New Zealand Classic TranzAlpine, 9 Days, 3.5-star
Includes taxes and fuel surcharges
The largest city on South Island, Christchurch is the most English of New Zealand's cities.
Travel Dates: Valid for travel on selected dates from 18 September 2016 - 18 September 2017.
Duration: 8 nights
Departing From: Singapore
- Return economy class airfare to Christchurch flying Air New Zealand including taxes
- 8 nights accommodation with 8 breakfasts and 7 dinners
- TranzAlpine Train Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
- Milford Sound Cruise and Skyline Gondola with dinner in Queenstown
- All relevant transfers and transportation in modern air-conditioned coach
- Services of a professional Coach Captain
- Private airport transfers
- All entrance fees and tours as stated in itinerary
Day 1 (Sunday): Arrive Christchurch
Welcome to New Zealand. A representative will greet you at the airport with transport waiting to take you to your hotel. Overnight Christchurch.
Day 2 (Monday): Christchurch, Mt Cook, Omarama
Before departing Christchurch this morning enjoy a brief city sights tour which will allow a deeper insight into the hardships this city has faced in recent times, but also showcase the vibrant new sense of community spirit and change that has been borne from the Earthquake tragedy. Later travel across the vast patchwork of Canterbury Plains into MacKenzie Country, an area famed for its history of sheep farming and its sparsely populated beauty. Next arrive into stunning Tekapo to view the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935, and the Collie Dog statue that both overlook the powder blue waters of Lake Tekapo itself, allowing for some spectacular photo opportunities. Later continue on to Mt Cook National Park, with its extraordinary scenery and awe-inspiring soaring peaks to view the iconic Mt Cook (Aoraki) itself, the highest mountain in New Zealand. Overnight Omarama. (B,D)
Day 3 (Tuesday): Omarama, Dunedin
Pass large hydro lakes as you travel down the Waitaki Valley this morning, pausing at historic Oamaru with its collection of limestone heritage buildings and beautifully preserved Victorian Precinct. Next arrive into Dunedin � the �Scottish� city, which is known for its vibrant university community as well as being home to the world�s steepest street! Discover Dunedin�s striking heritage buildings on a brief city tour and view the thriving city centre area, named the Octagon, as well as the railway station. Your early arrival allows the choice of excellent optional activities and your Coach Captain will be happy to assist you. Why not take a ride on the iconic Taieri Gorge Railway for striking scenery and dramatic photo opportunities, passing through tunnels and travelling across viaducts. Or perhaps you would prefer to indulge yourself on a guided tour through Dunedin�s iconic Cadbury�s Chocolate Factory or Speight�s Brewery. Overnight Dunedin (B,D)
Day 4 (Wednesday): Dunedin, Te Anau
This morning venture out onto the stunningly beautiful Otago Peninsula. Here you will discover the historic Larnach Castle, located dramatically on the top of a flattened hill with views that extend back over the bay and Dunedin itself. Enjoy a guided tour of this fascinating grand old house, lovingly restored to its former glory. Continue your journey inland towards the isolated Fiordland National Park area, stopping at the shores of Lake Te Anau. If time permits you may like to take the opportunity tonight to visit the fascinating Te Anau Glowworm Caves which are located a scenic cruise away across the other side of Lake Te Anau (optional and at own expense). Overnight Te Anau (B,D)
Day 5 (Thursday): Te Anau, Milford Sound, Queenstown
Today is a certain highlight of your New Zealand journey as you venture deep into the vast wilderness of Fiordland, with its dense forest, deep lakes and ocean flooded valleys. Descend into the Cleddau Canyon to reach majestic Milford Sound dominated by Mitre Peak. A launch cruise takes you right through to the open sea, the colossal walls rising on either side in sheer cliffs that will dwarf your tiny vessel. View the Bowen and Stirling Falls as they crash down the cliffs and if you are lucky even witness a splashing seal or two. After your spectacular journey through Milford Sound you will return to your coach and begin your drive back to Te Anau, before setting off for Queenstown via the winding shores of Lake Wakatipu. Tonight enjoy spectacular views over Queenstown as you ride the scenic Skyline Gondola to the summit of Bob�s Peak for a delicious fresh New Zealand buffet dinner and breathtaking panoramic views like no other. Overnight Queenstown (B,D)
Day 6 (Friday): Queenstown
Today is at your leisure whilst in the adventure capital. You can either sit back and relax or your Coach Captain is available to assist with any optional activities. Overnight Queenstown (B,D)
Day 7 (Saturday): Queenstown, Haast Pass, Franz Josef Glacier
Pass picturesque Lake Hayes this morning, before arriving into Lake Wanaka, a picture postcard resort on the lake�s edge with a spectacular mountain backdrop. After pausing to admire this scenic spot, you will continue on your way past Lake Hawea and the upper reaches of Lake Wanaka to Makarora, before finally you enter the dense bush and winding mountain roads of the Haast Pass. Travel through the Mt Aspiring and Westland National Parks before you finally descend out of the mountain ranges to arrive at the West Coast. Enjoy the wild coastal scenery before reaching your destination, Franz Josef. Overnight Franz Josef Glacier (B,D)
Day 8 (Sunday): Franz Josef, Greymouth, Christchurch
Snowcapped Southern Alps dominate the skyline as you pass glades of dense bush, tiny landlocked lakes and small pockets of farmland, heading north along the coast this morning for a visit to a Greenstone (Jade) factory. Here, witness expert craftsmen at work cutting and polishing giant boulders to create fine jewellery. Greenstone can only be found on the South island of New Zealand and Maori would often travel on extraordinary pilgrimages across the Alps to find this precious stone. At Greymouth you will join the TranzAlpine Train and embark on one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world! From the comfort of your seat or the open viewing carriage you will travel through thick beech forest into an area of unspoiled landscape that will simply take your breath away. After being treated to some stunning alpine scenery, you will emerge through the spectacular snow-capped mountains to follow the rugged gorges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River down onto the flat Canterbury Plains, before finally arriving into Christchurch which marks the end of your TranzAlpine journey. Overnight Christchurch (B,D)
Day 9 (Monday): Christchurch to Singapore
Your New Zealand Coach Tour arrangements end today! We hope you had a wonderful experience in stunning New Zealand and wish you a safe onwards travel. (B)
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- Valid for sale until 31 August 2017.
- Minimum two passengers travel together.
- Advertised price is per person twin share.
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