Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour
Christchurch to Queenstown
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Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour

Join us on this guided scenic tour through the mighty Southern Alps, past the wild West Coast to the beautiful Queenstown. This is the perfect option for those who enjoy free time to create their own adventure while having the structure of a guided expert. Meet like-minded travellers and share this journey of a lifetime on a truly magnificent expedition.

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Guided Coach & Train Tours

This suggested tour costs from NZD$3,749 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Queenstown

7 days/6 nights

Hotel 3 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Christchurch Tram
Punakaiki Rocks
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
West Coast Treetops Walkway
View of the glacier from the parking lot
Travelling through the Southern Lakes
Haast, Mrs Jones Fruit Stall and Arrowtown Visit
6 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Welcome to Christchurch
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 2: TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 3: Explore the West Coast
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 4: Exploring the South Franz Josef to Queenstown
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 5: Explore Queenstown
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 6: The Close to an Adventure of a Lifetime
Accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 7: Farewell Queenstown

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Detailed itinerary: 7 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Welcome to Christchurch
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 1
Explore Christchurch

Christchurch, the hub for South Island exploration is also a wonderful city that blends modern architecture and technology with the existing 19th-century Anglican influence. Often remembered for its earthquake in 2011, the city is still rebuilding itself into a multicultural haven. So, without further delay, jump on the historic tram to learn the history, tales and culture of Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Enjoy your free time as you explore the Arts Centre, Quake City Museum, Antarctic Centre, and botanical gardens. There is also a multitude of delicious cafes tucked into quaint side streets we're sure you will love. If you are in the mood for something different, set off for Akaroa, an ‘incroyable’ French coastal settlement just outside the city. 
Dinner awaits as you join your fellow travellers once again to tell them about the exciting places you discovered. 

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Day 2 - TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Greymouth
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 2
The TranzAlpine Scenic Train

The moment has come to experience the world-famous TranzAlpine journey through the Southern Alps to the West Coast! On this fantastic escape, you will see epic vistas, soar on the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and experience miles of native beech forest. The natural scenery isn’t the only marvel though. The TranzAlpine will also pass through the Otira Tunnel, a true engineering marvel of almost 100 years!
Once you arrive on the West Coast, you will travel even further off the beaten track by coach to Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Here you will walk amongst limestone formations before finishing your day in the coastal town of Greymouth.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 - Explore the West Coast
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 3
Explore the West Coast

This morning you will start on your West Coast adventure. Admire the untamed natural scenery as you explore the rugged terrain and ancient forests. Continue south into Glacier Country. Franz Josef glacier is quite unique in that it survives in coastal rainforest temperatures. Your coach will drive as close as possible, but if you’d prefer to get up close, we recommend booking an optional helicopter flight. This will ensure you are getting the best possible view of this natural wonder.
After the glacial experience and checking into the hotel, you’ll have some free time to enjoy Franz Josef town. Indulge in a helicopter flight, nature walk, or tap into some natural tranquillity at the hot pools.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Exploring the South Franz Josef to Queenstown
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 4
Explore the Southern Lakes

Heading southwards, enjoy exploring the Southern Lakes region as you marvel at the sublime scenery. From glacier country, you will tread through the incredibly dense West Coast rainforest. In the distance, enjoy the spectacular picture-perfect mountain peaks as you journey along the clifftops.
After enjoying Haast, you will continue south through the dramatic Haast Pass and alongside impeccable lakes. The next stops will have you sipping aromatic coffee and perusing through the delicious South Island fruit selection of fruit stalls. Charming and quirky Arrowtown is next on the itinerary.
After an exciting plunge into the gold rush village history, you have arrived in the world-famous resort town of Queenstown!

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 - Explore Queenstown
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 5
Explore Queenstown

Enjoy a free day to explore everything Queenstown has to offer. Today we highly recommend that you join an excursion to the 8th Wonder of the World - Milford Sound/Piopiotahi. It truly is a remarkable experience! Milford Sounds/ Piopiotahi is a scenic escape approximately three hours from Queenstown. The natural landscape will engulf you as you waltz through plunging valleys and under towering peaks. This could possibly be one of the most scenic drives you'll experience in your lifetime! Take this encounter to the next level by soaring like the Piopio (ancient bird) by plane or helicopter.
Whether you’ve decided to hop aboard the steamship lake cruise on the iconic TSS Earnslaw or marvel at the power of ancient roaring rivers - tonight you have the night to indulge in Queenstown's exciting nightlife. Sip cocktails and indulge in the sparkling views of Lake Wakatipu.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 - The Close to an Adventure of a Lifetime
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 6
Another day to explore Queenstown

Queenstown truly has something for everyone. Personalise your day to be as active, or relaxed as you’d like. Whether it’s sipping wine in Gibbston Valley, or bungy jumping with AJ Hackett, there is no shortage of activities to delight your senses.
This evening you’ll come together as a group for a farewell dinner before departing.

Your accommodation: 3-3.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Farewell Queenstown
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 7 Day Christchurch to Queenstown Classic Tour - Day 7
Depart Queenstown

Your journey will finish after breakfast. You will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your departing flight.

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