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9 Day Coast to Coast

8 nights from £1,049 per person

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Overview

Journeying along the South Island’s coast, this fantastic eight-night tour offers incredible vistas, and plenty of brilliant opportunities.

Starting and ending in Christchurch, you’ll visit the likes of Dunedin, the West Coast and Queenstown on your quest to see the coast’s most beautiful areas, stopping by Franz Josef Glacier for an epic glacier walk, and Milford Sound for a fascinating nature cruise through the fiord. You’ll also board the TranzAlpine train for an unforgettable trip over the Southern Alps (NZ).

Highlights

  • Journey over the picturesque Canterbury Plains to the charming town of Dunedin
  • Enjoy a nature cruise through the magnificent Milford Sound
  • Spend a day experiencing Queenstown’s plethora of adrenaline-fuelled activities
  • Walk along the Franz Josef Glacier, or take a helicopter
  • Ride one of the world’s best rail journeys on board the TranzAlpine train.

 

Details

Day 1

Christchurch

Upon arrival in Christchurch, you will be transferred to your accommodation by a private driver.

Overnight: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 2

Dunedin

Today you will travel to Dunedin via Intercity Coach, journeying over the beautiful Canterbury Plains and travelling along the State Highway 1 to see a multitude of gorgeous rivers, including one that winds underneath New Zealand’s longest bridge, Rakaia. You’ll also pass the towns of Timaru and Oamaru before reaching Dunedin.

Overnight: Court Cable Motel

Day 3

Te Anau

Day 3 will be spent on an Intercity Coach from Dunedin to Te Anau, crossing the stunning Southland Countryside.

Overnight: Edgewater Motel

Day 4

Milford Sound Nature Cruise

Your day begins with a coach drive along the beautiful Milford Road, with plenty of great photo stops along the way. Once you’ve arrived at Milford Sound, you will embark on a Nature Cruise that sails the full-length of the fiord to the Tasman Sea. You’ll see plenty of spectacular sights, including waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife, all the while enjoying fascinating commentary from the nature guides. A complimentary lunch box and tea and coffee are included.

Overnight: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 5

Queenstown

Today you have a free day in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. There’s plenty of exciting things to do here, including sampling the region’s best Pinot along the Gibbston Valley wine trail, cruising on the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw for a delicious dinner at Walter Peak Station, or even a four wheel drive to Macetown. If you’re hoping to relax, enjoy a laidback stroll along the waterfront cafes, or enjoy a scenic ride on the gondola. There’s plenty of Lord of the Rings tours too, or you could test your nerves and enjoy the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, or the Canyon Swing.

Overnight: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 6

Franz Josef Glacier

Hop on the coach and drive through Cromwell, Wanaka, Hawea and the Haast Pass into Westland. Once there, you will transfer for your accommodation, before joining a local shuttle to visit the glacier base for a scenic short walk and incredible views. You could even take a helicopter flight over the glacier. Be sure to look out for keas – New Zealand’s native parrot.

Overnight: Bella Vista Franz Josef

Day 7

Franz Josef Glacier

Today you’ll have the chance to explore Franz Josef’s lively town, adorned with luscious rainforest-shrouded mountains. A licensed tour is the best way to see the glacier, strapping on some crampons or booking a helicopter landing for an unbelievable view of the glacier. Afterwards, venture to the Glacier Hot Pools for a relaxing afternoon.

Overnight: Bella Vista Franz Josef

Day 8

Greymouth

Begin your day travelling through the small townships of Whataroa and HariHari, stopping at the Bushman’s Centre for refreshments. You’ll then continue on to Hokitika for a bit of lunch, a walk around the town and the coast, and a trip to one of the greenstone factories. Soon you’ll catch the TranzAlpine train, one of the world’s greatest rail journeys that journeys over the incredible Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Overnight: Bella Vista Christchurch

Day 9

Christchurch

Today you will be privately transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Eight nights of accommodation
  • Milford Sound nature cruise
  • TranzAlpine train
  • Internal transfers to/from airport

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