9 Day Wild West
9 Day Wild West
Fly into Queenstown where you begin your nine day adventure of the South Islands Lake District and wild West Coast. With a couple of multi-night stays and a cruise on the Milford Sound this tour is set at a relaxing pace and finishes in Christchurch after a journey onboard the TranzAlpine train.
|Tour Type:||Independent Coach Tour|
|From:||Queenstown to Christchurch|
|Departures:||Jan 2019 - March 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $2065 per person|
|Tour Operator:||Relaxing Journeys|
|7 nights accommodation|
|All Coach, Ferry & Rail Transport & Transfers|
|Milford Sound Day Tour & Cruise (including lunch)|
|TranzAlpine Train Journey|
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 January 2019 – March 2020. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Queenstown, a region renowned for its incredible adventure activities and spectacular outdoor terrain. Queenstown is a four season resort with distinct and beautiful seasons that can be enjoyed all year round. On arrival today you’ll be transferred to your accommodation and the rest of the day is at leisure.
An early start takes you alongside the lake to Kingston, then to Mossburn and Lake Te Anau. Soon you plunge into the beech forests of the beautiful Eglinton Valley then it’s on through the Homer Tunnel to the awesome Cleddau Canyon and the steep descent to Milford Sound. A cruise on the Sound to Bowen Falls and Mitre Peak. Later today your coach climbs back over the divide and returns you to Te Anau. Overnight in Te Anau. (L)
This morning you will wake up in one of the most serene and picturesque towns in New Zealand. The attractive town of Te Anau lies nestled on the edge of Lake Te Anau, with a spectacular backdrop of Mt Luxmore and the Murchison mountains. You have a great choice of things to do including scenic boat cruises, scenic flights, kayaking, diving, fishing, golf, four wheel driving and scenic walks. This evening board your coach for your short trip back to Queenstown. (2 nights)
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.
Depart Queenstown this morning for your short journey through Gibbston Valley and the rugged Kawarau Gorge passing the tranquil Lake Dunstan and into Wanaka. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy this peaceful resort town – take a stroll around the lake or for something a bit different why not visit Puzzling World or the Fighter Pilot’s Museum, pure entertainment for all ages.
Today your coach will arrive mid-morning for your onward journey to the west coast glacier region. Head north past the gorgeous Lake Hawea enjoying breathtaking scenery before arriving at Haast Pass – which is the southernmost pass between the east and west coasts of the south island. Once arriving on the west coast you’ll experience views of jagged mountain tops, brilliant waterfalls and vast rainforests before arriving at Franz Josef. (2 nights)
Today you have a whole day at leisure. Perhaps enjoy an optional guided walk on the glacier, a heli-hike or a scenic flight, or an unguided walk to the terminal face. Franz Josef Glacier extends 12 kms from the high snow fields of the Southern Alps. The terminal face of the Franz Josef glacier is just 5 kms from the Franz Josef township.
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.
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 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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