama before arriving in the rural township of Tarras, where a shuttle transfers you to your final destination on the shores of Lake Wanaka.


  • Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour
  • Travel by air-conditioned luxury 5-star coach
  • Travel through the Mackenzie Basin
  • Morning tea break at the farming community of Omarama (at own expense)
  • See picturesque Lake Wanaka and it's surrounding town

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Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour

Mount Cook to Wanaka Tour

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.

Customer Reviews


3 star rating: Worth doing June 2016

Comfortable bus ride! Basic commentary from driver

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