8D7N Glacier & Coastal Wonder

  • 8 Days
  • 1 Country
  • 4 Cities

Natural spectacles and unique wildlife encounters are two of New Zealand's biggest draw-cards. There are few places in the world where, within the space of one day, you can experience mountain vistas, ancient forests, volcanic landscapes and stunning coastline - all whilst spotting New Zealand wildlife found nowhere else on earth.

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About This Trip

Surrounded by seemingly endless mountain ranges, the Queenstown town centre is nestled beside Lake Wakatipu. The scenic wonders of this area are well documented but never fail to impress.

Trip code: NZK-AGCWC-SIC

7 Nights

accommodation

7 Meals

7 Breakfast

On-Trip Transport

On-trip transport via seat in coach

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Christchurch

On arrival in Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’, seat in coach passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel. Self drive clients will collect your rental car at the airport and drive to your hotel.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Chateau on the Park
  • - Airport Transfer

Day 2: Dunedin

Travel south across the Canterbury Plains to reach Scottish influenced Dunedin, renowned for the local wildlife and Otago University.

  • Standard : Victoria
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 3: Queenstown

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Dunedin city this morning. Travel to Queenstown this afternoon, stay 3 nights.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Copthorne
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 4: Milford Sound

Follow the southern arm of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, and onward to Lake Te Anau. Enter the Eglinton Valley and travel through the breath taking man made Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound. Enjoy a cruise on this world famous fiord, dominated by Mitre Peak and the cascading Bowen Falls. Return to Queenstown.

  • - Bus & Cruise Transfer
  • - Milford Sound
  • - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Queenstown

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.

  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 6: Glacier Region

Travel along the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the glacier region of Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. For Self Drive clients, entry to the Glacier Hot Pools is included.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Scenic Hotel
  • - Bus Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Day 7: Christchurch

Travel north to Greymouth today and board the Tranz Alpine train (seat in coach passengers only). Ascend through lush beech forests past the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass before crossing the spectacular Southern Alps. Travel over the Canterbury Plains to reach ‘the garden city’ of Christchurch.

  • Standard : Heartland
  • Superior : Chateau on the Park
  • - Bus & Scenic Train - Tranz Alpine
  • - Fox Glacier
  • - Breakfast

Day 8: Christchurch

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer or the return of your rental car.

  • - Airport Transfer
  • - Breakfast

Travel Highlights

  • Whale Watching - You can spot whales throughout New Zealand, including Auckland's beautiful Hauraki Gulf and the wonderful Kaikoura.
  • International Antarctic Centre - Experience amazing Antarctica without leaving Christchurch! A 'Must Do' experience and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Antarctic Gallery, 'Antarctica' Snow & Ice, Storm, Hagglund Ride, 4D Theatre, Historic Hut exhibit & Little Blue Penguins.
  • Tranz Alpine, one of the world’s great train journeys, travelling from coast to coast on New Zealand's South Island taking in the vast Canterbury Plains, spectacular Southern Alps and Wild West Coast.
  • While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling.
  • Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges; it’s rumoured that gold prospectors - captivated by the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountains and rivers - gave this now cosmopolitan town its name.
  • Wanaka is also home to more world class events than most, from international triathlons to music and arts festivals. Warbirds over Wanaka, Festival of Colour, Rhythm & Alps, and the Audi Quattro Winter Games, just to name a few.
  • Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, the fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.

Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?

Nelson

– East Street Vegetarian Cafe Bar, 8 Church St

Christchurch

  • AFG Restaurant, 318 Lincoln Rd, Addington

– Dubba Dubba, 11B Waimairi Rd, Upper Riccarton

Queenstown

– Turkish Kebabs, 30 Camp St, O’Connells Pavilion

  • Turkish Kebabs, Skyline Arcade, The Mall

Wanaka

  • Snack Shack Turkish Kebabs, Pembroke Mall, 139 Ardmore St

It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?

  • Auckland Airport Masjid
    Westney Road, Mangere Past Zayed College Auckland
  • Jamii Masjid
    921 Heaphy Terrace, P O Box 665 Hamilton Waikato Region
  • Masjid al Noor
    101 Deans Avenue Riccarton Christchurch Canterbury Region
  • Rotorua Islamic Centre
    21, Tarewu Road Rotorua
  • The Otafo Muslim Assoc. Alhuda Mosque
    21 Clyde St Kinmont Park, Dunedin
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