South Island trips

Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook

7 Days
376km
234mi

Route

Central Queenstown to Christchurch

Highlights

  • Charming Arrowtown
  • Southern Alps Scenery
  • Lake Tekapo

Best time of year

All year

You will see mountain landscapes in every direction on this itinerary. After the excitement of Queenstown, Arrowtown will seem beautifully quaint and calm. Explore old gold mining sites and enjoy one of the many excellent cafes. Your next destination is to reach Aoraki/ Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest peak. The high country towns of Omarama and Twizel are good stopovers along the way. Walk one of the trails that begin at Mt Cook Village, then drive through Mackenzie Country tussockland to the glacier-blue lakes of Pukaki and Tekapo. Small museums provide interest en route to the attractions of Christchurch.

Info

From Queenstown it’s easy to escape to the mountains.

Photo by Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters

Day 1 - 2

Spend time in Queenstown

Queenstown

The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. It's the home of adventure, and activities include bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.

Bungy, Queenstown

Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

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