Canterbury, New Zealand
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Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

1. Mount Cook & Lake Tekapo Day Tour from Christchurch

Experience dramatic glacier lakes, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful alpine walks on a small-group day trip from Christchurch. After pick-up from your hotel, journey to Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, located a 4 hours' drive through spectacular and breathtaking landscapes. Visit the historic town of Geraldine. Then discover the heart of Mackenzie Country, the captivatingly turquoise Lake Tekapo, the iconic Church of Good Shepherd, and the well-recognized statue of Sheepdog. Travel through Lake Pukaki and admire stunning views of Mt. Cook from a distance. Enjoy a short scenic hike in the National Park to view the 23.5kms long Tasman Glacier which is the longest glacier in New Zealand. On your return journey, visit the Alpine Lavender Farm and capture some beautiful moments in the pristine environment.

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Mount Cook: Scenic Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

2. Mount Cook: Scenic Helicopter Flight with Alpine Landing

Experience Mount Cook National Park from the sky. Enjoy a 25-minute scenic adventure that includes an alpine landing amongst the mountains. Have exceptional views of Aoraki (Mt Cook) and the surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges right from take off.  Be captivated throughout the entire flight. Explore the valleys and peaks of the national park. Journey through the Tasman Valley and over a breathtaking blue glacier lake. Experience an alpine landing on the stunning upper snowfields in the Southern Alps.  Disembark the aircraft and enjoy the elevated alpine landscape before returning to the helicopter to fly back to Mount Cook Airport. Your expert pilot will offer informative and interesting commentary throughout the flight to ensure you receive the best possible experience.

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Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

3. Franz Josef: Glacier Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

Board the helicopter at the local partner’s base in Franz Josef, then soar up into the skies where panoramic views await. Glide through the sky, passing over the spectacular ice pinnacles and crevasses of Franz Josef Glacier on the way to the snow landing site. Throughout the tour, soak up once-in-a-lifetime views of snow-capped mountains as well as some of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Arrive at the landing site and take your first steps onto the snowy landscape. Be amazed by the sheer beauty of your surroundings as you are dwarfed by the size of this mountainous West Coast region. Enjoy enough time to take photos and soak up this magical location, then hop back in the helicopter for the return journey to the base.

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Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

4. Mount Cook: 3-Hour Tasman Glacier Helicopter Ride and Hike

Enjoy a tour that will acquaint you with New Zealand’s biggest glacier and provide you with spectacular helicopter views of the country’s largest mountain, Aoraki or Mount Cook. To start your tour you will fly to your drop-off point on a remote part of the glacier. During your tour, explore amazing ice formations, following your guide as they cut steps in the glacier. Complete your trip with another spectacular scenic flight back to the base of the mountain. Every journey is unique because the glacier is everchanging. Your experienced guides are always finding something new and interesting to show you. Spend up to 2 hours on the ice, weather permitting.

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Hanmer Springs: Thermal Pools Entry Ticket

5. Hanmer Springs: Thermal Pools Entry Ticket

Discover Hanmer Springs, a resort town known for its natural hot pools only 90 minutes from Christchurch. Soak in the famous, mineral-rich waters in thermal pools surrounded by native gardens with mountain vistas. The water in the thermal pools starts as snow and rain falling on the Hanmer Springs mountains almost 180 years ago. It seeps into the Greywacke basement rock and comes to rest in a reservoir some 2 kilometers underground, where it is warmed by heat radiating from the earth’s core. So sit back, relax, and enjoy what nature created all those years ago.  Indulge in a range of pools, including rock pools, soothing sulphur pools, and array of water jets and bubbles. Act like a kid with an activity pool, lap pool, lazy river, water slides, garden picnic areas, and the Tea Kiosk Cafe & Grill. By booking your tickets in advance, you can drop in at any time and avoid the disappointment of getting turned away, especially during the pool’s busy weekends.

