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Canterbury Trails

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook: Private Three Day Tour

Southern Odyssey: A Personalised Journey from Queenstown to Aoraki/Mount Cook and Christchurch

Day 1: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Embark on an unforgettable private adventure from the vibrant hub of Queenstown, a haven for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. After a brief orientation tour of the town, we'll journey through the historic gold-mining village of Arrowtown, steeped in tales of the gold rush era. Our route then takes us over the scenic Lindis Pass, where the dramatic landscape of the Otago province unfolds before you.

We'll pass through the unique "Clay Cliffs," a striking example of New Zealand's badlands, before heading north to Omarama, renowned for its world-class gliding opportunities. Arriving in the Mackenzie Country, you'll be captivated by the stunning natural beauty that surrounds you. Our final destination for the day is Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest peak, Aoraki/Mount Cook, towering at 3,754 meters. Here, you can choose to explore the park's alpine wonders on guided walks, soak in the breathtaking vistas, or embark on a leisurely stroll to the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in a temperate zone.

Day 2: Leisure Day in Aoraki/Mount Cook or Lake Tekapo

Today is yours to unwind and discover the region's unique offerings. Choose between Aoraki/Mount Cook or the picturesque Lake Tekapo for your day's activities. At Aoraki/Mount Cook, you can embark on exhilarating glacier flights, scenic boat trips, or explore the alpine wonderland on foot. If you prefer a more relaxed pace, Lake Tekapo offers soothing hot pools and the opportunity to witness the wonders of the night sky at the world-famous observatory.

Day 3: Aoraki/Mount Cook to Christchurch

As we bid farewell to Aoraki/Mount Cook, our journey takes us alongside the mesmerizing turquoise waters of Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo. We'll then traverse the Mackenzie Basin, a high-country expanse named after a legendary sheep rustler, before crossing Burke's Pass and winding through charming country towns that capture the essence of the South Island. Our adventure concludes in Christchurch, where you'll have time to reflect on the stunning landscapes and unforgettable experiences of your personalised journey.



  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Picnic morning or afternoon teas, days 1 and 3
  • Café lunches on days 1 and 3
  • Guided walks to explore alpine and rainforest landscapes (as required)
  • Fully escorted with a local knowledgeable guide


Not included:

  • Guest accommodations, breakfasts, evening meals, or optional activities

Tour Code: SH09-S/N

Depart Queenstown at 8:30 am on Day 1, finishing in Christchurch at 5:30 pm on Day 3.

  • Carbon Positive

    125% of emissions offset through the planting of native trees

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    Our guides will show you why they love what they do - looking after their guests in this magnificent country

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