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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.

From Wellington: 11-Day South Island Tour with Accommodation

2. From Wellington: 11-Day South Island Tour with Accommodation

Set off on an adventure-filled 11-day tour to discover and explore New Zealand's South Island. Hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, explore Queenstown, and create your own Greenstone jewelry. Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura Meet your driver in Wellington and begin your adventure across the South Island. Board a ferry to travel across the Cook Strait. After disembarking, go for a wine tasting in the Marlborough region and visit the Kaikoura Seal colony. Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch Begin your day with a hike along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway. Enjoy panoramic views of Kaikoura before heading to Christchurch to discover hidden gems on a city street art trail. Day 3: Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Drive to Lake Tekapo to marvel at the stars in the Dark Sky Project. Visit The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the most-photographed places in New Zealand. Finish the day with a hike up Mount John for panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Day 4: Mount Cook Spend the day at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park under the shadow of Mt. Cook, the country's highest mountain. Hike the Hooker Valley Track to Hooker Lake, enjoying the scenery, before returning to Lake Tekapo. Day 5: Lake Tekapo to Queenstown Travel to Queenstown to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with panoramic views of Queenstown at the Skyline Stratosphere Restaurant (not included). Day 6: Queenstown Spend the day exploring Queenstown on your own. Visit the sights, go shopping, or relax at a cafe. Day 7: Glenorchy Head out to Glenorchy on a day trip from Queenstown. Cruise past the late, soaking up the views, and onto Glenorchy. Enjoy several short walks, taking in the scenery, before returning to Queenstown. Day 8: Queenstown to Wanaka Head to Wanaka to enjoy panoramic hikes. From November to May, hike Roys Peak, a 6-hour roundtrip trek, for breathtaking views over Lake Wānaka. For the rest of the year, enjoy the Mt. Iron hike with 360-degree views of The Pisa range. After your hike, visit the famous Wanaka tree. Day 9: Wanaka to Franz Josef Visit Thunder Creek Falls in Mt. Aspiring National Park. Next, head to Lake Matheson to enjoy its famous mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook. Spend the night in Franz Josef. Day 10: Franz Josef Design and carve your own Greenstone jewelry in a West Coast workshop (included) before enjoying the Glacier Valley Walk in Franz Josef. Day 11: Franz Josef to Christchurch Take a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass, and enjoy stunning views. Walk the Castle Hill track and admire the Devil's Punchbowl waterfalls before finishing your tour in Christchurch.

New Zealand: 9 Day South Island Tour

3. New Zealand: 9 Day South Island Tour

Begin an epic 9-day adventure of New Zealand's South Island from Christchurch. Hike around the beautiful Lake Tekapo before exploring the wonders of Queenstown. Experience breathtaking views from Mount Iron, carve your own jewelry, and trek across the Franz Josef glacier. Day 1:Set off from Hotel Give in Christchurch and meet your guide and group for your journey. Drive through the scenic countryside until you reach the shores of Lake Tekapo. Enter the Dark Sky Project and gaze into the stars at this renowned spot for astronomy. Prepare yourself for a moderate hike up to the heights of Mount John and catch your breath as you admire the awe-inspiring scenery. Enjoy panoramic views of Lake Tekapo below and get even closer to the stars. Day 2:Travel to the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park to see the highest mountain in New Zealand. Immerse yourself in the alpine environment and look out over the glaciers. Within the National Park, get your hiking boots back on for another trek. Walk through sacred areas of the land as you follow the Hooker Valley Track, the most popular and least challenging route in the area. Day 3:Say a brief goodbye to the fresh mountain air as you drive from the wilderness back into city life to arrive in Queenstown. Have the chance to buy your own dinner at the Skyline Stratosfare Restaurant. Day 4 and 5:Have the whole day to yourself as you take in all the attractions of Queenstown. Plan your own itinerary and consider going to see Kiwi Park, Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, and Queenstown Gardens. Day 6:Relax in comfort on a transfer from Queenstown to Wanaka for another day of hiking and unforgettable views. Revel in the true beauty of the South Island as you trek up to the summit of Roys Peak or Mount Iron, depending on the season. Gaze across the serene waters of Lake Wanaka, known for its turquoise color, the 4th largest lake in New Zealand. Walk around the shores and find That Wanaka Tree, or the Wanaka Willow, which grows on its own in the lake. Day 7:Discover part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Te Wahipounamu region as you enter Mount Aspiring National Park. Feel the immense power of the aptly named Thunder Creek Falls, fed by melting glacier water. Continue exploring the park and head towards Lake Matheson, which was a traditional food gathering place for local Maori. Watch the sun shine over the crystal clear surface and see the reflection of Aoraki / Mount Cook. Day 8: Get in touch with your craftsman spirit as you carve your own greenstone jewelry in a workshop on the West Coast. Take home something special to remember your adventure on the South Island. Make your way to Franz Josef Glacier and walk through the valley as you feel like you've walked into another world. Day 9:Conclude your journey in style with a scenic hike across Arthurs Pass in the national park. Study the hundreds of different rock formations along the Castle Hill Track. Walk through a dense beech forest and keep an eye out for wild kiwis as you approach the Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall. Head back to the car and return to Christchurch to finish your adventure.

