8 Day Southern Traverse Tour
Tour Type
Independent Tour
8 Days
Daily Except 25 December

An eight day South Island tour covering the East and West Coasts. Features include the world renowned TranzAlpine Train, West Coast rainforests, a glacier heli hike, Queenstown - NZ's premier alpine resort town, Fiordland World Heritage Park, Milford Sound cruise and a Royal Albatross & Penguin tour in Dunedin, NZ's Scottish city.A truly special part of the South Island.

Prices per person in NZD* Single Double or Twin Triple
Tourist (Motel) NZ$3,515 per person NZ$2,625 per person NZ$2,445 per person
Quality (Hotel) NZ$4,790 per person NZ$3,310 per person NZ$2,960 per person

*Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking.
Departs daily except Christmas Day.


HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • TranzAlpine Train
  • Guided glacier walk
  • Glacier Hot Pools
  • Queenstown
  • Skyline Gondola
  • Fiordland World Heritage Park
  • Milford Sound cruise including picnic lunch
  • Wildlife Cruise & penguin tour, Dunedin

Day 1 Christchurch - Franz Josef
Depart Christchurch on the world-renowned TranzAlpine Train bound for Greymouth via the Arthur's Pass National Park. Cross the Canterbury Plains, travel over viaducts and through tunnels and into the lush rainforests of the West Coast. On arrival in Greymouth board your coach for your journey south to Franz Josef.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar 

Day 2 Franz Josef Glacier Heli Hike
Today we have included a fantastic glacier Heli Hike. After a thrilling flight, high above the rugged terrain, you will land on the glacier, ready to undertake a three hour guided glacier hike. Your friendly guide will lead you through some of the most pristine and awe-inspiring glacier scenery in the world. Your guide will choose your route carefully as you go and, with an eye for the most spectacular ice formations, you'll soon be making your way through an extraordinary land of towering peaks and glistening blue ice. Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included, and can be used at anytime during your stay in Franz Josef. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy Franz Josef township.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier or similar

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.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.

Day 4 Free Day in Queenstown
A free day for you to enjoy this fabulous resort. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of activities including white water rafting, jetboating, bungy jumping, sky diving, lake cruises, high country sheep station tours and excellent walking trails. Something for everyone.
Accommodation: Bella Vista Motel, Scenic Suites or similar.
Day 5 Queenstown - Milford - Te Anau
Travel to the Fiordland National Park – a world heritage park. A vast remote wilderness of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and valleys, fiords, waterfalls and dense rainforests. From Te Anau, travel to the forested Eglinton Valley, Mirror Lakes, Homer Tunnel and the Chasm before arriving at Milford Sound. Enjoy a one and a half hour cruise of Milford Sound viewing the spectacular waterfalls and famous Mitre Peak.
Option: This evening you may like to take a tour across the lake to view the Glow Worm Caves (additional cost). Please ask at time of booking for details.
Accommodation: Distinction Hotel or similar.

Day 6 Te Anau - Dunedin
High country tussock soon gives way to the lush pastures of Southland and Otago as you travel through Gore and Balclutha arriving in Dunedin early afternoon. The afternoon is at leisure for your own exploring or a little shopping.
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar.

Day 7 Otago Peninsula
Morning at leisure in Dunedin for you to view some of the many sights.  In the afternoon enjoy a cruise around the Taiaroa Heads to view the Northern Royal Albatross soaring high above the headlands. Other species to be seen include the Blue Penguin, Sooty Shearwater, Variable Oyster Catcher, three species of Shag and other sea birds. Disembark at Wellers Rock and transfer by coach to Penguin Place for a guided land tour of the Yellow-Eyed Penguins. Return to the city by coach.
Accommodation: Alexis Motor Lodge, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar.

Day 8 Dunedin - Christchurch
Today you travel north through the cities of Oamaru and Timaru arriving in Christchurch mid afternoon where you tour ends.

*Prices are per person and include: pick up from centrally located pre tour accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary. 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.
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.

This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

What is an 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.
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