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Canterbury Trails

Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook: Private Three Day Tour

Day 1: Christchurch to Mount Cook

Embark on an extraordinary three-day journey departing from Christchurch, venturing towards the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook. Traverse the Canterbury Plains, immersing yourself in the breathtaking foothills of the Southern Alps. Cross the wide expanse of the plains and the Rakaia River and its gorge.

As you head south, wind your way through small picturesque country towns, cross Burke's Pass, and enter the high country of the MacKenzie Plains, named after a sheep rustler. Pass by the turquoise jewels of Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki before turning towards the awe-inspiring Mount Cook National Park.

At an elevation of 3754 meters, Aoraki Mount Cook stands proudly as New Zealand's highest mountain, surrounded by a stunning alpine backbone. Explore the national park with guided walks to experience the alpine vistas or opt for a stroll to witness the grandeur of the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in the world in a temperate zone.

Day 2: Leisure Day in Tekapo or Mount Cook

Indulge in a leisurely day in either Tekapo or Mount Cook, each offering unique activities. In Tekapo, relax in the soothing hot pools and visit the world-famous observatory for a mesmerizing stargazing experience. Alternatively, at Mount Cook, choose from numerous activities, including stunning walks, invigorating glacier flights, or boat trips for an up-close encounter with a glacier.

Day 3: Mount Cook to Queenstown

Depart from Mount Cook and venture south through the enchanting Mackenzie Country to Omarama, renowned as a gliding center. Take in the striking "Clay Cliffs," a testament to New Zealand's unique badlands. Travel over the Lindis Pass, witnessing a dramatic change in the landscape as you journey through Otago province to Queenstown.

Make a stop at the iconic Kawarau Gorge to witness the historic Bungy bridge or explore one of the wineries along the Kawarau River. Visit the historic gold-miner's village of Arrowtown before concluding your journey in Queenstown. A familiarization tour of the town awaits before bidding farewell at your Queenstown accommodation.



  • Travel by deluxe mini-van
  • Picnic morning or afternoon teas
  • Café lunches on each day
  • Guided walks to explore alpine and rainforest landscapes (as required)
  • TranzAlpine train Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on Day 1
  • Fully escorted with a local knowledgeable guide

Not included:

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

Tour Code: SH09-N/S

Depart Christchurch at 7:30 am on Day 1, finishing in Queenstown at 5:30 pm on Day 3.

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    125% of emissions offset through the planting of native trees

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