Day trip

Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre Day Trip

4.7 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Maossie Tours

Mt Cook, Tasman Glacier & Alpine Centre Day Trip

Activity provider: Maossie Tours

From US$ 223.36 per person

Discover the Southern Alps and the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park on a day trip from Christchurch, including a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Canterbury Museum, Rolleston Ave (near the corner of Worcester Blvd), Christchurch Central, Christchurch. Look for a distinctive black Mercedes minibus.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Explore the history of the Mount Cook region at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
  • Admire magnificent Southern Alps scenery with scenic stops along the way
  • Enjoy a side trip to the Tasman Glacier, a photographer’s dream
  • Benefit from the local insights of your lively, entertaining and highly knowledgeable tour guide
  • Relax in the comfort of a roomy minibus with free WIFI and extra-large windows for panoramic viewing
Full description
Set off from Christchurch on a small-group day trip for jaw-dropping scenery and an amazing alpine experience in incredible surroundings. Travel in the comfort of a modern minibus, soaking in the breathtaking scenery of the Southern Alps. Discover sites such as the Ben Ohau Range, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, and even multiple sites from "Middle-Earth". Savor a delicious lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre's 3D theatre, museum, and Digital Dome Planetarium. Educational and entertaining, you will explore the history of the Mount Cook region through spectacular 2D and 3D experiences. Learn about one of the world’s greatest explorers, pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary.  Enjoy the close proximity and spectacular views of New Zealand’s highest peak in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, located in Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage area. For the more adventurous, you can undertake an included side trip to the Tasman Glacier. Alternatively, relax at Mt Cook Village where you can spend more time at the Alpine Centre, the Hermitage’s Retail Centre, or at the Department of Conservation’s Visitor Centre before being picked up later for the return journey to Christchurch.
  • Return transport by comfortable minibus
  • Experienced guide with live commentary
  • Scenic stops
  • Lunch at Hermitage Hotel
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Entry to Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, including 3D theatre, museum, gallery, and planetarium
  • Optional side trip to Tasman Glacier
  • Complimentary WIFI and USB charging ports
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • New Zealand weather is unpredictable at any time of the year. Whilst you'll be warm inside the bus, dress or prepare for all seasons as much of Canterbury is surprisingly remote. Wear walking shoes or boots with good grip soles that can cope with a bit of mud in wet conditions.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 19 reviews

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    The tour was very worthwhile (even for this not exactly cheap price)! After all, it is a very nice route to drive from Christchurch. The tour guide and driver Gary is a particularly dear and very very experienced guide who has a lot of interesting things to tell while driving - not too little, not too much. There were enough stops in between, lots of snacks, drinks and great opportunities to take photos. The highlight, however, was the Tasman Glacier, which you can drive up to and then take about 15 to 20 minutes to walk up. There you have a breathtaking view of Lake Tasman and the whole great mountainous landscape around it. After 12 o'clock you are already done, but the great impressions and photos are definitely worth it. Many thanks to Gary, who was more than accommodating and gave you such a pleasant tour! I can only recommend it.

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    January 10, 2020

    March 1, 2020

    A beautiful beautiful tour. Nicole and Gary were very friendly and helpful.

    January 25, 2020

    Product ID: 176469