New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands, both marked by volcanoes and glaciation. Capital Wellington, on the North Island, is home to Te Papa Tongarewa, the expansive national museum. Wellingtons dramatic Mt. Victoria, along with the South Islands Fiordland and Southern Lakes, stood in for mythical Middle Earth in Peter Jacksons "Lord of the Rings" films.
On arrival at Christchurch, 'The Garden City', seat in coach passengers you will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive passengers will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.
Depart Christchurch on the renowned Tranz Alpine Train (seat in coach passengers only), over the Southern Alps to Greymouth. On arrival in Greymouth, continue by coach to Punakaiki to view the Pancake Rocks, magnificent limestone formations carved over millions of years. Overnight stay at hotel.
Travel south along the rugged West Coast to arrive in the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Overnight stay at hotel.
Depart the Glacier Region today through spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to Haast Pass, Gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Follow the shores of Lakes Hawea and Wanaka to Queenstown. Overnight stay at hotel.
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. Overnight stay at hotel.
Travel through the Central Otago region to Mount Cook or as known in Maori 'Aoraki', the cloud piercer. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo before travelling across the Canterbury Plains to arrive in Christchurch. Overnight stay at hotel.
Your tour conclude today with a departure transfer.