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Mt Cook Small Group Tour from Queenstown

Explore the Mt Cook area and see the highlights on this one day, fully guided small group tour from Queenstown with free time to participate in the best activities.

Highlights

  • Discover Aoraki and New Zealand's highest peak - Mt Cook!
  • See Lake Pukaki, The Southern Alps, Kawarau Gorge & Lindis Pass
  • Visit The Hermitage & Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Feed the fish at the High Country Salmon Farm & Restaurant

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

This small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the time and options to enjoy extra activities of your choice, unlike many other tours. Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

Itinerary

  • Queenstown - Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventurous day but also point out and guide you past some of the areas top highlights.
  • Kawarau Suspension Bridge – Departing Queenstown we then make our way through the stunning Kawarau Gorge passing stunning views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time and light permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour.
  • Cromwell – Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Passing huge fields of vines, we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass.
  • Lindis Pass – Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valleys. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps, we stop at the famous lookout at the top of the pass for an essential photo.
  • Omarama – While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breed of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama we have time for a break or even to try the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)!
  • Lake Pukaki – We begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. One of the bluest lakes you will ever see and stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps, we stop for some amazing photos and to marvel at the view.
  • Mt Cook Information Centre – Arriving at Mt Cook Village, weather depending, we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself. At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from the village.
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park - 4 hours free time to enjoy free walks/hikes or one of the optional activities. We recommend: The Hooker Valley hike, one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hikes. Heli Hike, adventure on the Tasman Glacier. Scenic flights, views from the air, land on the Tasman Glacier.
  • High Country Salmon - Farewelling Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and making our way back to Queenstown we stop in at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand.
  • Mrs Jones Fruit Stall – During summer months when the sun is still up as we get close to Queenstown we often stop at Mrs Jones Suncrest Orchard to try or buy her fabulous and delicious local fruit and pies.
  • Queenstown – Sadly the tour must come to an end as we re-enter Queenstown and say our goodbyes.
Adult $199.00 (Aged 15+)
Child $160.00 (Aged 4-14 years)
Infant $100.00 (Aged 0-3)

What's included

  • Small Group
  • Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled water & snacks

Duration

  • Allow approximately 12 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Hotel Pick ups start 20 mins before the tour time. Please check your pick up time in tour information to ensure you do not miss your pickup. You will be picked up in a 12 or 7 seater minibus with Cheeky Kiwi Travel Sign-writing on it.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 passengers to run. If less than 4 people have booked you will be offered an alternative tour date or time, or a refund. Child Age is 4 - 14 years. Infants fares are under 4 years old.
  • Optional activities / attractions at Mt Cook Village are an additional cost.

Available Bookings from December 05 to December 11

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Fri 11 Dec

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$95.00
  • Infant$80.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Suyeong from South Korea wrote on 04 March 2020

The long ride felt so short!

Our guide Craig was very informative and considerate. The eight hour drive was full of pleasant stops and information! Thank you Craig.

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Desmond Mellican from Australia wrote on 10 January 2020

A marvelous experience...

Apart from the stunning views, the weather held up which made the experience first class. The guide, Call u my, a young man, of enthusiasm and knowledge provided the group with comfort and individual care. He goes above and beyond for his group and is an asset to cheekykiwi.

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Gareth from United Kingdom wrote on 06 November 2019

Trip of A Lifetime!!

Our adventure to Aoraki/Mount Cook was Fabulous Our Guide Callum was very Informative and kept us Amused the Cheeky Kiwi! We saw lakes Dunstan and Pukaki, plus our superb boat trip on Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake! Plus Hermitage Hotel and Sir Edmund Hilary Alpine Centre and Museum! Many Thanks to All Involved at Cheeky Kiwi Travel!! 😎🇳🇿👍

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Hansi Herath from New Zealand wrote on 25 November 2020

Best out of Best at Queenstown

Every single moment is so memorable throughout this journey. The view was picturesque. It was like I'm in a magical world. I admired the beauty of nature throughout the journey. Our guide, Callum was so good, knowledgable, very patient and he made this entire journey more memorable. I highly recommend this small-group tour to Mount Cook offered by Cheeky Kiwi Travels to everyone. For me, it's my Best out of Best in Queenstown. That memory is everlasting.

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kamali from New Zealand wrote on 23 November 2020

Amazing!!!!!

We had an amazing time with the tour. Our tour guide, Rhino was a wealth of knowledge and took us to the best sites. Trip started off great with us being able to feed some baby lambs and ended with an excellent meal at the salmon farm. The weather was perfect and could get amazing images at mount cook. Also thank you rhino for the tip for getting cool glacial water in our water bottles when we came down. All in all a memorable trip.

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