The Christchurch to Queenstown journey takes you from the incredibly flat Canterbury Plains right through to the dramatic mountains in the Southern Alps. The area is out of this world beautiful with many rushing through the country en route to Christchurch or Queenstown. This tour gives you the opportunity to absorb the areas beauty. Starting in Christchurch you'll travel into the heart of the Mt Cook National Park. After a full day of exploration hop on board the coach to Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital.
ItineraryDay 1: Head south of the Christchurch plains to the Mt Cook National ParkStop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South IslandDepart Christchurch in the morning and travel through the lush farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, where you can see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd as it stands in solitude next to the vibrant blue waters. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park DOC Visitor Centre, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island Leaving Tekapo, continue into the Southern Alps towards Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain. Along the way your driver guide will keep you entertained and informed with commentary on the area's history and sites of interest. The tour concludes on arrival at Mount Cook Village, where you can explore and soak up the views of Aoraki / Mount Cook as it towers above.Includes lunch at the Hermitage Hotel. Please note there are no food or shops at Mount Cook you will need to stock up prior to arriving in Mount Cook if you wish to self cater.Duration: 1 day 12 hoursMeals included: • LunchAccommodation included: Overnight at Mt Cook Lodge & Motels Day 2: Aoraki-Mt. Cook National Park Stop At: Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park DOC Visitor Centre, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South IslandAt 3754 metres Aoraki-Mt. Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain, located deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. From the Visitor Centre at the southern end of Lake Pukaki, you will be rewarded with magnificent views of this immense peak. As well as its impressive beauty, Mt. Cook National Park is also home to a huge range of awe-inspiring sights and activities.Duration: 1 day 12 hoursStop At: Tasman Glacier, South IslandExperience the Tasman Valley 4WD Tour in Mt. Cook National Park. A rugged back road 4WD adventure accessing awe inspiring views over the Tasman Glacier and its gigantic moraine wall. You will get to stop at several vantage points and have the opportunity to walk up to the top of the Tasman Glacier moraine wall to view some of the most spectacular photographic opportunities within the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Your professional guide has a wealth of knowledge of the Aoraki/Mt Cook area. Learn about the area, its unique geology, local flora and fauna and get an entertaining insight into the rich pioneering history and stories of the past 150 years.Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Mt Cook Lodge & MotelsDay 3: Travel on to the Remarkable Queenstown, New Zealands adventure capitalStop At: Omarama Sheep Statue, Omarama, Canterbury Region, South IslandDepart Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park in the afternoon and head south through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Omarama. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Queenstown Mall, Queenstown, Otago Region, South IslandCrossing the Lindis Pass this is one of New Zealand's highest roads with the summit reaching 971 metres, you pass from the Mackenzie Basin and into Central Otago. Approaching Queenstown the impressive Remarkables mountain range come into view and then beautiful Lake Wakatipu as you head towards the adventure and activity capital of New Zealand.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.