10 Day Southern Sounds, Alps & Glaciers

10 Day Southern Sounds, Alps & Glaciers

Begin your relaxing journey by crossing the Southern Alps onboard the TranzAlpine train, then head south to explore the west coast glacier region, Queenstown and the spectacular Milford Sound. Prepare your senses and camera memory for an unforgettable getaway.

Book your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 31 October 2018.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Independent Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Feb 2018 to May 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2879 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 10 Days
Tour Code: RJ220

Inclusions

8 nights accommodation
1 night on the Milford Sound Overnight Cruise
All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers
Optional Breakfasts
Daily Departures
TranzAlpine Train Journey
Tasman Glacier Explorer Excursion

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 your independent coach tour this month and receive a discount of 7.5%. If you pay by 31 October 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

Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs and collect your luggage. You will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your accommodation – it’s time to start your holiday. What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, we suggest punting down the River Avon through the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Day 2
Christchurch - TranzAlpine - 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 the glacier region. Stay 2 nights Franz Josef Glacier.

Day 3
Franz Josef

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 4
Franz Josef - Queenstown

Farewell Franz Josef and travel down the West Coast, alongside braided riverbeds, native forests and roadside waterfalls before climbing up over the Haast Pass and through Mount Aspiring National Park. Stop the car, stretch your legs and drink in the scenery, as impressive mountains touch the sky, remnants of the Ice Age glacial valley. Take your time and drive along the shores of Lakes Hawea, arriving at the action-packed city of Queenstown.

Day 5
Queenstown

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the many sights as well as activities in and around Queenstown. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shores of the pristine Lake Wakatipu, and in the evening experience an optional cruise aboard TSS Earnslaw (own expense) or if you’re planning a more active trip, then there are a myriad of activities you can take part in including jet boating, bungy jumping, skydiving, ziptreking, quad biking, snowshoeing, National Park walks and off-road 4WD tours!

Day 6
Milford Sound Overnight Cruise

Travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. Continue along the spectacular Milford Road and through the hand-hewn Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound where you board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise. Cruise the entire length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea, viewing spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountains and wildlife.

The Milford Mariner is designed along the lines of a traditional New Zealand trading scow to reflect Fiordland’s heritage and you will be accommodated in private cabins with en-suite bathrooms in this purpose-built vessel. It boasts spacious deck areas for viewing the wilderness, scenery and wildlife of Milford as well as activities which include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (stabi craft) to explore the coastline. (Overnight cruise does not operate 21 May – 15 September) (D)

Day 7
Milford Sound - Queenstown

In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading back out to the Tasman Sea (weather permitting) and exploring more of the fiord. Board your coach and return to Queenstown mid afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

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

Up grade your itinerary to return to Queenstown on a scenic flight taking in the 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 8
Queenstown - Mt Cook

Depart Queenstown and travel through Omarama before heading up over the Lindis Pass – this is the area where gold was first discovered in the Central Otago region in 1861. Central Otago has a harsh but beautiful landscape due to its summer heat and winter cold. A lot of gold was discovered in the area in the late 1800’s. More recently in the late 1900’s it’s been discovered as a great place for growing grapes – perfect for wine and food fanatics.

The afternoon is free to explore the area and take one of the many short walks starting from Mt Cook Village.

Day 9
Mt Cook - Christchurch

This morning you will embark on a fascinating tour of the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. An experienced guide will whisk you away in a stable MAC Boat to explore the melting ice-face of the glacier. Touch and taste 400 year old icebergs that have been carved into the murky waters of the lake.

This afternoon re-board your coach, heading northbound for Christchurch. On your way you visit beautiful Lake Tekapo and view the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd before crossing the vast Canterbury Plains, arriving in the evening.

Day 10
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.

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

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19/05/2018
We definitely enjoy our trip with Relaxing Journeys. They provided a detailed itinerary for our trip. As long long as we read thru it, generally it will be a smooth sailing. We will definitely recommend Relaxing Journey to friends.
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24/10/2017
The trip was beautiful and everything was well organized and no worries at all with our bookings or travels. Each room and bus and excursion was ready for us and easy to get to. I do wish we had known there was no store in Mt Cook though and no breakfast, lunch or free WiFi at our hotel there (Mt Cook Lodge and Motels). Since I booked through the agency I didn't really review the hotel site thoroughly so you might mention that in the itinerary you provide to future guest. But the room itself was lovely! Best room of our trip. Doubtful sound was breathtaking. Our room in Queenstown was perfect. Our room at Bella Vista the last two nights in Christchurch was small and dingy and not very conveniently located. I would not recommend that hotel. The people were nice though and it was clean, just really small for us and our luggage. We would definitely recommend Toni and book through her again when we return. It would not have been as pleasant had we tried to this all ourselves! Thank for you for helping us enjoy the trip of a lifetime!
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15/08/2017
Our trip to New Zealand is by far one of our best trips. I believe that we could largely contribute that to the fact that we had chosen to book with Relaxing Journey. The booking procedure is fuss-free with lots of helpful advice given by Toni. We are able to fully customize our itinerary and yet we can skip all those tedious booking process with all the individuals such as coaches, accommodation and tours etc. We are amazed that the trip went by without a single hiccup, every booking was in place and the coach almost reached on the dot. It was a fantastic experience and we will definitely be back soon, and of course, with Relaxing Journey again. Thank you Toni!
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05/09/2016
The detailed arrangements done by Mani made my 9-day tour in the South Island fuss-free. The accommodation Relaxing Journeys provided were of good quality. We particularly enjoyed our stay in Novotel Queenstown! I like the flexibility that they allow in planning the itinerary (e.g. allowing a mixture of Bronze and Silver-type accommodation, allowing me to book my own accommodation but providing the coach ride for some days). The instructions given in the itinerary, including the coach timings, were clear and accurate, making my journey smooth. Appreciate Mani's responsiveness and patience in the process of planning for my itinerary. Highly recommended!
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08/08/2016
Thanks to all, in particular Toni who nursed me through what otherwise I could have regarded as complicated, her fast response to my immediate needs was appreciated, the ticketing vouchers etc were clear and concise. Over all it was a great trip and would strongly consider revisiting NZ
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11/10/2014
We had a wonderful time! New Zealand is a beautiful country and everyone we met was friendly and accommodating. In retrospect we were glad the packaged tour we originally booked was cancelled as the more independent touring worked well for us. All of the accommodation, transfers and transportation you booked for us worked perfectly. Most of the bus drivers, even on intercity routes gave commentary just like tour guides. On one leg into Milford Sound we were the only 2 people on a 50 passenger bus and the bus driver stopped in several places to show us things he thought we would like to see. Once he hiked with us a half hour into a beautiful waterfall/cascades area. We also enjoyed being able during the day to do as we wished, to eat when and where we wanted, and not being stuck with a fixed group of 50 people. We would certainly highly recommend your company, our tour consultant Mani, and the semi-independent style of tour we took. After the formal tour we spent a week in Dunedin at the International Rhododendron Conference, took several wildlife day tours there, came back by Pukeiti Garden in New Plymouth and visited Tititiri Matangi reserve near Auckland, all of which were very enjoyable.
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