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Queenstown - West Coast - Christchurch: Private Two Day Tour

Queenstown to Christchurch: A Private Glacier and Alpine Crossing Adventure

Day 1: Queenstown to Glacier Country

Your exclusive small-group adventure begins in the vibrant heart of Queenstown, where your knowledgeable guide will whisk you away on a scenic journey through the South Island's diverse landscapes. Our first stop is the charming historic village of Arrowtown, where you'll have time to wander through its gold-rush era streets and discover its rich past.

Next, we'll ascend the rugged Crown Range, rewarding you with panoramic views of Lake Wakatipu before descending into the picturesque lakeside town of Wanaka. Here, you can choose to explore the town's unique shops and galleries or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the lakefront.

Our journey continues as we climb the dramatic Haast Pass, witnessing a dramatic transformation from the dry tussock lands of Otago to the lush rainforests of the West Coast. Prepare to be awestruck by towering waterfalls and the untamed power of the Haast River, especially spectacular after recent rainfall.

As we arrive in Glacier Country, the majestic Franz Josef Glacier awaits. Embark on an unforgettable walk through the rainforest, culminating in a breathtaking view of the glacier's terminal face, a mesmerizing contrast of ice and vibrant green. You'll spend the night in comfortable accommodation nestled in the nearby village, surrounded by the tranquility of this glacial wonderland.

Day 2: Glacier Country to Christchurch

Wake up to the crisp mountain air and choose your adventure. For thrill-seekers, an optional helicopter flight with a snow landing on the glacier is an unforgettable experience (additional cost). Alternatively, immerse yourself in the rainforest's enchanting beauty with guided walks that offer stunning views of the glacier and its sculpted landscape.

Later, delve into the history of Westland's gold rush in Hokitika, once a bustling town now celebrated for its arts and crafts, particularly those featuring greenstone (pounamu). As we continue north, witness the dramatic transition from coastal rainforests to the vast and fertile Canterbury Plains.

The TranzAlpine™: A Scenic Railway Finale

The grand finale of your journey awaits aboard the iconic TranzAlpine train. Marvel at the engineering feat of Arthur's Pass as you traverse deep gorges and ascend to breathtaking mountain vistas. Your private adventure concludes in Christchurch, leaving you with cherished memories of the South Island's wild beauty and diverse landscapes.

Tour Inclusions:

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

Not included:

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

Tour Code: SH03-S/N


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