Introduction

The TranzAlpine train is a spectacular coast to coast rail journey and is rated as one of the most scenic in the world.

From the comfort of your carriage, peer outside at mighty mountain vistas, fertile farmlands and deep gorges, all passing you by as you travel across the very spine of New Zealand’s towering Southern Alps. It is the perfect way to end this South Island tour that will inspire and delight you. During your 8 day journey, you will enjoy the alpine scenery of the Mt Cook National Park, experience the breathtaking beauty and untouched wilderness of Fiordland’s Doubtful Sound and marvel at the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

Highlights
  • World Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular Southern Lakes District
  • Historic Arrowtown
  • West Coast Glaciers

What's included

  • Tour Group Size

    Maximum 48 travellers

  • Accommodation

    7 nights accommodation in superior hotels

  • Dining

    7 fully cooked breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) & 5 dinners (D)

Travel
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Services of a professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Complimentary private airport transfers
Featured Experiences
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner
  • World famous TranzAlpine train
Iconic Sightseeing
  • Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Tour of Greenstone (Jade) factory
  • Christchurch City Tour

Itinerary

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  • Duration:  8 days & 7 nights
  • Area:  South Island
  • Meals:  7 fully cooked breakfasts, 1 lunch & 5 dinners
  • Starts in:  Christchurch
  • Ends in:  Christchurch

Kia Ora. Welcome to New Zealand. A Kirra representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

After a brief tour of Christchurch, cross the Canterbury Plains into the MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog Memorial at Lake Tekapo. Visit Mt Cook National Park, a World Heritage listed site covering over 70,000 hectares of breathtaking alpine scenery before travelling on to Omarama. Optional ski-plane and helicopter flights are available subject to weather conditions.

Travel through the McKenzie Country before beginning the assent over the Lindis Pass to the township of Cromwell. Continue on to Arrowtown, set beneath the rugged Crown Range. This historic village locayed beside the Arrow River was once a haven for the gold prospectors of the 1860’s and features a fascinating collection of mining cottages with an atmosphere straight out of last century. Later this afternoon, travel on to Queenstown, regarded as New Zealand’s premier holiday destination. Tonight, ride the Skyline gondola to the top of Bob’s Peak where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed.

Today is a free day to experience this magnificent resort. Queenstown boasts an incredible array of adventure and leisure activities and your Coach Captain can assist with any optional activities you would like to do. Experience the thrills of riding on the world famous Shotover Jet Boat , perhaps cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, take a 4WD tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon or for the adventurous, try white water rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. Tonight is fee for you to enjoy one of the many restaurants and bistro’s on offer in town.

Travel with us today to this untouched world deep in the heart of Fiordland National Park. After an early breakfast, skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu and travel through lush farmland to Te Anau. A short drive brings us to Manapouri, where you enjoy a leisurely cruise across this picturesque lake to West Arm. This is followed by a trip on New Zealand’s most expensive road, travelling over Wilmot Pass and pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. Here you will board the spacious, purpose built catamaran ‘Patea Explorer’, for a three hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise our knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter like dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin. As the majesty of Doubtful Sound unfolds before you, you will be struck by its silence … a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away. Return to Queenstown late evening and enjoy dinner at your hotel on arrival.

Stop at Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lakes edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. View the untouched wilderness and pristine lakes of the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before arriving on the rugged and wild West Coast, home to the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef.

At Hokitika, we stop to visit to a Pounamu, (also known as Greenstone or Jade) factory. At Greymouth, board the famous TranzAlpine train. Renowned as one of the most scenic train journeys in the world, this coast to coast rail adventure will take you through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges.

Sadly, your holiday ends today and you will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your onward flight.

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