Day: 01 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival, you will be met and privately transferred to your hotel. Your room may not be ready before 2pm or 3pm (normal check in time).CHRISTCHURCH - the Garden City, lies on the level plains that initially attracted the closely knit Church of England settlers that settled the area. The largest of the South Island cities, Christchurch retains something of the English nature of its origins - the willow and oak-lined River Avon and clustered mediaeval stone buildings.
Day: 02 Christchurch / Greymouth / Franz Josef
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Shared transfer to Christchurch railway station. Depart Christchurch on Tranz Alpine Train. Upon arrival at Greymouth railway station, pick up your rental car and self drive to the Glacier Region of Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. Tranz Scenic Christchurch to Greymouth (7.55am-12.45pm) Today you will board the TranzAlpine scenic train departing from one coast of New Zealand and arriving at the other. Your train journey is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres. From your carriage youll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains, beautiful gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. The spectacular Southern Alps and the lushness of Beech rain forest. An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots. Theres a lot to look forward to before arriving at your destination. FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER - originally named Victoria, after Queen Victoria of England, geologist Julius Von Haast, renamed it, Franz Josef, after the current Emperor of his homeland, Austria. The Glacier is pale blue/green ice that has retreated and advanced many times over the years. A walk from the carpark to the Glacier terminal will give you some impressive views and an idea of the immense size of the Glacier itself. The township of Franz Josef is a small town based around the tourist and supply trade..
Day: 03 Glacier Region / Queenstown
ooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Self drive to Queenstown. QUEENSTOWN - is the South Island's most popular resort, set alongside the shores of Lake Wakatipu, under the gaze of the Remarkables Ranges. See the contrast of smooth glacier rounded hills, and jagged mountain summits that reach high above the ancient ice floor. The town is renowned for its jet boating, bungy-jumping, skiing and awe-inspiring scenery. Local story has it, that the gold prospectors of the 19th century pronounced the town as "fit for any Queen", and so she was called Queenstown..
Day: 04 Queenstown / Doubtful Sound / Queenstown
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Self drive to Manapouri. Enjoy Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise. Self drive back to Queenstown after the tour. Doubtful Sound Cruise ex Manapouri (01 Nov-30 Apr 0930hrs-1730hrs, October and 01 May - 30 Sep 0945hrs-1715hrs) Depart from Pearl Harbour, Manapouri, and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Travel by coach over Wilmot Pass, through dense rainforest. Once at Doubtful Sound, board the Patea Explorer, for a 3 hour cruise of beautiful Doubtful Sound, to the Tasman Sea. There is excellent viewing of waterfalls, rainforest, and mountains. Of particular interest, if sighted, are fur seals basking on the rocks, or a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. The rare Fiordland crested penguins are sometimes encountered, depending on the season. At some point during your day, you have the chance to visit the Manapouri Underground Power Station (Not on the 7 am trip from Manapouri). Return to Manapouri at the end of your journey.
Day: 05 Queenstown
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. All day is free at leisure to relax or explore on your own. Real Journeys Walter Peak High Country Farm ex Queenstown (15 Oct - 15 Apr departs 10am returns 13.30hrs, All Year (excluding Survey period late May - Early July when a substitute launch will be used ) departs 12noon returns 15.30hrs & departs 2pm returns 17.30hrs) Report to the Real Journeys Visitor Centre, at the Steamer Wharf, in Queenstown. Board the TSS Earnslaw (unless she is on survey, in which case it will be a launch) and take the 40 minute voyage to the Walter Peak High Country Farm. Enjoy the chance to wander around the beautiful lakeside gardens, and enjoy a coffee/tea and home baking in the Colonel's Homestead. The farm demonstrators take you on a walking tour of the farmyard, and take the chance to view the animals, sheep, red deer, and Scottish highland cattle. Watch sheep shearing, and sheep dogs working stock. After your time, return via the TSS Earnslaw, to Queenstown Wharf.
Day: 06 Queenstown / Mt Cook
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Self drive to Mt Cook. NZONE 9000ft Skydive Report to the NZONE Skydive Centre, at 35 Shotover St, 10 minutes before your trip departure time. Experience the thrill and excitement of parachute jumping in New Zealand with a tandem Skydive above Queenstown. NZONE 'The Ultimate Jump' are the most experienced and longest operating Skydive operators in New Zealand and the only Skydive company to have won the prestigious NZ Tourism Awards. The company operates in a premier destination, amongst the most amazing scenery in the world; in the Alpine Resort of Queenstown with the stunning backdrops as seen in the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. The unique rural drop zone is 20 minutes from Queenstown on a private airstrip away from the main airport, nestled at the base of the Remarkable Mountains on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. The first skydive is a scary thing. You can expect sensory overload as your mind/soul/body fight against every natural self preservatory urge. With this 9,000ft jump you will experience 25 seconds of Freefall! Trip Duration: 3.5 hours. Note that you should allow 3hours for the total trip. PRICE: NZD 290 per adult.
Day: 07 Mt Cook / Christchurch
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Self drive to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo.
Day: 08 Christchurch
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Enjoy Christchurch sightseeing (by self drive) including International Antarctic Centre admission. Christchurch Antarctic Centre - Very few people have the opportunity to experience the awesome and magical beauty of Antarctica first-hand. An interactive, fun and exciting experience of the "Great White South". Feel the chill of winter and watch daylight return as the Antarctic summer approaches after four months of darkness. Find out about Scott Base, and experience Antarctic conditions first-hand .. even on a hot summer's day! Slide down a snow slope, explore a snow cave, feel icy wind-chills, or just let your body tingle with the exhilaration of being in Antarctic temperatures!.
Day: 09 Depart Christchurch
Cooked breakfast is included at the hotel. Self drive to Christchurch airport. Drop off your rental car before flight check in. Depart Christchurch.