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6 Day South Island Circut: Milford Sound, Queenstown and Glaciers

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Treat yourself to a six-day trip to the awe-inspiring fiords, dramatic glaciers and top-rated scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island. On this round-trip from Christchurch, travel by coach and aboard the Taieri Gorge Railway and TranzAlpine passenger trains, enjoy a Milford Sound Cruise, soar above Lake Wakatipu on the Queenstown Skyline Gondola and take a complimentary shuttle to the Franz Josef Glacier lookout point. There is also plenty of time to explore at your own leisure, what more could you want!?

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: Take a scenic coach journey from Christchurch to Dunedin

Stop At: Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin 9016 New Zealand
Leaving Christchurch early, you will cross the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, crossing many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand's longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. Pass through the towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru, most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Continue along the coast and into the city of Dunedin.
Duration: 6 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard 3-star or superior 4-star accommodation

Day 2: Experience the Taieri Gorge Train on your way to Queenstown

Stop At: Taieri Gorge, Otago 9074, New Zealand
Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on board the historic Taieri Gorge Train. Enjoy the Taieri Plains and Taieri Gorge as the train snakes its way through numerous tunnels, bridges, and viaducts. Ponder the amazing engineering feats that it took to build the route as you admire spectacular views from your seat or the open-air platforms. Stretch your legs and snap photos at scenic stops along the way. Hear fascinating live commentary about the history and nature of the area as you travel. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the onboard cafe.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Pukerangi, New Zealand
Your train journey ends in Pukerangi, where you will be met by a transfer to Queenstown through the rugged rock landscape of Central Otago. Your tour ends on arrival in Queenstown in the early evening.
Duration: 5 hours

Pass By: Queenstown, Queenstown, Otago Region, South Island
Your day concludes on arrival into Queenstown. Known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is home to many adrenaline inducing activities. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, this alpine town is surrounded by towering mountains.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard 3-star or superior 4-star accommodation

Day 3: Enjoy a Milford Sound Nature Cruise and Coach from Queenstown

Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
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 standard 3-star or superior 4-star accommodation

Day 4: A full day to explore Queenstown, New Zealands Adventure Capital

Stop At: Queenstown i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Corner Camp & Shotover Streets Clocktower Building, Queenstown 9300 New Zealand
Enjoy a free day to explore the famous alpine resort of Queenstown. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at one of the many options available. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll and ride the gondola for breathtaking views. And after all of that - if you do want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting (own arrangements).
Duration: 1 day

Stop At: Skyline Queenstown, Brecon St Top OF Street, Queenstown 9348 New Zealand
Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola, the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere. From which you can take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, Coronet Peak and the magnificent Lake Wakatipu.
Duration: 2 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard 3-star or superior 4-star accommodation

Day 5: 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 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: 9 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 at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to 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 standard 3-star or superior 4-star accommodation

Day 6: Franz Josef to Greymouth and take the TranzAlpine Scenic Train to Christchurch

Stop At: Greymouth, Greymouth, West Coast Region, South Island
This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Continue through the township of Ross, where the largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was discovered at Jones Creek, weighing 2807 grams. On arrival into Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch, walk around the town centre, or just relax and enjoy the windswept coast. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world-famous Tranz Alpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific, Troup Drive, Addington, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island through the Arthur's Pass National Park from the west to the east coast.
Duration: 6 hours

Pass By: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
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.

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
  • Service animals allowed
  • 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
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 5 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Return coach transport from Christchurch
  • Breif commentary on board coaches and tours
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Taieri Gorge Train
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
  • Queenstown Skyline Gondola
  • Glacier Valley Shuttle
  • TranzAlpine Scenic Train
  • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
  • Entry/Admission - Skyline Queenstown
  • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific

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

6 days

Return Details
TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific, Troup Drive, Addington, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

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