Christchurch - Greymouth - Franz Josef (300 km)
Today we will begin with a ride on the TranzAlpine train. Check-in at the Christchurch Railway Station, then sit back to watch the South Island's most stunning scenery roll by just outside your window. We'll travel across the vast Canterbury Plains, cross winding ice-fed rivers and traverse the majestic Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass. The train journey ends on the West Coast in the historic gold mining town of Greymouth, where we will meet our driver guide and coach. From there, we will continue to the town of Franz Josef, where we will spend the night here.
Standard Hotel: Lodge in the middle of the rainforest
Franz Josef - Wanaka (286 km)
Early in the morning, we will take a walk to the mirror-like Lake Matheson, stop at Fox Glacier, then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. After passing Lake Hawea, we will arrive in Wanaka in the late afternoon.
Franz Josef Glacier, NZD
The Franz Josef Glacier is a 12 meter (7.5 mile) long glacier that attracts upwards of 250,000 annual visitors. Guests can enjoy guided 1-2 hour hikes or helicopter tours exploring numerous ice falls, snow frosted mountain peaks, and spectacular views.
Located near Fox Glacier, Lake Matheson is a scenic area that offers spectacular views of New Zealand's highest mountain peak: Mount Cook. The lake contains long finned eels and is also an ideal location of bird watching.
Standard Hotel: Central hostel
Wanaka - Queenstown (67 km)
This morning, we will head out on a scenic bike ride around the lake before we make our way to Wanaka to cruise along the famous A.J. Hackett Bungy Site. Then, we will continue to Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of the world.
Located in the Otago region, Wanaka is a popular resort town that attracts tourists all year round. From cross-country skiing to water skiing, Wanaka offers endless outdoor activities no matter the season, as well as gorgeous views of mountain ranges, lakes, and more.
Located at the heart of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka is situated in a glacier basin and spans an area of 72 square miles. Ideal for adventure tourism, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter.
Located in the South Island of New Zealand along Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an urban, resort town popularized for its adventure tourism, which includes snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and paragliding. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy also features locations from Queenstown and surrounding locations.
The Ledge Bungy
Situated 400 metres above Queenstown, the Ledge enables you to put your own twist on Bungy Jumping.
Admission (Optional): Adult N$195; Child N$195
The Ledge Swing
Swing out 400m above Queenstown. This crazy exploit will swing you off into the sky and bring you back from your high, before you've managed to stop screamingâ€“ a truly thrilling way to take in the Queenstown sights!
Admission (Optional): Adult N$145; Child (10-14 yrs) N$145
Ideal for families, tour groups, and conferences & incentive groups. The Kawarau Zipride is comprised of 3x 130m zip lines, allowing for solo or tandems, and can take up to six people at once! Our Zipride reaches speeds of up to 60kph- zipride like Superman, share the fun with a friend or maybe race your work colleagues upside-down!
The Kawarau Bridge Bungy
Not only is Queenstown the Adventure Capital of the World but it is also the location of the 'World Home of Bungy Jumping'- The Kawarau Bridge Bungy! 43m Bungy Jump off the Historic Kawarau Bridge.
Admission (Optional): Adult N$185; Child (10-14 yrs) N$185
The Nevis Bungy
Set an epic 134m above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest Bungy (bungee) in New Zealand is a once in a lifetime experience.
Admission (Optional): Adult N$260; Child N$260
The Nevis Swing
The World's Most Famous Swing. After being lifted out above the launch deck, suspended 160 metres above the canyon floor, you're suddenly released and find yourself rushing towards the other side of the valley at 120kph, eyes wide open in disbelief or shut tight in fear.
Admission (Optional): Adult N$200; Child (10-14 yrs) N$200
Standard Hotel: Central hostel
Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Queenstown (470 km)
Today, we will depart early in the morning to get stunning views as we travel along Doubtful Sound in stunning Fiordland National Park, where we will take a three hour wilderness cruise and learn more about this incredible area.
Fiordland National Park, NZD
Established in 1952, the Fiordland National Park is New Zealand's most significant conservation that supports a large and diverse ecosystem of plants and wildlife. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, and more while surrounded by the astounding beauty of this natural paradise.
Doubtful Sound, nicknamed the sound of silence, is practically untouched by man. The physical grandeur of towering peaks descending into moody waters, outstanding waterfalls from ice-age valleys and ancient vegetation clad fiords create a powerful atmosphere of solitude and serenity.
Milford Mariner Ship Cruise
Spend the night aboard the Milford Mariner Cruise Ship and experience the Milford Sound like never before. Enjoy nature guides by day and stargazing by night, as well as delicious buffet-styled breakfast and dinner among the sound's natural beauty.
Duration: 1 Day
Standard Hotel: Central hostel
Queenstown - Mount Cook (204 km)
Early in the morning, we will depart from Queenstown and drive over the Lindis Pass through beautiful Mackenzie Country and past Lake Pukaki. Then, we will head north to Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, arriving in the early afternoon.
Mount Cook National Park, NZD
Mount Cook, locally known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in New Zealand measuring 12,218 feet tall. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Cook is a beautiful, diverse location like no other. Enjoy exploring peaks, valleys, lakes, forests, and more.
Standard Hotel: Stunning alpine lodge
Mount Cook - Rangitata (48 km)
Departing from Mount Cook, we will make our way through a landscape made famous in the Lord of the Rings films. We'll stop to admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, which is a famous photo stop. Then we could relax in the Tekapo hot pools, go snow tubing or ice skating or hike up to the Mt John observatory where you'll witness stunning views of the lake from above. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest.
Tonight, we'll stay in one of Canterbury's original sheep stations.
Lake Tekapo Township, NZD
Located near the Mackenzie Basin, the Lake Tekapo Township is a small community surrounded mountain ranges, lakes and natural beauty. It is also home to Mount John University Observatory, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Waitaki Dam, and more.
Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau).
Church of the Good Shepherd
The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains.
It was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country.
Standard Hotel: One of Canterbury's original sheep stations