South Island Trails

08 nights / 09 days

03 Nights in Christchurch
01 Night in Glacier Region
03 Nights in Queenstown
01 Night in Mount Cook


Day 01: Arrive Christchurch
On arrival, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. Your room may not be ready before 2pm or 3pm (normal check in time).
Christchurch - the Garden City, lies on the level plains that initially attracted the closely knit Church of England settlers that settled the area. The largest of the South Island cities, Christchurch retains something of the English nature of its origins - the willow and oak-lined River Avon and clustered mediaeval stone buildings.

Day 02: Christchurch - Greymouth - Franz Josef        
Morning after breakfast shall be transferred to Christchurch railway station. Depart Christchurch on Tranz Alpine Train. Upon arrival at Greymouth railway station, pick up your rental car and drive to the Glacier Region of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

Tranz Scenic Christchurch to Greymouth (7.55am-12.45pm)
Today you will board the TranzAlpine scenic train departing from one coast of New Zealand and arriving at the other. Your train journey is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres.

From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains, beautiful gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The spectacular Southern Alps and the lushness of Beech rain forest.
An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots. There's a lot to look forward to before arriving at your destination.

Franz Josef Glacier - originally named Victoria, after Queen Victoria of England, geologist Julius Von Haast, renamed it, Franz Josef, after the current Emperor of his homeland, Austria. The Glacier is pale blue/green ice that has retreated and advanced many times over the years. A walk from the carpark to the Glacier terminal will give you some impressive views and an idea of the immense size of the Glacier itself. The township of Franz Josef is a small town based around the tourist and supply trade.

Day 03: Glacier Region - Queenstown                           
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Drive to Queenstown.

Queenstown - is the South Island's most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as "fit for any Queen", and so she was called Queenstown.

Day 04: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound - Queenstown                       
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Drive to Manapouri. Enjoy Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Drive back to Queenstown after the tour.

Doubtful Sound Cruise ex Manapouri
(01 Nov-30 Apr 0930hrs-1730hrs, October and 01 May - 30 Sep 0945hrs-1715hrs)
Depart from Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm.  Travel by coach over Wilmot Pass, through dense rainforest. Once at Doubtful Sound, board the Patea Explorer, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound, to the Tasman Sea. There is excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, and mountains. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals basking on the rocks, or a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. The rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes encountered, depending on the season.  At some point during your day, you have the chance to visit the Manapouri Underground Power Station (Not on the 7 am trip from Manapouri). Return to Manapouri at the end of your journey.

Day 05: Queenstown                                                         
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. All day is free at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Option Extra:
Real Journeys Walter Peak High Country Farm ex Queenstown (15 Oct - 15 Apr departs 10am returns 13.30hrs, All Year (excluding Survey period late May - Early July when a substitute launch will be used ) departs 12noon returns 15.30hrs & departs 2pm returns 17.30hrs)
Report to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, at the Steamer Wharf, in Queenstown. Board the TSS Earnslaw (unless she is on survey, in which case it will be a launch) and take the 40 minute voyage to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the chance to wander around the beautiful lakeside gardens, and enjoy a coffee/tea and home baking in the Colonel's Homestead. The farm demonstrators take you on a walking tour of the farmyard, and take the chance to view the animals, sheep, red deer, and Scottish highland cattle. Watch sheep shearing, and sheep dogs working stock. After your time, return via the TSS Earnslaw, to Queenstown Wharf.
Price: NZD 76 per adult / NZD 30 per child

Skyline Gondola & Restaurant - Return Gondola
Enjoy a return Skyline Gondolaride to the summit of Bob's Peak where you can enjoy panoramic views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.
Price: NZD 30 per adult / NZD 18 per child

Shotover Jet Boat Ride (departs every 15 minutes 9am-5pm)
*** Minimum height:  1 metre (subject to weather condition)
Please check in for you Shotover Jet excursion at the Shotover Jet office located within The Station Building, Cnr Camp &ShotoverSts, Queenstown.
Depart on the Shotover Jet courtesy coach to Shotover River.
From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons.  It's an amazing ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your "Big Red" through its paces and skilfully whips the Jet Boat past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the narrow canyons.
Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision, the opaque water sprays into myriads of white crystals with every turn, and you grip the hand rail for comfort and reassurance and then let out a whoop of excitement as your driver spins the boat around in its own boat length - wow, you've just experienced the World famous Shotover Jet full 360 degree spin. Hold on tight and enjoy the thrill as you spin and without losing momentum keep speeding along the river.
Following your jet boat ride you will be returned to Queenstown by the Shotover courtesy coach.
Price: NZD 128 per adult / NZD 72 per child

