Southern Alps National parks

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From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

1. From Queenstown: Mount Cook and Hooker Valley Day Trip

Visit breathtaking locations in Queenstown as you make your way to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Travel with a reliable tour guide who will share stories and rich background knowledge on Queenstown and the Mount Cook area. Start your tour in the stunning city of Queenstown. Drive through the Kawarau Suspension Bridge and marvel at the scenery the Kawarau Gorge has to offer. Stop at the Roaring Meg Lookout to take photos of your stunning view. Then, enter the region of Cromwell, famous for fruits and wine and where you can see huge fields of vines. Next, traverse the majestic Lindis Pass which lies between two valleys against a backdrop of a bright blue sky. This stretch of highway is one of the only three Alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. After taking photos at the top of the pass, drive through the Mackenzie District and visit the township of Omarama. Turning west, you'll enter Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and Lake Pukaki will emerge in front of you. Proceed to the start of the Hooker Valley Track and depart on a 3-hour self-guided hike with amazing views of Hooker Lake, Hooker Glacier, and Mount Cook. Finish your tour by visiting High Country Salmon as you make your way back to Queenstown.

From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

2. From Queenstown: Lord Of The Rings Tour to Glenorchy

Enjoy a small-group tour of the most iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand, specially designed for fans of the films. Within minutes of leaving Queenstown, reach the Glenorchy Road, which follows the edges of the Great Lake Wakatipu, and has been voted  one of the top 10 drives in the world. Admire snowcapped mountains that arise around every corner of the journey. Your first stop will be the 12 Mile Delta. Here, enjoy a short nature walk over the 12 Mile canyon footbridge and spot trout and salmon in the crystal-clear water below. Learn about the local flora and fauna and visit the locations, where scenes from the films were shot. Next, refuel with a delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic near the famous Glenorchy red shed and wharf. Once you have eaten enough to satisfy a Hobbit, adventure further into the World Heritage Mt. Aspiring National Park, home of Lothlorien Forest, where you will have the opportunity to snap some photographs dressed as your favorite Lord of the Rings character with replica swords from the trilogy. Next, head up the Dart Valley through "Paradise" to Isengard for some time to enjoy this amazing location in this spectacular glacier-carved valley. Stories and behind-the-scenes secrets will be shared by your passionate local guides on the way back to Queenstown.

Queenstown: 50-Minute Southern Glacier Helicopter Flight

3. Queenstown: 50-Minute Southern Glacier Helicopter Flight

Take off on a spectacular round-trip flight from Queenstown. Experience the Southern Alps like you have never seen them before by helicopter. Enjoy commentary from your expert guide along the way. Start at Heli Base at Queenstown airport. Venture across to the Southern Alps - the spiny mountain range that divides the South Island. Take in stunning views over Mount Aspiring. Next, see the vast untouched tracts of native forest and ancient glacial icefalls in the national park. Enjoy a landing amongst the snow-capped peaks of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Upon landing, take up the photo opportunities before heading back to Queenstown.

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What people are saying about Southern Alps

A spectacular experience! The Helicopter Line team was polished and professional, calling days before to reconfirm our booking time. On the day of our flight, the staff was bright & cheery for 9am check-in. Captain Pete was charming, experienced and kind enough to take lots of great photos for us! The flight was smooth and helicopter felt spacious and secure. The scenery was unreal. Like, hold-your-breath beautiful. There's really no better way to experience the stunning NZ views!! The glacier landing/photo op was a huge bonus, and really blew us away. I would recommend this tour to anyone & will certainly be rebooking for friends & family in the future.

Our flight was absolutely EPIC. Caption Pete has been flying for 40 years, so we were in great hands. The ride couldn't have been smoother. Such a cool way to see the New Zealand scenery -- the views were out of this world and the glacier experience was 10/10. Don't hesitate, just book!

Very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, stunning sights and it was great fun dressing up. Even catered for my gluten intolerance. Will be recommending to friends

If you are a Lord of the Ring Fan this tour is a must trip. I cannot explain it in just a few words all I can say is WOW.

가이드님이 매우 친절하며 긴 시간임에도 지루하지 않고 재밌는 하루였습니다. 다시한번 감사드립니다