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Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

Mt. Cook Tours from Christchurch

Soaring 12,315 feet (3,750 meters) over the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, Mt. Cook (Aoraki) is Australasia’s highest mountain and the grand centerpiece of the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. From hiking to aerial sightseeing, here’s how to discover the natural wonder from Christchurch.

Full-Day Tours

A Mt. Cook day tour from Christchurch means a lot of traveling, but the long journey is worth it for the magnificent scenery en route. Along the way, you’ll admire views of the Canterbury Plains, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Pukaki; enjoy a thrilling hike around the Tasman Glacier; and stop in Fairlie for afternoon tea. Optional extras often include a scenic flight by ski plane over Mt. Cook National Park or lunch at the historic Hermitage Hotel in Mt. Cook Village. You can also explore on a one-way trip, starting your tour in Christchurch and ending in Queenstown.

Multi-Day Tours

With time to spare, a multi-day tour means you can venture farther afield and experience more of the South Island at a leisurely pace. A 3-, 4-, or 5-day tour from Christchurch takes in top attractions such as Milford Sound, Mackenzie Country, Arthur’s Pass, and the Franz Josef Glacier. With a week or two to spend on the South Island, you can cover all the highlights on an epic round-island trip.

Things to Know

  • Mt. Cook is located 205 miles (330 kilometers) southwest of Christchurch, about four hours by road.

  • Full-day tours from Christchurch can last up to 13 hours, so prepare for a long excursion.

  • Be sure to take your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.

  • Multi-day tours typically include hotel pickup and drop-off, accommodation, some meals, and round-trip transportation.

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Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

Explore Mount Cook from Christchurch

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Surround yourself with the snow-capped peaks of Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, on this day trip from Christchurch. Travel by coach past the foothills of the Southern Alps to the Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Basin; stop at Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukari; and enjoy views of Tasman Glacier. Enjoy lunch at the Hermitage Hotel in UNESCO-listed Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park. Includes round-trip hotel transport by coach with morning and afternoon tea.
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  • 12 hours
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$286.68
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$286.68

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

4-Day Great Southern Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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View Franz Josef Glacier and experience a Milford Sound cruise on this 4-day semi-independent tour of New Zealand's South Island. You’ll travel by coach from Christchurch to Queenstown via the Canterbury Plains, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo, then motor up the west coast to Greymouth before riding the TranzAlpine train on the return to Christchurch. Listen to narration on board as the driver highlights this scenic region from picturesque mountain peaks to deep fiords. Overnight accommodation and round-trip hotel transport are included.
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  • 4 days
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$1,385.98
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3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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See the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this 3-day semi-independent tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Traveling by coach and train, you’ll stop in UNESCO-listed Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park and Queenstown, travel up the west coast to Franz Josef Glacier, and visit the Gold Rush town of Greymouth, then board the homeward-bound TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps and past the Canterbury Plains. Listen to informative onboard commentary and enjoy two nights’ accommodation as you explore the sights independently.
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  • 3 days
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$1,092.10
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$1,092.10

8-Day Tour: South Island from Christchurch, Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

8-Day Tour: South Island from Christchurch, Franz Josef, Wanaka and Queenstown

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Visit multiple South Island highlights on this unforgettable 8-day private tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Make the journey from ‘The Garden City’ in a counter-clockwise direction, traveling with ease in your very own luxury vehicle with a private guide at the helm. The route covers Arthur’s Pass, west coast rainforests, Aoraki/Mount Cook and Queenstown, to name a few. Enjoy seven nights’ accommodation including breakfast, entry to the Franz Josef Glacier hot pools and a train ride on the TranzAlpine. Optional activities include helicopter rides and bungy jumps (own expense).
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  • 8 days
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$6,022.45
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$6,022.45
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4-Day South Island Southern Discovery Tour from Christchurch

4-Day South Island Southern Discovery Tour from Christchurch

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Spend three nights in Queenstown on this 4-day semi-independent tour of the scenic South Island. You’ll travel round-trip from Christchurch by narrated coach via Lake Tekapo and Aoraki/Mount Cook, with a full day of free time to spend at your leisure in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital.’ Experience all the highlights along the way, including a Milford Sound cruise on the majestic fiord.
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  • 4 days
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$1,084.16
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$1,084.16