Aoraki/Mount Cook Private Tour

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 Activities:

Scenic Mount Cook helicopter flight, heli Hike on the Tasman Glacier or a Tasman Glacier boat trip

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Embark on a full day journey to the world-renowned Mount Cook National Park

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 Land Rover Discovery or Mercedes van 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.

Recommended Activities

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.

Tasman Glacier Boat
Tasman Glacier Boat
Tasman Glaicer Heli hike
Tasman Glaicer Heli hike
Milford Glacier landing
Milford Glacier landing

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Great Day (Queenstown Wine and Cardrona Distillery Tour)

Our family of four booked a wine tour with Lee in late December 2019. Lee was extremely flexible and responsive to our group - his kind and friendly demeanor made the tour seem more like a day out with a friend rather than a tour. The tour (ie Lee) was full of interesting information, laughs and friendly exchange coupled with excellent locations to visit - the day was excellent from start to finish. Thank you, Lee!!1

AlasitsAlice New York, New York, United States
Tour of a Lifetime! (Untouched back country heli tour

My husband and I did the "Untouched Heli and Hike Tour" and it was absolutely the highlight of our entire trip. The crew was is top notch, which made the experience even better. Highly recommend any tour which will take your to the Middle Earth Waterfalls, this by far was the most amazing place / landscape i have ever seen. You got chills walking through this area! It was out of this world! Thanks again Lee for the amazing tour! If we are ever in Queenstown again, I know we'll be in touch!

I6847HPamandar
Amazing trip to Milford Sound

Steve was a fantastic host and driver. Every part of the trip to Milford ran to time. Steves timing was impeccable resulting in crowd free stops at spectacular stops along the way. The drive included very informative commentary about features along the way as well as interesting history and modern interruptions related to NZ. The lunch provided was delicious. I would recommend alpine luxury tours to anyone wanting the personal touch to a tour whilst being kept informed along the way and have a bit of a laugh.

elise1521
Wow!!! What an outstanding day

We have fallen in love with Queenstown after this tour. Lee is so knowledgeable and passionate about the area and adding his passion for gold mining and vast historical knowledge of the area we had an unbelievable personal Queenstown experience. We drove down into Skippers canyon and were surprised with a delicious morning tea at the school house. This was followed by panning for gold at deep creek and a stone skimming competition. Both Lee and Paul were so amazing with our young children (both pre school) that this was their highlight (as well as ours) of the trip. Highly recommend Alpine Luxury Tours to anyone. AMAZING........

Mike