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Mount Cook Day Trip
  • English English
  • 12 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain and one of the country's most photographed landmarks. Explore the stunning filming locations of the Lord of the Rings films on this day trip from Queenstown.

Mount Cook Day Trip Itinerary

From your hotel in Queenstown, you'll be taken deep into the beautiful wilderness of New Zealand's Southern Alps, where the mountains, glaciers and lakes make for unforgettable scenery. New Zealand is well known for its incredible natural beauty that remains relatively untouched by man. Are you ready to discover everything it has to offer?

The first stop on your full day excursion to Mount Cook will be the Kawarau River Gorge, a canyon located 33 miles (53 km) from Queenstown. You'll then continue deeper into New Zealand's South Island, reaching the town of Cromwell, famous its many stone fruit growing farms, giving it the nickname the "Fruit Bowl of the South".

After leaving Cromwell, you'll travel along the banks of Lake Dunstan towards Omarama. In this small township, you'll make a stop to enjoy a break and a delicious breakfast (not included). Well-rested, you'll set off again, this time heading to Lindis Pass and Lake Pukaki. Admire the idyllic landscapes of these two stunning spots, before moving on to the highlight of your day trip: Mount Cook, or Aoraki, the tallest peak in New Zealand. 

Does this magical landscape remind you of anything? Probably, if you're a fan of the Lord of the Rings franchise! The mountain starred in the first film of the saga as the fictitious Mount Caradhras, part of the Misty Mountains that the characters journey across.

On reaching Mount Cook you'll have approximately four hours of free time to explore the magnificent mountainous scenery and take impressive photographs for memories you'll never forget. You'll also have the opportunity to enjoy a meal at the Hermitage Hotel (not included).

At the end of the day, you'll return to Queenstown and be dropped off at your hotel.

Important information

This tour is accessible for wheelchair users. If you require this service, you must bring your own collapsible wheelchair and indicate that you will need assistance when making the reservation.


Adults Children between 4 and 14 years old Children under 4 years old
US$ 121.70
US$ 60.80
  • Adults

    US$ 121.7
  • Children between 4 and 14 years old

    US$ 60.8
  • Children under 4 years old


More Information


12 hours.

Language English

The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.


Pick up and drop off at hotel.

English speaking guide.

Small group size.

Not included

Food and drinks.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Queenstown local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - Is the tour accessible for people with disabilities?

    A - Yes, please indicate so when reserving, and please ensure the wheelchair is foldable.

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


Yes (imperative to point out when the booking is made).

US$ 121.70
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 4 days before


Free! Free cancellation up to 4 days before the day of the activity. If you cancel 48 hours before the activity starts, we will refund you 50%. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

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