DURATION: Full day 9.5 hrs
TIME: 8am to 5:30pm or on request
INCLUDES: Accommodation transfers, luxury vehicle and private guide
ADDITIONAL: Lunch (various options available)
OPTIONAL: Scenic Mount Cook helicopter flight, heli Hike on the Tasman Glacier or a Tasman Glacier boat trip
Beginning your adventure with a scenic drive through the rugged Kawarau Gorge, sit back and enjoy the constantly-evolving landscapes through Lindis Pass. From comfort of your own private Mercedes vehicle you won’t miss any photo opportunity; with the flexibility to stop, jump out of the car and breathe in the crisp mountain air at your pleasure.
Making our way to the renowned Clay Cliffs of Omarama, where tall pinnacles were carved by ancient glaciers over a million years ago, we briefly explore the canyon on foot. From the ground you can really admire the pastel colours of these flute-shaped columns.
Next we discover picturesque Lake Pukaki, a glacial lake famed for its milky turquoise colour, before arriving at spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Aoraki means Cloud Piercer and it’s peak reaches 3,724 metres (12,218 feet), making it New Zealand’s highest mountain. Upon arriving we stop for lunch, personalised to your taste. Options include The Hermitage hotel in Mount Cook Village, charming local cafés and luxury helicopter or cruise experiences.
During the warmer months (October to April), 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.
Option to visit an eco-sustainable salmon farm in Twizel to sample their renowned high-quality King Salmon before heading back towards Queenstown.
Our local guides love being able to tailor each tour to suit your interests, tastes and abilities. Contact us to customise your Aoraki/Mount Cook Tour and make your Queenstown adventure truly remarkable.
Scenic Mt Cook Helicopter Flight 45 mins
Take a journey by helicopter to truly discover the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
Fly the full length of the Tasman Glacier, viewing this incredible alpine region with amazing views of New Zealand’s highest peak Aoraki /Mt Cook, before landing on the magnificent Tasman Glacier. This majestic helicopter flight allows you to discover some of the many hidden treasures within the National Park.
Tasman Glacier Boat Trip
Explore New Zealand’s largest remaining glacier, the Tasman, by boat from early September through to late May. A short 30 minute alpine walk through the moraine and National Park. Board your custom built MAC boat, and enjoy the ever changing scenery, view the Tasman Glacier ice face from a safe distance and icebergs of all shapes and sizes with the opportunity to touch and taste the 300-500 year old ice crystals.
Tasman Glacier Heli Hike
You’ll fly from Mount Cook airport over the gorgeous Tasman Glacier Lake and ice formations on the lower reaches of the Glacier to a location 3000m above sea level and assessed on the day to be safe. Venture on to the surprisingly undulating ice terrain in the shadow of the highest peaks of the Southern Alps (Aoraki and Mount Tasman); equipped with glacier boots and crampons and spend the next 2 hours in another world in the mountains. On the return flight home, you’ll fly close by the massive 1,000 metre high (3,200 feet) Hochstetter Icefall on the eastern face of Aoraki/Mt Cook.
Our private, luxury fleet is available during your stay. We can assist with:
• Airport Transfers
• Transfers to your Accommodation
• Transport for Dinner Reservations and Appointments
• Golf or Activity Transfers
Enquire here or add a transfer request to your booking form.
TOUR: Aoraki/Mount Cook Private Tour