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  3. Queenstown
  4. Mount Cook

From Queenstown: Mount Cook Small Group Adventure

Product ID: 208812
Enjoy a fully guided tour from Queenstown to the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) and the surrounding area. This tour is not to be missed, featuring the Southern Alps, stunning lakes, adventure, history, myths, and more.
About this activity
Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 6:45 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Hotel Pick ups start 15 minutes 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 minibus with Cheeky Kiwi Travel Sign-writing on it. No refunds given for no show passengers.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience Mt Cook Village and all the activities it has to offer
  • Enjoy the beautiful sight of Lake Pukaki
  • Visit Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in New Zealand
  • Discover the tussock covered mountains of Lindis Pass
Full description
At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means among the world’s tallest but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatization whatsoever, and so this tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness.

The guided tour begins with pickups in Queenstown and Frankton, before you then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama (where you have the option to taste one of the best creamy chicken pies in New Zealand), you climb your way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As you exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, and is framed by the backdrop of Aoraki and its brothers in the Southern Alps. The location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lake Pukaki is a destination in and of itself.

You soon pass the delta where the mountain’s various rivers, creeks and streams converge to form the lake, and the mountain continues to grow steadily in stature and grandeur until the shear scale of the view makes you feel powerless. Arriving at the alpine village of Mt Cook and the Hermitage - home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre - you now have the freedom to explore in whatever way suits your energy levels and budget. Please select the activity you would like to include during the booking process, which are at an additional charge.
  • Pickup and drop-off at select hotels
  • Professionally guided tour with entertainment
  • Snacks and Wi-Fi on board
What’s Not Included
  • Price of optional activities at Mt Cook
  • Child safety seats, which are available to rent for 50 NZD
  • Food

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
Know before you go
• New Zealand weather is unpredictable at any time of the year. Whilst you'll be warm inside the bus, dress or prepare for all seasons
• Wear walking shoes or boots with good grip soles that can cope with a bit of mud in wet conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Definitely a must-do for people who enjoy walking/hiking in nature. On a sunny day, in particular, the views you get are just breathtaking. The bus is quite small and some of the roads can be quite windy, however, so people who are tall, have back pains etc., might find the ride uncomfortable. Also, there are 3 swing bridges at Mt. Cook--they are safe of course, but my friend who is a bit afraid of heights had some trouble crossing them. Our guide Callum was organised, helpful and full of energy. Overall, a great trip.

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February 12, 2020


Dan is a good guide, making us all happy all the way all day, told us how come the river is blue-cocktailed, and stopped at the river shore to let us take a closer look of it and tried to get what we asked for like a small hiking in Mt COOK, our most desired part of the tour, although it was raining and let others who did not want go hiking stay in visitor center. It is a tour which fits everyone. It is an one-day tour definitely worthy. But maybe better come in winter, so can have a look of snow and ice glacier.

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October 21, 2019

Small group so our guide was able to keep the tour flexible. Dan was our tour guide and he is a Lord of the Rings expert! So he was able to keep us entertained with interesting facts and humour too. That’s why it’s called the Cheeky Kiwi! We had a great time with stops along the way and his recommendations were spot on.

October 18, 2019

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Product ID: 208812