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Canterbury Trails

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook: Private Two Day Tour

From Alpine Majesty to Garden City: A Two-Day Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch via Aoraki/Mount Cook

 

Day 1: Queenstown to Aoraki/Mount Cook

Our journey commences in the adventure capital of Queenstown, where we'll bid farewell to the shores of Lake Wakatipu and embark on a scenic drive through the Otago province. Our first stop is the charming historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, where you can stroll along the main street, explore the Chinese settlement, or try your hand at gold panning.

Next, we'll venture through the dramatic Kawarau Gorge, where you'll witness the birthplace of bungy jumping and marvel at the iconic bungy bridge. As we continue our journey, the landscape will transform as we ascend the Lindis Pass, entering the Mackenzie Country and witnessing a breathtaking change in scenery.

Prepare to be mesmerised by the otherworldly "Clay Cliffs" of Omarama before arriving at the stunning turquoise glacial lakes of Pukaki and Tekapo. We'll make scenic stops at each, allowing you to capture the beauty of these natural wonders and learn about their unique geological formations. Finally, we'll turn our gaze towards Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest peak and a collection of twenty other mountains exceeding 3,000 meters.

Upon arrival at Aoraki/Mount Cook, you'll have the option to embark on guided walks tailored to your interests and fitness level, immersing yourself in the alpine grandeur. If time and weather permit, we may even venture to witness the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in a temperate zone—a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Day 2: Aoraki/Mount Cook to Christchurch

For those seeking an even more exhilarating experience, you can choose to embark on a scenic flight (optional) that includes a landing on the Tasman Glacier, offering an unparalleled perspective of this icy giant.

As we bid farewell to Aoraki/Mount Cook, our journey north continues through the Mackenzie Country, passing by the picturesque Lake Tekapo, where you'll have another chance to admire the Church of the Good Shepherd. We'll then descend onto the vast Canterbury Plains, stopping at the charming town of Geraldine, known for its arts and crafts scene.

Finally, we'll arrive in Christchurch, the Garden City, where your knowledgeable Canterbury Trails guide will provide a brief orientation of the city and its surroundings before dropping you off at your accommodation.

This two-day journey is a perfect blend of scenic beauty, outdoor adventure, and cultural exploration, offering a unique and personalised experience.

 

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by deluxe mini coach
  • Picnic morning or afternoon teas
  • Café lunches on each day
  • Fully escorted with local knowledgeable guide

Not included:

  • Optional activities
  • Accommodation and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Flights

Tour Code: SH02-S/N

 

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