Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook Full-Day Tour - Reviews

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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

Sue

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

Koda India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Awesome tour. Very knowledgeable guide. Beautiful Scenery. Very memorable and a must do for all visiting the south island.

germaine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2013

Highly Recommended!!!

mana

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

nice persons and good view !

Colin W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

We had previously flown from Christchurch to Queenstown and arranged our itinerary so that we could get this 1-day coach trip back to Christchurch for the next leg of our 4-week holiday. We therefore had all of our luggage but this wasn’t a problem as it was large air-conditioned coach so it was stored underneath.

We were also concerned that the trip may not run so we’d have been stranded on South Island for Christmas but again this wasn’t a problem as it we were told they run the trip every day - it seems to be a local bus service as well so this could explain why. For example, we picked up a few people at various remote locations on the way and dropped them off again at youth hostels or other remote locations en-route. The driver even stopped at one place to drop off the post! This didn’t affect our schedule and we had lots of stops on the way to take photos.

We had a great lunch at the foot of Mount Cook and the scenery was fabulous. We left Queenstown at 8am and arrived in Christchurch at 6:30pm. It was a great trip and I would definitely recommend it.

Evgeny P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2011

It was really excellent! The nature is perfect!!!

Scott R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2011

A very long trip, but had a perfect day too see mt cook which was awesome, great views. It would be a long trip if you had poor weather and couldn't see anything. Luck of the draw, cant control the weather.

Satyakam G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2010

The trip is a must-do for people who have less time. it is a wonderful way to begin your journey in Queenstown and end in Christchurch and visit lot of places on the way including the wonderful scenery of Mount Cook.

Naíla K Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2009

I liked it very much. The service was very good, with an enthusiastic driver! It was worth doing.

Naíla K Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2009

I liked it very much. The service was very good, with an enthusiastic driver! It was worth doing.

Vaishali P India

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2009

We had on-the-dot service with a nice guy to show us around, the bus was too good, and the tour arrangement was excellent.

Elaine R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2009

Absolutely loved the trip, good value for money. Driver skilled and very informed. Scenery spectacular, and service to motel was very much appreciated. Would have liked more information when booking about the bus, the sights, accurate info on pickup points - as it turned out the details on our voucher were incorrect. Eventually I was able to ascertain that we could be picked up next door to our motel. Once we were on the bus all was fantastic.

Maree C Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2008

Great trip.

n.korolyova

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

Тур понравился, но порекомендовать его не могу, так как остановка для прогулки и фотографий горы Кука в очень не удачном месте, гору очень плохо видно. В остальном все было прекрасно, очень комфортабельный автобус, много остановок, куча чудесных фотографий и впечатлений . Гид с очень хорошим произно

Manisha B

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2017

Enjoyable ride with good commentary. Plenty of opportunities to stop and take pictures.

Evelyn Xu Australia

4 star rating: Recommended
May 2017

Driving from Queenstown to Christchurch is beautiful! Mount Cook is a must go.

Jeffrey T

4 star rating: Recommended
November 2016

This tour leaves at around 8am, and due to the frequent rest stops, picking up and dropping of passengers, and of course, the trip into Mount Cook National Park, the whole show really does take about 11 hours as stated in the description, so yes, it does make for a very long day.

That being said, its a very fun day and gazing at the giant snow capped peaks inside the yellow grassed valley was absolutely worth the temporary stop before heading to Christchurch.

Throughout the trip and for what youd expect for a tour like this, there is lots of continuous commentary about the surrounding region, environments, and history of many of the towns.

Once getting to the national park, and depending on the conditions when youre there, you may be surrounded by heavily snow laden mountains and the views are rather stunning. I even tried hiking up a mountain area at one point to try and reach a hanging glacier, but it ended being a lot farther than I expected and thus did not actually get to it but still got a decent picture.

From there the bus goes to Lake Tekapo which seemed to be the halfway point roughly in the trip where we stopped to see the small church that still holds weekly services. The views upon the lake were also just amazing.

Onward from Lake Tekapo you'll go through a number of other small towns including a country café in a town called Geraldine which features the biggest sweater in the world and was entered as a Guinness Book of World Records victory.
The only thing I may recommend is to not stop so frequently for bathroom and snack breaks. I think cutting a few of the stops would cut down on the lengthy time for this trip otherwise.

All in all, the excursion was really cool and totally worth the stop off in the national park along with all the other history that is provided to you when you do this tour. Definitely recommended when going from Queenstown to Christchurch, or visa versa.

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