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7 days, 6 nights
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From Christchurch
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Christchurch - Franz Josef - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Mt Cook - Christchurch

Inclusions
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts included
  • All Airport and train station transfers
  • Milford Sound Coach and Cruise with buffet lunch
  • Visit Franz Josef
  • TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • See Mt Cook village and Lake Tekapo's Church of the Good Shepherd
Itinerary

An inspirational week-long South Island experience! The Southern Traverse tour is available in 4 star hotel or 3 star hotel/motel accommodation options and can be customised on request.

Day 1 Arrive in Christchurch

After arriving in Christchurch, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore central Christchurch.

Meals: –
Staying: Christchurch
4 Star Hotel – Distinction Hotel Christchurch or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

Day 2TranzAlpine rail journey

Experience the world famous TranzAlpine train journey, taking you across the Southern Alps and through the famous Arthur Pass, to Greymouth. Do not miss the local wildlife, especially the friendly Kea. In the afternoon, enjoy a scenic coach tour from Greymouth to Franz Josef in the glacier region.

Meals: B
Staying: Franz Josef
4 Star Hotel – Scenic Hotel Franz Josef or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Bella Vista Franz Josef or similar

Day 3Franz Josef to Queenstown

Today, your coach journey through large areas of beech forests with numerous lakes and interesting historic towns along the way.

Meals: B
Staying: Queenstown
4 Star Hotel – Scenic Suites Queenstown or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 4Queenstown

A day to relax and choose your favourite activities. The options are many: jet boating, lake cruises, parasailing to name just a few. Or, visit nearby wineries, farms, gardens and historic townships like Arrowtown and Cromwell. Queenstown pubs, restaurants and shopping hum with activity till late into the night.

Meals: B
Staying: Queenstown
4 Star Hotel – Scenic Suites Queenstown or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 5Milford Sound day trip

Milford Sound is one of the eight wonders of the natural world. Indeed, this is a high point of your tour! The day trip starts with an interesting coach journey with many photo opportunities on the way. Finally, the cruise itself is unforgettable. On rainy days hundreds of waterfalls appear on high forest clad cliffs. Also, you could encounter fur-seals, penguins and dolphins.

Meals: B, L
Staying: Queenstown
4 Star Hotel – Scenic Suites Queenstown or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 6Queenstown to Christchurch via Mt Cook

Today’s journey is through the plains of Canterbury and the highlands of Otago. Your luxury coach ride will take you through a green landscape against the backdrop of the Southern Alps. And, the great blue lakes like Tekapo and Pukaki add to the colours. Stop to gaze at the majestic Mount Cook. En route, you’ll also visit the famous Church of the Good Shepherd.

Meals: B
Staying: Christchurch
4 Star Hotel – Distinction Hotel Christchurch or similar
3 Star Hotel/Motel – Heartland Hotel Cotswold or similar

Day 7Depart from Christchurch

This day you depart with lasting memories. Depending on your flight time, you can do some final shopping or take a relaxing walk in the parks close to your hotel.

Meals: B

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