Timaru – South Canterbury and Tekapo Basin Tour LT82CS


An unique opportunity to explore inland South Canterbury from Timaru, including the Tekapo Basin with magnificent views of Lake Tekapo and the Southern Alps, including Mount Cook. This tour requires a minimum of four passengers to operate.

With a minimum of four passengers depart Timaru by road, travelling inland through the country township of Pleasant Point, with a brief stop there at the railway museum before travelling onto the small farming hamlet of Albury.

Here you will depart the main state highway and travel on hardly used back roads which were the main routes used by the original European settlers to this region in the mid 1800’s, including the famous James Mackenzie after whom this high country region was named. After travelling over the Mackenzie pass and a stop at the Mackenzie monument you will rejoin the state highway 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 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.

There will be time in Tekapo to have a late lunch, at your own expense. From Tekapo you will return to Timaru via the state highway. Time permitting a brief tour of the Timaru township will conclude your day.


  • Magnificent High Country Scenery of the Tekapo Basin
  • Southern Alps, including Aoraki Mount Cook
  • Lake Tekapo
  • Church of the Good Shepard
  • Mount John Observatory
  • Back country travel, including the Mackenzie Pass and the Mackenzie Monument
  • Stops for photo opportunities at all the key destinations

This sightseeing option is from Timaru designed specifically for cruise ship passengers. Tour departs from outside the Timaru i-Site. This tour requires a minimum of four passengers before it can operate.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 09.00 am
Maximum number of people : 20
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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