9 Day Fiords, Alps and Glaciers

9 Day Fiords, Alps and Glaciers

Explore the South Island on this relaxing 9 day itinerary. Travel aboard the TranzAlpine train, relax with a two-night stay on the West Coast at Franz Josef, stay overnight on a cruise in Milford Sound, and take in the sights at The Hermitage in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. We haveve also included two domestic flights, perfect for those that want to explore the south but are flying in and out of Auckland.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Coach & Fly Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Jan 2020 - March 2021
Price: From (NZD) $3167 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 9 Days
Tour Code: RJ230


7 nights accommodation
1 night on a Milford Sound overnight cruise
All coach, ferry and rail transport and transfers
Internal flight from Auckland to Christchurch
Internal flight from Christchurch to Auckland
Optional breakfasts
Daily departures
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 2020 – March 2021. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Auckland - Internal Flight - Christchurch

Welcome to Auckland! On arrival you’ll move to the domestic terminal and board your flight to Christchurch. The price of the flight is included in your tour price. If you’d prefer, you can request an overnight stay at an Auckland airport hotel and we will book your domestic flight for the next day. On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2
Christchurch - Aoraki Mount Cook

Today you depart from Christchurch and travel across the Canterbury Plains, through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the Church of the Good Shepherd by the lakeshore. The altar window offers awe-inspiring views of the lake and mountains. Your tour continues alongside Lake Pukaki before arriving at Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain.

Day 3
Aoraki Mount Cook - Queenstown

This morning is completely at your leisure. Hike one of the walking tracks, or take a scenic flight to get up close to Aoraki Mount Cook and Southern Alps’ magnificent glaciers. You can also explore the Tasman Glacier via the terminal lake. This afternoon you will travel back down the Tasman Valley, towards Twizel and on to Ōmarama, before going over Lindis Pass. Follow the shores of Lake Dunstan to Cromwell and into the Kawarau Gorge to arrive in Queenstown in the early evening.

Day 4
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 Soun,d where you board the Milford Mariner for a relaxing cruise. Cruise the entire length of the sound to the Tasman Sea and view 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, and activities include kayaking and excursions in the tender vessels (Stabicraft) to explore the coastline. (Overnight cruise does not operate 21 May – 15 September.) (D)

Day 5
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)

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

Day 6
Queenstown - Franz Josef

Depart Queenstown this morning, travelling along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage-listed Westland Tai Poutini National Park. Then continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Franz Josef Glacier, arriving in the early evening. (2 nights)

Day 7
Franz Josef

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 12km from the high snow fields of the Southern Alps, and the terminal face is just 5km from the Franz Josef township.

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 journeys. Experience beautiful Lake Brunner, spectacular viaducts, 8.6km in the lengthy Otira Tunnel, ice-fed rivers, and the patchwork farmland of the Canterbury Plains. Arrive in Christchurch at approximately 6:05pm.

Day 9
Christchurch - Auckland

Today you will be met at your Christchurch accommodation and transferred to the airport for your included domestic flight to Auckland. From Auckland you may choose to stay an extra night at one of the airport hotels, or you can organise your flight home to link up with your arrival back in Auckland. Have a safe trip home!


There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.

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Thank you for our wonderful trip to New Zealand. Top marks to Marie Sarmon. We wanted to put together a custom trip and looked at all of your wonderful itineraries. Marie helped us to make the changes we requested. She was always immediately responsive to our e-mails and our trip proceeded not only with no problems and mistakes, but effortlessly. At one point when weather created a cancellation with a day trip, Marie helped us to just transfer the excursion to Mt. Cook. New Zealand was beautiful and welcoming and we can't say enough about how special this trip was to us.
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We had a lovely time in New Zealand. The country of course is beautiful but the arrangements made it all the more enjoyable. Would love to visit again but don't know if that's gonna happen any time soon, but will definitely recommend Relaxing Journeys to anyone who is planning or not planning to visit New Zealand. It says a lot that we did not need to call the Relaxing Journeys at any time during our 10 day trip. Things went really smoothly.
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