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Mountains & Plains

2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,552

From peak to valley, New Zealand’s South Island never fails to inspire.

This express journey from Queenstown to Christchurch takes just 2 days and travels past Mount Cook, the highest peak in the South Pacific.

Stop in at the historic village of Arrowtown en route, then explore the national park surrounding Mount Cook. You may opt to take an excursion to the Tasman Glacier. Day two takes you past Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo on your way to historic Christchurch, where you’ll enjoy a city tour before departure.


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2 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,552

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Day 1

Christchurch to Mt Cook

Depart Christchurch and head across the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Your journey will take you across the wide expanse of the plains and then across the Rakaia River and it's gorge. Heading south you will travel alongside the foothills and through small picturesque country towns. Cross Burke's Pass and enter the high country of the MacKenzie Plains, named after a sheep rustler. Pass Lake Tekapo and Lake Pukaki, examples of turquoise coloured high country lakes before turning towards Mt Cook National Park. At 3754 metres, New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook is dazzling and there are 20 other mountains in this alpine backbone which peak at over 3000 metres. Hundreds of others are not far short of that, all making up the famous Southern Alps. At Mt Cook National Park, perhaps take a walk to experience the alpine vistas and explore the national park. A walk can be made to view the Tasman Glacier, the longest glacier in the world that exists in a temperate zone (and on a Pacific island!).

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 2

Mt Cook to Queenstown

Depart Mt Cook and travel south through the MacKenzie Country to Omarama (world renowned as a gliding centre) and from where a view can be made of the "Clay Cliffs" - an example of NZ's "badlands". From here you will travel over the Lindis Pass and view a dramatic change in the landscape as you head through Otago province to Queenstown. A stop can be made in the Kawarau Gorge to view the bungee bridge (where it all started!) or perhaps visit one of the Kawarau wineries. Visit Arrowtown (a historic old gold miners' village) and then head to Queenstown where a familiarisation tour of the town can be made. Your Canterbury Trails guide will bid you farewell at the conclusion of the day at your Queenstown accommodation.

Meal Plan Lunch

Other Information




  • Travel by deluxe mini-coach
  • Picnic morning and afternoon teas
  • Cafe lunches on each day
  • Guided walks to explore the alpine landscape (as required)
  • Local knowledgeable guide


  • Accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages unless specifically indicated in the itinerary
  • Items of a person nature
  • Gratuities


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

27 Mar 2022
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