Mount Cook and Arthur's Pass: 2-Day Tour from Dunedin

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For travelers seeking a tour starting in Dunedin and ending in Christchurch, this 2-day tour explores Mount Cook and Arthur's Pass, showcasing few of NZ's South Island's major attractions.


  • Immerse yourself in the majestic scenery of Aoraki Mount Cook and Lake Pukaki
  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of alpine flora and fauna, and glacial waters
  • Enjoy spectacular scenic views from world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train
  • Visit Arthur's Pass National Park, Otira Viaduct Lookout & Castle Hill
  • Enjoy complimentary water bottles, light packaged snacks and WiFi on board


Experience the natural wonders of New Zealand's South Island on this 2-day private tour, starting with pickup in Dunedin and ending in Christchurch. Enjoy complimentary water bottles, packaged snacks, food stops, breaks, and WiFi on board. Day 1: Dunedin - Oamaru - Omarama - Lake Pukaki - Aoraki Mount Cook - Lake Tekapo/Christchurch Embark on a journey from Dunedin to Aoraki Mount Cook. After a morning pickup from Dunedin City/Port Chalmers, travel past charming places like Oamaru, Waitaki River, and Omarama. Take a brunch stop in Omarama. Enjoy scenic views and soak in the history of these locations. As you approach Lake Pukaki, stop at lookout points for panoramic views and a scenic drive along the tranquil blue waters. The drive to Mount Cook offers awe-inspiring views. Upon reaching Mount Cook, immerse yourself in the mesmerizing scenery. Opt for the Hooker Valley Track, featuring famous swing bridges, and catch a glimpse of ice at Hooker Lake as time permits. Look out for kea, the world's only alpine parrot. Alternatively, engage in other activities like a helicopter ride, depending on weather and availability. Visit the 'Church of the Good Shepherd' in Lake Tekapo and take a leisurely walk along Lake Tekapo. Either check into your Lake Tekapo accommodation and enjoy stargazing in the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve OR continue driving towards Christchurch and check into your Christchurch hotel. Day 2: Lake Tekapo/Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train Experience - Otira Viaduct Lookout - Arthur's Pass Village - Arthur's Pass National Park - Castle Hill - Lake Lyndon - Christchurch Be picked up from your Lake Tekapo or Christchurch accommodation. Board the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train at Christchurch Railway Station and enjoy the spectacular views before disembarking at Arthur’s Pass Railway Station, where you'll be picked up. Admire the views from the Otira Viaduct Lookout. Explore Arthur's Pass National Park with a walk along the Devil's Punchbowl Walking Track or the Arthur's Pass Walking Track. Visit Castle Hill and enjoy the photogenic landscape of stunning limestone rock formations featured in famous Hollywood movies. Take a break at Lake Lyndon on the way back to Christchurch. Return to Christchurch to either board your cruise ship, flight or start another adventure. This private experience includes stops as needed for food and rest breaks. The journey concludes with a farewell at your preferred location in Christchurch, leaving you with memories of New Zealand's spectacular landscapes and natural beauty.


Pickup and drop-off Private car experience with a guide/driver Water bottles Packaged snacks WiFi in the vehicle Commentary Use of charging cables

Important Information

  • This tour operates in all weather conditions unless there is a road closure. Weather can change rapidly in the alpine region, so carrying a warm waterproof jacket is always a good idea. To ensure your trip the next day, please book by 9 PM the day before at the latest. The pickup time will be flexible, anytime between 7 AM & 9 PM, based on your preference/arrival schedule. The activity provider will reach out to you to coordinate it.

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