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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Our Dream Wedding

From very first contact with Lee, I knew I had FINALLY found what I was looking for. Planning an overseas wedding proved difficult with all correspondence via email. I was about to give up! Then I was recommended Alpine Luxury Tours! We chose to have a 5 hr private tour as apart of our wedding day. Our tour was well thought out, the experience made our wedding extra special and definitely memorable. All our guest had an incredible day. No matter what your occasion, Alpine Luxury Tours will make your trip extra special. We cannot wait to go back!!

NandTKnight
Great coordination, highly flexible, travel in comfort

We actually had multiple days with Alpine Luxury Tours. Jamie was our driver/host on all 3 days. We were a small group so it was very easy to discuss our destinations. We did the wine tour (slight changes due to the weather), Tasman glacier hike/helo ride, and Dart river jetboat ride/Arrowtown tour. Separate reviews were done for those specific events. Alpine Luxury Tours provided us with lunch for certain events, transport to/ from activities and narration along our routes. Many thanks to Jamie who made our vacation a truly memorable visit.

zavalaphilam
Simply Spectacular

Such stunning scenery at Middle Earth!!! What a spectacular place to visit, the Middle Earth waterfalls is one of New Zealand's best things to do! The glacier, waterfalls, alpine flowers/moss all add up to make this not only a unique experience, but was quite awe inspiring too. Lee was amazing to deal with, going out of his way to ensure that we could go on this helicopter flight..... firstly cancelled due to Covid in March 2020, and then due to weather. An amazing experience shared with family. Would absolutely recommend this fantastic opportunity to you all.

525paulinet
A magic 48hrs

Fantastic! Lee is an absolute pro, every detail is taken care of and you are guaranteed a super comfortable, enjoyable experience. You can tell he's a local and really loves the area, his insider knowledge adds value to the trip and helped ensure we made the most of every moment. And to top it off he's a bloody good bloke! I'll be on the phone to book him in again if I'm lucky enough to spend more time in Central Otago.

Stuart M