Ziptrek Ecotours Flying Fox - KEA TOURS (6 LINES)
Ziptrek Ecotours; for an exhilarating zipline (flying fox) adventure above spectacular Queentown! Ride up the Skyline Gondola or if you prefer take the Tiki Trail (allow 60 minutes for Trail walk) harness up and step onto our tree platform, then glide through the treetops on a series of four flying foxes. Your experienced Guides will deliver an interpretive tour as you "Zzziiiiiip" from tree to tree. Breathe in some pristine mountain air as you venture on a carefully crafted journey that combines exhilaration, adventure, and ecological exploration. Ziptrek Ecotours offer a thrilling eco-adventure experience, with spectacular views of the surrounding area while also providing the opportunity to learn about what this breath-taking place has to offer.
Price: NZD 180 per adult

Day 06: Queenstown - Mt Cook                                       
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel.  Drive to Mt Cook.

NZONE 9000ft Skydive
Report to the NZONE Skydive Centre, at 35 Shotover St, 10 minutes before your trip departure time.
Experience the thrill and excitement of parachute jumping in New Zealand with a tandem Skydive above Queenstown.
NZONE 'The Ultimate Jump' are the most experienced and longest operating Skydive operators in New Zealand and the only Skydive company to have won the prestigious NZ Tourism Awards. The company operates in a premier destination, amongst the most amazing scenery in the world; in the Alpine Resort of Queenstown with the stunning backdrops as seen in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. 
The unique rural drop zone is 20 minutes from Queenstown on a private airstrip away from the main airport, nestled at the base of the Remarkable Mountains on the edge of Lake Wakatipu.  The first skydive is a scary thing.  You can expect sensory overload as your mind/soul/body fight against every natural self preservatory urge.
With this 9,000ft jump you will experience 25 seconds of Freefall! Trip Duration: 3.5 hours. Note that you should allow 3hours for the total trip. Price: NZD 290 per adult

Mount Cook - whose Maori name "Aorangi" means "Cloud Piercer" is some 3753.5 metres high and surrounded by a host of massive peaks. Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest mountain, and can quite often be surrounded by cloud, constantly vulnerable to the fast changing weather patterns of an alpine climate

Suggested optional activity, not included in costing:
The Helicopter Line Alpine Vista Flight (duration 20 mins)
Reporting time for your flight at this short scenic option is the ideal opportunity to touch snow and experience the thrill of a helicopter flight. Sweep through the rugged high country landscape of the Ben Ohau Mountain Range to a landing site on a snow field high in the mountains. Enjoy the fantastic vista from this alpine setting as you look out to the mountains and glaciers, and down into the valleys that were carved out by glaciers centuries ago.
All flights require a minimum number of 3 passengers for departures.
Bookings will be accepted for numbers less than the required minimum number on the basis that bookings will be co-ordinated to achieve minimum numbers.
Price: NZD 248 per adult / NZD 172 per child

Day 07: Mt Cook - Christchurch                                       
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Drive to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo.

Day 08: Christchurch                                                         
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Enjoy Christchurch sightseeing (by drive) including International Antarctic Centre admission.

Christchurch Antarctic Centre - Very few people have the opportunity to experience the awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica first-hand. An interactive, fun and exciting experience of the "Great White South".
Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches after four months of darkness. Find out about Scott Base, and experience Antarctic conditions first-hand .. even on a hot summer's day! Slide down a snow slope, explore a snow cave, feel icy wind-chills, or just let your body tingle with the exhilaration of being in Antarctic temperatures!

Day 09: Christchurch - Bhubaneswar                                        
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Drive to Christchurch airport. Drop off your rental car before flight check in. Depart Christchurch

What we Include :

  • Return air fare Kolkata – Christchurch in economy class
  • 03 Nights accommodation in Christchurch
  • 01 Night accommodation in Glacier Region
  • 03 Nights accommodation in Queenstown
  • 01 Night accommodation in Mount Cook
  • All transfers & sightseeing on private basis as per itinerary
  • Attractions as specified in the above itinerary. (i.e Doubtful Sound Cruise, CHC Antarctic Centre)
  • Tranz Alpine Train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Tourist visa of Newzealand with medical insurance

Extra charges apply:

  • Peak Season Surcharge – If applicable.
  • Airport Tax (Rotorua NZ$5.00pp) subject to increase
  • Any items of personal nature like telephone, beverages, laundry etc.
  • Porterage,Tips and gratuities
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