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South Island Vistas, Fjords and Alps

12 days4 cities
New Zealand1 country
Tour rating: 4 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews
Private tour to New Zealand

Embark on an unforgettable journey through New Zealand - discover the breathtaking beauty of Milford Sound, with its dramatic cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Traverse the Southern Alps, marveling at snow-capped peaks and pristine glacial lakes. Explore lush rainforests and golden beaches along the scenic coastline. Hop on the epic adventure and experience the unparalleled beauty of South Island!

12 days4 cities
New Zealand1 country
From
 $6,288 
Christchurch, New Zealand
3
days
New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand's South Island gem, lies nestled on the picturesque east coast.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival

Welcome to Christchurch, a vibrant city blending rich history with modern charm .

Upon arrival you are transferred to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the place on your own.

2
day
Christchurch Discovery

Today you will embark on a captivating half-day tour that encompasses Christchurch's most iconic landmarks. Traverse the sprawling green expanse of the city, pay tribute at the solemn Bridge of Remembrance, wander along the vibrant facades of New Regent Street and of course admire Cathedral Square and ChristChurch Cathedral. As you journey through the city, engage with live commentary that enriches your understanding of Christchurch's history and the ongoing recovery efforts following the 2011 earthquake. Cathedral Square and ChristChurch Cathedral remains one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. 

Restoration work is ongoing, and it's a poignant place to begin your journey and understand the city's resilience. Culminate your exploratory adventure with an exhilarating cable car ride, offering elevated views that knit together the city's varied tapestry of natural beauty and architectural wonder. This tour is more than a cursory glance at Christchurch, it's an immersive dive into the city's resilience, culture, and scenic splendour. 

*Note: A complimentary tram ride is included in the package, making your travel experience even more unforgettable. Feel free to catch it during your free time!

3
day
Departure

In the morning, you meet you private driver, who takes you to the departure point.

Today you will embark on a captivating day-long odyssey aboard the TranzAlpine train, a panoramic journey that sweeps across New Zealand's picturesque South Island, linking Christchurch's east coast to Greymouth's rugged west. 

Departing from Christchurch, the train courses through the lush Canterbury Plains before ascending into the heart of the Southern Alps via the awe-inspiring Waimakariri River valleys. A brief respite in the alpine haven of Arthur's Pass allows you to absorb the majestic mountain scenery that envelops you.

The adventure culminates as the train negotiates the engineering marvel of the Otira Tunnel, emerging into the untouched beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. Here, you'll descend through dense alpine rainforests to reach Greymouth, the bustling epicenter of the South Island's western region. 
 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel

Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel in Christchurch, is a contemporary and upscale accommodation in the heart of the city.

train
Christchurch
Hokitika
6h 30min

The Christchurch to Hokitika train connection offers a scenic journey through the heart of New Zealand's South Island, showcasing breathtaking landscapes and diverse natural beauty.

Hokitika
3
days
New Zealand

Hokitika, New Zealand

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
4
day
Hokitika Gorge and Lake Kanerie Exploration

Upon arrival you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the evening is free.

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the wonders of New Zealand's West Coast with our knowledgeable guide. Your day unfolds with as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty as you venture to the stunning Hokitika Gorge, where turquoise waters captivate the senses. 

The adventure continues with a visit to the serene Lake Kaniere, completing a day filled with enchanting landscapes and unforgettable experiences in this magical part of the world.

After the tour you return to your accommodation and enjoy your evening at leisure.

5
day
West Coast Treetop Walkway Tour & Departure to Wild South Westland

Today after check out you will be taken through to the majestic South Westland District of New Zealand on your drive south you will stop at the tree top work and wanfer through the canopy of the sub tropical rainforest.

Then pass through the rural dairy farms before entering into the Sub Tropical rainforest with its ancient trees, sweeping views and mountains you will arrive in the beautiful village of Franz Josef.

6
day
Franz Josef Glacier Tour

The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand's West Coast Glaciers, and one of the most impressive sights to be found anywhere in the world. 

Your tour is a wonderful combination of an exhilarating helicopter ride, jaw-dropping scenery and a two-hour hike through the most spectacular glacier features. 

Your journey starts at the glacier base in Franz Josef Village where you check-in and get the essential gear. From here, your guide leads you on a short walk through the native forest to the helipad and gets you ready to board the helicopter. 

Your pilot lands you high up on the glacier itself, where your guide helps you make the final preparations for your hike before you head off to explore the pristine features of this incredible icescape.

Take in panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, capture stunning memories, and seize the opportunity to learn more about this magnificent ice giant. 

A unique adventure that will almost certainly be your most memorable New Zealand experience! 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation

Discover the unique charm of Hokitika Fire Station Boutique Accommodation, where history and modern luxury blend seamlessly. Nestled in the heart of Hokitika, this beautifully restored fire station offers stylish, cozy rooms perfect for a memorable and one-of-a-kind stay.

car
Hokitika
Franz Josef
2h

The Hokitika to Franz Josef car journey offers a scenic drive through lush rainforests, stunning coastlines, and breathtaking mountain views, making it a perfect adventure through New Zealand's natural beauty.

Wanaka
2
days
New Zealand

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka, a picturesque town in New Zealand's South Island, is renowned for its stunning alpine scenery and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wanaka. 

