Trains, Fiords & Glaciers

6 Days / 5 Nights
From NZ$1,959 per person Per Person Twin Share
Per Person Twin Share

Spoil yourself with a trip to beautiful fiords, stunning glaciers and the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island

Highlights

  • Spectacular Milford Sound, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls
  • The TranzAlpine train journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • West Coast Glaciers
  • Free time in Queenstown, known as the "Adventure Capital" of NZ
  • The dramatic changing landscapes of Dunedin and surrounds onboard the Taieri train


Departure Dates

Daily departures

Day 1:  Christchurch to DunedinTravel across the Canterbury Plains past historic Oamaru to Dunedin, the Scottish inspired city of the south.  Note that today's journey has limited commentary.

Day 2:  Dunedin - Taieri Gorge - Queenstown
An unscheduled morning for you to explore Dunedin.  At 12.30 pm you will board the Taieri Gorge train bound for Pukerangi where you will join the coach to Queenstown, arriving 6.45 pm.  Note that during winter the Taieri Gorge train may be replaced by a coach, or the tour order could change.

Day 3:  A day of absolute beauty!  Travel through pristine beech forests to Milford Sound for a cruise.  Enjoy a picnic lunch which is included while you view mighty Mitre Peak and the amazing Bowen Falls.  Return to Queenstown via Te Anau and the Lake Wakatipu shoreline.

Day 4:  At Queenstown
A day for you to explore this adventurous region at your leisure.  For the adrenalin lovers there's bungy jumping, jetboat rides, 4WD tours, ziptrek and whitewater rafting.  Quieter activities such as the Onsen hot pools, TSS Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a wine tour, or gondola ride might attract those not too keen on fast pace adventures.

Day 5:  Queenstown to West Coast Glaciers
The journey today takes you through Mt Aspiring National Park and along a strip of lush, termperate rainforest sandwiched between the highest mountains of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea.  Be prepared for rain at the West Coast as Fox and Franz Josef glaciers receive more than 5m of rain per annum.

Day 6:  Glaciers to Christchurch
Travel north to Greymouth and board the famous TranzAlpine train for the four hour journey through tunnels and over viaducts enroute to Christchurch, where your tour ends.

 

 

  • All transport and accommodation
  • Taieri Gorge train journey (during winter may be replaced by a coach, or the tour itinerary could change)
  • Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
  • Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
  • TranzAlpine train journey
  • Breakfasts, extra nights and airport transfers
  • Taste of NZ 6 course Buffet at Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown
  • Shotover Jet, Queenstown
  • Haka Performance (Maori Culture)
  • 4WD Safari
  • Cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw
  • Accommodation for your last night in Christchurch

Description & Highlights

Spoil yourself with a trip to beautiful fiords, stunning glaciers and the best scenic rail routes of New Zealand's South Island

Itinerary

Day 1:  Christchurch to DunedinTravel across the Canterbury Plains past historic Oamaru to Dunedin, the Scottish inspired city of the south.  Note that today's journey has limited commentary.

Day 2:  Dunedin - Taieri Gorge - Queenstown
An unscheduled morning for you to explore Dunedin.  At 12.30 pm you will board the Taieri Gorge train bound for Pukerangi where you will join the coach to Queenstown, arriving 6.45 pm.  Note that during winter the Taieri Gorge train may be replaced by a coach, or the tour order could change.

Day 3:  A day of absolute beauty!  Travel through pristine beech forests to Milford Sound for a cruise.  Enjoy a picnic lunch which is included while you view mighty Mitre Peak and the amazing Bowen Falls.  Return to Queenstown via Te Anau and the Lake Wakatipu shoreline.

Day 4:  At Queenstown
A day for you to explore this adventurous region at your leisure.  For the adrenalin lovers there's bungy jumping, jetboat rides, 4WD tours, ziptrek and whitewater rafting.  Quieter activities such as the Onsen hot pools, TSS Earnslaw cruise on Lake Wakatipu, a wine tour, or gondola ride might attract those not too keen on fast pace adventures.

Day 5:  Queenstown to West Coast Glaciers
The journey today takes you through Mt Aspiring National Park and along a strip of lush, termperate rainforest sandwiched between the highest mountains of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea.  Be prepared for rain at the West Coast as Fox and Franz Josef glaciers receive more than 5m of rain per annum.

Day 6:  Glaciers to Christchurch
Travel north to Greymouth and board the famous TranzAlpine train for the four hour journey through tunnels and over viaducts enroute to Christchurch, where your tour ends.

 

 

Included In Package

  • All transport and accommodation
  • Taieri Gorge train journey (during winter may be replaced by a coach, or the tour itinerary could change)
  • Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
  • Skyline Gondola, Queenstown
  • TranzAlpine train journey

Optional Extras

  • Breakfasts, extra nights and airport transfers
  • Taste of NZ 6 course Buffet at Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown
  • Shotover Jet, Queenstown
  • Haka Performance (Maori Culture)
  • 4WD Safari
  • Cruise on Lake Wakatipu aboard the iconic TSS Earnslaw
  • Accommodation for your last night in Christchurch
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