Timaru – Aoraki/Mt Cook Explorer Private Tour LT81ACS


This is a private tour from Timaru for up to eight people travelling into the Tekapo Basin visiting Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki and Aoraki / Mt Cook, Australasia's highest mountain. The tour has a fixed price of $850.00 for tour vehicle and driver for up to eight passengers.

Private Tour with up to a maximum of 8 passengers.

Depart Timaru by road, travelling inland through the country townships of Pleasant Point, Cave and Fairlie before ascending Burkes Pass and reaching the Tekapo Basin. At the top of Burkes Pass you will immediately view the magnificent scenery of New Zealand’s Southern Alps.

The tour proceeds to the tranquil turquoise coloured waters of Lake Tekapo with its famous Church of the Good Shepard and the statue of a Mackenzie Dog. The tour will then proceed up to the Mount John Observatory, 300 meters above Lake Tekapo and providing you with magnificent 360 degree views and photo opportunities of this entire region.

The next stop is Lake Pukaki with Aoraki Mount Cook, Australasia’s highest mountain, as a backdrop. The next stop is at the Aoraki Mount Cook village at the base of this famous mountain, where there will be time for lunch, at own expense.

The return journey to Timaru will follow a similar route to your outbound journey, but will also include the canal road between Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo.

The man made canal joining the two lakes as part of the high country hydro-electricity scheme is the only man made structure in the Southern Hemisphere that can be seen from space. On the canal road a stop will be made at a High Country Salmon farm.

Time permitting a brief tour of the Timaru township will conclude your day.

This is a private tour with a set price of $850.00 for one or up to a maximum of eight passengers.


  • Magnificent High Country Scenery of the Tekapo Basin
  • Southern Alps, including Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Lakes Tekapo, and Pukaki
  • Church of the Good Shepard
  • Mount John Observatory
  • High Country village of Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Lake Tekapo / Pukaki Canal
  • High Country Salmon Farm

This sightseeing option is a private tour from Timaru with a set price for one to eight people designed specifically for cruise ship passengers. Tour departs from outside the Timaru i-Site.

This option departs Timaru at 9.00am returning to Timaru by 4.30pm, This will ensure you arrive at the Cruise ship before departure.

Please Note: As this is a private tour, when making a booking select only 1 adult even if there are up to eight people travelling.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 09.00 am
Maximum number of people : 8
Venue Facilities : Air Conditioned Vehicle, fully guided tour
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

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Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

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