Tour Description :
|| 4 Days / 3 Nights
A cruise on Milford Sound and a journey aboard the TranzAlpine™ Express are absolute ‘must do’ New Zealand experiences; both are included in this tour.
Places of Interest:
Day 1 - Christchurch to Queenstown
Travel through the CANTERBURY PLAINS a fertile farmland to the foot hills of the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. We recommend a scenic flight from Tekapo rejoining your coach near Mount Cook (at extra cost). On arrival in MOUNT COOK your choice to have lunch at a village cafe (own arrangements), or explore the walks in and around Mount Cook village (1 hour approx.). Continue to Queenstown across the MACKENZIE HIGH COUNTRY a rugged tussock terrain first settled by Scottish immigrants. Arrive late afternoon at QUEENSTOWN a famous resort area on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 2 - Milford Sound Day Excursion
Follow the shoreline of the lake WAKATIPU before travelling to Te Anau. After morning tea (own arrangements) continue towards the Eglinton Valley rich in native forest. Travel the road to Milford via magnificent valleys and passes with huge snow-clad peaks, before travelling through the HOMER TUNNEL carved out of solid rock and descending into Milford. Depart on your 11/2 hr cruise to MILFORD SOUND passing Mitre Peak that rises dramatically one mile from the ocean floor to its snowcapped summit. Cruise by spectacular waterfalls, or look out for dolphins, seals and penguins. Return to Queenstown by coach arriving early evening.
Day 3 - Queenstown to Glaciers
Depart Queenstown by coach passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before travelling over the magnificent HAAST PASS into Westland. Transfer to your accommodation. You stay at either the Fox or Franz Josef GLACIER villages. A local shuttle is available to take you to the GLACIER base (weather permitting). Spectacular photo opportunities abound of these huge ice masses. Watch out for Kea (native parrots) and their inquisitive cheeky play.
Day 4 - TranzAlpine™ to Christchurch
Join your coach and continue to GREYMOUTH the largest township and port in the area, rich in gold and coal mining history. Your journey continues from here to Christchurch by train. A four hour TRANZALPINE™ TRAIN journey across the Southern Alps via the Otira tunnel and huge viaducts that cross the mighty Waimakariri Gorge before descending to the Canterbury Plains and on to the English charm of Christchurch. The above tour in reverse Christchurch/Glaciers/Queenstown /Christchurch is also available reference tour 51AR.
Tour Operates Daily
- Subject to availability
- From 123 Worcester St, Christchurch
- Departs: 8:10 am Day One.Terminates: 6:05 pm Christchurh Railway Station Day Four
- Fare includes: Hotel/Motel pickups, accommodation three nights, Milford Sound Cruise, Tranz Alpine Train, coach and tax.
NATIONAL PARKS AND GLACIERS
Tour TTCGM 51AQ - 4 Day/3 night National Parks and Glaciers can be in reverse
Exclusive Accomodation Price
Single Room - NZ$ 2312.00 per person
Share Twin - NZ$ 1766.00 per person
Share Triple - NZ$ 1616.00 per person
Standard Accomodation Price
Single Room - NZ$ 1904.00 per person
Share Twin - NZ$ 1508.00 per person
Share Triple - NZ$ 1424.00 per person