South Island Marvels
8 Days

ITINERARY

8 Days: Christchurch, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Glacier Region, Tranz Alpine Train

Tour Overview:

After arriving in Christchurch, take a ride on one of the most scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Explore the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and the majestic West Coast temperate rainforest. Travel to Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World with its fairytale-like backdrop. Marvel at the mirror lakes and waterfalls as you travel in Fiordland and Milford Sound. Enroute back to Christchurch, travel the vast plains of the Mackenzie district alongside magnificent turquoise blue lake framed by Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain and the spectacular Southern Alps.


Day 1 – Arrive Christchurch

On arrival, you will be met on arrival and privately transferred to your accommodation.
Christchurch is set between the deep blue Pacific Ocean and the mighty snow-capped Southern Alps. This is a vibrant, ever-changing city with inner city parks and gardens delightfully interwoven by the meandering Avon River.


Day 2 – Christchurch / Tranz Alpine / Punakaiki / Greymouth

Transfer to the Christchurch Railway station for the Tranz Alpine train crossing the vast expanses of the Canterbury Plains, through the dramatic gorge of the Waimakariri River to Arthur’s Pass National Park. On arrival in Greymouth, you will be met and transferred to the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes for a short self-guided walk to view the fascinating pancake-shaped rock formations before being transferred to your accommodation. (B)


Day 3 – Greymouth / Franz Josef

A temperate climate at a low altitude makes Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers among the most convenient to visit in the world. Steep valleys bear scars from where glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia and here, the ice age is still underway. Transfer to Franz Josef today and enjoy an afternoon tour exploring Glacier Country and the majestic West Coast temperate rainforest with your guide on a nature tour. Optional helicopter tour recommended. (B)


Day 4 – Franz Josef / Queenstown

This morning we travel through wilderness towns, waterfalls and river scenery on the journey to Queenstown. Magnificent vistas and majestic mountains dominate this compact alpine resort town and with such an expansive natural physical environment it is not surprising that Queenstown has been described as the Adventure Capital of the World. (B)


Day 5 – Queenstown – Arrowtown

The morning is free to become acquainted with Queenstown and perhaps add one of the endless optional activities on offer. This afternoon make your way to the Station Building, downtown Queenstown for your guided tour to the charming historic Arrowtown and surrounding vistas. (B)


Day 6 – Queenstown – Milford Sound

Fiordland is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. Today’s stunning tour takes you past mirror lakes and waterfalls into Milford Sound, carved by ice age glaciers and famously described as the eighth wonder of the world. On arrival, board your vessel for a cruise of the fiord surrounded by towering mountains and cliffs that plunge into the sea. Feel the refreshing spray of a waterfall as you cruise close to sheer rock faces before returning to shore. After a big day out, reflect on memories of a lifetime on your coach return to downtown Queenstown. (BL)


Day 7 – Queenstown / Mt Cook / Tekapo / Christchurch

Departing Queenstown, your passionate driver guide will bring today’s journey to life, sharing stories and rich background knowledge. Pass through the stunning Kawarau Gorge, fruit and wine growing region of Cromwell, following beautiful Lake Dunstan and through the dramatic Lindis Pass. Travel the vast plains of the Mackenzie district alongside magnificent turquoise blue lake framed by Aoraki Mt Cook and the spectacular Southern Alps to Mt Cook Village where you have some free time. Leaving Mt Cook it’s not hard to see why many Lord of the Rings scenes were filmed nearby. Your driver guide will point them out on the journey to Lake Tekapo where you will make a stop close to the popular Church of the Good Shepherd before continuing on through the amazing countryside to Christchurch. (B)


