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Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch

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icon11 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Get ready for a hassle-free day of adventures from Christchurch with round-trip transport, and admission tickets included. The trip will showcase scenic viewpoints along the way, such as Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, the Ben Ohau Range, and sites from Lord of the Rings. Avoid long lines at Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre by having admission included. Another highlight is a visit to the Tasman Glacier, and a delicious lunch is included too.
  • See filming locations from the movie Lord of the Rings
  • No need to bring food with you—lunch at the Hermitage Hotel is provided
  • Convenient round-trip transfers from Christchurch are provided
  • Avoid long ticket lines—entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre included
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GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Morning & Afternoon tea, coffee, snack
Professional guide and live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Air-conditioned vehicle

Departure Point

Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand

The distinctive Maossie Tours bus (black Mercedes) will parked and waiting alongside Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave Central Christchurch, near the corner of Worcester Blvd. until the scheduled departure time.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately especially if you intend going on the Tasman Glacier side trip.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Maossie Tours Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Aoraki-Mt Cook Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre scenic day tour from Christchurch.

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Traveler Tips

  • "This is not a flaw per se, the distance from Christchurch to Aoraki necessitates quite a few hours on the road." See review
  • "Kids love their gift bags( including a bottle of water,snacks, sorbet tissues and hand sanitizer. " See review


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A highly memorable day!
, Nov 2020
Seeing these icons of New Zealand made for a very memorable day. The scenery was spectacular. Gary was a fabulous host, taking care of our every need. The day was well managed and we didn't feel rushed. We highly recommend this trip.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
So glad to be involved in creating special memories!
Fantastic Experience with Maossie Tours
, Mar 2020
This was the best tour that I have taken with Viator so far - Christchurch to Mt Cook and back with Maossie Tours. Our guides/drivers/and first of all our hosts Nicole and Gary were incredible: very warm, friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating, paying attention to every detail. We felt safe and comfortable. Great welcome bags, excellent wifi in the van, delicious snacks (some of them homemade!), excellent lunch – we were not hungry even for a second! The scenery was amazing, and the tour was extremely well arranged! Long day but worth every second of it! Many well selected “Kodak Moments” as well. Thank you!
The best of the best tour
, Mar 2020
Our guide remembered each guest’s name, and I had a good impression on him. I never get bored in the tour and the guide was knowledgeable.
Awesome day with Maossi
, Mar 2020
Fantastic experience with Maossi tours. Gary was host, guide, driver and friend by the end of the day. A very personalised service which made us feel like VIPs. We crammed a lot of sights, information, food and coffee into our day. My highest recommendation for Maossi Tours.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for this, yes it was a brilliant day - made all the better by having a small but very friendly group on board
Learning much more than I thought I would.
, Jan 2020
Gary is a fantastic guide. Being friendly and talkative, he was able to provide an abundant amount of informations regarding the tour. We even went on a tangent and chat about current statues of New Zealand! The vehicle I travelled in was also really modernized, with wifi and USB charge pod included. This tour really opens my eye on the history and culture of New Zealand.
Wonderful day at Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park
, Jan 2020
We really enjoyed this tour! Mt Cook was beautiful, and so was the Tasman Glacier, and the Lakes. We would definitely recommend this tour company if you are staying in Christchurch, because outside of renting a car and trekking yourself, it is the easiest way to get out to see Mt Cook that we could find, and definitely the best value. The day was long, but very fun! If you are thinking that there will be a lot of time on this trip spent hiking or exploring the outdoors, this is not the trip for you. This is not a flaw per se, the distance from Christchurch to Aoraki necessitates quite a few hours on the road. You do get some time to hike around at both Aoraki and the Tasman Glacier, but it is no more than about 60 minutes at a time. Both the hiking and driving portions featured great views, but there is far more time spent on the road than on the trail. Be prepared for around 9 hours in the van, with smaller windows of time at each stop, ranging from 10 to 90 minutes outside of the transport at various stops. The van was comfortable, with great amenities (climate control, WiFi, phone charging, and on-board documentaries). The documentaries were fascinating, and helped make the car ride easier. The tour guides were friendly, approachable, professional, and provided a lot of interesting information. Both of our guides knew their way around a camera, and were happy to help take photos at the various photo opportunities throughout the trip. We do have a few suggestions on things that could be improved. First, the amount of time we had around lunch to explore the Alpine Center at the National Park didn't feel like enough to make the most of the cost of entry - when we were there we mostly wanted to use the 90 minutes allotted to enjoy the exquisite buffet, and take in the outdoor views of Mt Cook. Stopping to watch an in-door documentary or peruse the museum for too long felt like wasting the opportunity to take in the highlight of the day: the mountains themselves. No one in our trip party stayed for very long in the museum. We mention this because it definitely seems like the cost of the center is included in the package and we didn't really feel like it was necessary to the program - so maybe drop this item and the price of the package, or make it optional. Another small note, while the narration during the trip, on the van was welcome, there were moments where it would have been nice to have no narration or music or film, to allow us to better take in the majesty of our surroundings. Overall, we had a really great time. We are so happy we were able to see this natural wonder during our brief stay on the South Island. Would recommend!
Wonderful trip !
Oliver T
, Dec 2019
Gary and Nicole were great hosts and guides for this day long trip from Christchurch to Mt Cook and back. We had to make some road detours because of flood damage to roads a week earlier but Gary/Nicole more than make up for the extra 2 hours on the road with the care and attention to us. Both were very knowledgeable and friendly, especially with the kids (all the passengers had a little sweet goodies bag. Thanks Gary and Nicole for the wonderful time. We really enjoyed it very much, making this the highlight for our NZ trip.
Best tour guides ever
, Dec 2019
This was the best arranged tour I have been on. The guides were warm and knowledgable and planned everything meticulously. They went above and beyond to ensure everyone was comfortable with welcome packs, wifi, drinks, and delicious food. The scenery was stunning and while it was a long day it was well worth it.
Quite a long trip but what an amazing view !
, Oct 2019
A long trip from Christchurch but worthing it if you don't have the time to stay at Mount Cook / Aoraki. Gary is a nice guy that like to share stories about his country and the tour include some litlle gifts to make the trip easier. We enjoyed a beautiful day and wonderful view of the mountains, the Tasman Glacier, the Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. The only thing that we missed was the Mount Cook / Aoraki unfortunatelly hidding behind clouds this day but that's part of the game with New Zealand weather ;-)
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Yes a long trip but well worth the effort with those incredible mountains and scenery! New Zealand weather can be unpredictable and but even a "hidden" Aoraki Mt Cook can be beautiful. Glad you enjoyed
Excellent day tour
, Oct 2019
I was so happy to join the wonderful day tour with Gary and Nicole on the 8th of Oct. Kids love their gift bags( including a bottle of water,snacks, sorbet tissues and hand sanitizer. ) I love everything Nicole and Gary arranged for us. Highly recommend their well organized service

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