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Christchurch, New ZealandFranz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
  • Duration: 9 Days
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  • Brochure: Australia and New Zealand 2014
    At Leisure 2014
  • Style: At Leisure
  • Description: Start your New Zealand South Island holiday with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch though the Southern Alps to Arthur's Pass. Explore Franz Josef Glacier with a Local Expert, ride a jet boat on the Haast River, visit the colourful gold-mining township of Arrowtown and be awe-struck by the beauty of the fiord on a Milford Sound cruise. Ride a gondola to the top of Queenstown for a Highlight Dinner. Visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo and travel past Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand, as your New Zealand trip comes to an end.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    On arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in (flights to arrive prior to 4pm). You’ll have free time to relax before a Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director this evening.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception / Dinner)

    Hotel: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Start the day with a spectacular train journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. You’ll visit Hokitika, home of the native greenstone (jade), a Local Speciality, for a factory visit and demonstration before continuing south along the rugged coastal road to Franz Josef Glacier.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Today you’ll explore Franz Josef Glacier with a Local Expert on an interpretive tour. This afternoon you will have the opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over the Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers and Mt. Cook (weather permitting). This evening, why not dine at one of the local cafés.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Travel along the coastal road with the towering mountains on your left and the Tasman Sea on your right. Climb over the Haast Pass to view Thunder Creek Falls and travel through dramatic mountain and forest scenery. You’ll stop for a ride on the Haast River Safari, a unique covered jet boat experience, with a Local Expert. Later you’ll arrive at Lake Wanaka.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Edgewater Resort (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    This morning pass Lakes Hawea and Dunstan. Journey through the Kawarau Gorge. Stop at Cromwell to taste its sensational stone fruit, a Local Speciality. Enjoy a visit to Arrowtown, a colourful old gold-mining township steeped in local history, before continuing to Queenstown for your three night stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Heartland (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Today is a feast for the senses. Travel along the Devil’s Staircase and the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and its lake. You’ll be awe-struck by great sights from Fiordland National Park, New Zealand’s largest, to Milford Sound, one of the world’s most amazing places, where you will cruise on the waters of this natural wonder. En route you’ll drive through the hand-made Homer Tunnel to the abundant photo opportunities afforded by the Mirror Lake, Pop’s Lookout, Cleddau Valley, the Chasm, Mitre Peak and Bowen Falls. In the late afternoon return to Queenstown, where you’ll have a free evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 7


    Free time today gives you the opportunity to sample the many scenic delights of Queenstown. Perhaps take a jet boat ride or try white water rafting. For the less adventurous there are garden and wine tours. This evening ride the Skyline Gondola to Bob’s Peak for a delicious buffet Highlight Dinner while taking in stunning views of Queenstown. Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show as well, a Local Speciality!

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Travel past Mt. Cook National Park, home to New Zealand’s highest mountain. You may wish to take an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). This afternoon stop at Lake Tekapo and view the Church of the Good Shepherd and then continue over the colourful Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Tonight enjoy a Farewell Dinner together with your travelling companions and Travel Director.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Your holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Speciality Watch skilled artisans carving greenstone (jade) in Hokitika.
  • Local Speciality Taste the sumptuous stone fruit at Mrs. Jones’ Orchard in Cromwell.
  • Local Speciality Experience a Kiwi Haka Maori Show in Queenstown.
  • Local Expert Explore Franz Josef Glacier.
  • Local Expert Ride the Hasst River Jet Boat Safari.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ChristchurchSee how the city is being rebuilt after the earthquake of February 2011.
  • TranzAlpine TrainJourney through the spectacular Southern Alps.
  • Franz Josef GlacierView the magnificent glacier.
  • Haast River SafariRide the Haast River on our own Jet boat.
  • ArrowtownExplore this historic gold mining town.
  • QueenstownSpend three nights in New Zealand’s adventure capital.


  • 8 hot buffet breakfasts.
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception and dinner with your Travel Director in Christchurch.
    • 3 three-course dinners.
    • Highlight Dinner in Queenstown.
    • Farewell Dinner in Christchurch.

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.

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