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Mt Cook Bus Tour & Heli Hike Combo from Queenstown

Mt Cook Bus Tour & Heli Hike Combo from Queenstown

Our small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights with a guided bus tour to Mt Cook, and an incredible Heli Hike on Tasman Glacier including two scenic helicopter flights.

From

NZ$ 975.00

Per Person

Highlights

  • Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

  • Guided Bus Tour from Queenstown

  • Tasman Glacier Heli Hike

  • Lake Pukaki

  • Kawarau Gorge, Lindis Pass and the Southern Alps

Full Description

Itinerary:

1.      Queenstown - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. 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.

2.      Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Departing Queenstown we then make our way through the Kawarau Gorge, passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time and light permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour.

3.      Cromwell – Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Passing huge fields of vines, we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass.

4.      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, we stop at the famous lookout at the top of the pass for an essential photo.  

5.      Omarama – While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breed of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama we have time for a break or even to try the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)!

6.      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 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.

7.      Heli Hike – Next get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with a Tasman Glacier Heli Hike.  Combine the excitement of walking on New Zealand’s biggest glacier with the stunning scenic helicopter fly-bys of New Zealand’s largest mountain, Aoraki/Mt Cook. You will fly to your drop off point on a remote part of the glacier before beginning a guided exploration of the amazing ice formations. Follow your guide as they cut steps in the glacier, using skills handed down from NZ’s mountain pioneers. Your trip finishes with another spectacular scenic flight back to our Aoraki/Mt. Cook base where your bus guide will meet you. 

8.      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.

9.    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.

10.    Queenstown – Sadly the tour must come to an end as we re-enter Queenstown and say our goodbyes.

Includes

Fully Guided Bus Tour

2 Scenic Helicopter Flights

Tasman Glacier Heli Hike including all equipment

Bottled water & snacks

Meeting Point

Our main meeting point is The Station - Home of Adventure on the corner of Camp & Shotover Streets. 
Please be ready to go 5 minutes before your pickup time at the Marmolada Cafe. 

We offer pickup from the below hotels & locations

Kamana Lakehouse / Mercure Queenstown / Heritage Hotel / Rydges Lakeland / Hotel St Moritz / Crowne Plaza / Novotel Lakeside / Nomads Hostel / Flaming Kiwi Backpackers / Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel / Pinewood Lodge / The Station - Home of Adventure / LyLo Queenstown / Sofitel Hotel & Spa / Aspen Lodge / Ramada Queenstown Central / Heartland Hotel / Scenic Suites / Holiday Inn Express & Suites / Millennium Hotel / Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront / Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Lakeview / Swiss Belsuites Pounamu / Oaks Shores Resort / The Rees Hotel / Holiday Inn Frankton Road / Sherwood Hotel / Frankton Bus Interchange / Wyndham Garden / Sudima Queenstown 5 Mile / AJ Hackets Bungy Gibbston / Cromwell Fruit Sculpture 

Additional Information

We require the full names & weights of all guests on the booking.

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 & sun protection.

Our airline partner will provide leather boots, gaiters, crampons/snowshoes, harness where required, walking poles, waterproof jacket & over trousers.

Please ensure you are wearing warm trousers (no jeans) & 3 - 4 layers of warm upper body clothing. You will also need to bring any essential medication, warm hat, gloves, sunglasses. You are also welcome to bring a daypack with camera, drink bottle & snacks.

Lunch is not provided on this tour. It's advisable to bring along a light lunch, or purchase some food when we stop in Omarama.

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.

Terms
Heli-Hike is always 'on request' until confirmed by our airline partner. Only children above the age of 11 are permitted. For safety reasons passengers 116kg and over will only be able to fly depending on the weights of other passengers on the day, at check-in

From

NZ$ 975.00

Per Person

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Mt Cook Bus Tour & Heli Hike Combo from Queenstown

Combine all of the key highlights with a guided bus tour to Mt Cook, and an incredible Heli Hike.
Duration: 13 Hours
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