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South Island

Alpine Explorer

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Location Start: Christchurch     End: Christchurch 

Daily departures. Just like a picture perfect postcard, take in all the sights that make the South Island so special.

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Alpine Explorer - 5 Days, 4 Nights

Daily Departures # TT383B

Tour Inclusions:

4 nights accommodation
Transfers within journey
Mount Cook National Park
Milford Sound Cruise including lunch
Skyline Gondola - Queenstown
Franz Josef or Fox Glacier viewing
TranzAlpine Train Journey


All tours are flexible.  Pre and post tour accommodation and airport transfer packages available.


Just like a picture perfect postcard, take in all the sights that make the South Island so special.


Day 1: Christchurch - Mt Cook - Queenstown
Cross the Canterbury Plains  into the Mount Cook National Park and through the spectacular Mackenzie Country to the Lindis Pass. Pass the stone fruit growing area of Cromwell and past the Kawarau Gorge with its historic gold mines to Queenstown. Stay 3 nights in Queenstown.

Day 2: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown
A full day taking in the wonders of Milford and Mitre Peak, aboard a cruise on the Sound,  returning to Queenstown by evening.

Day 3: At Queenstown
Today is free for you to enjoy this fabulous alpine resort - we have included the Skyline Gondola in your tour. There are dozens of optional activities from thrilling jet boat rides to leisurely lake cruises, 4WD safaris and bungy jumping.

Day 4: Queenstown - Glaciers
Travel to Cromwell and on through the Southern Lakes district to the Haast Pass. Travel north, through dense rainforest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards the glaciers. A shuttle will take you to view one of these massive rivers of ice. Stay 1 night in Fox or Franz Josef Glacier townships.

Day 5: Glaciers - Christchurch
Travel north  past Hokitika, to Greymouth. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Otira Tunnel, over Arthur's Pass and across the Canterbury Plains, arriving early evening.



Accommodation has been chosen to fit our criteria of value for money, central locations, and guest services provided. All properties include TV and telephone in room and breakfast available on site. Our accommodation providers are fully informed of your travel arrangements and are happy to provide support and information during your stay.


There are five levels of accommodation, offering you a choice that fits your budget and holiday requirements.



Clean, comfortable, value for money accommodation Qualmark rating 3, 3+ Star



Tourist properties with full facilities on site. Qualmark rating 3+, 4 Star



First class tourist properties providing excellent locations and services. Qualmark rating 4, 5 Star




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