My Aoraki Mount Cook Tour from Christchurch gives you an opportunity to see a huge range of landscapes from the Canterbury Plains, through the rolling pastures of Geraldine and then up into the Alpine Tussock around Lake Tekapo through to the permanent snow Alpine Scenery of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park where you can see the true magnificence of the highest mountain in New Zealand.
My tour is in a 7 seater Toyota Hi Ace 2012 model and we are able to make plenty of photo stops almost wherever you wish.We will stop for a homemade morning tea along the way where the scenery is appealing or at The Church of the Good Shepherd beside the turquoise blue waters of Lake Tekapo. However everything on my tour is flexible according to your wishes and the weather. This tour is a day trip from Christchurch however more than happy to make it a two day trip if you wish to do more hiking in the National Park or enjoy the night sky. From Christchurch it is a 330 Kms drive so we have 2 hours to enjoy in the National Park.
We will then drive up into the Alpine wonderland of the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as the Glaciers and permanent snow comes closer and closer. Enjoy a two course homemade picnic lunch in a scenic location of your choice. Whilst in the National Park you can go for a short walk up the Hooker Valley track to the Mueller Viewpoint or hike up to the Tasman Lake view which affords a great view of the Tasman Glacier and the East face of Aoraki Mt Cook. You can also take the opportunity to go on a Scenic Flight (optional), or just relax and enjoy the magnificent views from The Hermitage Hotel.
Lunch is a homemade picnic which can be tailored to suit guests wishes. Typically it is homemade bread and soup and I bring along a selection of two meats, cheeses, pickles and a green salad with tomatoes. Option to enjoy fresh salmon Japanese style if you wish with some of the most delicious salmon available from the local salmon farm. Rice, Nori, Soy Sauce,Wasabi, Avocado and fresh green salad.Summer option would be fresh berries and yoghurt,or fruit. Fruit juice served with the meal. Much of the produce is grown in my organic glasshouse and garden. Please read some of the reviews of some of my previous guests on Trip Advisor about my picnic lunches.
If you prefer there is of course the option to have lunch at The Hermitage Hotel at Aoraki Mount Cook or Kohan restaurant in Tekapo. I can adjust the price if you wish to make your own arrangements for lunch.
Optional Scenic Flight from Lake Tekapo – Glentanner Airport 20 kms before Mount Cook village.
Ski Plane flight landing on the Tasman Glacier from Mount Cook Airport.