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4 Day Queenstown, Milford Sound and Glacier Highlights from Christchurch

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    Day 1: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown

    Stop At: Lake Tekapo 7945 New Zealand
    Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: The Church of the Good Shepherd, Pioneer Drive, Lake Tekapo 7999 New Zealand
    Enjoy a photo opportunity at the world famous Church of the Good Shepherd
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Aoraki/Mt. Cook, Mt. Cook Road, Mt. Cook Village, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    Then continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook. At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel and you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Queenstown Mall, Queenstown New Zealand
    The tour continues south and concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

    Day 2: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys

    Stop At: Milford Sound, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park 9679 New Zealand
    Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2.5 hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Milford Sound where you’ll board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord enjoying waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide.
    Duration: 9 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

    Day 3: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

    Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand
    From Queenstown to Franz Josef discover the wild beauty of New Zealand's West Coast. Leaving Queenstown, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island like the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you'll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast and exploring the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

    Day 4: Franz Josef to Greymouth train station and take the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

    Stop At: Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 164 Mackay Street, Greymouth 7805 New Zealand
    This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari and onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Stop At: TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific, Troup Drive, Addington, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
    As you descend from the Southern Alps, get breathtaking views of the Waimakiriri River gorge. The train travels over a series of steel girder bridges and deep gorges; the highest viaduct rises 240 feet (73 meters) above the river. Pass through fields of sheep, cattle, and red deer, as you cross the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Christchurch.

    After your 4.5-hour train journey, your tour ends upon arrival in Christchurch in the early evening.
    Duration: 4 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Christchurch Bus Exchange, Lichfield Street - Regional Platform, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    7:20 AM
    Duration
    4 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Hotel pickup and drop off where available (your reservations agent will confirm when booking)
    • Local guides
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • Shuttle to Glacier Valley (may not be available May-Sep)
    • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
    • Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise
    • This is an Independent tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and point to point coaches which have no commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers each day. You have some free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.
    • Entry/Admission - Milford Sound
    • Entry/Admission - Franz Josef Glacier
    • Entry/Admission - Greymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
    • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a small 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
    • Tour includes a stop at a Glacier, but which Glacier depends on the level of accommodation chosen at time of booking.
    • You will receive a detailed itinerary
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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