9 Day Coast to Coast

9 Day Coast to Coast

Track the coast on this nine day independent tour of the South Island. Head south to Dunedin and then across to Lake Te Anau before cruising the Milford Sound. Next its a two night stopover in Queenstown and up the west coast to Franz Josef for another two night stay. Plenty of time to take an optional heli-hike on the glacier! Finish your trip onboard the TranzAlpine train.

Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $1979 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: RJ219

Inclusions

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

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 30 November 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your independent coach tour price for this month

* Note: Prices shown are per person (based on two people travelling). Prices are valid for travel until March 2019

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City. Upon arrival at Christchurch airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore what Christchurch has to offer.

Day 2
Christchurch - Dunedin

Depart Christchurch and head south through the vibrant seaside town of Timaru and onto Oamaru known for their creamy limestone buildings. Pass Moeraki Beach where perfectly rounded boulders are embedded in the sand. Arrive early afternoon.

Day 3
Dunedin - Te Anau

This morning is at leisure to explore Dunedin. This afternoon, travel by coach across fertile farming land and pass by spectacular mountains to the beautiful shores of Lake Te Anau. You will arrive into the township of Te Anau, the hub of the Fiordland region in the late afternoon.

Day 4
Te Anau - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Travel through the breathtaking Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Journey through majestic forests, past immense waterfalls and through towering snow – capped mountains. Great photo opportunities abound enroute. On arrival in Milford Sound experience an unforgettable cruise through a unique and pristine environment. Board the coach for Queenstown, arriving in the evening. (L) (2 nights)

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 - Franz Josef

Depart Queenstown this morning, travel along the shores of Wanaka and Lake Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Then continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Franz Josef Glacier. (2 nights)

Day 7
Glaciers

Today you have a whole day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy a guided walk, a heli-hike or a scenic flight from the Franz Josef township. If you’d prefer a relaxing day, head to the Franz Josef Glacier Hot Pools that are nestled amongst the lush rainforest of the glacier country or meander through the village where you will find a wonderful selection of gifts, artwork, merchandise and cafes.

Day UP
Glaciers Upgrade Package

Treat yourself and upgrade your accommodation in Franz Josef to the 5 star Te Waonui Forest Retreat, a luxury lodge hotel nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest. Our upgrade package includes luxurious accommodation, dinner on the first night – an indulgent 5 course degustation menu in The Canopy Restaurant, and a la carte breakfast both mornings. We’ve also included a stunning Franz Josef Heli Hike to help you make the most of your time in the region. Ask us for a price.

Day 8
Franz Josef - TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch

Board your coach and head north through Hokitika and into the small town of Greymouth where you will stop to stretch your legs before boarding the renowned TranzAlpine Train for one of the world’s great scenic train trips to Christchurch. Experience the beautiful Lake Brunner, spectacular viaducts, 8.6kms in the lengthy Otira Tunnel, ice – fed rivers, patchwork farmland and the tussock landscape of the Canterbury Plains. Arrive at approximately 6:05pm in our most ‘English’ of cities, Christchurch.

Day 9
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.

4.7/5.0

There are 10 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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5
08/05/2017
The tour was very well organised, especially considering we were travelling with 2 kids. The hotels were strategically located well around the city centre, the bus journey and pick up from the stops were spot on too. Overall a fantastic experience just as we wanted it. Special thanks to Marie who helped us have a wonderful time. Thanks again. Will definitely recommend friends and family to take Relaxing Journeys tour.
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24/03/2017
The tour buses were very comfortable, and were always on time. The shuttle drivers were equally helpful and there was never a problem with moving us and our luggage from hotel to bus. Our accommodations were excellent. I was glad that we purchased included breakfasts. That made those early mornings so much smoother.
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31/12/2016
My father and I really enjoyed our trip in the South Island. It was a first visit for him and he loved it. We are glad we booked in with Relaxing Journeys. Everything was well organised for both transport and accommodation. It's made our holiday so much more enjoyable and Mani had been very helpful. Would absolutely recommend Relaxing Journeys to everybody and without any hesitation would do it again in the future.
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5
25/09/2016
All went really well on our tour. Coaches or super shuttle always on time to collect us. The worst part was from Christchurch to Dunedin; we were collected from our hotel at 7.10 am and did not arrive into Dunedin until 2.30pm. A long journey on a cold coach. Apart from that the other coaches were all good. Not enough time at Lake Te Anau, but still very pleasant. The motel room at the Franz Josef night stop was so inviting on our arrival with the gas fire on, but the bed linen had not been changed! An oversight (?) which they rectified. All the hotels were really lovely though and very pleasant staff. A memorable holiday in beautiful South Island New Zealand.
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07/08/2016
I wanted to say a massive thank you to Relaxing Journeys and Marie in particular for organising a trip of a lifetime for us. The trip went so smoothly and all the hotels, coaches and transfers were superb. As it was our honeymoon some of the hotels had upgraded us and gave us champagne or chocolates which was a lovely touch. We have had such an amazing time in NZ and saw some incredible scenery and had some awesome experiences too including seeing whales, dolphins and having a breathtaking helicopter ride at Milford Sound over the mountains. It really has been the best honeymoon we could have asked for. I most definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys and if we ever return to do the north island then we will be booking through them again!
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03/04/2015
Would like to say a big thanks to you and all involved, it was a great trip. All the hotels were good and very well located in the center of town, every pickup was on time, the shuttles and the buses. Everything worked like clockwork. The drivers were friendly and helpful. Very glad we paid extra for the breakfasts, they were fantastic. Thanks once again you did a great job.
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11/01/2015
Everything was brilliantly planned. Shuttle buses, other buses, hotels. It was really satisfying.
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04/11/2014
It was a really great trip and it was very well organised regarding pick ups and transfers by coach. The hotels I stayed in I would highly recommend it was lovely to slip into a comfortable bed at the end of a long trip. Service in the hotels was also of a very high standard. I would have liked to have stayed maybe a couple of nights at each stop in the tour but time was against me. It certainly whetted my appetite for more.
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05/04/2014
We didn't have enough time in Dundin and the train was not working the first half way which was disappointed. Two days in Franz Josef was too much as we decided not to go and see the Glaciers. (Ed. Oh that's a pity, it's one of our 'bucket list' activities in New Zealand!)
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16/02/2014
We enjoyed the trip, it was all well organised. The only problem was the pick up on the Sunday to take us to Chateau on the Park. I must have said to you we were at the Christchurch Airport Motel... there are at least a dozen of them!! We were at the Christchurch Airport Lodge Hotel...just down the road from the other one. So we had to take a taxi to the hotel. Learning curve! We were so glad to chosen to do an independent tour, as we were free to do our own thing, never met anyone else on our tour. Also so glad we didn't take a campervan! Too far to drive, we wouldn't have seen half the places the coach took us.
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