Classic TranzAlpine (9 Days)

Day 01 – Arrive Christchurch

Welcome to New Zealand! A Tours representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel.

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Sudima Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 02 – Christchurch / Mt Cook / Omarama

A brief tour of Christchurch and its surrounds before traveling across the Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie Country. View the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Collie Dog statue at Lake Tekapo, before continuing to Mt Cook National Park. Admire the majesty of Mt Cook before travelling on to Omarama. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Heritage Gateway Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 03 – Omarama / Dunedin

Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley to Oamaru and Dunedin, the “Scottish” city. A visit to Olveston House before the afternoon is at your leisure. Your Coach Captain will be able to assist in arranging your afternoon activities. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Cargills Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 04 – Dunedin / Te Anau

This morning visit Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, with spectacular views across the Otago Peninsula. Heading inland we then cross rich farmlands to the agricultural towns of Gore and Lumsden before arriving at Lake Te Anau. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Distinction Luxmore Hotel 4-Stars

Day 05 – Te Anau / Milford Sound / Queenstown

Pass through the Homer Tunnel and descend into the Cleddau Canyon to reach majestic Milford Sound, dominated by Mitre Peak. A
launch cruise takes you to the open sea and the Bowen and Stirling Falls. Return to Te Anau and on to Mossburn, then skirt the shores of Lake Wakatipu to reach Queenstown. Dinner tonight is at the Skyline Restaurant, where both the dining and the views are unsurpassed. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 2 Nights – Rydges Hotel 4-Stars

Day 06 – Queenstown

Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain is available to assist with any optional activities you would like to do. We recommend the world famous Shotover Jet Boat ride, take a Gondola to the Skyline above, enjoy a tour to the gold mining area of Skippers Canyon, or for the adventurous – white water
rafting. Alternatively, browse in the many shops and galleries. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: Rydges Hotel 4-Stars

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Day 07 – Queenstown / Haast Pass / Fox Glacierclassic-tranzalpine

Pass picturesque Lake Hayes, on to an area steeped in fascinating history relating to early settlement and the goldmining era and then to Lake Wanaka. Cross the Haast Pass into the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks. Continue driving north along the coast to the magnificent Glacier region. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier 3.5-Stars

Day 08 – Fox Glacier / Greymouth / Christchurch

Visit a Greenstone (Jade) gallery where craftsmen cut and polish giant boulders to create fine jewellery. Join the TranzAlpine train in Greymouth and travel through rainforests to Otira, snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the rugged Gorges of the Waimakariri River and across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. (B,D)

Overnight accommodation: 1 Night – Sudima Hotel 3.5-Stars

Day 09 – Christchurch / Home

Today is goodbye to all your new found friends before you make your homeward journey. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport to join your flight home. (B)

 

Highlights of this trip

bullet_point 8 nights accommodation bullet_point Milford Sound Cruise
bullet_point Dining inclusions – 8 breakfasts, 7 dinners bullet_point Skyline Skyride & Dinner, Queenstown
bullet_point Highlights Tour in Christchurch bullet_point Brief tour of Lake Wanaka
bullet_point Church of the Good Shepherd bullet_point Visit Fox Glacier
bullet_point Visit Mt Cook bullet_point Visit to Greenstone (Jade) Gallery
bullet_point Olveston House bullet_point TranzAlpine Train Journey
bullet_point Larnach Castle
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