- Enjoy a full day excursion into the heart of Milford Sound
- Join a Shotover River experience for a thrilling jet boat ride in the canyon
- Be amazed by the spectacular views of Franz Josef Glacier
- Admire the spectacular mountain scenery onboard the Tranz Alpine train
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Upon arrival at Christchurch airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to relax or, time permitting, to explore some of Christchurch’s attractions. These include Cathedral Square, Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens or Canterbury Museum.
This morning collect your rental car and drive through diverse farmland to Lake Tekapo. Here you can visit the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps mountain range. Continue on to the alpine resort town of Queenstown, commonly known as the adventure capital of New Zealand.
A full day excursion into the heart of Milford Sound. Experience the world-famous fjord, the valleys carved by glaciers and beautiful waterfalls. Journey across the Southern Alps, past the stunning Mirror Lakes and Eglinton Valley. At Milford Sound, board a nature cruise to see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier-scarred rock walls and waterfalls that crash into the sea far below. Later return to Queenstown.
Make your way to downtown Queenstown for your transfer to the Shotover River for a jet boat ride in the canyon. This thrilling ride skims past rocky outcrops, around crags and boulders and through dramatic and narrow canyons. The afternoon is free to enjoy some of Queenstown’s activities; get the adrenaline pumping with bungee jumping or ziplining, or opt for a more laid-back afternoon enjoying the town’s lakeside scenery and relaxed atmosphere.
Today you will visit Franz Josef Glacier. Your tour guide will provide plenty of information about the glacier’s history and will take you on a Glacier Valley Walk alongside the mighty Waiho River following the glacier’s path of retreat. Near the terminal face you will be amazed by the spectacular views. After the tour relax in the Glacier Hot Pools, a peaceful, natural haven surrounded by lush rainforest.
Travel north today, up the wild, west coast. It’s worth taking a detour to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, where the surging sea has sculpted incredible shapes out of the rocks. Return your rental car at the train depot in Greymouth, where you will board the Tranz Alpine train for your journey to Christchurch. This is a memorable journey which traverses the Southern Alps passing spectacular mountain scenery.
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