Mt Cook and Lake Tekapo 2 Day Small Group Tour from Queenstown

This small group, fully-guided tour combines two of the most stunning locations in the South Island with the time and options to enjoy the activities, unlike other tours.

• Mt Cook & Aoraki National Park
• Lake Tekapo & Lake Pukaki
• Church of the Good Shepard, Lindis Pass, the Southern Alps and High Country Salmon
• Free time for activities & walks

Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

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Duration 2 days
Pickup Hotel pickup available
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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
    • Bottled Water & Snacks
    • Accommodation
    What's excluded :
    • Optional activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Queenstown to Tekapo via Mt Cook

    Pass By: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Your tour starts in the stunning city of Queenstown. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the area’s top highlights.

    Pass By: Kawarau Suspension Bridge, Kawarau Bridge, Gibbston New Zealand
    Departing Queenstown we then make our way through the stunning Kawarau Gorge passing beautiful views, the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and the famous Roaring Meg Lookout. Time and light permitting we will stop for that first great shot of the tour.

    Stop At: Cromwell, Cromwell, Central Otago, Otago Region, South Island
    Exiting the Kawarau Gorge we enter the fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell. Passing huge fields of vines we cross Lake Dunstan and follow this beautiful lake towards Lindis Pass.
    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Lindis Pass, Omarama New Zealand
    Climbing in altitude, Lindis Pass has amazing views down through the valley. Being one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps, we stop at the Lindis Pass lookout 971m above sea level for an essential photo.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Omarama, Omarama, Canterbury Region, South Island
    While driving through the endless plains of the Mackenzie district we will spot several of the famous Merino breed of sheep before stopping at the quaint township of Omarama. While in Omarama we have time for a break or even to try the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)!
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lake Pukaki, New Zealand
    Turning west we begin to enter the Aoraki National Park and Lake Pukaki begins to emerge in front of us. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see and stunningly framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We stop for some amazing photos and to just marvel the sight that we are beholding. It’s not hard to see why so many Lord of the Rings scene were filmed nearby and we will point them out for you.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre, 1 Larch Grove, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7999 New Zealand
    Arriving at Mt Cook Village, weather depending, we should get some amazing shots of the mountain itself. At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from the village which is just 750m above sea level.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu), Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    While in the national park you have 4 hours free time to enjoy free walks/hikes or one of the extra optional activities. Some of our recommendations include: The Hooker Valley hike -this easy 3 hour fairly flat walk is considered one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hikes. Heli Hike - this adventure on the Tasman Glacier is the ultimate way to enjoy the area. Scenic flights – see the region from the air and land on the Tasman Glacier. Whatever you have decided to do, we will pick you up and drop you off where you need to go and make sure you are well looked after.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Farewelling Mt Cook we make our way to Lake Tekapo for the night. This turquoise blue lake is famous world over for its beauty and how pristine it is. We arrive early evening so you can enjoy exploring and buy some dinner at a local restaurant of your choice. At night and weather depending you can choose to participate in one of the famous stargazing optional extra activities, for an additional price.
    Duration: 14 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight accommodation at Lake Tekapo - 1 night 3* double or twin share accommodation included in tour price.

    Day 2: Tekapo to Queenstown

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo, Lake Tekapo, Mackenzie District, Canterbury Region, South Island
    After a relaxing night at Tekapo Day 2 starts with a guided tour of the local highlights such as the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Mackenzie dog before starting to head back toward Queenstown.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: High Country Salmon, State Highway 8, Twizel 7944 New Zealand
    On our way to Queenstown we will make a stop at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Mrs Jones Fruit Orchard, 489 Kawarau Gorge Road, Cromwell 9384 New Zealand
    During summer months when the sun is still up and we get close to Queenstown we often stop at Mrs Jones Suncrest Orchard to try or buy her delicious local fruit or real fruit ice cream.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
    Sadly the tour must come to an end as we re-enter Queenstown and say our goodbyes.
    Duration: 5 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    The Station - Home of Adventure in Queenstown, Corner of Shotover & Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street, 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.15 mins before tour start time: Kamana Lakehouse, Heritage Hotel, Mercure Hotel10 mins before tour start time: Crowne Plaza, Hotel St Moritz, Rydges Lakeland Resort5 mins before tour start time: Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Base Backpackers, YHA Central, Nomads Backpackers, Queenstown Central Pick Up Point (Cnr Shotover and Camp Street, Queenstown)At tour start time: Scenic Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Heartland Hotel, Millennium Hotel, Oaks Shores Resort, Rees Hotel10 - 20 mins after tour start time: Frankton Bus Station (near Queenstown airport), Wyndham Garden Hotel15 - 25 mins after tour start time: Hilton Hotel & Resort45 minutes after tour start time: Cromwell I-Site, 2 The Mall, CromwellPorts
    • Frankton Bus Terminal
    • Queenstown Central - Shotover Building
    • Cromwell iSite - 2 The Mall, Cromwell
    Departure Time :
    06:45 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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 aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours’ notice).
    • 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 16 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


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Organised by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Activity ID: V-56760P43

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