• Glacier And Coastal Wonder

Glacier And Coastal Wonder

CHRISTCHURCH – DUNEDIN – QUEENSTOWN – CHRISTCHURCH
7 Nights/8 Days

  • Best time to visit :

    The best time to visit New Zealand is at the end of fall (May) and the beginning of spring (September). These shoulder months offer pleasant temperatures and thin tourist crowds. During peak season (November through March), you’ll contend with swells of visitors and high airfare and room rates, but you’ll also find warmer temperatures and fewer rain showers. Between May and September, both temperatures and tourism drop off. Before you pick your travel dates, you should note that the seasons are reversed here: Winter in New Zealand coincides with summer in the U.S. and vice versa.

Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre’s stone-built buildings.

Currency

New Zealand dollar

Language

English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language

Time Difference

7 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India.

ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH

Day 1

On arrival in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Self drive clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

CHRISTCHURCH – DUNEDIN

Day 2

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University.

DUNEDIN – QUEENSTOWN

Day 3

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dunedin city this morning. Travel to Queenstown this afternoon.

MILFORD SOUND

Day 4

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

QUEENSTOWN

Day 5

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available. Queenstown offers bungy jumping, jetboating, white water rafting, gondola rides and much more. Optional activities not included in the tour price.

QUEENSTOWN – GLACIER REGION

Day 6

Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. For Self Drive clients, entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included.

GLACIER REGION – CHRISTCHURCH

Day 7

Travel north to Greymouth today and board the Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to reach ‘the garden city’ of Christchurch.

DEPARTURE DAY

Day 8

Your arrangements conclude with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.

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