Independent Coach Tour

10 Day - South Island Independent Coach Tour

Independent Coach – Train Tour of the South Island in conjuction with:

  • Great Sights-Intercity
  • Kiwi Rail Scenic Journeys
  • Daily Departures

Pricing:

Tourist Price: SPECIAL $1499.00pp – Twin Share
Superior Price: SPECIAL $1599.00pp – Twin Share
First Class Price: SPECIAL $1699.00pp – Twin Share

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Christchurch

‘Haere Mai’ – Welcome to New Zealand. After clearing customs you will be transferred to your accommodation.

 

Operator:
Super Shuttle 

DAY 2 - Christchurch - Mount Cook - Queenstown

Coach will pick up at 7:30am Arrives Queenstown 6:30pm

 

Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Southern Alps on a sightseeing day tour to Mount Cook.

 

Leaving Christchurch in the morning, we travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps.

 

You then continue to the location of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,754 metres high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Maori can be translated as ‘cloud piercer’. Legend tells of a young boy named Aoraki who was stranded with his brothers when their canoe struck a reef. As it tilted, the brothers climbed to the high side, where they were frozen by the south wind and turned into stone. Aoraki and his brothers now form the Southern Alps.

 

The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy afternoon tea (own expense) in the quaint village of Omarama and visit the Jones Family Orchard (time permitting) near Cromwell.

 

Your tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand

 

Operators:
Great Sights

DAY 3 - Queenstown

We do recommend a day you will not forget for its spectacular scenery & thrill of a Jetboat.(see options)

 

Diverse Wilderness Adventure

 

Join the only operator on the Dart River, for a diverse adventure from Queenstown to the frontier township of Glenorchy at the head of mighty Lake Wakatipu and into the pristine Dart River Valley and spectacular Mt Aspiring National Park.

 

Here you’ll explore little known areas inaccessible by other means and discover a unique and dramatic environment rich in both natural and cultural heritage and legend. If there is one Queenstown experience that delivers the diversity and essence of what is ‘New Zealand’ – it is without doubt an adventure with Dart River Jet Safaris.

 

This evening we have included a Buffet Dinner at the Skyline Gondola

 

Operators:
Skyline Gondola

DAY 4 - Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Coach pick up 7:20am (approx) returns 7:45pm

 

Another big day of highlights which will leave you in awe of the scenery.

 

Take an unforgettable journey into the heart of Milford Sound, New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. You’ll experience the world-famous fiord in all its natural glory – surrounded by dense rainforest, glacier-carved valleys and beautiful waterfalls.

 

At Milford Sound, board your 1 3/4 hour Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise and set off to explore the region that Rudyard Kipling called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Travel the length of the fiord and out to the Tasman Sea, gliding past glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that tumble through valleys and crash into the sea far below. Lush native forest clings to steep cliffs, while seals, penguins and dolphins are regular visitors to the icy waters. At the pinnacle of the sound, Mitre Peak rises dramatically from the depths to a height of 1,692 metres above sea level.

 

Along the way your captain will provide lively and informative commentary. Your cruise will take place on a modern, purpose-built catamaran with large viewing windows, outdoor decks, panoramic views and warm indoor seating. Translation sheets are provided in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin.

 

Operator:
Great Sights

DAY 5- Queenstown

After two big days it may be time to rest up and leisurely explore Queenstown

 

DAY 6- Queenstown- Franz Josef

Newmans: Departs Queenstown 8:10am Arrives Franz Josef 4:10pm

 

See the majestic Southern Alps, picturesque lakes and rivers and the wild beauty of the West Coast on this sightseeing day tour from Queenstown to Franz Josef.

 

Step aboard your luxury sightseeing tour coach and begin your journey with breathtaking scenery of high mountain peaks and crystal-clear blue lakes. Pass man-made Lake Dunstan outside Cromwell, beautiful Lake Wanaka and its neighbouring Lake Hawea.

 

Entering Mount Aspiring National Park, we follow the historic route used by Maori as they travelled across the Southern Alps in search of pounamu (greenstone). Journey through the Haast Pass, the southernmost pass between the South Island?s two coasts, enjoying views of native beech forest, waterfalls and glacier-fed rivers.

 

Arriving on the West Coast, we enter an awe-inspiring landscape of vast rainforests, crystal clear waterfalls and rugged mountain tops. As we wind our way along the rocky coastline, the formidable peaks, moody blue rivers and the powerful surf create the perfect escape. Here you will discover an isolated and tranquil part of New Zealand.

 

Operator:
Newmans

DAY 7- Franz Josef

We recommend the following

 

Options:

Glacier Valley Walk
Helicopter with Snow Landing
Heli-Hike

DAY 8- Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch

Another day of highlights. The Intercity Coach will take you to the Greymouth Railway Station for, regarded by many as in the top 5 rail journeys in the world, The Tranz Alpine.

 

Upon arrival Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation

 

Intercity: Departs Franz Josef 9:15am Arrives Greymouth 1:15pm

 

Tranz Alpine: Departs Greymouth 1:45pm Arrives Christchurch 6:05pm

 

Operators:
Intercity
Tranz Scenic
Super Shuttle

DAY 9- Christchurch
At Leisure
DAY 10- Christchurch - Home

You will be transferred to the Airport for your flight home or if you are not flying home we wish you all the best for the continuation of your holiday
Operator:
Super Shuttle

INCLUSIONS

  •  9Nights accommodation (as selected) – Twin Share
  • Touring & Sights as per itinerary
  • Skyline Gondola & Buffet Dinner
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Tranz Alpine – Train

OPTIONS

  • Dart River Jet Safari – $188.00pp
  • Valley Glacier Walk – $68.00pp
  • Helicopter with Snow landing – $168.00pp
  • Heli-Hike – $379.00pp

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