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Fox Glacier: Scenic Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

6. Fox Glacier: Scenic Helicopter Ride with Snow Landing

Board the helicopter at the local partner’s base in Fox Glacier, then soar up into the skies where panoramic views await. Glide through the sky, passing over the spectacular ice pinnacles and crevasses of Fox Glacier on the way to the snow landing site. Throughout the ride soak up once-in-a-lifetime views of snow-capped mountains as well as some of New Zealand’s highest peaks. Arrive at the landing site and take your first steps out onto the snowy landscape. Be amazed by the sheer beauty of your surroundings as you are dwarfed by the size of this mountainous West Coast region. Enjoy enough time to take photos and soak up this magical location, then hop back in the helicopter for the return journey to the base.

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Mt Cook: 55-Minute Scenic Flight in Helicopter or Ski Plane

7. Mt Cook: 55-Minute Scenic Flight in Helicopter or Ski Plane

Take to the skies and enjoy the ultimate way to see the Southern Alps. Traverse the Main Divide to the West Coast and view the breath-taking landscape of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Track north along the Tasman Sea before recrossing the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps to the Tasman Glacier. Enjoy the stunning views of the Mt Cook National Park as you track south down the Tasman. Fly through the Grand Plateau and the Hochsteter Icefall as you pass under the east face of Aoraki Mt Cook before descending over the Tasman Terminal Lake.

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Mount Cook: 55-Minute Aoraki Scenic Helicopter Flight

8. Mount Cook: 55-Minute Aoraki Scenic Helicopter Flight

This helicopter tour is the ultimate way to view the summit of New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki/Mt Cook, and the spectacular scenery in the surrounding national park. Experience a snow landing high up on on the Tasman Glacier and stand amongst the natural silence of this very special place. View hanging glaciers, spectacular rivers of ice and the otherwordly blue of deep ice crevasses. On a clear day you will also be able to admire the views of the incredible West Coast and wild Tasman Sea from your seat. The helicopter will provide a “birds eye” view of both sides of the South Island.

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Mount Cook: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

9. Mount Cook: Top of the Tasman Glacier Hike

Explore the immense beauty of the upper snowfield of the Haupapa/Tasman Glacier. It will be from there that your 23-kilometer journey begins. As you fly in to 2,200 metres (7200 feet) aboard your ski plane, marvel as the rock and ice debris transform to glistening white. Get ready to explore the glacier by walking, hiking and snowshoeing, you may even see an iceberg in the glacier lake. If you have never tried snowshoeing in New Zealand, this is the time to give it a go. Snowshoeing is a great way to confidently make your way across snow-covered terrain. Once on the glacier, you will be provided with snowshoes, adjustable walking poles, harnesses, and any additional equipment you may need. After your gear is fitted, you are ready to explore the ice formations in this ever-changing environment. You will be in the heart and birthplace of New Zealand mountaineering, and at the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned safely back to your point of origin.

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What people are saying about Canterbury, New Zealand

We had a fantastic time. Anujk was a very informative and experienced tour guide. We were provided with snacks and water. Anujk made sure to made us feel welcome and attended to. The mountains and lakes were absolutely breathtaking and there was snow and ice in winter which is a special sight in New Zealand. Everything looked picture perfect when we went. The hike to see Tasman Glacier was not too difficult albeit a tad slippery when descending, and the view at the top was very pretty. We recommended bringing warm gloves and shoes with good traction. Overall we really enjoyed our day with Anujk and we recommend this trip.

Very informative guide. Great recommendations. Great views of lake tekapo, lake pukaki & the southern alps. Highly recommend if you have a day to spare and would like to sit back & relax while your guide takes you to & back from Christchurch.

Anujk is extremely knowledgeable local guide who knows Aotearoa North to South, and east to west. You will enjoy his tours and information and also great hospitality and world class customer service.

It was such an amazing experience, our guide Anujk was very kind, he has a big knowledge of the places and he made our trip quite comfortable. I highly recommend this activity

Anuj was such a wonderful guide, providing insights en route and a never drove rashly. Thanks for making trip so memorable!