South Island’s Mountain Explorer

  • Christchurch
  • Franz Josef
  • Queenstown
  • Mount Cook
  • Lake Tekapo
  • 9 nights from
  • £1,000 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-1120

Holiday Overview

South Island’s Mountain Explorer - a great New Zealand fly drive holiday.

 

Mountains, mountains and more mountains, New Zealand’s South Island is not in short supply of these amazing natural beauties filling the skyline at every turn. You will be able to explore the South Island by rail and car so you can take in the highlights of this great part of the world. Franz Josef has it’s on resident glacier wedged within a vast valley, Mount Cook’s National Park has some of the highest mountains & longest glaciers, while Lake Tekapo has the Southern Alps. You will be continually looking up in awe throughout this dramatic itinerary.

 

Start Christchurch - End Christchurch

9 night / 10 days

Islands visited: South Island

 

Highlights;

Spectacular rail journey through the Southern Alps

Crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park with its glaciers and snow fields

 

South Island’s Mountain Explorer includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation Christchurch
  • 2 nights accommodation Franz Josef
  • 2 nights accommodation Queenstown
  • 2 nights accommodation Mount Cook
  • 1 night accommodation Lake Tekapo
  • Compact Car Hire
1

Day 1 - Christchurch

Arrive Christchurch, check into your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel

2

Day 2 - Christchurch – Franz Josef via the TranzAlpine train

Take the spectacular rail journey through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, the train departs at 08:15 and arrives in Greymouth at 13:05, continue down the coast to Franz Josef.

Featured accommodation

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

3

Day 3 - Franz Josef

A full day of leisure to explore Franz Josef and its neighbouring glacier. Ask your consultant regarding options for a once in a lifetime helicopter trip to the glacier.

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Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

4

Day 4 - Franz Josef to Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of crystal-clear Lake Wakatipu among dramatic alpine ranges and is a wonderful hub for this beautiful region. After checking into your hotel spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

5

Day 5 - Queenstown

Enjoy a full day of leisure in Queenstown, ask you consultant regarding the many tours and excursions available.

Featured accommodation

Heritage Queenstown

6

Day 6 - Queenstown – Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense, with skyscraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snow fields, all set under a star-studded sky.

Featured accommodation

Hermitage Hotel

7

Day 7 - Mount Cook

Enjoy a full day of leisure to explore Mount Cook, ask you consultant regarding the many tours and excursions available.

Featured accommodation

Hermitage Hotel

8

Day 8 - Mount Cook – Tekapo

Depart Mount Cook for Tekapo, the township faces north across the remarkable turquoise coloured lake to the mountainous drama of the Southern Alps. Tekapo is also home to the much-photographed Church of the Good Shepherd

Featured accommodation

Peppers Bluewater Resort

9

Day 9 - Tekapo – Christchurch

Return to Christchurch and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Perhaps take the Gondola to take in the magnificent view across the city, over the Canterbury Plains and on to the Southern Alps.

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel

10

Day 10 - Christchurch

Today your journey concludes in Christchurch

Featured accommodation

BreakFree on Cashel

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