4 day Southern Circuit
4 days from Queenstown to Queenstown,
Breadcrumb
New Zealand tour itinerary name and information
Thrifty Tours

4 day Southern Circuit

A 4 day introduction to the South Island including Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown and the West Coast Glaciers. A highlight will be your journey on board the famous TranzAlpine scenic train across the South Island.

Tour special blurb

Due to the impacts, COVID-19 has had on tourism numbers in New Zealand the TranzAlpine train is currently operating on a limited schedule. Some departure dates for this tour may be affected by the changes until 26 December 2022. Please contact our sales consultants to discuss whether your chosen departure is affected and see how we can adjust the itinerary to include this experience if it is.

Tour summary and feature

This tour features

Departs every day - flexible independent travel

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,210 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Queenstown

4 days/3 nights

Motels

 Customisable? YES

 Viewed 98 times in the last 7 days

Detailed itinerary
Tour full itinerary

Day 1 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown to Franz Josef with Glacier Shuttles

Leaving Queenstown, travel past picturesque scenery of massive mountain peaks and crystal-clear blue lakes. Travel across the Haast Pass to the other side of the Southern Alps, the landscape changes dramatically. Welcome to the wild and wonderful West Coast, a remote and unspoiled region. Wind your way past native rainforest, rocky coastlines and powerful waterfalls. Your journey concludes in the village of Franz Josef, your base for exploration of the area.

Glacier Valley Shuttle

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. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Shuttles.

Your accommodation: Punga Grove Motel & Suites

Punga Grove is right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village and offers affordable and stylish accommodation in a beautiful rainforest setting.

Back to top

Day 2 - Franz Josef to Greymouth train station, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station with Hokitika Scenic Tours

Today you’ll head north through the historic gold mining region of Hokitika. Known for its Greenstone (Pounamu) this seaside town has a rich history dating back to the 1860’s. Continue on to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point for the next leg of your journey - the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch

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.

Private Transfer Christchurch Train Station to your accommodation

On arrival at the Christchurch train station, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Your accommodation: Bella Vista Christchurch

Bella Vista Motel Christchurch offers a great range of comfortable modern units with excellent facilities. Enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Christchurch CBD, shops, entertainment and other activities.

Back to top

Day 3 - Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park

Christchurch to Aoraki/Mount Cook Small Group Tour

This small group, fully-guided day trip combines all of the key highlights in the area with the famous Lake Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Tasman Glacier. The ultimate way to get from Christchurch to Aoraki/Mount Cook. Led by famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

Walking tracks in and around Aoraki / Mt. Cook National Park

There are many short scenic walks beginning in and around the Mt. Cook Village, suitable for all ages and abilities. Located within the Mount Cook Village is the Department of Conservation information centre, where updates on the track conditions and suitability is available as well as information on the history of the area and its wildlife.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Explorer Pass

A tribute to New Zealand's Sir Edmund Hillary - humanitarian, ambassador and one of the world's greatest explorers - the centre showcases the Aoraki Mount Cook region and its people within a comprehensive museum as well as a 126-seat custom-designed theatre and Digital Dome Planetarium.

Your accommodation: Mt Cook Lodge & Motels

Mt Cook Lodge and Motel is located in the centre of Mt. Cook village. The self-contained units are spacious and all are surrounded by alpine mountain views. If you don’t feel like cooking either visit the Chamois Bar and Grill onsite or take the courtesy shuttle to Hermitage Hotel.

Back to top

Day 4 - Mt Cook to Queenstown

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Glacier Explorers Mt. Cook

Experience 500 year old icebergs up-close on the Mt Cook terminal lake. The Glacier Explorers tour is the only one of its kind in New Zealand - and one of only three in the world! Very few glaciers terminate into lakes and even fewer of them are accessible. See towering ice cliffs and floating icebergs from the safety of a specially designed boat.  These boats provide a safe way to view unseen and inaccessible areas of New Zealand's largest glacier - The Tasman.

Aoraki/Mount Cook to Queenstown Small Group Tour

Leaving the spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook you will head through Omarama, the Lindis Pass, and Cromwell on your journey to Queenstown.

Back to top

Tour quick quote
INSTANT QUOTE or BOOK
Step 1: Select start date for this tour here
Step 2: Select number of passengers and room configuration
Select number of adult per room type
Single occupancy (based on 1 adult in one room)
Double room (based on 2 adults in 1 room, 1 bed)
Twin room (based on 2 adults sharing 1 room with 2 beds)
Step 3: Add these options
No pricing loaded - please choose another date or contact us
Your quote for this tour:
Start date:
End date:
Guests:
Rooms:
Total cost for this tour package is:
0
This quote is based on vehicles to accommodate your party in the vehicle type. We suggest changing the car type or contacting us for the best options.
Save and send a copy of this quote to
or

NOTE: Quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and is subject to change. Terms and Conditions apply.
Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Just contact us here.

Tour departure list
See all departures and prices (per person)
Departure dates and prices
This tour has 820 departure dates.
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Starts Status Twin/Double (2 people sharing) Single occupancy You save  
Jul 4, 2022
(Monday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 5, 2022
(Tuesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 6, 2022
(Wednesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 7, 2022
(Thursday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 8, 2022
(Friday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 9, 2022
(Saturday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 10, 2022
(Sunday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 11, 2022
(Monday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 12, 2022
(Tuesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 13, 2022
(Wednesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 14, 2022
(Thursday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 15, 2022
(Friday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 16, 2022
(Saturday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 17, 2022
(Sunday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 18, 2022
(Monday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 19, 2022
(Tuesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 20, 2022
(Wednesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 21, 2022
(Thursday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 22, 2022
(Friday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 23, 2022
(Saturday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 24, 2022
(Sunday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 25, 2022
(Monday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 26, 2022
(Tuesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 27, 2022
(Wednesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 28, 2022
(Thursday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 29, 2022
(Friday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 30, 2022
(Saturday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Jul 31, 2022
(Sunday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Aug 1, 2022
(Monday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Aug 2, 2022
(Tuesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
Aug 3, 2022
(Wednesday)
Check with us
NZD$2,210
NZD$3,715
save
NZD$0pp
Enquire Book
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Contact form
Send us an enquiry about this tour here
Your contact information

See our privacy policy here