4 Day TranzAlpine, Glaciers & West Coast Tour
After crossing the main divide, first stop is Greymouth and the spectacular Pancake Rocks & Blowholes. Further south into the stunning West Coast glacier region and into Queenstown. A fabulous four day tour!
|Christchurch to Queenstown|
|Daily except 25 December|
Click on the region name to view more information about the region
|Christchurch||Greymouth||Punakaiki||Franz Josef||Queenstown||Haast Pass|
- All transport & transfers
- 3 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Punakaiki Pancake Rocks Tour
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - CHRISTCHURCH / GREYMOUTH AND PUNAKAIKI TOUR
Leaving Christchurch city on The TranzAlpine train, we cross the Canterbury Plains and into the Arthur’s Pass National Park. From Arthur’s Pass our journey is via an 8.5 km long rail tunnel that has been cut through the heart of the Southern Alps. This afternoon enjoy a tour of Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes. This is one of the jewels in the crown of New Zealand’s scenic treasure chest. Just getting there is half the fun, with magnificent coastal views. Take time to look around at the renowned Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, a guided walk through the subtropical rainforest and time to explore an isolated beach while hearing about the ecology of the seabirds and plants.
DAY 2 - GREYMOUTH / FRANZ JOSEF
Time is available this morning to take an optional tour to Shantytown (historic gold mining village) or to explore the local shops. Jade (Pounamu) and local craft shops are a specialty. This afternoon join your coach and travel south following a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drop to Franz Josef.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Today is at leisure for you to enjoy this special part of the West Coast. From the mountain views, rainforest walks, heli hikes, guided glacier walks, checking out the local kiwis (yes, the birds) to anything in-between. There is something for everyone. Please ask us for activity suggestions – we are happy to include in your tour package.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 4 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
Leaving the glacier region, we travel deeper into South Westland taking in the spectacle of Haast Pass, carved by the Haast River and framed by the Southern Alps. Take in the views of many beautiful lakes including Wanaka, Hawea, Dunstan and Wakatipu before arriving into Queenstown.