8 Day Southern Icons

8 Day Southern Icons

A lively trip around the Southern Alps including a journey onboard the TranzAlpine Train, a cruise on Milford Sound, three night stopover in Queenstown and a night in Mt Cook National Park.

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2043 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: RJ218

Inclusions

7 nights accommodation
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)
TranzAlpine Train Journey

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 30 September 2018.

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until September 2018

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to Christchurch, gateway to the South Island. Bordered by hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps. Despite suffering earthquake damage there is plenty to see and do. World – renowned for its beauty the gently winding Avon River is a stunning feature of the city centre.

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine Train - Franz Josef

This morning you will board the TranzAlpine Train for one of the world’s great scenic train trips that will take you across the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains before a slow climb into the Southern Alps. From here you will marvel at views of the stunning Waimakiriri River gorge and alpine scenery on a series of breathtaking viaducts. After a brief stop at Arthur’s Pass you will enter one of New Zealand’s longest tunnels, the Otira Tunnel and subsequently descend through a deep valley of sub tropical rainforest over a broad shallow river into the small town of Greymouth. Join your coach in Greymouth and travel through Hokitika to Franz Josef Glacier arriving in the early evening. If you have a spare day we’d recommend an extra night at Franz to allow time to fully experience the region.

Day 3
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Early this morning travelling south your journey will take you through coastal forest and windswept sand dunes, crossing Haast Pass on New Zealand’s longest single lane bridge. Travelling through Wanaka sitting at the foot of the Southern Alps your next stop is Queenstown, which is the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere four season alpine lake resort. (3 nights)

Day 4
Milford Sound Day Cruise & Tour

It’s an early departure today as your coach follows the southern arm of Lake Wakitipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. The scenery changes dramatically from tussock covered grasslands to glacier hewn valleys as you enter the Eglington Valley and travel through the breath taking man-made Homer Tunnel before reaching Milford Sound. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your launch for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the Sound far below. On completion of your cruise you will return to Queenstown by coach arriving in the evening. (L)

Day UP
Milford Sound Return Flight Upgrade Package (NZ $395pp)

Return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in magnificent views of the alps, glaciers, lakes and forests of Fiordland National Park – a quick and convenient way to return to Queenstown. (Duration 35mins) The flight shaves off approximately 4 hours off a return by coach. It is however very weather dependent, so if the weather doesn’t play ball, then you will need to return by coach and we will refund the upgrade price.

Day 5
Queenstown

Today is completely at your leisure to enjoy the many sights of this alpine resort situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown offers something for everyone – you can enjoy the quiet beauty and tranquility of this mountain retreat and enjoy several walking trails in the town area. For sheer excitement there is white-water rafting, helicopter rides, the famous jet boats, bungy jumping to pump your adrenalin, and offroad 4WD tours with plenty of river crossings. There are cruises on the lake and a visit to a high country sheep station, and wine tasting tours. You can visit nearby Arrowtown where the main street has been preserved since the 1860’s gold rush days and you can try your luck and pan for gold in the adjacent Shotover River.

Day 6
Queenstown - Mount Cook

Leaving Queenstown you will soon reach picturesque Lake Hayes and travel through Kawarau Gorge, home of award winning wineries and the famous Kawarau Bungy bridge. You will travel past the township of Cromwell and its many orchards before crossing Lindis Pass and into the Mackenzie Country. Hydro-electricity canals and glacier fed lakes will guide you into the Mount Cook National Park. Here you will find Aoraki Mount Cook; New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

Day 7
Mount Cook - Christchurch

This morning is at your leisure. Hike around one of the walking tracks; take one of the scenic flights to get up close to Mount Cook and Southern Alps’ magnificent glaciers. You also have time to explore the Tasman Glacier by the terminal lake. This afternoon you’ll travel down the Tasman Valley past Glentanner Park and Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lake shore. The altar window offers awe inspiring views of the lake and mountains of the Mackenzie Country. The coach then continues on towards Fairlie. Continue your journey through diverse farmland and descend to cross the Canterbury plains before arriving in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city.

Day 8
Depart Christchurch

Sadly your trip has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in New Zealand. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey. Have a safe trip home.

4.8/5.0

There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

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5
13/02/2017
Our customized Southern Icons tour was beyond expectations, and absolutely amazing. Top favorite was Mt Cook where we saw the constellations in the night sky with our naked eye, simply awesome. Mani our consultant did a fab job of customizing our tour and was always prompt with responses. Unfortunately bush fires put the TransAlpine train out of service, but Mani arranged a coach ride along the same route that we enjoyed the magnificent views. The travel vouchers worked without a hitch and coach transfers were seamless, as were accommodation bookings. Thank you Relaxing Journeys for an unforgettable holiday!
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5
27/12/2016
Pickups were always very punctual. Drivers very helpful and friendly, informative commentary. Accommodation very good, especially Queenstown. Only issue was arriving too late into Franz Josef, so that the shuttle to the glacier had finished. Overall an excellent tour which I would strongly recommend.
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06/05/2016
We really enjoyed the tour, thanks so much to Marie and the entire team at Relaxing Journeys. Our stay at Franz Josef Glacier and also at Christchurch were a bit too short, particularly considering the arriving the departure times of the coach at these locations. It would have been great if we had more time to stay one extra day at each of these two locations. The staff at TranzAlpine, the coach/shuttle drivers and the hotel staff were excellent, particularly at Quest Auckland. The hotel room at Punga Grove was very nice.
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11/04/2016
Everything went very smoothly and was well organised...Thanks..:) The only issue was with the first drop off and pick clients were unsure exactly where to meet - I think a little more information on where to meet the bus is required - They almost missed the bus.
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5
14/09/2015
Me & my husband enjoyed the trip a lot. Mani was very prompt and helpful in his responses. Everything went well as planned in the itinerary, except that we didn't get to take the planned helicopter ride due to bad weather. Accommodation was comfortable and transport pick-ups were punctual.
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5
03/01/2015
My communications with Toni to set up the trip should have been a harbinger of good things to come. She answered all my questions promptly and thoroughly. She was very patient with the many iterations of travel plans that I ran past her. Please give her a raise. (MD. Lol) The package prepared for us absolutely met our needs. The accommodations were excellent, strategically located, and provided a great breakfast consistently. The staff at Punga Grove were particularly delightful. Keep using all these businesses. Transportation was always punctual and the drivers provided interesting commentary as we traveled. TranzAlpine train was scenic and comfortable. Milford Sound cruise was amazing but the drive there and back was too long. Driving back was nerve wracking because the driver was going so fast. We went to the animal sanctuary in Queenstown on our own. We suggest you promote visits to interesting and well run facility. Wish we could have stayed a few more days to see other areas of the country but work was calling us home. The time we spent at each location was just about right for what we wanted to see. Thanks for providing the excellent weather at no extra charge. Kia Ora
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8 Day Southern Icons
Independent Coach Tour
Tour Code: RJ218
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Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
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