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Begin in Christchurch & Explore!

The main gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is a great starting point for your tour. Explore Mt. Cook National Park, Lake Tekapo, Dunedin, Queenstown, Fiordland, Milford Sound, Fox Galcier, Franz Josef and many more iconic locations. Christchurch itself hosts flat-bottomed punts that glide on the Avon River, which navigates through to the city centre. There are some lovely cycling paths and Christchurch Botanic Gardens are a must see!

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  • Enjoy 5 days exploring New Zealand's South Island with this excellent independent touring itinerary. Journey from Christchurch in a loop around the South Island. Cruise through Milford Sound, visit Mt. Cook National Park, explore the West Coast glaciers, and travel on the TranzAlpine scenic train.

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NZD$1,585

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  • This 7 day 6 night tour offers so much! Begin your journey traversing the island by the famous Tranz Alpine rail and continue on to see for yourself the contrasting scenery of the East and West Coasts. From the beautiful Queenstown, where it all happens, to the majestic Milford Sound and nature reserves - this tour has it all on the South Island!

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NZD$1,995

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  • This 10 day tour follows the classic route around the South Island but with an extended stay in Mt Cook National Park. Includes Queenstown. Fiordland, Milford Sound and the West Coast Glaciers as well as a journey on the TranzAlpine Scenic Train across the Southern Alps.

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NZD$2,480

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  • This 10 day is one of our most popular, taking in the best of the South Island. With a great balance of included activities and free time, plus of course the must see locations you get to experience.

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NZD$4,225

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  • 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$1,655

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  • Cross the Southern Alps on board the world famous TranzAlpine Scenic Train then follow the coastline south to Franz Josef where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.  From your base in Franz Josef you’ll have time to explore the pristine wilderness of Glacier Country, You continue south to the Southern Lakes region and the ‘Adventure Capital’ of Queenstown.

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NZD$830

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  • Highlights include: The world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train • The wild West Coast • Visit Franz Josef Glacier •  Lakes Wanaka and Hawea • the Gibbston Valley • Queenstown

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NZD$755

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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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  • Arrive into Christchurch then cross the Southern Alps on board the Tranz Alpine train. Explore the West Coast Glaciers before heading south to Queenstown. Venture into Milford Sound for a wonderful full day experience and cruise. The World Heritage area of Mt Cook National Park is also a highlight.

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NZD$2,685

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  • Travel the coastline from Christchurch to Dunedin to explore the 'Edinburgh of the South'. Then, visit Milford Sound and cruise through the incredible fiord. Spend time in the 'Adventure Capital' Queenstown before travelling the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. Finally, board the world-famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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NZD$1,995

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