Enjoy travelling to your destination from Christchurch in our luxurious 4x6 AWD Mercedes bus. On your journey take in the truly breath-taking scenery: the southern alps and the Ben Ohau Range, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki, and even multiple sites from the film Lord of the Rings "middle earth" before arriving at the famous Hermitage Hotel for a delicious buffet lunch. Get ready to explore the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre 3D theatre, Museum and digital dome Planetarium where you can discover the history of the region through spectacular 3D experiences. Jump on board the included afternoon side trip to the Tasman Glacier - or relax back at Mt Cook Village (there's plenty to do at the Alpine Centre, Hermitage’s Retail Centre, or Department of Conservation’s Visitor Centre). Fully inclusive price also includes pick up from major Christchurch city hotels, meals and refreshments, admission to the Alpine Centre, glacier side trip, and a lively & entertaining tour guide!
Full day tour includes delicious lunch at an iconic mountain location
Scenery on your journey from Christchurch is absolutely jaw-dropping: across the picturesque patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, then travelling into New Zealand's spectacular southern alps and finally entering into Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Area and the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park containing New Zealand’s highest peak. You will also traverse LOR "middle earth" before arriving at the famous Hermitage Hotel where you will enjoy the included delicious buffet lunch prior to the afternoon’s activities.
Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
The tour includes admission into the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre which contains a 3D theatre, Museum, Hillary Gallery, and digital dome Planetarium. This is both educational and really entertaining whereby you can explore the history of the Mount Cook region through spectacular 2D & 3D experiences in the special theatre available with Japanese and Mandarin headphone translations. There are also displays showcasing transport, climbing, and of course one of the world’s greatest explorers - pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary. Floor to ceiling mountain views can be enjoyed from the café and bar, and the adjoining Hermitage.
Your transportation - safe and luxurious
You will be transported to your destination in the lap of luxury. Our roomy, Mercedes-Benz 519 CDI extra-long wheelbase 4WD turbocharged diesel Sprinter limousine bus features highly advanced technology designed to provide extremely safe, reliable and very comfortable transport in almost all conditions. Free onboard WIFI and USB charging.
Included side trip to the Tasman Glacier
The Tasman Glacier is a side trip involving a short journey in the Maossie bus into the Tasman Valley. Alternatively, you can elect to remain behind and spend more time at the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, or browse the Retail Centre at The Hermitage, stroll around the Mt Cook Village, or visit the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre (an attraction itself featuring Aoraki mountain views, artwork collections, interpretation exhibits and other facilities), before being picked up later for return journey to Christchurch.
Your Tour Guide - not just the usual
Tour guide Dr Gary is not just your average guide. With New Zealand Māori heritage (Ngāti Ranginui) he is a qualified agriculturalist and property valuer with a PhD in Economics. An engaging story-teller, he carries with him a truly amazing store of facts and historical truths, myths and legends.
Dress for all seasons, and book ahead!
Whilst you will be snug and comfortable inside the bus, venturing outside on the included side trip to the Tasman Valley and Glacier can be cold and windy even on clear days - so dress for all seasons