4 Day Southern Alps Tour

The perfect 4 day tour encompassing the mighty Southern Alps. Begin your journey in Queenstown and travel via the spectacular West Coast. Overnight at the glaciers. Continue north to Greymouth boarding the world famous TranzAlpine train across to Christchurch. Marvel at spectacular Mt Cook – NZ’s highest mountain before finishing your journey back in Queenstown.

 

4 Day Southern Alps Tour

The ideal tour for those people wishing to start and finish a tour in Queenstown. Aoraki/Mount Cook dominates the Southern Alps mountain range that divides New Zealand's South Island. Following this impressive mountain range on both the West Coast & East Coast, you will be amazed by the vastness and beauty of this part of the country.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Queenstown to Queenstown

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

4 Days

Tour Code:

4S

 

Regions Visited

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Tekapo Queenstown Franz Josef Fox Glacier Greymouth Christchurch Mt Cook

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Transfer to Franz Josef or Fox Glacier
  • Mt Cook Village

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $1,530 NZD $1,885 NZD Enquire
Triple $1,445 NZD $1,675 NZD Enquire
Single $2,005 NZD $2,725 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

 

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 - QUEENSTOWN / GLACIERS

Travel to Cromwell and on through the Southern Lakes district to the Haast Pass. Travel north through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. This afternoon we have included a shuttle transfer to the glacier. From here you can take a self-guided walk to view the glacier in the distance. (Please note: there is no ice time. Please ask at time of booking to add an additional day if you would like to walk on the glacier).

Stay: Franz Josef or Fox Glacier

DAY 2 - GLACIERS / GREYMOUTH / CHRISTCHURCH

Travel north through lush rainforests and spectacular scenery to Greymouth where we transfer onto the TranzAlpine train. A remarkable journey of little more than four hours from the West Coast to the East Coast travelling through the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Pass through the Southern Alps via the Otira Tunnel, cross massive viaducts over the Waimakariri Gorge descending to the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains and on to the Garden City of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 3 - CHRISTCHURCH / MT COOK

Travel south, then west across the Canterbury Plains to the foothills of the Southern Alps. We pass through the rural towns of Geraldine and Fairlie before arriving at Lake Tekapo, the first of two glacial lakes we will see today. Time is available to see the Church of the Good Shepherd and to have a brief stop in the village before leaving for Mount Cook. Try an optional scenic flight to view the glaciers and Mount Cook. At Pukaki, we leave the main road and follow the shore of Lake Pukaki, past Glentanner High Country Station to the alpine resort of Mount Cook, nestled amongst the majestic Southern Alps. This afternoon is free at leisure to visit the Mount Cook National Park Headquarters and learn about the interesting flora and fauna of the National Park and to find out about the numerous activities that are available in this region.

Stay: Mt Cook

DAY 4 - MT COOK / QUEENSTOWN

Time is available this morning to take part in any number of optional activities available – please ask for more information (additional cost). This afternoon board your coach bound for Queenstown.