SH01 – Christchurch – Queenstown
Christchurch – Mt Cook – Queenstown Plains, Alps, Tussocks & Sheep Short Hop Transfer – Full Day

This tour is an alternative to the large coach transfers or flying between Christchurch and Queenstown with a chance to experience this part of South Island at leisure…

Journey across the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Your journey will take you across the wide expanse of the Canterbury Plains. Heading south, you will travel through small picturesque country towns and a visit can be made to “The Tinshed”, a great spot to buy New Zealand Merino products. Crossing Burke’s Pass, enter the MacKenzie High Country, which was named after a sheep rustler. Pass the glacial formed high country Lakes – Tekapo and Pukaki. A stop can be made at Tekapo to see the famous lakeside church and for views of the lake and the distant Godley Peaks. At Pukaki, glorious views of Mt Cook may be seen. Plenty of opportunities for photo stops. (Views are weather dependent).

You pass through Omarama (world renowned as a gliding centre), head over the Lindis Pass and into the Otago Province. Here, a dramatic change in the landscape occurs as you head towards Queenstown. A stop can be made in the Kawarau Gorge to view the Bungy bridge (where it all started!) or if time allows visit one of the Kawarau wineries. Once you are in Queenstown, your guide will provide a brief familiarization of the town and its environs before dropping you at your accommodation and bidding you a farewell.

This tour can also be extended by going into the Mount Cook National Park if pre-arranged.

Please note this tour can begin in Queenstown and finish in Christchurch.

What to Bring


We will include short walks/photo stops on our tour so it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothing suitable and have a warm jacket handy.

The following is recommended to have handy:
  • wind/shower proof jacket that will keep you dry in a sharp shower
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather
  • hat (type depending on weather)
  • day pack
  • sunscreen (high SPF)
  • sunglasses
  • reusable water bottle


“Thank you for Tia and two days of personally guided tours of Arthur’s Pass and Mt. Cook and drive to Queenstown on July 20 and 22, 2016. As our first and probably only chance to see the Southern Alps and the south island of New Zealand, we hit a home run with Canterbury Trails. We learned so much about NZ beautiful landscape and history. By ourselves, we could never have planned these trips to be as relaxing and refreshing as they were to us. Thank you for the expert planning and operations that went into our experience. Tia was outstanding in her professionalism, skills, and warmth of support for us to enjoy our travels.

We have returned home with wonderful memories. We are most appreciative of Canterbury Trails!

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