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Mt Cook Small Group Adventure Tour from Queenstown

At 3724m, Aoraki/Mt Cook is New Zealand’s highest peak, however the mountain can be viewed without any acclimatisation whatsoever from nearby Aoraki/Mt Cook village which is just 750m above sea-level, making this fully guided, small group day tour perfect for all fitness levels.  

Your guided tour begins with hotel pick-ups in Queenstown (selected pick up points only). We then make our way through the stunning Kawarau gorge, Cromwell and the quaint township of Omarama, where you'll have the option to taste the best creamy chicken pie in NZ (in our opinion)! We will then climb up through Lindis Pass, one of only three alpine roads through the otherwise impassable Southern Alps. 

Our next stop is Lake Pukaki, one of the bluest lakes you will ever see, framed by the backdrop of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. We will also see the location of several scenes from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Arriving at the alpine village of Aoraki/Mt Cook and The Hermitage (home of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre) you then have 4 hours to explore many of the village’s popular activities and attractions including: 

Hikes and walks: Free

Multiple walks in the area, from the Tasman glacier lake short walk to the 3-hour Hooker Valley Track. We can drop you off at and pick you up from the start of the walks if you don’t want the added distance and time required if starting from the Hermitage. Our guides are well-versed in the local tracks and are more than happy to help you choose the right walk or track for you.

  • Helihiking $585 per person (Minimum age 10 years)
  • Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre $20 per person
  • Scenic Heli-Flight - Glacier Encounter $365 per person
  • Ultimate Alpine Experience - Heli flight one way / Ski plane one way with Glacier Landing in between $399 per person
  • The Grand Circle - 55 min Scenic Flight - $599

Whatever you choose to do, whether relaxed or adventurous you will have four hours to enjoy the simply outstanding region of Aoraki/Mt Cook, and we’ll transport you to wherever you want to go.

At the end of the day we farewell Aoraki/Mt Cook Village and make our way back to Queenstown for hotel drop offs. On the way, we stop in at High Country Salmon, a local salmon farm, where you can feed the fish and taste some of the freshest salmon in New Zealand, selecting from the farm’s fresh salmon-based menu. 

Choose Cheeky Kiwi, the small-group tour specialists for an 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!

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully guided small group return tour from Queenstown (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specified hotels and points only)
  • Regional Highlights Tour including Kawarau Gorge and Suspension Bridge, Lindis Pass, the Southern Alps, Lake Pukaki, The Hermitage, and The Salmon Farm
  • Aoraki/Mt Cook Village Highlights Tour
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • On screen entertainment during the drive
  • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos 
  • Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable 11 or 16 seater minibuses


1 day

    • Fully guided tour of Mt Cook Village and surrounding areas
    • Beautiful scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside
    • Professionally guided tour about New Zealand and the culture
    • Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos
    • Refreshments & Snacks
    • Queenstown Hotel/airport pick up and drop off
  • Day 1 : Mt Cook Adventure Tour from Queenstown (Small Groups)
    Highlights: A fully guided tour from Queenstown in small groups, Aoraki/ Mt Cook, Hermitage, Scenic Hiking Trails, Lake Pukaki, refreshments and snacks provided Lunch stop at the Hermitage (lunch not included in price). Optional extra activities including: Hikes & Scenic Flight and Helicopter flights with glacier landings, (optional extras not included in price). Tour departs time: 6:30 am, Tour duration: 12-12.5 hours.
    Meals :None

  • Tour start time 6.45 am

    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).   

    Pick Up locations and time:

    6:30am - Heritage Hotel, Mercure Hotel

    6:35am - Crowne Plaza, Hotel St Moritz, Rydges Lakeland Resort

    6:40am - Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Base Backpackers, YHA Central, Nomads Backpackers

    6:40am - Queenstown Central Pick Up Point (47-49 Shotover Street, Queenstown)

    6:45am - Scenic Hotel, Copthorne Hotel, Heartland Hotel, Millennium Hotel, Rees Hotel

    7.00am – 7:10am - Frankton Bus Station (near Queenstown airport)

    7:05am - 7:15am - Hilton Hotel & Resort

    7:30am - Cromwell I-Site, 2 The Mall, Cromwell

  • Helihiking $585 per person (Minimum age 10 years)

    Sir Edmond Hillary Alpine Centre $20 per person

    Scenic Heli-Flight - Glacier Encounter $365 per person

    Ultimate Alpine Experience - Heli flight one way / Ski plane one way with Glacier Landing in between $399 per person

    The Grand Circle - 55 min Scenic Flight - $599

    $50.00 Car Seat (Safety Seat for Children)

    Optional Activities are at an additional cost. 




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Fitness Req.


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Organised by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Activity ID: W-27278

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