Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
Upon arriving at Christchurch airport today, you will be met by a transfer driver waiting for you in the arrivals area. He will greet you and welcome you to New Zealand, hand over your tour documents and transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Christchurch.
After an early breakfast this morning, be delivered to the Christchurch railway station, where you will board the Optional Tranz Alpine Train or Self Drive. The award winning Tranz Alpine train is rated as one of the top six scenic train journeys in the world. The train crosses the huge and fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, winds its way over massive viaducts, through spectacular river gorges and the stunning Waimakariri River valley. The highest point is 737 metres at the alpine village at Arthur Pass. From Arthur Pass to Greymouth the scenery is lush beech forest and tranquil Lake Brunner. After disembarking the train, board the waiting coach to the Glaciers. This afternoon begin your journey down the West Coast following lush, temperate rainforest sandwiched between the highest mountains of the Southern Alps and the rolling waves of the Tasman Sea. The village at Franz Josef Glacier is five kilometres from the face of Franz Josef Glacier itself. Continue another 30 minutes to get to the small Alpine Village of Fox Glacier. Overnight in Glaciers Optional Activity: Helicopter flight with Snow Landing
After breakfast today, we continue the journey down the West Coast into South Westland which is the least populated part of New Zealand. At Fox Glacier you will once again have the opportunity to see the impressive glacier through the coach windows. On a clear day you will also be rewarded with magnificent views of Mount Cook in the background of Fox Glacier. As you near Haast the landscape changes and once you have gone over the Heritage Haast Pass which is the highest road pass through the Southern Alps you emerge into a different landscape of Central Otago with its sparkling lakes and the surrounding Mount Aspiring National Park. Then its down the Kawarau River Gorge into Queenstown which is New Zealand adventure capital. Overnight in Queenstown.
Today after breakfast, depart Queenstown and travel alongside Lake Wakatipu, through Kingston, Garston and Mossburn before arriving Te Anau. From Te Anau, follow the shores of Lake Te Anau before entering Fiordland National Park which covers 1.2 million hectares. Board the catamaran and embark on a 1.5 hour cruise out to the Tasman Sea and back with superb views or towering peaks, close ups of the cool mists of tall waterfalls, as well as southern fur seals and the spectacular Mitre Peak. Returning to Milford Wharf where you reboard your coach for your return journey to Queenstown arriving around 7.30pm. Overnight in Queenstown.
After your breakfast today, you have the opportunity to enjoy many of the fun adventure activities or sightseeing trips available in Queenstown. Some of these optional ideas include: – Kawarau Jet-Boat Ride – Shotover Jet-boat Ride – Dart River Jet Safari – 4WD Lord of the Rings Tour – Tandem Sky-Dive – A J Hackett Bungy Jump – Earnslaw Lake Wakatipu Cruise and Farm Tour Overnight in Queenstown.
Enjoy your breakfast this morning, before boarding the coach to Christchurch. The Mount Cook Wander begins from Queenstown with a short trip up the Kawarau River Gorge into Lindis Pass and over the MacKenzie Basin to Mount Cook National Park. During your stop at Mount Cook there is an opportunity for an optional scenic flight or lunch at The Hermitage. Leaving Mount Cook, return to Lake Pukaki following the shores to meet up with the main highway. Continuing your journey to Lake Tekapo you stop briefly to view the Church of the Good Shepherd and the bronze Collie Dog statue signifying the rural history of the area. From here you drive through the Canterbury Plains the largest area of flat land in New Zealand. Overnight in Christchurch Optional Activities : 40 Minute Ski-plane flight with Snow Landing or Helicopter Flight with Snow Landing
After your final breakfast of the tour, you can choose to do an optional activity today before your tour concludes at Christchurch Airport. Farewell New Zealand! Optional Activities : Dawn Hot Air Balloon Flight OR City Tour inc Entry to International Antarctic Centre
– The rates are valid for minimum 2 adults travelling together
– GST will be extra on the Land package cost (excluding ticket cost)
– Visa charges & Travel Insurance are not included in the cost & will be extra (View visa detail).
– Any meals and services unless mentioned in the itinerary are not included.
– The hotels and services as mentioned are subject to availability at the time of booking.
– In case of unavailability in mentioned hotels, alternate accommodation will be arranged in a similar category hotel.
– Rates may change in case of change in hotel rates, transport rates or entrance fees & airport taxes
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– Check in time is 1400 hrs and Check out time is 12noon. Early check-in/ late checkout is subject to availability.
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