5 Day Goldfields and Glacier Tour

An ideal South Island tour if you are wishing to base yourself in Queenstown. Travel into Central Otago historic goldfield country on into Dunedin city. Cruise the length of Otago Harbour. Enjoy your TranzAlpine train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth with ever-changing scenery of the Canterbury Plains and Arthur’s Pass National Park. Travel down the West Coast to the Glaciers with free time to explore the glaciers further. You may like to book a guided glacier walk – to get a real experience of being on a moving glacier or maybe a scenic helicopter flight. Continue down the West Coast – with stunning rainforest & rugged coastal sea views before returning to Queenstown.

 

5 Day Goldfields and Glacier Tour

This 5 day South Island tour encompasses stunning central Otago to Dunedin. Travel the world famous TranzAlpine train from Christchurch across to the West Coast of the South Island, with plenty of free time at the glaciers before completing your journey back in Queenstown.

 

Tour Type:

Independent Tours

From:

Queenstown to Queenstown

Departs:

Daily

Duration:

5 Days

Tour Code:

5GG

 

Regions Visited

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Dunedin Queenstown Christchurch Greymouth Franz Josef Haast Pass

 

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Otago Peninsula Tour
  • Transfer to Franz Josef Glacier

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

Accommodation

Standard

Superior

 
Twin/Double $1,455 NZD $1,885 NZD Enquire
Triple $1,340 NZD $1,665 NZD Enquire
Single $2,030 NZD $2,895 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 / DUNEDIN

This morning travel through central Otago to Dunedin. This afternoon you will be taken on a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula to Wellers Rock where you will join your cruise. Cruise around the tip of the Otago Peninsula. See what can’t be seen from land: albatross, New Zealand fur seals and up to 20 species of birds and marine mammals in their environment. Learn the fascinating history and geology of the area. Revel in the fresh sea air! Cruise back up the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the working port of Port Chalmers and historic fishing village of Careys Bay.

Stay: Dunedin

DAY 2 - DUNEDIN / CHRISTCHURCH

Free time this morning in Dunedin for your own sightseeing. In the afternoon travel north through the undulating hill country of Otago through the cities of Oamaru and Timaru. Leaving Timaru we enter the patchwork of the Canterbury Plains, the largest plain in New Zealand arriving in the “Garden City” of Christchurch.

Stay: Christchurch

DAY 3 - 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 for two nights stay.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 4 - FRANZ JOSEF AT LEISURE

Today we have included a short sightseeing tour. You will be transferred to Franz Josef Glacier where you can view the glacier from a lovely viewing platform after a short 10 minute walk (unguided). The rest of your day is free at leisure to explore Franz Josef.

Stay: Franz Josef

DAY 5 - 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.