Mt Cook Tour: Custom from Queenstown
Duration: Full day from Queenstown
Distance: 3-1/2-hour drive each way
Inclusions: Hotel transfers, private guide and lunch
Optional: Mt Cook helicopter flight or Tasman Glacier Boat trip
Mt Cook Tour
Join us on a stunning Mt Cook Tour from Queenstown where I will personally show you the best sights of this spectacular region. Mt Cook named Aoraki means Cloud Piercer and is New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet) located in the spectacular Southern Alps.
This morning I’ll pick you up at your hotel and begin our scenic drive to Aoraki/Mt Cook and on the way, we will visit the Clay Cliffs in Omarama which were created by rivers flowing from glaciers existing 1-2 million years ago deposited layers of gravel and silt to form huge pinnacles and ridges separated by deep a narrow ravine.
Stop at the picturesque Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake that is famous for its milky turquoise color and serves as an ideal foreground for New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Once we arrive in Mt Cook village, we can enjoy either a picnic lunch or a local restaurant lunch. Followed by a short scenic hike in the Hooker Valley up to the terminal lake where you will be immersed in awe-inspiring landscapes of the Southern Alps, in the shadow of Aoraki/Mt Cook with alpine streams and glaciers.
We highly recommend either a scenic helicopter flight or a boat cruise on the Tasman Glacier lake which we can arrange for you.
On our drive back to Queenstown, we can stop at Twizel to visit a local salmon farm renowned for its eco-sustainable practices that produces some of the best tasting and healthiest King salmon.
Mt Cook Recommended Activities
Scenic Mt Cook Helicopter Flight
Discover the incredible alpine region of Aoraki/ Mt Cook National park on a scenic helicopter flight along the full length of the Tasman Glacier with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak. Top it off with a snow landing on the Tasman Glacier.
Tasman Glacier Boat Trip
Explore New Zealand’s largest remaining glacier, the Tasman, by boat from October through May and get close enough to touch the icebergs. Starts with a half hour walk to the terminal lake before boarding a stable boat for an hour boat ride with a specialist guide.