2 Day Christchurch : West Coast Glaciers : Queenstown

2 Day Christchurch : West Coast Glaciers : Queenstown

Relaxing Journeys Privately Chartered Tour starting in Christchurch and finishing in Queenstown

Please Note: This is a privately chartered escorted tour, so the final itinerary is entirely up to you. We have put together this package based on our local knowledge but we can vary it to your tastes and requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Private Tours
From: Christchurch to Queenstown
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $2589 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 2 Days
Tour Code: rjcfjq2

Inclusions

Pick up and drop off at your hotel
Travel by deluxe mini van
Full escorted by knowledgeable driver/guide
TranzAlpine train Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on day 1
Share-twin premium accommodation at Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier
Cooked breakfast on day 2
Lunches and morning/afternoon tea
Guided walks

Tour Highlights

Award-winning TranzAlpine train
View the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
Haast Pass
Lakes Hawea and Wanaka
Visit Arrowtown

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1. Christchurch to Franz Josef
You will be met at your hotel this morning and transferred to Christchurch railway station where you board the TranzAlpine, said to be one of the great train journeys in the world. Cross the Canterbury Plains and travel through the Waimakariri gorge to enter Arthurs Pass National Park. Here you’ll be met by your guide who will show you the highlights of the park before you wind your way through the spectacular Otira Gorge heading for the coast.

As you drive west and down from the mountains, you will witness an abrupt change of vegetation. Suddenly it’s greener and lush rainforests replace the barren eastern side of the divide. You’re now on the West Coast – a region that has some of New Zealand’s best remaining stands of native forest and a wealth of rare wildlife.

Visit Hokitika, once a busy gold mine town and also a place where the Maori sought their treasured pounamu or greenstone (jade). Here you wander around the town and see pounamu carvers, gold smiths, glass blowers and other artists at work in their studios.

On arrival in Franz Josef, a walk can be made to view the Franz Josef Glacier pushing into rainforest before checking into your hotel in the village.

Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (B)

Day 2. Franz Josef to Queenstown
Take a scenic flight over both glaciers, or a helicopter ride up to land on the glacier this morning (extra cost) or enjoy short walks with your guide to view the glacier descending down into the rainforest. From glacier country, travel south to the Haast River Valley. As you follow the Haast Highway, see how the landscape changes again from the dense West Coast rainforest to the drier tussock lands of Otago. On the way there is the opportunity for short walk on a remote beach or to see waterfalls. After crossing the Haast Pass, follow the shores of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka to the beautiful lakeside town of Wanaka. From there, head over the rugged Crown Range to the quaint old gold mining village of Arrowtown and onto the alpine resort village of Queenstown. Here your guide will drop you at your hotel and bid you farewell.

This tour can be done in reverse and start in Queenstown and finish in Christchurch.

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2 Day Christchurch : West Coast Glaciers : Queenstown
Private Tours
Tour Code: rjcfjq2
From (NZD) $2589 per person
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Departures: May 2018 to March 2019

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