Classic TranzAlpine

The highlights of this South Island tour include a free day in the world’s adventure capital of Queenstown, a visit to New Zealand’s only castle and a lunchtime cruise across the spectacular Milford Sound.


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

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

Day 02 – Christchurch / Mt Cook / Omarama

A brief tour of Christchurch and its surroundings 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

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

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

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

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