Explore some of the jewels of the south, from the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown to Franz Josef and the famous Franz Josef Glacier before ending your journey in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. Leaving Queenstown early, travel through the stunning scenery of the South Island, traversing through Lakes Wānaka and Hawea on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park. You'll then travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the wild West Coast, a remote region of ruggedly beautiful landscapes of vast rainforest, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. See the waves crash against rocky, remote beaches before returning inland, arriving at the quaint village of Franz Josef, from which you can explore the famous Franz Josef Glacier. The following day, after a refreshing night sleep, hop aboard the world-famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train to journey to Christchurch. Considered one of the world's great train journeys, you'll travel through Arthur's Pass National Park, seeing lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps before descending to the windswept Canterbury Plains, finally arriving in the city of Christchurch.
Departs every day - flexible independent travel
This suggested tour costs from NZD$735 per person (twin share, low season)
Starts in Queenstown, finishes in Christchurch
2 days/1 nights
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Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. You will 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.
From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.
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 & SuitesPunga Grove is right in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier village and offers affordable and stylish accommodation in a beautiful rainforest setting.
This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman's Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields. On arrival in Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre.
Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps 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.