So you want to see New Zealand’s biggest mountain?
Join our 1-day guided tour from Queenstown to the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook (New Zealand's tallest mountain) and surrounding area. This tour is not to be missed; including the Southern Alps, stunning lakes, adventure, history, myths and more......
Big mountains have always fascinated and inspired men, women and children of all walks of life. Aoraki/Mt Cook is certainly no exception! In fact, this mountain draws more people each year than most of the world’s mountains.
Let Cheeky Kiwi not just take you there, but create an experience for you that allows you to fully embrace this, the most beloved of all of New Zealand’s peaks.
At 3,724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is by no means amongst the world’s tallest, but with the nearby Mt Cook village just 750m above sea-level, the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever, and so our tour is perfect for people of all levels of fitness.
Our guided tour begins with pickups in Qeenstown and Frankton, before we then travel through the stunning Kawarau gorge to Cromwell for the final pickups. After making a comfort stop in the quaint township of Omarama, we climb our way through Lindis Pass, one of only 3 alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. As we exit the Pass, you may catch glimpses of the mighty mountain itself; but before arriving there is much more to see, including what many consider one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Lake Pukaki is one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, and is framed by the backdrop of Aoraki and his brothers, the Southern Alps. The location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Lake Pukaki is a destination in and of itself. Even though we could spend all day just here the mountain continues to call and so our journey continues into the rugged alps.
We soon pass the delta where the mountain’s various rivers, creeks and streams converge to form the lake, and the mountain continues to grow steadily in stature and grandeur until the shear scale of the view makes you feel tiny. Arriving into the alpine village of Mt Cook and the Hermitage, home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, you now have the freedom to explore in whatever way suits your energy levels and budget.
Some options include:
- Hikes and walks for all skill levels
- Scenic flight and heli adventures over the mountain and on the glaciers
- Jet Boat trips and cruises up the glacier river and lakes
- Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, Museum & Cafe
Departing the village, we wind our way back around the lake, this time the mountains shrinking behind us. On the way out we stop in at a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish. Or, of course, they can feed you, via a series of tasty salmon-based menu items before we head back to Queenstown.
Choose Cheeky Kiwi, the small-group tour specialists, if you want a personalised, enjoyable, informative, and above all, unforgettable experience of the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook and surrounding region. Our tours are never just about the destination; the journey matters too, and this is one journey you won’t want to miss!