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Aoraki/Mount Cook Private Tour – Full Day

Duration: Full Day
Time: 8am to 5:30pm (can be on request)
Inclusions: Hotel transfers and private guide
Additional: Lunch (various options based on your preference)
Optional: Scenic Mount Cook Helicopter Flight or Tasman Glacier Boat Trip

Aoraki/Mount Cook Private Tour – Full Day

Embark on a full day journey to Mount Cook National Park renowned for its sky-scraping peaks, spectacular glaciers, turquoise lakes and vast open valleys.

Begin your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge.  Sit back and enjoy constantly evolving landscapes through the dramatic Lindis Pass from comfort of your own Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van. Never miss a photo opportunity with the flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air wherever and whenever you like.

We make our way to the renowned Clay Cliffs of Omarama, where tall pinnacles were carved by ancient glaciers over a million years ago. We explore the canyon on foot, poking around narrow ravines, admiring the pastel colours of flute-shaped columns.

Next we discover picturesque Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake that’s famed for its milky turquoise colour, before arriving at spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Aoraki means Cloud Piercer and reaches 3,724 metres (12,218 feet), making it New Zealand’s highest mountain. Upon arriving we stop for lunch, which we can personalise based on your taste, from charming local cafés to luxury helicopter or cruise experiences.

During the warmer months, we can take a short scenic hike into Hooker Valley and visit the Tasman Glacier’s terminal lake. Soak up the views in this untouched, awe-inspiring landscape of the Southern Alps, including towering Aoraki/Mount Cook and shimmering glaciers.

We visit an eco-sustainable salmon farm in Twizel to sample their renowned high-quality King Salmon before heading back towards Queenstown.

Our local personal guides love to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Get in touch to customise your Aoraki/Mount Cook Tour and make your Queenstown adventure one to remember.

Lunch Recommendations – Café or Restaurant options

The Hermitage hotel in Mount Cook village offers sweeping views across alpine meadows and towering Aoraki/Mount Cook with culinary options to suit all tastes from casual cafés to elegant restaurants.

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. Learn more

Mt Cook Private Tour

Mt Cook Helicopter Flight

Tasman Glacier Boat Trip

Explore New Zealand’s largest remaining glacier, the Tasman, by boat from early September through to late 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. Learn more

Mt Cook Private Tour

Mt Cook – Tasman Glacier Boat Ride


Aoraki/Mount Cook Private Tour – Full Day