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4 Day Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glacier Highlights from Christchurch

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Discover the scenic beauty and natural wonders of the south islands mountains, lakes and glaciers in four days! Explore Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sound, the West Coast Glaciers and top it off with the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train journey.

This is an Independent coach tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers. You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.

What You'll Get


Day 1: Christchurch to Queenstown via Aoraki Mt Cook National Park

Stop At: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Mt. Cook Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
Continue to the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel and you'll have time to explore the village and take in the incredible views.Continue to the base of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel and you'll have time to explore the village and take in the incredible views.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
Continue south past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Omarama. Your tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Meals included:
• Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Hermitage Hotel.
Accommodation included: Your choice of a Premium Motel or 4-Star Hotel

Day 2: Enjoy a Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Coach from Queenstown

Stop At: Milford Sound, Milford Sound, Southland Region, South Island
Hop on board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau while the coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau (own expense), the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road where there is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board your Milford cruise for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch: Picnic boxed lunch aboard the Milford Sound Nature Cruise. Please advise any dietary requirements.
Accommodation included: Your choice of a Premium Motel or 4-Star Hotel

Day 3: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Stop At: Franz Josef, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), West Coast Region, South Island
Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. Your driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out sites of interest as you pass by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break (own expense) in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you'll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast, arriving in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef.
Duration: 8 hours

Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
You will be met by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier from the end of the road. Here you will have the opportunity to walk around and view the glacier from a viewing platform or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of a Premium Motel or 4-Star Hotel

Day 4: Franz Josef to Greymouth and take the famous TranzAlpine train to Christchurch

Stop At: Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 164 Mackay Street, Greymouth 7805 New Zealand
This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari and onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world-famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
Duration: 6 hours

Stop At: TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific, Troup Drive, Addington, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur's Pass National Park. From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.
Duration: 5 hours

Pass By: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
Christchurch is known as the gateway to the South Island. Boasting a plethora of activities both inside and outside the town centre.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Breif commentary on board coaches and tours
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Stop at Mt Cook National Park
  • Milford Sound Cruise day tour
  • Franz Josef Glacier Valley Shuttle
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tekapo
  • Entry/Admission - Aoraki/Mt. Cook
  • Entry/Admission - Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific

  • Meals unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance. We recommend travel insurance for all tours

Departure Point
Christchurch Bus Exchange, Lichfield Street - Regional Platform, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Departure Time
7:20 AM

4 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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