Mount Cook Tours from Christchurch
A Day to Remember at Mount Cook
I chose this tour simply because of the fact it was going to Mt Cook, and I wanted to try somewhere different. I had not heard of Cheeky Kiwi but took a chance and am thrilled I did. Callum was the guide for the day, and from the moment he greeted me when I walked out of my hotel, to when he dropped me off at the end of the trip it was like travelling with old friends. The morning tea and scenic stops were great, and when we reached Aoraki he dropped those wanting to walk the Hooker Valley Trail off, then took the rest of us to the Hermitage to help check us into the Glacier Explorers trip and ensure all was in order. When we returned he was there waiting for us. We had time for food and drinks before commencing the journey home. The entire trip was filled with fun and laughter, and I will not hesitate choosing Cheeky Kiwi again. I highly recommend using them.
FUN FACTS ABOUT MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK
Fun Facts about Mount Cook National Park:
- The Mount Cook National Park encompasses 722 square kilometres of land.
- An incredible 40% of this surface consists of glaciers.
- Eight of the twelve largest glaciers in New Zealand are found in this national park.
- New Zealand’s two largest mountains are found in this national park – Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Both are a part of the Southern Alps.
Learn about Aoraki Mount Cook:
- Mount Cook’s traditional Māori name is Aoraki, which means ‘Cloud Piercer’.
- At 3,724 metres above sea level, it is New Zealand’s highest mountain.
- Thanks to its high altitude, it was the place where the renowned Sir Edmund Hillary trained for his Everest adventure. Whilst visiting the national park, you’re able to visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Visitor Centre which is a tribute to this great mountaineer.
A Perfect Day at Mt Cook
Our excellent guide, Dan, assured us that we were in for a cracker of a day, but a few clouds gathered as we approached Mt Cook… sure enough, they lifted and we didn’t see another cloud for the rest of the day. It was a breathtaking experience. Dan encouraged us to take part in extra activities when we arrived at the National Park, but was never pushy. I took the Glacier Lake boat trip, and it was fantastic. Others took helicopter rides or went for walks. So many options and everyone came back satisfied. We really were spoilt by the most perfect day of weather, but I can imagine it would still be a fulfilling day regardless. Thanks for the lifelong memories!