Aoraki Mount Cook Day Tour LT-05

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand

$360.00

This day tour from Christchurch offers you an unique opportunity to see Aoraki Mount Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. Lunch at the Hermitage Hotel Aoraki Mount Cook is included, as is morning and afternoon tea. There is also the option to include either a 20 minute or 40 minute helicopter flight with a snow landing with your tour.

Travel by road to Aoraki Mount Cook, Australasia’s highest mountain, through the spectacular scenery of the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps from Geraldine to Fairlie and through the MacKenzie Basin, with its brown snowgrass-covered landscape which has an almost desert like aspect, to Lake Tekapo.

Obtain an idyllic photograph of the Church of the Good Shepherd on Lake Tekapo with its backdrop of magnificent alpine scenery.

Next to Lake Pukaki where the Tasman Valley opens into the MacKenzie Basin with Mount Cook and the surrounding snow covered peaks in the background.

Lunch is at the Hermitage in the Mount Cook National Park. Then following lunch you can explore this grand and magnificent region of New Zealand, climb the terminal moraine of the Tasman Glacier to observe the retreating glacier and the newly formed Lake Tasman. You also have the choice of an optional helicopter flight with a snow landing that will give breathtaking views of the area and then land on top of the Tasman Glacier for a photo opportunity.

 Itinerary

  • Travel by road to Mount Cook through the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps and the MacKenzie Basin
  • A short stop at either the Tin Shed (an old shearing shed selling discount sweaters) or at Barkers Winery (the largest fruit winery in NZ) for tastings of wines, sauces and jams
  • Stop at Lake Tekapo for morning tea and a photo opportunity
  • A photo stop at Lake Pukaki will provide you with magnificent views of the Mount Cook National Park
  • Lunch at the Hermitage situated at the base of Mount Cook
  • Following lunch an alpine flight by helicopter over the National Park with a snow landing can be arranged with the Helicopter Line (optional extra)  There are two flights to choice from either a 20 minute flight landing on the Ben Ohau Mountain range, affording magnificent views of the valleys formed by glaciers centuries ago. Or a 40 minute flight to the Hochstetter Icefall on the Tasman Glacier, New Zealand’s longest glacier, this option provides you with the opportunity to view the eastern face of Aoraki Mount Cook.
  • Drive into the Tasman Glacier where a twenty minute climb by foot will take you to the top of the terminal moraine, this vantage point provides views of both the Tasman Glacier and the newly formed Lake Tasman
  • Return to Christchurch by road stopping at the Canterbury high country town of Fairlie for late afternoon tea
  • Returned to your accommodation
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Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 07.30
Duration : 12 hours approximately
Maximum number of people : 25
Venue Facilities : Fully guided tour in airconditioned vehicle, lunch, morning and afternoon tea included. Optional Helicopter Flights available.
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