3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 3 days/2 nights (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2950CLT22B

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Spend three days experiencing the highlights of New Zealand's scenic South Island on this tour from Christchurch. Travel by coach to Mt Cook National Park, Queenstown, Greymouth and the impressive Franz Josef Glacier, listening to informative onboard commentary and stopping to explore sights independently. You’ll be treated to a panorama of New Zealand’s spectacular, ever-changing scenery, from open plains and rugged mountain ranges to glacial lakes, dense forests, Gold Rush towns and beyond. This 3-day tour is ideal for more independent sightseeing, and those looking to experience the beauty of New Zealand in a relaxed, comfortable way.

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
Day 1: Christchurch — Mt Cook — Queenstown
Board a coach in Christchurch and travel through the rich pastoral farm land of the Canterbury Plains. Watch as the scenery changes as you make your way through the foothills of the Southern Alps, across Burkes Pass and to Lake Tekapo, where Church of the Good Shepherd stands proudly on the shore.

Continue along the western side of Lake Pukaki and arrive at Mt Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, where you'll have free time to soak in your stellar surroundings. Cross Lindis Pass and skirt the Kawerau Gorge before arriving in Queenstown for the night.

Overnight: Heartland Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day 2: Queenstown — Franz Josef Glacier
From your Queenstown hotel, drive along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea to Haast Pass, one of New Zealand's most stunning highway routes and the gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. After passing through the flat grasslands of Central Otago, ascend up to the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps and the rivers and rainforests of Westland.

Travel up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, forests and lakes to Franz Josef Glacier, a jaw-dropping 7-mile (11-km) glacier dating back more than 7,000 years. Stay overnight at a unique hotel tucked away in the mountains.

Overnight: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier — Greymouth — Christchurch
Wake up to beautiful mountain scenery before embarking on the last day of your tour. Travel back in time to the West Coast Gold Rush in Greymouth, the center for thousands of diggers during the historic gold strikes of the 1860s.

Board the renowned TranzAlpine train for your homeward journey across the Southern Alps, along the banks of the Waimakiriri River Gorge to the Canterbury Plains, arriving finally in Christchurch in the evening. From here you'll be taken to your hotel or the airport for your onward journey.

Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Your Christchurch hotel or a central meeting point
Departure Time:
7:15am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Duration:
3 days/2 nights
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately at 6:35pm on Day 3

Pricing information

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Pricing information

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

3-Day South Island Circle Tour from Christchurch

Inclusions:
  • Driver/guide
  • 2 nights of accommodation in 3-star hotels
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Please note that this tour is an independent tour and you may be traveling with a different driver/guide and group each day
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jenny S, Australia, January 2010

Best trip ever, the guide was a wonder, absolutely above all expectations.

Reviewed by: Lincoln K, USA, January 2010

The most fabulous trip ever!

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