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Mt Cook Experience

Mt Cook Experience

Embark on a remarkable private day tour from Queenstown to Mt Cook, where you'll witness the awe-inspiring beauty of New Zealand's tallest peak and its surrounding alpine wonders. 

Prepare to be captivated by the majestic presence of Aoraki Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, as it proudly stands tall and visible from miles away. 

Passing by turquoise lakes that beckon you to stop, you’ll have the flexibility to indulge in many photo opportunities.

To ensure a relaxing experience, opting for a private driver guide is the perfect choice. Your driver will expertly navigate the country roads, adapting the itinerary to suit your preferences and the weather conditions on the day.

This private tour offers a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and local expertise and promises to be a highlight of your New Zealand adventure.

Of course, all of our tours include pick-up and drop-off services at your Queenstown hotel, or the airport if you prefer.

Tour highlights

This tour begins with a scenic drive through the spectacular Kawarau Gorge with the Kawarau River and precipitous bluffs creating a dramatic backdrop.

Emerging from the gorge, we'll reach the charming township of Cromwell and make a stop at one of the local fruit stalls to savour the delicious produce of the area.

Continuing along the shores of Lake Dunstan, we'll traverse through the remote and sparsely populated Lindis country, gaining a true sense of the vastness and isolation of the region.

As we journey past Omarama, the first of two large alpine-fed lakes comes into view, their luminous colours adding a spectacular touch to the grandeur of the scenery. 

It is here that the majestic Aoraki Mount Cook, meaning 'Cloud Piercer' in the local Māori language, dominates the skyline. Standing imperiously at an elevation of 3,754 meters (12,316 feet), it proudly holds the title of New Zealand's highest mountain. This remarkable peak showcases its awe-inspiring stature as you approach it through the sprawling grasslands of the historic McKenzie country. Take your time to soak in the panoramic views, capturing the beauty of the peak and its surrounding glaciers.

For those seeking an extra thrill, an optional activity awaits; a scenic flight with Mount Cook Ski Planes. Choose from the Glacier Highlights flight, a 40-minute adventure taking you up the length of the Tasman Glacier with a glacier landing, or the Grand Circle flight, a 55-minute journey around the summit of Mount Cook, offering breathtaking views of the Fox and Franz Joseph glaciers, with a 10-minute glacier landing (subject to weather conditions).

To recharge and indulge, lunch at the iconic Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook. 

As the day draws to a close, bid farewell to Mt Cook and begin your return journey to Queenstown. Reflect on the unforgettable sights and experiences you've encountered throughout the day, with your guide on hand to answer any questions and share more insights along the way.

  • Simon was a top-notch guide. Friendly, organized and knowledgeable. He gave us a regional tour, plus two vineyard stops. Would use him again.
  • We did the Queenstown Discovery Private Tour. Steven, our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We enjoyed the whole experience. Great value for money and we would highly recommend.
  • Do not hesitate to hire this company if you need to see Queenstown and the surrounding areas! Stephen our driver/guide spent two days with us teaching us so much about this beautiful country! He was prompt, He catered to our needs, was a wonderful, safe driver, and made us laugh! He was also so patient to put up with our endless questions and stories! If you’re lucky enough to get Stephen than you’re lucky enough! Thanks for an awesome two days!
  • We had Ian take us for a full day of sightseeing. He was warm, funny, an excellent driver and made sure we had a terrific day.
    Highly recommend!