• Location: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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Take a narrated coach tour from Queenstown to Christchurch, driving across the Canterbury Plains of the South Island. View the rugged mountain and farmland terrain of Otago as you cross Lindis Pass to Mt Cook Village, located at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain. You’ll make several stops, including a church at Lake Tekapo, before arrival at your destination. Opt for an included 3-course buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. If you’d like, take a helicopter or skiplane flight (own expense).


  • Mount Cook Day Tour from Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Visit Mount Cook Village and see Aoraki (Mount Cook), new Zealand's highest mountain
  • Enjoy an optional scenic flight (own expense)
  • See Lake Pukaki - stunning glacial-fed lake
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel (if option selected)
  • View the famous Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo
  • Travel through farmland of the Canterbury Plains

What You Can Expect

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour

Alpine Road, Mount Cook

Depart Queenstown after hotel pickup and travel by comfortable coach to Christchurch. The scenic drive takes approx. 11 hours to your destination, including sightseeing stops and a lunch break. En route, listen to live commentary on board, relax and gaze out at the Otago countryside. 

Your driver crosses the Lindis Pass, the primary inland route to the Mackenzie Basin in the Canterbury Region. When you reach Mt Cook, also known by its Maori name Aoraki, you’ll stop to visit the alpine Mount Cook Village at its base. Ogle New Zealand's highest mountain, soaring 12,217 feet (3,724 meters) in elevation along the Southern Alps in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. 

Enjoy a 3-course lunch at the Hermitage Hotel, 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). 

Your journey continues with a stop at the glacial-fed Lake Pukaki and the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before arriving in Christchurch.

Customer Reviews

Charles H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

It was a very interesting albeit long day. the driver was knowledgeable about the areas we drove through. The lunch provided was excellent as was the view of Mt Cook.

Allan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was terrific we drove through spectacular mountain scenery and had a long stop in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, during which we had time to walk trails, check out the Visitors' Centre, and appreciate the landscape more fully. The guide was knowledgeable and helpful. My only concern was that the company running the tour didn't have proper records of my pick-up and drop-off points, and it took some effort to inform them again about what I'd already told them. Overall, though, I highly recommend it as a way to travel between Queenstown and Christchurch you can take the tour in either direction and see and learn about things you might otherwise miss.

Mousam B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Beautiful Location with good arrangement

Barbara Anne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Traversing Queenstown to Christchurch with a lot of stops specially in Mount Cook is a great experience for me. Having a limited time in New Zealand this is another great option to do.

Takeko Mato

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was really amazing trip! Especially you could be see all beautiful place on the way, and also when the bus arrived Christchurch ,they were helps us droped your accommodation as well ! It was really helps.
Thanks for a lot!
I would like to use this tour again!

Brian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A full on day of travel with a very informative host/driver and his multilingual companion. Mount Cook was snow covered and magnificent viewed from the lodge where we had a splendid well set out buffet meal. As a tired couple we were dropped off at our hotel door and grateful for a safe, very informative and long journey.

yaeko k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

it was wonderful , but unfortunately weather wasn't good . Next time I will stay at Mt. cook


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Well worth the long day!!!

Katalin Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Joanne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Knowledgeable and funny bus driver, beautiful scenery, plenty of comfort stops

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