9 Day Classic TranzAlpine

9 Days / 8 Nights
From NZ$3,115 per person Per Person Twin Share
Per Person Twin Share

This brilliant 9 day tour takes you through the South Island's iconic locations and finishes with the world renowned TranzAlpine train journey from the West Coast to Christchurch

 

Highlights

  • Word Heritage listed Mt Cook National Park
  • Lake Tekapo & The Church of the Good Shepherd
  • Scottish influenced Dunedin
  • Fiordland National Park
  • West Coast Glaciers

Departure Dates

18 Sep, 16 Oct, 13 Nov 2016. Contact us for 2017 departure dates.

Day 1:  Arrive Christchurch
On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Accommodation:  Rendezvous Hotel

Day 2:  Mt Cook, Omarama
Begin the day with a brief tour of Christchurch then cross the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie country.  Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Wanaka and Mt Cook National Park before travellling to Omarama.  
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3:  Oamaru, Dunedin
Travel via the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru, stopping enroute to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then continue on to Scottish inspired Dunedin.  After a short city sightseeing tour the aftrnoon is fr ee to you to explore and/or experience some of the many optional activities available.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Scenic Circle Dunedin City Hotel

Day 4:  Central Otago, Te Anau
Your travels today begin with an excursion to Larnach Castle where you will learn about the tragic and mysterious history of this icon.  From there, heading inland you will cross rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5:  Milford Sound, Queenstown
Today you visit spectacularl Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak.  A cruise takes you the entire length of the fiord with an informative commentary on the region's history, flora and fauna.  View spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife from the vessel.  Following the cruise your coach transports you to Queenstown, New Zealand's premier holiday destination.  A ride on the Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak to admire amazing views is included in your tour package.  Ask your driver about booking a table for the Six Course Taste of New Zealand Buffet Dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Copthorne  Lakefront Hotel & Resort x 2 nights

Day 6:  At Queenstown
You have a day to yourself to explore Queenstown.  Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslow or try some of the adrenalin action adventures.
Breakfast is included today

Day 7:  Haast Pass, Franz Josef
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes heading to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, then travel through to Lake Wanaka, a beautiful lake with a spectacular mountain backdrop.  View untouched wildnerness and pristine lakes on the way to the glaciers region where you will stay for the night.  Be sure to visit the Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef for a magical soak in a tranquil rainforest setting (optional).
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8:  TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
After leaving Franz Josef, a stop at Hokitika is scheduled for you to visit a Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade) factory.  For centuries the Hokitika region was important to Maori as the source of precious Pounamu.  At Greymouth you will board one of the most scenic train journeys in the world to travel through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges, arriving in Christchurch at 6.05 pm.  An open air carriage offers perfect photo opportunities.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Rendezvous Hotel

Day 9:  Depart Christchurch
Sadly it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and had back home to share memories and photos with family and friends. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure and would like to return to our beautiful country on another occasion to see regions you missed this time.

 

  • 8 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • 8 fully booked breakfasts & 6 dinners
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Private airport transfers
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Christchurch City tour
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown
  • Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Factory
  • Single Supplement available
  • Ski-plane & helicopter flights, subject to weather conditions
  • Shotover Jet Ride, Queenstown
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Queenstown
  • Speights Brewery Tour & Alehouse Restaurant, Dunedin

 

Description & Highlights

This brilliant 9 day tour takes you through the South Island's iconic locations and finishes with the world renowned TranzAlpine train journey from the West Coast to Christchurch

 

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Christchurch
On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Accommodation:  Rendezvous Hotel

Day 2:  Mt Cook, Omarama
Begin the day with a brief tour of Christchurch then cross the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie country.  Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Wanaka and Mt Cook National Park before travellling to Omarama.  
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Heritage Gateway Hotel

Day 3:  Oamaru, Dunedin
Travel via the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru, stopping enroute to view the mystical Moeraki Boulders, then continue on to Scottish inspired Dunedin.  After a short city sightseeing tour the aftrnoon is fr ee to you to explore and/or experience some of the many optional activities available.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Scenic Circle Dunedin City Hotel

Day 4:  Central Otago, Te Anau
Your travels today begin with an excursion to Larnach Castle where you will learn about the tragic and mysterious history of this icon.  From there, heading inland you will cross rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden, before arriving at Te Anau, gateway to the Fiordland National Park.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Day 5:  Milford Sound, Queenstown
Today you visit spectacularl Milford Sound, the world renowned natural wonder dominated by Mitre Peak.  A cruise takes you the entire length of the fiord with an informative commentary on the region's history, flora and fauna.  View spectacular waterfalls, towering mountains and wildlife from the vessel.  Following the cruise your coach transports you to Queenstown, New Zealand's premier holiday destination.  A ride on the Gondola to the top of Bob's Peak to admire amazing views is included in your tour package.  Ask your driver about booking a table for the Six Course Taste of New Zealand Buffet Dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Copthorne  Lakefront Hotel & Resort x 2 nights

Day 6:  At Queenstown
You have a day to yourself to explore Queenstown.  Take a ride on the world famous Shotover Jet, cruise Lake Wakatipu on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslow or try some of the adrenalin action adventures.
Breakfast is included today

Day 7:  Haast Pass, Franz Josef
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes heading to the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown, then travel through to Lake Wanaka, a beautiful lake with a spectacular mountain backdrop.  View untouched wildnerness and pristine lakes on the way to the glaciers region where you will stay for the night.  Be sure to visit the Glacier Hot Pools at Franz Josef for a magical soak in a tranquil rainforest setting (optional).
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 8:  TranzAlpine train to Christchurch
After leaving Franz Josef, a stop at Hokitika is scheduled for you to visit a Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade) factory.  For centuries the Hokitika region was important to Maori as the source of precious Pounamu.  At Greymouth you will board one of the most scenic train journeys in the world to travel through the Southern Alps, over massive viaducts, river valleys and gorges, arriving in Christchurch at 6.05 pm.  An open air carriage offers perfect photo opportunities.
Breakfast & Dinner are included today
Accommodation:  Rendezvous Hotel

Day 9:  Depart Christchurch
Sadly it is time to say goodbye to your new friends and had back home to share memories and photos with family and friends. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure and would like to return to our beautiful country on another occasion to see regions you missed this time.

 

Included In Package

  • 8 nights accommodation in superior hotels
  • 8 fully booked breakfasts & 6 dinners
  • Travel by luxury touring coach
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Hotel porterage
  • Private airport transfers
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Christchurch City tour
  • Guided tour of Larnach Castle
  • Skyline Gondola & Dinner, Queenstown
  • Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Factory

Optional Extras

  • Single Supplement available
  • Ski-plane & helicopter flights, subject to weather conditions
  • Shotover Jet Ride, Queenstown
  • TSS Earnslaw Cruise, Queenstown
  • Speights Brewery Tour & Alehouse Restaurant, Dunedin

 

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