Day 8 – Depart Christchurch

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

DEPARTS: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Superior Class
Scheduled Departures Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 02 - Jan 09 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Jan 09 - Jan 16 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Jan 16 - Jan 23 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Jan 23 - Jan 30 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Jan 30 - Feb 06 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Feb 06 - Feb 13 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Feb 13 - Feb 20 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Feb 20 - Feb 27 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Feb 27 - Mar 06 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Mar 06 - Mar 13 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Mar 13 - Mar 20 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Mar 20 - Mar 27 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Mar 27 - Apr 03 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Apr 03 - Apr 10 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Apr 10 - Apr 17 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Apr 17 - Apr 24 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
Apr 24 - May 01 CAD 3,495 CAD 5,305
May 01 - May 08 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
May 08 - May 15 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
May 15 - May 22 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
May 22 - May 29 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
May 29 - Jun 05 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jun 05 - Jun 12 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jun 12 - Jun 19 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jun 19 - Jun 26 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jun 26 - Jul 03 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jul 03 - Jul 10 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jul 10 - Jul 17 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jul 17 - Jul 24 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jul 24 - Jul 31 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Jul 31 - Aug 07 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Aug 07 - Aug 14 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Aug 14 - Aug 21 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Aug 21 - Aug 28 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Aug 28 - Sep 04 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Sep 04 - Sep 11 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Sep 11 - Sep 18 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Sep 18 - Sep 25 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Sep 25 - Oct 02 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,155
Oct 02 - Oct 09 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Oct 09 - Oct 16 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Oct 16 - Oct 23 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Oct 23 - Oct 30 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Oct 30 - Nov 06 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Nov 06 - Nov 13 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Nov 13 - Nov 20 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Nov 20 - Nov 27 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Nov 27 - Dec 04 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Dec 04 - Dec 11 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Dec 11 - Dec 18 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Dec 18 - Dec 25 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
Dec 25 - Jan 01 CAD 3,745 CAD 5,745
First Class
Scheduled Departures Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Jan 02 - Jan 09 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Jan 09 - Jan 16 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Jan 16 - Jan 23 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Jan 23 - Jan 30 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Jan 30 - Feb 06 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Feb 06 - Feb 13 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Feb 13 - Feb 20 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Feb 20 - Feb 27 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Feb 27 - Mar 06 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Mar 06 - Mar 13 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Mar 13 - Mar 20 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Mar 20 - Mar 27 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Mar 27 - Apr 03 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Apr 03 - Apr 10 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Apr 10 - Apr 17 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Apr 17 - Apr 24 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
Apr 24 - May 01 CAD 3,870 CAD 5,980
May 01 - May 08 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
May 08 - May 15 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
May 15 - May 22 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
May 22 - May 29 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
May 29 - Jun 05 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jun 05 - Jun 12 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jun 12 - Jun 19 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jun 19 - Jun 26 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jun 26 - Jul 03 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jul 03 - Jul 10 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jul 10 - Jul 17 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jul 17 - Jul 24 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jul 24 - Jul 31 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Jul 31 - Aug 07 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Aug 07 - Aug 14 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Aug 14 - Aug 21 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Aug 21 - Aug 28 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Aug 28 - Sep 04 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Sep 04 - Sep 11 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Sep 11 - Sep 18 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Sep 18 - Sep 25 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Sep 25 - Oct 02 CAD 3,655 CAD 5,655
Oct 02 - Oct 09 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Oct 09 - Oct 16 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Oct 16 - Oct 23 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Oct 23 - Oct 30 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Oct 30 - Nov 06 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Nov 06 - Nov 13 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Nov 13 - Nov 20 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Nov 20 - Nov 27 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Nov 27 - Dec 04 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Dec 04 - Dec 11 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Dec 11 - Dec 18 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Dec 18 - Dec 25 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
Dec 25 - Jan 01 CAD 4,120 CAD 6,495
*Holiday Supplements over Easter, Christmas and New Year may apply
Hotels
Christchurch
Chateau on the Park a DoubleTree by Hilton or similar (S)
Crowne Plaza Christchurch Hotel, Distinction Christchurch Hotel or similar (F)
Greymouth
Ashley Hotel Greymouth, Copthorne Hotel Greymouth or similar (S/F)
Franz Joseph
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country, Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel or similar (S)
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel or similar (F)
Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, LQ Queenstown or similar (S)
Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel, Heritage Queenstown Hotel or similar (F)
2024
Superior Class
Scheduled Departures Dbl Oc Sgl Occ
