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Independent New Zealand Travel Packages

South Island

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Location Start: Christchurch     End: christchurch 

By road and rail, take the TranzAlpine trin from Christchurch to the West Coast then head north to Nelson the gateway to the Abel Tasman. Head south past the surf breaks to Kaikoura and board the TranzScenic back to Christhchurch.

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Each FIXED Package Includes

Airport transfer to YHA on arrival

Daily Coach Travel as specified with InterCity and Newmans Coachlines 

YHA Accommodation - 4 nights pre-booked accommodation  

TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth

TranzCoastal train from Kaikoura to Christchurch


Tour Itinerary

Day One - Arrive in Christchurch
Spend your day enjoying some of the many activities Christchurch has to offer - punting down the river, head up the Gondola for unique views of Christchurch, head out to Lyttelton for a wildlife cruise or simply enjoy the inner city cafes. 

Overnight: YHA Christchurch

Day Two - Christchurch - Nelson via Greymouth 
TranzScenic Train departs Christchurch at 08:15
Arrive Greymouth at 12:45
InterCity Coach departs Greymouth at 13:30
Arrive Nelson at 19:30

Sit back and enjoy a spectacular rail journey across the South Island. The TranzAlpine excursion is rated in the top six rail journeys in the world. The TranzAlpine travels over huge viaducts, through gorges and river valleys before tracking across New Zealand's greatest mountain range - the Southern Alps. At Greymouth, board the coach Northbound for Nelson.

Overnight: YHA Nelson

Day Three - Nelson 
The Nelson region offers enormous diversity both in the landscape and in activities from snow capped mountains to rolling vineyards to golden beaches, then choose from outdoor adventure to learning Maori weaving to visiting local markets.

Overnight: YHA Nelson

Day Four - Nelson - Kaikoura (via Picton) 
InterCity Coach departs Nelson at 08:30
Arrives Kaikoura 12:05

After your stay in Nelson, take the coach through to Kaikoura, stopping in Picton. Continue through to Kaikoura to experience Whale Watching or simply stroll the coastline.

Overnight:YHA Kaikoura

Day Five - Kaikoura - Christchurch
TranzCoastal Train departs Kaikoura at 15:28
Arrive Christchurch at 18:21

This afternoon board the TranzCoastal train headed for Christchurch.

Tour ends upon arrival in Christchurch.  

Prices are per person and include all prebooked accommodation and transport. Please note meals and optional activities are not included in the price of the tour.




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