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Mt Cook Small Group Adventure Tour from Queenstown or Cromwell

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One day, fully guided small group tour from Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand’s tallest mountain). See Aoraki/Mt Cook Village, Kawarau Gorge, Lindis Pass, the Southern Alps, Lake Pukaki, the Hermitage and High Country Salmon. Then add on your optional activities at Mt Cook Village (additional cost). Our tours are run in small groups with a maximum of 11 people, in specially built, modern mini buses. On board we have amazing guides who always have a lot of stories to keep you entertained along the way. Drop down screens in all of our tour vehicles add even more to the experience, bringing the guides stories to life. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, surprise wildlife viewings, complimentary water and snacks, USB charging points for your devices and even Wifi access in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it’s not all about the destination… it’s the journey that makes our tours special.

What You'll Get

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Kawarau Bridge, Gibbston New Zealand

At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from nearby Aoraki/Mt Cook village which is just 750m above sea-level, making this fully guided, small group day tour perfect for all fitness levels.

Your guided tour begins with hotel pick-ups in Queenstown (selected pick up points only). We then make our way through the stunning Kawarau gorge, Cromwell and the quaint township of Omarama, where you'll have the option to taste the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)! We will then climb up through Lindis Pass, one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps.

Our next stop is Lake Pukaki, one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We will also see the location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Arriving at the alpine village of Aoraki/Mt Cook and The Hermitage (home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre) you then have 4 hours to explore many of the village’s popular activities and attractions including:

Hikes and walks:

Multiple walks in the area, from the Tasman glacier lake short walk to the 3-hour Hooker Valley Track. We can drop you off at and pick you up from the start of the walks if you don’t want the added distance and time required if starting from the Hermitage. Our guides are well-versed in the local tracks and are more than happy to help you choose the right walk or track for you.

Glacier Explorers Boat Trip (Summer Only)

Heli Hiking

Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre

Scenic Heli Flight - Glacier Landing Experience

The Ultimate Alpine Experience - Heli/Ski Plane/Glacier Landing

Whatever you choose to do, whether relaxed or adventurous you will have four hours to enjoy the simply outstanding region of Aoraki/Mt Cook, and we’ll transport you to wherever you want to go.

At the end of the day we farewell Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and make our way back to Queenstown for hotel drop offs. On the way, we stop in at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand, selecting from the farm’s fresh salmon-based menu.

Choose Cheeky Kiwi, the small-group tour specialists for an enjoyable, informative, and above all, unforgettable experience of the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook and surrounding region. Our tours are never just about the destination; the journey matters too and this is one journey you won’t want to miss!

Stop At: Omarama Sheep Statue, State Highway 8 and Chains Hill Highway, Omarama New Zealand

We then make our way through the stunning Kawarau gorge, Cromwell and the quaint township of Omarama, where you'll have the option to taste the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)!

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Lindis Pass, Omarama New Zealand

We will then climb up through Lindis Pass, one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps.

Pass By: Lake Pukaki, New Zealand

Our next stop is Lake Pukaki, one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We will also see the location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Stop At: Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, 89 Terrace Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7946 New Zealand

Arriving at the alpine village of Aoraki/Mt Cook and The Hermitage (home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre) you then have 4 hours to explore many of the village’s popular activities and attractions. Select the tour option including Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre to include this attraction/activity in your tour price.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tasman Glacier, New Zealand

Arriving at the alpine village of Aoraki/Mt Cook and The Hermitage (home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre) you then have 4 hours to explore many of the village’s popular activities and attractions. Select the tour option including Glacier Explorer Boat Cruise to include this attraction/activity in your tour price.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Blue Lakes and Tasman Glacier walks, Tasman Valley Road, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand

Arriving at the alpine village of Aoraki/Mt Cook and The Hermitage (home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre) you then have 4 hours to explore many of the village’s popular activities and attractions.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: High Country Salmon, State Highway 8, Twizel 7944 New Zealand

At the end of the day we farewell Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and make our way back to Queenstown for hotel drop offs. On the way, we stop in at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand, selecting from the farm’s fresh salmon-based menu.

Duration: 1 hour

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours’ notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
Inclusions
  • Fully guided small group return tour from Queenstown (maximum 11 passengers)
  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specified hotels and points only)
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook Village Highlights Tour
  • National Park Fees
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • On screen entertainment during the drive
  • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos
  • Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable 7 or 11 seater minibuses
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water


Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Food and drinks (unless otherwise specified)
  • Optional activities at Mt Cook - please select the tour option you want, to include in tour price
  • Entry/Admission - Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Tasman Glacier


Departure Point
The Station Building Duke St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel Pick Up Points & Times:
Please be ready waiting in your hotel lobby or at the pick up point at least 10 minutes prior to your pick up time below. If your hotel is not listed below, please contact us in advance to be picked up from your nearest location in the list below.
6:30am - Heritage Hotel, Mercure Hotel
6:35am - Crowne Plaza, Hotel St Moritz, Rydges Lakeland Resort
6:40am - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Base Backpackers, YHA Central, Nomads Backpackers
6:40am - Queenstown Central Pick Up Point (47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown)
6:45am - Scenic Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Heartland Hotel, Millennium Hotel, Rees Hotel
7.00am – 7:10am - Frankton Bus Station (near Queenstown airport)
7:05am - 7:15am - Hilton Hotel & Resort
7:30am - Cromwell I-Site, 2 The Mall, Cromwell

Ports
Frankton Bus Terminal , Queenstown Central - Shotover Building, Cromwell iSite - 2 The Mall, Cromwell



Departure Time
6:45 AM

Duration
12 hours

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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