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Christchurch to Queenstown One Way Tour, Via Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

Christchurch to Queenstown One Way Tour, Via Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo

Christchurch To Queenstown via Mt Cook & Lake Tekapo. This one-way, small group, fully guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the famous Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook National Park and Tasman Glacier. The ultimate way to get from Christchurch to Queenstown.


NZ$ 370.00

Per Person


  • Lake Tekapo & Church of the Good Shephard

  • Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park

  • Tasman Glacier & Lake Pukaki

  • Lindis Pass & Kawarau Gorge

  • Fully Guided Bus Tour

Full Description


Christchurch - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Christchurch. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventurous day but also point out and guide you past some of the area’s top highlights. Geraldine – Departing Christchurch we then make our way through the impressive Canterbury plains with plenty of amazing New Zealand farmland and countryside to see along our way to Geraldine. Arriving in this quaint town we will stop for a quick morning tea. Lake Tekapo – Exiting Geraldine we head towards the famous blue lakes of Lake Tekapo but to get there first we must go through some impressive alpine passes with amazing views. As we come over the hill to Tekapo you will be stunned by amazing view of the lake.  Church of the Good Shepherd – Once in the township of Tekapo you will have time to explore the very popular Church of the Good Shepherd, see the Mackenzie Sheep dog and get those Instagram worth shots of Lake Tekapo before we continue to Mt Cook.  Lake Pukaki – Turning west we begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see and is stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We stop for some amazing photos and to just marvel at the sight that we are beholding. It’s not hard to see why many Lord of the Rings scene were filmed nearby and we will point them out for you.  Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park – While in the national park you have 2.5 hours free time to enjoy free walks/hikes or one of the extra optional activities. Some of our recommendations include: Tasman Glacier Walk, Scenic flights (see the region from the air and land on the Tasman Glacier) or Mt Cook Visitor Centre & Hermitage Hotel. Whatever you decide to do we will pick you up and drop you off where you need to go and make sure you are well looked after.  Tasman Glacier – One of our recommendations during you free time is the Tasman Glacier Lake walk and viewpoint. Icebergs can usually be seen floating in the lake in summer, and in winter, the lake freezes over. The track leads through the glacier’s old terminal moraines with amazing views of the glacier, river and lake.   Mt Cook Information Centre – Arriving at Mt Cook Village, weather depending, we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself.  At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from the village which is just 750m above sea level. High Country Salmon - Farewelling Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and making our way back to Queenstown we stop in at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand. Lindis Pass – Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valleys. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps.  Jacksons Orchard – During summer months when the sun is still up as we get close to Queenstown we often stop at Jacksons Orchard to try or buy some delicious local fruit or real fruit ice cream. Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Nearing Queenstown we then make our way through the stunning Kawarau Gorge passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout.  Queenstown – Sadly the tour must come to an end as we enter Queenstown and say our goodbyes. 


Picnic Lunch

Small Group at 16 or Less

Meeting Point

Our main meeting point is the Intercity Bus Stop on Litchfield Street. We also pickup from the hotels below 

Scenic Hotel Cotswold / Sudima City / Crowne Plaza / Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square / Distinction Christchurch  / Christchurch City Hotel / Christchurch Bus Interchange Intercity Stop (Litchfield Street) / Breakfree on Cashel / Rydges Latimer
Urbanz Accommodation / Fino Hotel & Suites / The George / Hotel Give


Additional Information

Weather in New Zealand can be a little unpredictable and it is said we experience four seasons in one day for good reason! We recommend bringing a rain jacket, hat, sunscreen & insect repellent.

A picnic lunch is provided so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 370.00

Per Person

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Christchurch, New Zealand, 8011

Christchurch to Queenstown Via Mt Cook & Tekapo Small-Group Tour (One Way)

Duration: 13 Hours
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