From Wellington: 7-Day South Island Tour with Wine Tasting

4. From Wellington: 7-Day South Island Tour with Wine Tasting

Unlock the beauty of the South Island with the convenience of a multi-day guided tour. All activities are included unless states otherwise. Day 1 - Wellington to Kaikoura Kick off the adventure with one of the most beautiful inter-island crossings in the world, the Cook Straight. Arrive at the top of the South Island and journey through the Marlborough region, home to endless rolling vineyards. Stop for a tasting along the way to sample some local Kiwi cuisine. Day 2 - Kaikoura to Christchurch Choose between a lie-in, or, for the more adventurous, an ocean excursion (extra cost) to try your luck spotting dolphins, whales, albatrosses, and more. Around mid-morning, head up the Kaikoura Peninsula to walk among a large seal colony. Next up is the diverse city of Christchurch. Here, take a walking tour of the city to learn about its street art, see the blooming botanical gardens, and learn about the city's recent history. Day 3 - Christchurch to Lake Tekapo Hit the road and cruise into Mackenzie Country, home to Lake Tekapo. Visit the stone Church of the Good Shepherd and admire Lake Tekapo's blue waters framed with colorful lupins. As night falls, visit the Dark Sky Project to learn about the importance of preserving dark skies and take a peek at all that lies above. Day 4 - Lake Tekapo to Wanaka via Mount Cook Cruise past Lake Pukaki (you'll know how it got its nickname The Powerade Factory when you see it) and head for Mount Cook village. Take some scenic hikes in the National Park with stops to soak up the mountain views. Here choose to view the Tasman Glacier by helicopter or take a scenic flight through the Mt. Cook National Park. From mid-morning, continue to traverse through the National Park through Lindis Pass and on to Wanaka. Day 5 - Wanaka to Queenstown Have the morning to hike Wanaka's famous Roys Peak, snap "That Wanaka Tree," or climb Mount Iron. For the more daring in the group, there’s the option to experience a via Ferrata Wild Wire or hit up the lakeside trails on a mountain bike. Later, sit back and relax on the bus while viewing the scenery of the Crown ranges on the way to the adrenaline-fuelled Queenstown. End the day with a trip up the Gondola for a dinner overlooking Queenstown. Day 6 - Queenstown free dayTake a day to explore the city with lunch and activities on your own. Day 7 - Queenstown to Glenorchy Day Trip Head out into the heartlands of Otago to the picturesque town of Glenorchy to experience a scenic landscape.

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What people are saying about Tekapo Lake

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 74 reviews

A great day, where you see some of the most amazing natural features New Zealand has to offer. Highly recommend this tour if you would like to see amazing lakes, jaw dropping mountain scapes, including Aoraki/Mount Cook, and a rare view of a receding glacier. Stopover points, including Barker's of Geraldine and The Hermitage Hotel, offered a wide range of delicious treats, providing an ideal location for morning tea and lunch. Our tour guide was informative, approachable and safe. This tour should be on everyone's bucket list. A memorable day on the South Island Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Anujk was a great guide! He shared lots of information about Christchurch and Mt Cook/ Lake Tekapo during the trip and we learnt a lot from his sharing. Anujk accompanied us for a short walk to see the ice bergs from the Tasman Glacier. We were lucky to have good weather and could get unobstructed sights for most of our stop points. While lunch is not provided, we got a stop at Geraldine and Hermitage to have some food. Definitely recommend!

It was a fantastic tour with a wonderful tour guide who looked after us from start to finish. He was very knowledgeable, kind and caring and the tour was well paced throughout the day.

Guide was fantastic and scenery was awesome, well worth the trip. Nice touch with the starter pack.

wonderful guide anujk and always with the good energy, thank you greetings from Tahiti