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Short tours starting in Christchurch

Start your New Zealand adventure in the city of Christchurch. We can customize any of these itineraries to suit you perfectly. With hundreds of accommodation options and activity ideas we can create the perfect New Zealand itinerary for you. Get in touch with the team at Thrifty Tours to plan your next NZ adventure.

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  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
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  • This 5-day popular tour of the spectacular South Island visits Mt, Cook National Park (including lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel), Queenstown, Fiordland National Park & Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers. Your journey concludes with a crossing of the spectacular Southern Alps on board the TranzAlpine Scenic Train.

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NZD$1,445

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  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
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  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • A 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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NZD$1,375

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  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
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  • The incredible TranzAlpine Scenic Train will take you across the southern Alps and onto the Wild West Coast and Franz Josef township. Travel South through Mt. Aspiring National Park to Queenstown and enjoy a day trip and cruise into Milford Sound before returning to Christchurch via Mt. Cook National Park.

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NZD$1,395

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The ice covered peaks of Fox Glacier
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
  • Hotel 3 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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NZD$1,751

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TSS Earnslaw Cruising Lake Wakatipu
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey.An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

  • Viewed 226 times in the last 7 days
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NZD$1,839

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Take a tour of Tasman Glacier Lake with Glacier Explorers
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
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  • This 5 day tour is great for people who wish to experience as much as they can as they journey from Christchurch to Queenstown. Along the way you will explore Mt Cook National Park, before continuing on to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world, for a few days of relaxation or exhilaration - you decide!

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NZD$1,164

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Queenstown waterfront at dusk
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • A 5 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train journey. An ideal tour to customise to your own schedule.

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NZD$2,007

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Dolphin off St Clair Beach, Dunedin
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
  • Hotel 4 star
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6 day itinerary. Includes the Taieri Gorge Train trip, a Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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NZD$1,775

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Dunedin 'gingerbread' railway station
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
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  • Spoil yourself with a trip to a beautiful fiord, stunning glacier and finish with one of the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island.

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NZD$1,460

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Taking a cruise on Milford Sound
  • Departs every day - flexible independent travel
  • Motels
  • Pre and post tour options? Yes
  • Experience Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound and the Glaciers on this 6 day itinerary. Includes a trip to Milford Sound day tour including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise and the famous Tranz Alpine train.

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NZD$1,433

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