7 Day Glaciers, Lakes and Night Sky Tour
There is something for everyone with two leisure days in Queenstown added into the itinerary. Choose to go further afield and visit Milford or Doubtful Sounds or you may like your days to be action packed to include any number of adventurous activities available, or simply sit back and relax at one of the many cafes - the choice is yours.
|Christchurch to Christchurch|
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|Tekapo||Queenstown||Christchurch||Greymouth||Franz Josef||Mt Cook|
- All transport
- 6 nights accommodation
- Glacier transfer
- Queenstown Gondola
- Mt Cook village
- Mt John Observatory 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 / FRANZ JOSEF
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. Once on the West Coast we follow a narrow coastal strip of beech forest with spectacular mountain back drops south to the glaciers.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 2 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE
Today we have included a short sightseeing tour. You will be taken by shuttle to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing point. Visitors can view the glacier after a short 10 minute walk (un-guided). The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy your own activities. Perhaps a Glacier Heli Hike, a relaxing soak in the Glacier Hot Pools (additional cost) or one of the many beautiful walks in the area.
Stay: Franz Josef
DAY 3 - FRANZ JOSEF / QUEENSTOWN
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.
DAY 4 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
A full day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort style town – we have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities as well including: thrilling jetboating on the rivers, white water rafting, helicopter rides, sky diving, AJ Hackett’s world famous bungy jumping, cruises on the lake and spectacular walking trails. The list is endless with something for everyone. Ask at time of booking if you would like us to include any additional activities.Stay: Queenstown
DAY 5 - QUEENSTOWN AT LEISURE
Another full day for you to enjoy Queenstown and it’s surrounds. Perhaps venture out of Queenstown for the day on a trip to Milford or Doubtful Sounds. Please ask at time of booking if you are interested in any additional activities.
DAY 6 - QUEENSTOWN / MT COOK / TEKAPO
Leaving Queenstown we travel north through the historic gold mining region of the rugged Kawarau Gorge to the fruit growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, created by the mighty Clyde hydro dam. Pass through the golden tussock country of the Lindis Pass to Omarama, our refreshment stop. Then it’s across the McKenzie Country, notable for the extensive hydro electric power development in the area, we then follow the shores of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook National Park. There is a stop of approximately 1 hour & 15 minutes at Mt Cook village for lunch (own cost) then continue onto Lake Tekapo arriving mid afternoon. This evening enjoy a stargazing tour to Mt John observatory. See the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer and see a range of research equipment not open to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.
DAY 7 - TEKAPO / CHRISTCHURCH
Enjoy the morning at leisure in Lake Tekapo taking in the beautiful vistas. Perhaps take a walk to the Church of the Good Shepherd. Departing Tekapo early afternoon, you travel through the rural towns of Fairlie and Geraldine, across the Canterbury Plains and into the “Garden City” of Christchurch where your tour concludes.