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Canterbury Trails

Queenstown - West Coast - Marlborough: Private Three Day Tour

Day 1: Queenstown to Punakaiki

  • Depart Queenstown, traversing the rugged Crown Range and passing through Arrowtown, a historic gold-mining village. Continue across the dramatic Haast Pass, where the landscape transforms from Otago's dry tussock lands to the West Coast's lush rainforests.
  • Travel along the shores of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, surrounded by breathtaking-taking alpine vistas. Descend into the mighty Haast River Valley, witnessing the wild beauty of this region.
  • Reach the West Coast and travel through the Buller Gorge, a testament to the area's gold mining history. Arrive in Punakaiki, famed for its unique Pancake Rocks and blowholes. Explore these geological wonders and savor a scenic coastal walk before retiring to your accommodation for the night.

Day 2: Punakaiki to Franz Josef

  • Journey along the wild West Coast road to Hokitika, a former gold rush capital. Browse vibrant art and craft shops showcasing the region's greenstone (jade) and gold heritage.
  • Continue south, delving into the glacial landscapes of the South Island. Marvel at the remnants of the last Ice Age in the kettle lakes and witness the incredible sight of glaciers amidst the rainforest.
  • Opt for a thrilling helicopter flight with a snow landing atop a glacier (additional cost) or take scenic walks through the rainforest with the glacier as your backdrop. Overnight in either Franz Josef or Fox Glacier village.

Day 3: Franz Josef to Nelson/Blenheim/Picton

  • After exploring the Franz Josef Glacier, Fox Glacier, and the reflective waters of Lake Matheson, embark on your journey north. Traverse through Paparoa National Park and the Nelson Lakes region, enjoying scenic landscapes.  It is then a scenic drive to your Marlborough accommodation where your Canterbury Trails guide will bid you farewell.

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: SH07-S/N

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