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Queenstown to Christchurch: Private One Day Tour

South Island Unveiled: A Private Journey from Queenstown to Christchurch

Escape the ordinary and embark on an exclusive private tour from Queenstown to Christchurch, savouring the South Island's breathtaking beauty at your own leisurely pace. This personalised journey offers a unique alternative to standard coach transfers or flights, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the region's diverse landscapes and hidden gems.

Venture through the Otago Province:

Your adventure begins as your dedicated guide picks you up from your Queenstown accommodation in a comfortable private vehicle. As you traverse the mesmerising landscapes of the Otago Province, be prepared to be awestruck by the dramatic Kawarau Gorge, where you can witness the birthplace of bungy jumping and marvel at the iconic Bungy bridge.

Ascend to the MacKenzie High Country:

Continuing your expedition, you'll journey through the picturesque Lindis Pass, where the scenery transforms into the rugged beauty of the MacKenzie High Country. Here, you'll encounter the glacial-formed lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki, each offering postcard-worthy vistas. Explore the charming lakeside town of Tekapo, home to the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, nestled against the backdrop of the majestic Godley Peaks. At Pukaki, you'll be treated to glorious views of the iconic Mt Cook, weather permitting.

Journey through the Heart of the South Island:

Your private tour takes you further into the heart of the South Island, passing through Omarama, a world-renowned gliding centre, and over Burke's Pass. Along the way, you'll encounter charming country towns, with the option to visit "The Tinshed," a beloved woolen wear country store.

Descend to the Canterbury Plains:

As you cross the Rakaia River and its impressive gorge, the landscape shifts to the wide expanse of the Canterbury Plains. Your journey concludes in Christchurch, where your guide will provide a brief orientation of the city and its surroundings before bidding you farewell.

With the flexibility and personalised attention of a private tour, this is your chance to truly experience the South Island's hidden treasures, from dramatic alpine scenery to charming villages and everything in between.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by deluxe mini coach
  • Picnic morning or afternoon tea
  • Café lunches on each day
  • Fully escorted with local knowledgeable guide

Not included:

  • Optional activities
  • Accommodation and meals (unless otherwise stated)
  • Flights


Tour Code: SH01-S/N


What our customers are saying..

For those seeking an extended adventure, the tour can be customized to include a journey into the spectacular Mount Cook National Park with prior arrangement. Embark on a distinctive exploration of the South Island, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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