8 Day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound & the Glaciers from $1,628

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All coach tour transport as
  • specified in this tour package
  • All breakfasts
  • Shuttle to Glacier Valley (may not be available May-Sep)
  • Private train station transfers
  • Private airport transfers
  • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Taieri Gorge Train Journey, Dunedin
  • Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise
8 Day Dunedin, Queenstown, Milford Sound & the Glaciers

 

This 8-day tour includes a visit to Dunedin, the Taieri Gorge Train trip, a day tour to Milford Sound, free time to explore Queenstown, the wonderful West Coast and its Glaciers and the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch. This Independent tour starts in Christchurch & finishes in Christchurch.

 

 

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Day 1 – Welcome to Christchurch

Private transfer Christchurch Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour – 24 Hour Pass

Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on-board this city tour bus. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views. Join friendly local guides as they take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. Listen to “live” entertaining and informative commentary and learn about the fascinating history, from pioneering days to modern times.

 

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

 

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.

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Day 2 – Christchurch to Dunedin

Private transfer accommodation to Intercity stop Lichfield St

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the coach stop.

 

Christchurch to Dunedin by InterCity Coach

Leaving Christchurch early, you will cross the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, crossing many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand’s longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. Pass through the towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru, most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Continue along the coast and into the city of Dunedin.

 

Dunedin Coach Stop to Accommodation Transfer with Iconic

On arrival into Dunedin you will be met from your coach and transferred to your accommodation.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter Standard Tour

This multi-award winning, scheduled, daily, ‘small group’ tour departs from Dunedin city in the mid-afternoon for the Otago Peninsula wildlife ‘hotspots’. The tour combines tourism and conservation in a symbiotic relationship and provides absolutely unrivaled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife. Your knowledgeable guides will inform you of activity being viewed and visit places where the best possible viewing of Hooker’s Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be had. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience. Close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed.

 

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Speights Brewery Tour

Founded in 1876, the Speights Brewery still occupies its original Dunedin site – with several of its buildings dating back to the late 1800’s. One of the only remaining ‘gravity breweries’ in the world, your 90-minute tour will take you through its inner workings. You’ll also have a chance to taste six different beers as well as bottle, cap and brew your own personal Speights Gold Medal Ale – the brewery’s flagship beer.

 

Your accommodation: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

 

Distinction Dunedin Hotel occupies the grand Chief Post Office built in the 1930’s. This art deco inspired building has recently been transformed into a 4 star hotel with elegant décor, set in the heart of the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Dunedin Hotel

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Day 3 – Dunedin to Queenstown by Taieri Gorge train and coach

Dunedin Accommodation to Train Station Transfer with Iconic

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the train station in time for your departure.

 

Taieri Gorge Train and Private Transfer to Queenstown

This morning transfer to the railway station to board the historic Taieri Gorge train. Steeped in early settler history this journey features spectacular changing scenery with magnificent pioneer stone work and engineering along the railway. A combination of modern carriages with panoramic views and immaculately restored traditional versions make this a truly memorable train ride. Depending on the day the train will either finish at Pukerangi or Middlemarch. From there you will transfer to your private transfer vehicle and continue to Queenstown through the rugged rock landscape of Central Otago. During Winter months the Taieri Gorge Train Departs at a later time and travels through to Pukerangi, instead of Middlemarch.

 

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand’s adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 4 – Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended two hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the onboard nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

 

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand’s adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5 – Enjoy a free day exploring Queenstown

Free day in Queenstown

Although celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship – the TSS Earnslaw –  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett’s ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country – or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that – if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting.

 

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Arrowtown and Wanaka Half Day Tour

Your day begins in historic Arrowtown, a site swarmed firstly by European gold prospectors in the 1860’s, then by 5000 Chinese who were invited to try their luck amongst the leftovers! You’ll walk amongst the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charm of historic buildings that will make you feel like you walked on to a movie set. Then it’s onto Wanaka, which was historically used by Maori as a pathway to greenstone sites and later by goldminers for accommodation close to Cardrona claims, today Wanaka has branded itself as a lifestyle reserve; rich in family adventures, eco-tours, recreational trails and nearby skifields, it is surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. You will be taken to visit ‘That Wanaka Tree’, which grows within the lake. Then, you will have one hour of free time to wander Wanaka at your whim, maybe you’ll look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path. It’s time to head back towards Queenstown via the Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest sealed road. The Crown Range is usually covered in snow in winter and boasts some incredible viewing platforms. But before you do, there is still one famous stop to make. Built in 1863 to service gold prospectors, is Cardrona Hotel. It is one of New Zealand’s oldest pubs, and possibly the most well-known. Pop in and explore, and your guide will shout you a beer or soft drink to enjoy in the beer garden or by the fire.

 

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – TSS Earnslaw cruise to Walter Peak including gourmet BBQ dinner and a farm tour

Go back in time on this return trip to Walter Peak High Country Farm aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship. You’ll be greeted off the boat and guided through beautiful lakeside gardens to the charming homestead.

Here you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which your chef will prepare in front of you. The seasonal menu includes an expansive array of local produce, including succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie and a selection of delicious vegetables and salads. Finish your meal with an irresistible dessert, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea and coffee. After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.

On your cruise home, enjoy the camaraderie of a singalong with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.

 

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

 

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown’s central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand’s adventure capital.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 6 – Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier by GreatSights Coach

Queenstown to Franz Josef with GreatSights

Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. Your driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out sites of interest as you pass by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you’ll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast, arriving in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef.

From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.

 

Glacier Valley Shuttle

You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Shuttles.

 

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

 

Only a breath away from the Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel is located in the heart of Franz Josef Village. Here you will find all of the amenities you would expect, as well as being close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer in the beautiful Westland region.

Meals included: Breakfast

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

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Day 7 – Franz Josef to Greymouth, then take the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station with GreatSights

This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman’s Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand’s richest alluvial goldfields. On arrival in Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre.

Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

 

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch

Considered one of the world’s great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You’ll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur’s Pass National Park. From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

 

Private Transfer Christchurch Train Station to your accommodation

On arrival at the Christchurch train station, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation.

 

Your accommodation: Distinction Hotel Christchurch

 

This luxury hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square in the heart of the city, a short stroll from the Avon River, Botanical Gardens, Christchurch Casino, Cashel Mall and new Christchurch Convention Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Distinction Hotel Christchurch

 

Day 8 – Depart Christchurch today

Private transfer accommodation to Christchurch Airport

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight.

 

 

Pricing & Departures

Daily departures starting from $1,628


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