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Arrival to Wanaka

Today after breakfast private driver will pick you up and transfer to the next destination - Wānaka.

This trip tracks down the West Coast through the breathtaking Haast Pass, into the heart of the Southern Alps. 

You’ll travel through the spectacular glacier region, two national parks and past two of New Zealand's largest lakes, Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. From coastal scrub, rain forest, glaciers and native bush, to alpine tussock lands, lakes and mountains - this road showcases the best of South Island scenery all in one go.

Upon arrival you will be transferd to the hotel. 

Enjoy leisure time in Wanaka with its serene lake, stunning natural surroundings, and breathtaking sunsets over the Southern Alps.

8
day
Departure from Wanaka

This morning, you will have time to enjoy Wanaka at your leisure. In the afternoon, your private driver will pick you up and transfer you to your next destination - Queenstown. 

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Edgewater

Edgewater, located on the shores of Lake Wanaka, is a premier resort offering stunning lake and mountain views, along with comfortable accommodations and exceptional amenities.

car
Wanaka
Queenstown
1h 30m

The drive from Wanaka to Queenstown by car offers a breathtaking journey through the heart of New Zealand's Southern Alps, with stunning views of rugged mountains, serene lakes, and picturesque valleys.

Queenstown
3
days
New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, lies nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in the heart of the South Island's breathtaking Southern Alps.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
9
day
Milford Sound Small Group Tour

Experience the iconic Milford Sound in a unique and intimate way with our small-group tour departing from Queenstown. You will make multiple scenic stops for you to capture the beauty of this stunning region during the journey. Once we arrive, prepare to be awed on a 2-hour cruise along the fjord. Glide past awe-inspiring cliffs, beneath cascading waterfalls, and through mirrored lakes, all while keeping an eye out for fur seals and dolphins. Your local guide will enhance the experience, offering informative commentary about the region's natural history and rich biodiversity. Before heading back, relish the tranquillity of a beech forest with a leisurely stroll to stretch your legs. The tour concludes with a comfortable ride back to your Queenstown hotel, making this small-group tour a perfect blend of adventure, relaxation, and personalized exploration of one of New Zealand's most revered natural wonders.

10
day
Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Embark on an enchanting journey through the Te Anau Glowworm Caves, where you'll glide past rushing underground streams and marvel at the mesmerizing glow of hundreds of glowworms.

Your adventure begins with a hotel pick-up, followed by a scenic cruise across Lake Te Anau aboard our purpose-built vessels.

Upon reaching Cavern House, delve into informative displays about this geological wonder before joining your knowledgeable guide underground. Traverse the caves as our friendly guides highlight key features and share insights into their history.

Witness the awe-inspiring underground landscape sculpted over 12,000 years by the force of the river. Marvel at limestone passages adorned with sculpted rock formations, whirlpools, and a thunderous underground waterfall.

Venturing deeper, glide into a hidden grotto illuminated by countless glowworms, exclusive to New Zealand. Experience the dazzling spectacle they create in the subterranean darkness.

After the tour, relax as you're transferred back to your hotel, concluding your unforgettable exploration of the Te Anau Glowworm Caves. 

11
day
Departure to Christchurch via Mount Cook

This morning you check out and embark on a breathtaking journey from Queenstown to Christchurch, traversing the heart of New Zealand's dramatic landscapes. 

This scenic tour takes you through the majestic Southern Alps to the towering heights of Mt. Cook, New Zealand's highest peak. 

Along the way, marvel at the stunning Lake Tekapo, where the vibrant blue waters and the historic Church of the Good Shepherd provide unforgettable photo opportunities. 

Conclude your adventure with a drop-off at your Christchurch hotel, bringing you comfort after a day filled with awe-inspiring sights and unique New Zealand charm.
The next day, you'll move to Christchurch. Upon arrival private driver will pick you up and transfer to the centrally located hotel. The rest of the evening is free to enjoy the place on your own.

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside

Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside offers a luxurious retreat with breathtaking views, modern amenities, and easy access to the heart of Queenstown. Experience unparalleled comfort and adventure in this stunning lakeside haven.

bus
Queenstown
Christchurch
13h

The Queenstown to Christchurch bus route offers a scenic journey through New Zealand's stunning landscapes, from the majestic Southern Alps to the rolling Canterbury Plains, providing a comfortable and picturesque travel experience.

Christchurch, New Zealand
1
day
New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand's South Island gem, lies nestled on the picturesque east coast.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
12
day
Departure

This morning after breakfast you check out and meet your private driver for your transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Your choice of hotels

We carefully select hotels to ensure your amazing stay. We will recommend the best available properties for your travel dates.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel

Crowne Plaza Christchurch, an IHG Hotel in Christchurch, is a contemporary and upscale accommodation in the heart of the city.

What's included

  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest;
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers;
  • Full flexibility of hotel options;
  • Admire the panoramic views from the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial
  • Explore the top sights of Christchurch: ChristChurch Cathedral, Cathedral Square, New Regent Street;
  • Discover the most famous natural spots in New Zealand - Punakaiki Pancake Rocks, Hokitika Gorge, Franz Josef Glacier, and Te Anau Glowworm Caves;
  • Experience the tree top work, take stunning photos of the unique landscapes .

What To Know

  • The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar, so we recommend changing some money before the trip
  • Don’t forget to bring an insect repellant and sunscreen