9 Day Classic TranzAlpine Tour

Mt Cook reflected in Lake Matheson on the West Coast - picture courtesy Kirra Tours

9 Day Classic TranzAlpine Tour

Tour Type: South Island Tour
Category Classic Series
Duration: 9 days
Tour Starts in: Christchurch
Tour Finishes in: Christchurch


From AUD $2,157.00 (see full price list below)

Tour Dates (See Below)

Tour Description

Welcome to our 9 Day Classic TranzAlpine Tour of New Zealand's spectacular South Island. Join us as we take you on an amazing journey to all the best spots on this beautiful island.

From Christchurch we head south across the Canterbury Plains to the stunning turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo where you have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Southern Alps. From Tekapo we trace the waters of Lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. Part of a World Heritage listed area, Mount Cook is a favorite with hikers and climbers. The Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre retraces the history of the area and entry is available to you as an optional cost extra. From Mt Cook we head back along the shores of Lake Pukaki to Omarama, our stopover for the night.

Next stop is Dunedin. With a strong Scottish heritage, Dunedin has many fine old buildings, and we visit one of these, the historic Olveston House. With free time in Dunedin there are various optional activities available. Highly recommended are a wildlife tour, or a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway.

From Dunedin we travel east to Te Anau, often referred to as the "Gateway to Fiordland". Te Anau is the nearest town to Milford and is our destination for the night.

Next is perhaps the highlight of our tour. Majestic Milford Sound. The journey to Milford is an experience in itself. The Milord Road is regarded as one of the finest drives in the World, and for good reason. Huge waterfalls, raging streams, snow capped peaks and rugged valleys await us before we descend through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound. Your cruise on Milford Sound takes us through the Sound to the open sea and back. Towering near vertical rock faces, the raging Bowen and Stirling Falls, and the chance to see several varieties of marine life are all features of your cruise.

After our cruise we head back through Te Anau to New Zealand's "Adventure Capital", Queenstown. Located by Lake Wakatipu, and circled by 2,000 metre high peaks, this is a spectacular place. And there is no better view in Queenstown than from atop Bob's Peak. Your tour includes a trip to the top of Bob's Peak on the Skyline Gondola, and dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. Have your camera fully charged! With free time in Queenstown there is ample time to explore and perhaps sample of the many optional activities available, such as a cruise on Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw steamer, or even a bungy jump or jetboat ride (additional cost).

Our 9 Day Classic TranzAlpine Tour then takes us from Queenstown through the lakeside town of Wanaka, to Haast Pass and the rugged West Coast, home to the twin glaciers, Franz Josef and Fox. We stop at Fox Glacier village tonight but there is time to take the optional guided walk to the terminal face of Fox Glacier, or even better, an exhilarating helicopter ride over the glacier.

From Fox, our journey takes us north to Franz Josef, where we visit a Jade factory and watch artists at work. From here we head further north to Greymouth where we board the famous TranzAlpine train, regarded as one of the World's great train journeys. The TranzAlpine takes us through the Southern Alps. across huge gorges and rivers, through tunnels and finally on to the Canterbury Plains, before arriving in Christchurch and the conclusion of our tour.

Come and join us on this amazing 9 Day Classic TranzAlpine Tour.




Highlights

  • Accommodation for 8 nights in 3.5 to 4 star hotels
  • Meals - 7 dinners and 8 breakfasts
  • Guided tours in Dunedin and Christchurch
  • The World Heritage listed Mount Cook area
  • Dunedin's historic Olveston House and Larnach Castle
  • The beautiful Southern Lakes
  • Cruise on mystical Milford Sound Cruise
  • The rugged Fiordland and West Coast regions, including the glaciers
  • Amazing views (and dinner) high above Queenstown at the Skyline Restaurant
  • See artists at work in a Jade factory
  • Ride on the famous TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps

And lots more!


Optional Extras

  • Single Room Supplement $626










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