Jan 01 - Jan 08 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Jan 08 - Jan 15 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Jan 15 - Jan 22 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Jan 22 - Jan 29 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Jan 29 - Feb 05 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Feb 05 - Feb 12 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Feb 12 - Feb 19 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Feb 19 - Feb 26 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Feb 26 - Mar 04 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Mar 04 - Mar 11 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Mar 11 - Mar 18 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Mar 18 - Mar 25 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Mar 25 - Apr 01 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Apr 01 - Apr 08 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Apr 08 - Apr 15 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Apr 15 - Apr 22 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Apr 22 - Apr 29 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
Apr 29 - May 06 CAD 3,565 CAD 5,405
May 06 - May 13 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
May 13 - May 20 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
May 20 - May 27 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
May 27 - Jun 03 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jun 03 - Jun 10 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jun 10 - Jun 17 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jun 17 - Jun 24 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jun 24 - Jul 01 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jul 01 - Jul 08 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jul 08 - Jul 15 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jul 15 - Jul 22 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jul 22 - Jul 29 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Jul 29 - Aug 05 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Aug 05 - Aug 12 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Aug 12 - Aug 19 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Aug 19 - Aug 26 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Aug 26 -Sep 02 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Sep 02 - Sep 09 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Sep 09 - Sep 16 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Sep 16 - Sep 23 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Sep 23 - Sep 30 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Sep 30 - Oct 07 CAD 3,405 CAD 5,125
Oct 07 - Oct 14 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Oct 14 - Oct 21 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Oct 21 - Oct 28 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Oct 28 - Nov 04 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Nov 04 - Nov 11 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Nov 11 - Nov 18 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Nov 18 - Nov 25 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Nov 25 - Dec 02 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Dec 02 - Dec 09 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Dec 09 - Dec 16 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Dec 16 - Dec 23 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Dec 23 - Dec 30 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
Dec 30 - Jan 06 CAD 3,970 CAD 6,000
First Class
Scheduled Departures Dbl Oc Sgl Occ
Jan 01 - Jan 08 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Jan 08 - Jan 15 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Jan 15 - Jan 22 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Jan 22 - Jan 29 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Jan 29 - Feb 05 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Feb 05 - Feb 12 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Feb 12 - Feb 19 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Feb 19 - Feb 26 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Feb 26 - Mar 04 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Mar 04 - Mar 11 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Mar 11 - Mar 18 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Mar 18 - Mar 25 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Mar 25 - Apr 01 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Apr 01 - Apr 08 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Apr 08 - Apr 15 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Apr 15 - Apr 22 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Apr 22 - Apr 29 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
Apr 29 - May 06 CAD 3,815 CAD 5,905
May 06 - May 13 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
May 13 - May 20 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
May 20 - May 27 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
May 27 - Jun 03 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jun 03 - Jun 10 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jun 10 - Jun 17 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jun 17 - Jun 24 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jun 24 - Jul 01 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jul 01 - Jul 08 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jul 08 - Jul 15 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jul 15 - Jul 22 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jul 22 - Jul 29 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Jul 29 - Aug 05 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Aug 05 - Aug 12 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Aug 12 - Aug 19 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Aug 19 - Aug 26 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Aug 26 -Sep 02 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Sep 02 - Sep 09 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Sep 09 - Sep 16 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Sep 16 - Sep 23 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Sep 23 - Sep 30 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Sep 30 - Oct 07 CAD 3,625 CAD 5,625
Oct 07 - Oct 14 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Oct 14 - Oct 21 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Oct 21 - Oct 28 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Oct 28 - Nov 04 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Nov 04 - Nov 11 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Nov 11 - Nov 18 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Nov 18 - Nov 25 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Nov 25 - Dec 02 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Dec 02 - Dec 09 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Dec 09 - Dec 16 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Dec 16 - Dec 23 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Dec 23 - Dec 30 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
Dec 30 - Jan 06 CAD 4,250 CAD 6,565
*Holiday Supplements over Easter, Christmas and New Year may apply
Hotels
Christchurch
Chateau on the Park a DoubleTree by Hilton or similar (S)
Crowne Plaza Christchurch Hotel, Distinction Christchurch Hotel or similar (F)
Greymouth
Ashley Hotel Greymouth, Copthorne Hotel Greymouth or similar (S/F)
Franz Joseph
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country, Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Hotel or similar (S)
Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier, Te Waonui Forest Retreat Hotel or similar (F)
Queenstown
Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, LQ Queenstown or similar (S)
Crowne Plaza Queenstown Hotel, Heritage Queenstown Hotel or similar (F)
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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions & Highlights

  • Exclusive Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfers
  • 7 Nights Accommodation
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • Scheduled coach transportation
  • Tranz Alpine Train
  • Glacier Country
  • Arrowtown
  • Milford Sound Tour with Cruise & Lunch
  • Mt Cook

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