TNT@DNZC3 South Island Self Drive, Queenstown to Christchurch 3 Days Package

  • Code                                   : TNT@DNZC3
  • Country                             : New Zealand
  • Route                                  : South Island Self Drive, Queenstown to Christchurch
  • Days                                    : 3 Days
  • Style                                    : Group Tour
  • Price                                    : NZ$ 595 (from per person twin share)
  • About this tour
  • Type of Travel                   : Minimum of 2 Guests – Maximum of 20 Guests

      Explore Wanaka and the West Coast Glaciers before taking the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Included in this journey you’ll find:

  • 2 nights Hotel 3 star accommodation
  • 2 breakfasts
  • TranzAlpine Train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • A superb range of rental cars to choose from
  • Rental car insurance with full coverage (variable excess/deductible)
  • Unlimited kilometres, GPS navigation, airport and ferry fees
  • Comprehensive tour pack on arrival

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive into Queenstown, collect your rental car and head to Wanaka

Welcome to Queenstown

      Collect your rental car on arrival into the airport and then spend the rest of the day exploring Queenstown.

Queenstown to Wanaka

      Leaving Queenstown you’ll drive over New Zealand’s highest sealed road, the Crown Range before arriving into the resort town of Wanaka.

Driving Information:

      Approximate distance and time for today’s driving leg is: 61 kms / 38 miles : 1.0 hours

Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Accommodation features
  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Laundry facilities: On site

Day 2 – Wanaka to Fox Glacier

Wanaka to Fox Glacier

      The route follows the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea before you enter the township of Makarora, the gateway to Mt. Aspiring National Park and the Blue Pools here are a wonderful 30 minute walk through pristine native beech forest. Descending into Mt. Aspiring National Park and towards the Haast Pass, crashing rivers and waterfalls are around every corner. Crossing the Haast River you are now truly on the wild West Coast, a 600 kilometre stretch of bush, rainforest and podocarp forest. Fox Glacier welcomes you to the glacier region and Franz Josef township is just a further 45 minutes. A great way to experience the glaciers is with The Helicopter Line. The mighty Fox is the largest and longest of the magnificent West Coast glaciers. It is remarkable in that it ends in temperate rainforest, 250 metres above sea level and a mere twelve kilometres from the sea. There are more 3,000m (10,000ft) peaks at the head of the Fox Glacier than in any other valley in New Zealand. The Fox Glacier, like all glaciers, advances and retreats. Evidence of the latest surge forward can be seen in the bulging lower ice fall. Alpine Guides’ access onto the lower parts of the glacier is via a secret track that climbs through regenerating native forest (forest previously wiped out by earlier glacial advances). From the track, you have stunning views into the upper parts of the glacier. The Township offers an excellent selection of cafés as well as breathtaking views of New Zealand’s highest peaks Mounts Cook and Tasman in the right conditions. Lake Matheson, the famous reflection lake, is a five minute drive west of Fox Township. Historic Gillespie’s Beach, a wilderness of crashing surf and distant snow capped mountains, known for its seal colony and colourful gold mining history, is 25 minutes west by car.

Twin Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight with The Helicopter Line – suggested

      Explore the glacial icefalls of not one but two glaciers – Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Discover up close their neve and unusual ice formations – landing on the snowfields is a highlight and will make for superb photos, snowballs and memories. A 30 minute flight with snow landing. Should weather not be suitable to take this flight you are able to transfer your booking onto a similar tour on any of the Helicopter Line’s operations in Queenstown or Mt Cook.

Driving Information:

      Approximate distance and time for today’s driving leg is: 254 kms / 158 miles: 2.9 hours

Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Accommodation type: Hotel 3 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features
  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site

Day 3 – Fox Glacier to Greymouth, Tranz Alpine Train to Christchurch where your tour concludes

Fox Glacier to Greymouth Train Station

      The drive north from Fox and Franz Josef takes you through the historic gold mining region of Ross and the town of Hokitika, a great place to explore the craft stores, in particular the jade or greenstone. The largest town on the West Coast, Greymouth is also the starting point for the Tranz Alpine Scenic Train.  Drop your rental car at the Greymouth Train Station depot located inside the train station building.

Monteiths Brewery Personalised Bottle & Tour – suggested

      From humble origins in 1868, the Monteith’s family-owned Phoenix Brewery became the West Coast’s most popular brewery for its strong tasting, full-bodied ale. The Phoenix Brewery later merged with a group of small breweries to form Westland Brewing Company, predecessor to today’s Monteith’s Brewing Company. In this informative brewery experience, you will learn about the heritage and traditions of the brewing business. Witness the making of a fine beer in open fomenters’ by coal-fired boilers, using only the finest ingredients. Watch the brewers carefully hand craft the beer in small batches to develop the full natural flavors. When each batch is ready, the brewers employ a brilliant time honoured tradition for quality control – they taste it.

      On completion, you will receive a tasting a 3 beers of your choice from the tap at the Brewery bar, plus your very own personalized Monteith’s 500ml bottle with your name on it – a personalized endorsement from the head brewer himself.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch

      Considered one of the world’s great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You’ll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur’s Pass National Park. From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

Driving Information:

      Approximate distance and time for today’s driving leg is: 197 kms / 122 miles: 2.5 hours

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