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5 Days
Availability : Every day
Queenstown
Christchurch
Tour Details

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown, cruise on the TSS Earnslaw and have dinner at a sheep station. Explore Franz Josef Glacier before boarding the TranzAlpine train journey with spectacular patchwork countryside views.

Departure & Return Location

Depart:  Daily from Queenstown

Return: Morning of day 5 at Christchurch

 

Departure & Arrival Time

Your flights anytime

 

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts (4)
  • Dinners (3)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers

Price Excludes

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Any Private Expenses

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months
Highlights
  • Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown
  • Day 2: Queenstown ‘Free Time’
  • Day 3: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day 4: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch
  • Day 5: Farewell from Christchurch
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Queenstown

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of your day is free to take in the many scenic vistas. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining sheep show between courses provides a glimpse into high country farm life.

*Note: During 15 May – 14 Sep the TSS Earnslaw Walter Peak BBQ Dinner is replaced by the Queenstown Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (Superior), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Explore exciting Queenstown, your way. You could ride the Shotover Jet boat, join a wine tour or play a round of golf. You could take a 4WD minibus excursion through Skippers Canyon or take the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for dinner. Otherwise, you could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier

Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest as you journey through this historic region. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. There is an abundance of wildlife so keep a careful look out for fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (Standard) or Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (Superior)
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch

This morning embark on a journey through the wild West Coast, taking in the pounamu (greenstone) rich region of Hokitika, on your way into Greymouth. A heritage town like no other, the gold-rush of the mid-1800s put Greymouth on the map, and despite its isolation and subjection to extreme weather, the hardy West Coast town has remained the largest in the area. Perhaps enjoy a quick bite at the Monteith’s Brewery, a West Coast institution, or make a West Coast greenstone purchase from a local carver. In Greymouth you’ll board the world-famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. It is truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of lush green landscapes on one side of the Alps and dry beech forests and tussock landscapes on the other. Your train climbs up into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres high. Dinner is at your hotel this evening.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch (Standard) or Novotel Christchurch (Superior)
Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5Farewell from Christchurch

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Included Meals: Breakfast

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