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Full-Day Mount Cook National Park & Lake Tekapo Tour

By Canterbury Leisure Tours


Free cancellation available
12h 30m
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Selective hotel pickup
Cleanliness and safety

Cleaning and safety practices

Contactless tickets
Vehicles and venues disinfected
Social distancing


  • Spectacular scenery of Mount Cook—New Zealand's highest peak

  • Iridescent, opaque blue waters of Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki

  • Stop to shop for locally made sheepskin goods, wines & jams

  • Gourmet lunch at the Hermitage overlooking the national park

  • Views of the retreating Tasman Glacier & its lake

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What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Mount Cook

  • What's included

    Morning and afternoon tea

  • What's included


  • What's included

    Roundtrip transport to and from your Christchurch hotel or the Christchurch airport

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Optional snow plane or helicopter flight with glacier landing

Know Before You Book

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • Roundtrip transport is available from most centrally located Christchurch hotels and Christchurch airport. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.

What you can expect

Fringed by snow grass plains, opalescent glacial lakes and snow-capped peaks, Mount Cook rises 12,218 feet (3,724 m) over the South Island. Spend a day journeying across the rugged landscape of Mount Cook National Park and exploring the icy mass of the Tasman Glacier.

After you're picked up at your hotel, ride across the Canterbury Plains, the foothills of the Southern Alps and the vast, scrubby expanse of the desert-like Mackenzie Basin.

Make your way to Lake Tekapo, a shimmering, turquoise swath of iridescent water that seems to glow amid the surrounding brush. Walk along the shore and snap a photo of the historic stone Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing up along the banks of Lake Pukaki, an opaque jewel framed by the Southern Alps.

Take in the rocky winterscape as you enter Mount Cook National Park and then head to the Hermitage Hotel, where a delicious lunch and views over the park await you. After your meal, you have some free time to explore at your leisure, trekking along nature trails or perhaps opting to take a helicopter flight over the glacial terrain. Walk to the viewpoint of the Tasman Glacier to see Lake Tasman. This iceberg-dotted body of water has just formed in recent decades as the glacier has retreated.

As your alpine afternoon comes to a close, begin your return ride to Christchurch, stopping mid-drive for late afternoon tea in the charming high-country township of Fairlie.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

  • High-touch surfaces cleaned and disinfected
  • Vehicles and venues cleaned with disinfectants

Social distancing

  • Contactless ticket redemption
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Individually wrapped food options available
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Activity Location

  • Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park
  • Canterbury

Meeting/Redemption Point

    • Christchurch (Hotel/Motel Pickups)
    • Christchurch Canterbury

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