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5 Day Alpine Explorer

5 Day Alpine Explorer

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Route: Christchurch to Christchurch
Tour Operator: Thrifty Tours

Discover the unforgettable splendour of New Zealand’s central South Island. Journey through landscapes shaped by glaciers millions of years ago. Travel across rolling farmlands to reach the majestic Southern Alps, Fiordland and glaciers.

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Discover the unforgettable splendour of New Zealand’s central South Island. Journey through landscapes shaped by glaciers millions of years ago. Travel across rolling farmlands to reach the majestic Southern Alps, Fiordland and glaciers.

Picture wide valleys of patchwork farmlands on the Canterbury Plains, towering snow-capped peaks including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. See pristine glacial lakes, massive rivers of ice, fiordland waterways winding through ancient gorges. Travel across land by coach, cruise the Milford Sound and step aboard the TranzAlpine train, to experience one of the world’s most remarkable rail journeys. A journey sure to take your breath away at every turn.

Tour Inclusions

Transport

  • Public Coach Transport
  • Transfers within journey

Accommodation

  • 4 nights in 3.5 star motel standard
  • Pre & Post accommodation of the tour must be booked and is not included in price

Dining

  • No Meals are included in this tour

Highlights

  • Mount Cook National Park
  • Milford Sounds Cruise including lunch
  • Skyline Gondola Queenstown
  • Franz Josef or Fox Glacier viewing
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey

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Itinerary

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Day 1Christchurch – Mt Cook - Queenstown
Cross the Canterbury Plains, over Burkes Pass to the glacial lakes and into the Mount Cook National Park. Optional lunch at the Hermitage or perhaps a scenic flight. Cross the spectacular Mackenzie Country bounded by the Southern Alps to the Lindis Pass. Pass the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell and through the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines to Queenstown. In Queenstown you will stay three nights.
Day 2Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
Today is a full day trip to Milford Sound. A full day taking in the wonders of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak, while enjoying a lunch aboard a cruise of Milford Sound, returning to Queenstown that evening.
Day 3In Queenstown
Today is free for you to explore the wonders of this fabulous resort town. We have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour and you will love the views from Bob’s Peak over Queenstown. There are dozens of optional activities available in Queenstown from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.
Day 4Queenstown to the Glaciers
Travel to Cromwell and on through the Southern Lake district to the Haast Pass. Travel north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. A shuttle will take you to view one of these massive rivers of ice. Stay one night at the glaciers. Note due to short daylight hours in winter this tour may not be available during the winter months.
Day 5Glaciers to Christchurch
Travel north past Hokitika, to Greymouth. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Otira Tunnel, over Arthurs Pass and across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in Christchurch early evening. Accommodation is not included this evening.

Terms

Terms

Note all prices are in New Zealand Dollars and are based Twin/Double share and Single occupancy valid until the 30 September 2018.

High Season rates apply for travel from 1st October 2017 - 31st March 2018. High Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$2250
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$1755 per person
  • Low Season rates apply for travel from 1st April 2018 - 30th September 2018. Low Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$2025
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$1579 per person
  • Prices are based on motel style accommodation, Bronze and Silver Hotel options are available on request.

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