all the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this
seven day non-escorted independent
travel tour. Travel by scenic coach from Christchurch to
Dunedin, train and coach to Queenstown, experience the majesty of Milford Sound, view the glacier at
Franz Josef and travel aboard the famous TranzAlpine and Taieri Gorge
trains, on this
7 Day non-escorted independent travel tour from Christchurch to
Dunedin, Queenstown, Franz Josef and back to Christchurch.
Your seven day travel tour of the spectacular South Island,
begins with the stunning scenery of the south Canterbury plains to
Dunedin. After spending the 2 nights in Dunedin, you'll take an
scenic train journey through central Otago's Taieri Gorge and coach
have a day free to explore Dunedin and Queenstown on your own, then travel along
New Zealand's most stunning highway to the World Heritage Westland
National Park. The route up the West Coast takes you past soaring
mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Fox and Franz Josef
Glaciers. A "living river of ice", the Franz Josef Glacier is more
than 7,000 years old and a must-see for any visitor to New Zealand.
On the final day of your South Island tour you'll travel along the
rugged West Coast to Greymouth, for the famous TranzAlpine Express (one of the top 10 train
journeys in the world) to Christchurch, where your travel tour
This 5 Day non-escorted independent tour will have you travelling by
scenic coach and the TranzAlpine train making make this
holiday truly magical.
Day 1 - Christchurch to Dunedin
This morning, travel by coach or train for your journey to Dunedin. Head
south through the Canterbury Plains and onto Dunedin, which boasts some
of the most beautiful architecture in New Zealand.
Day 2 - Dunedin
Board a double decker bus this morning for a one and a half hour tour of
Dunedin's historic sights. This afternoon, you will be taken on a tour
of the Otago Peninsula including the renowned Royal Albatross Colony
(seasonal due to Albatross breeding).
Day 3 - Dunedin to Queenstown
Today, board the Taieri Gorge Train and enjoy the rugged, unspoiled
landscape of Otago with the opportunity for sightseeing stops along the
way. Experience the breathtaking views of this historic journey to
Pukerangi where you will board your coach and continue the journey to
Queenstown, adventure capital of New Zealand.
Day 4 - Queenstown to Milford Sound Day Excursion
Travel along the edge of Lake Wakatipu beneath the rugged Remarkables to
Te Anau, the 'Gateway to Fiordland National Park'. On entering the
Fiordland National Park you pass through the Eglinton Valley. See
ancient beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes
where you will pause for a photo stop. Continue through the upper
Hollyford Valley, past the stunning Christie Falls and enter the 1.2 km
Homer Tunnel, drilled through the solid rock of a mountain. On exiting
the Homer Tunnel prepare for the breathtaking impact of the Cleddau
Valley and the descent into Milford Sound. On arrival, take an
unforgettable cruise on the majestic Milford Sound where you will see
the wonders of Mitre Peak and rock walls scarred by glaciers which rise
to 1200m vertically from the sea. Then re-board your scenic coach for the
return journey to Queenstown. Optional lunches onboard the cruise are
Day 5 - Queenstown
Enjoy a free day in Queenstown.
For optional half and fully day sightseeing attractions and tours in
Day 6 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
Travel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, the
most stunning highway in New Zealand and gateway to World Heritage
Westland National Park. Initially the pass travels through the treeless
grasslands of Central Otago, then at the highest point, the majestic
peaks of the Southern Alps and the rivers and rainforests of Westland
dominate the landscape. Continue to travel up the West Coast past
spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Fox and
Franz Josef Glaciers. The Franz Josef Glacier is 11 kilometers in length
and more than 7,000 years old. Its terminal face creaks and arches over
the cave from which the river emerges, pale with powdered rock and can
advance or retreat at over a meter per day. This living 'river of ice'
is a must see for any visitor to New Zealand.
Overnight Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar).
Day 7 - Franz Josef to Greymouth and Christchurch
Today you continue to travel along the rugged West Coast to Shantytown,
a faithful reconstruction of a Westland Gold Rush town. From Shantytown,
travel to Greymouth, the centre for thousands of diggers during the
historic gold strikes of the 1860's. From Greymouth, journey over the
Southern Alps, through Arthur's Pass and onto Christchurch by the famous
TranzAlpine train, where your tour
concludes in Christchurch.
non-escorted independent tour includes
- accommodation pick up and drop offs,
6 nights hotel accommodation, Dunedin Peninsula
Sightseeing tour, Royal Albatross Colony admission (seasonal due to
Albatross breeding), Milford Sound cruise and scenic coach and train
travel on the TranzAlpine train and the Taieri Gorge train with onboard commentary.
Pre and post travel accommodation is not included. For pre travel accommodation
reservations and pick up in
Christchurch and post accommodation
reservations and drop off in
You can add to this travel tour, the
5 Day Christchurch to Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland Highlights
travel tour or choose from a range of half and full day
sightseeing attractions and other
non-escorted independent touring travel packages (ranging from 2 to 7
Days) in and from
This non-escorted independent tour departs Christchurch 7.00am and
concludes in Christchurch approximately 6.30pm.