TranzAlpine & West Coast Glaciers to Queenstown

It is finally your time to ride New Zealand’s premier rail journey on this two day adventure from Christchurch to Queenstown.

The TranzAlpine train trip has been running in its present guise since 1987, traversing the Southern Alps mountain range and is often referred to as one of the best rail trips in the world due to the stunning scenery it passes through. The modern carriages and huge picture windows make for an incredibly comfortable ride and you won’t miss a single view on the 5 hour, 119km journey.

This short independent tour will deliver you not only the highlights of the TranzAlpine train journey, but also the delights of New Zealand’s West Coast including the fabled Glaciers and the resort town of Queenstown.

Your travel arrangements are all taken care of for your trip, all reservations confirmed and your itinerary will work like clock-work.

This tour is completely flexible so if you want to add additional days, change activities and attractions, include pre or post accommodation or transfers, that is also possible – just let us know.

Tour Highlights

  • TranzAlpine Train Journey (one-way)
  • Tour through New Zealand’s wild West Coast
  • Visit Franz Josef Glacier and overnight in the village
  • See Lakes Hawea and Wanaka
  • Enjoy seeing the vineyards of Gibbston Valley
  • Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown
  • All coach transport as detailed in your itinerary
  • One nights motel accommodation

Duration: 2 Days

Price: From $565 NZD

Departure From: Christchurch

Departure Date: Long Weekends (Fri-Mon) until 29 March 2021

Tour Type: Independent Rail & Coach Tour

Meal Plan: No meals included

Physical Grading: 2

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Tour Inclusions

  • All tours, activities as specified within the itinerary
  • 1 night motel accommodation in Franz Josef Glacier
  • Christchurch to Greymouth TranzAlpine one-way train journey
  • Great Sights modern air-conditioned coach

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • A single supplement is available for $69
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
Your early morning departure is rewarded with incredible scenery today onboard the TranzAlpine Scenic Train, considered one of the world's great train journeys. It travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass before descending through the lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth before onward travel to the West Coast Glaciers. Your coach to Franz Josef Glacier departs from the Greymouth Railway Station. The journey to the Glaciers is southward through the lush bush covered landscape sandwiched between the base of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. As you travel down the West Coast enjoy the beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains before arriving into the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier. You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Shuttles. If you would like to stay an extra night here in Franz Josef, simply let us know.
Another early start allows us to make the most of our day's journey through the remote and rugged landscape of the West Coast. We cross over to the East Coast through the dramatic Haast Pass, the southernmost pass in the Southern Alps. On the other side, enjoy picture-postcard views of vibrant blue lakes like Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka and Lake Dunstan as you make your way into scenic Queenstown, arriving in the late afternoon.

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