5 Day Southern Gems
Christchurch to Christchurch
Breadcrumb
New Zealand tour itinerary name and information
Thrifty Tours

5 Day Southern Gems

Your journey begins in the largest city in the South Island, Christchurch, from which you will depart, travelling through the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, then continuing on into the Southern Alps and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park. You will have free time to explore the region, and can even book a scenic flight (at additional expense). Afterwards, you continue on via the Lindis Pass to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world and your home for the night. On the following day, chase adventure or take it slow in this idyllic alpine town with a free day to yourself to spend as you choose. On day three, discover the beauty of Marlborough Sound. The journey to Milford Sound is just as spectacular as the destination itself, and once arriving in Milford, board a modern and spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. Enjoy the abundant waterfalls, sky-high mountains, lush rainforest, and if you're lucky, the playful wildlife in the sound, before eventually returning to your accommodation for the night in Queenstown. The following morning, depart Queenstown, travel through Lakes Wanaka and Hawea, the Haast Pass, over the Southern Alps to the West Coast. You'll have the evening to explore the small village of Franz Josef and the famous Franz Josef Glacier, your home for the night. On the fifth and final morning of your journey, you'll depart Franz Josef and head north along the West Coast to Greymouth, where you will board the famous TranzAlpine Train. This journey, considered one of the world's greatest rail journeys, carries you across the South Island through the stunning Arthurs Pass National Park, before eventually descending through the windswept Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, your final destination.

Tour special blurb

**Please Note: Some elements of this tour may only run on certain days of the week. Speak to one of our travel specialists today to find a departure date that works for you.

Currency selector
Select your currency to view indicative pricing
Tour summary and feature
Quick Itinerary Details

Independent tour (bus & coach)

This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,245 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

5 days/4 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Customisable? YES

 Viewed 151 times in the last 7 days

Tour at a glance

Day 1: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 2: Free day to explore Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 3: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 5: Franz Josef to Greymouth train station, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Tour full itinerary
Detailed Itinerary
5 Day Southern Gems - Day 1
Christchurch to Queenstown via Mt Cook Day Tour with Gray Line / GreatSights

Depart Christchurch in the morning and travel through the lush farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo, where you can see the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd as it stands in solitude next to the vibrant blue waters. Leaving Tekapo, continue into the Southern Alps towards Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's tallest mountain. You will have a free time and you can take a sightseeing flight (at your own expense) enabling you experience some of the most dramatic alpine and glacier scenery. After then you will continue to Queenstown via Lindis Pass and the fruit growing area of Cromwell.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.
5 Day Southern Gems - Day 2
Free day in Queenstown

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital', Queenstown offers far more than a fast-paced, action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic, and scenic wonders. Whether you are looking for a scenic short walk or a longer one, you will find the perfect hike or bike trail in Queenstown. Explore Queenstown Gardens, or try out more challenging trails up to Ben Lomond Walkaway or Queenstown Hill Walking Track. Enjoy iconic views and take Queenstown Gondola up 450 metres to Bob's Peak, or ride on the 100-year-old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and al fresco restaurants, try out the famous Fergburger, or grab a dessert at Patagonia Chocolates.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Shotover Jet Canyon Jet Boat Ride

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride! Skim past rocky outcrops at close range in...

Read more

Shotover Jet is the only company permitted to operate in the Shotover River Canyons. It's a thrilling ride! Skim past rocky outcrops at close range in your Shotover Jet 'Big Red', as you twist and turn through the narrow canyons at breathtaking speeds. And a major highlight - hold tight for the world-famous Shotover Jet full 360-degree spins!

Hide
SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride

Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! From which you can take in the awe-inspiring views of this sp...

Read more

Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern Hemisphere! From which you can take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, Coronet Peak and the magnificent Lake Wakatipu.

Hide

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.
Meals included: Breakfast
5 Day Southern Gems - Day 3
Milford Sound Cruise and coach tour from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with a 1 hour 40 minute Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown or Te Anau, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the modern, spacious vessel for a leisurely cruise in the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and the wildlife. During the cruise your friendly crew provide commentaries in several languages and point out the sights such as Mitre Peak and the Pembroke Glacier.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Right in the heart of the action, the Millennium Hotel is just minutes from Queenstown's central shopping and entertainment district. Outdoor activities such as bungy jumping, white water rafting and jet boating are just some of the easily accessible activities nearby in New Zealand's adventure capital.
Meals included: Breakfast
5 Day Southern Gems - Day 4
Queenstown to Franz Josef with Gray Line / GreatSights

Leaving Queenstown early, travel by luxury coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. Your driver-guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out sites of interest as you pass by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break (at own expense) in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you'll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. Skirt the coast and see waves crashing on rocky beaches before returning inland. You will arrive in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.

Glacier Valley Shuttle

You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Shuttles.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Only a breath away from the Franz Josef Glacier, Scenic Hotel is located in the heart of Franz Josef Village. Here you will find all of the amenities you would expect, as well as being close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer in the beautiful Westland region.
Meals included: Breakfast
5 Day Southern Gems - Day 5
Franz Josef to Greymouth Train Station with Gray Line / GreatSights

This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman's Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields. In 1903 the largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was discovered at Jones Creek, not far from the town centre. It weighed 2807 grams. The New Zealand Government later purchased the nugget and presented it as a coronation gift to King George V. On arrival in Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre. Hokitika is the administrative and commercial centre for this part of Westland. The major primary industry is timber milling. Dairy and sheep farming, commercial fishing, white baiting and eel processing being the other major industries. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

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.

Tour departure list
See all departure dates & prices
Departure dates and prices
This tour has 466 departure dates.
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Starts Status   Double (2 people sharing) Single occupancy You save  
Jun 22, 2024
(Saturday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 23, 2024
(Sunday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 24, 2024
(Monday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 25, 2024
(Tuesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 26, 2024
(Wednesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 27, 2024
(Thursday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 28, 2024
(Friday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 29, 2024
(Saturday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jun 30, 2024
(Sunday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 1, 2024
(Monday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 2, 2024
(Tuesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 3, 2024
(Wednesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 4, 2024
(Thursday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 5, 2024
(Friday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 6, 2024
(Saturday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 7, 2024
(Sunday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 8, 2024
(Monday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 9, 2024
(Tuesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 10, 2024
(Wednesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 11, 2024
(Thursday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 12, 2024
(Friday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 13, 2024
(Saturday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 14, 2024
(Sunday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 15, 2024
(Monday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 16, 2024
(Tuesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 17, 2024
(Wednesday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 18, 2024
(Thursday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 19, 2024
(Friday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 20, 2024
(Saturday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 21, 2024
(Sunday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
Jul 22, 2024
(Monday)
Enquire Book NZD$2,245 NZD$3,105 Enquire Book
All prices are in
Go to dates in
Contact form
Send enquiry about this tour
Your contact information
Subscribe to our Regular Newsletter for Inspiring Holiday Ideas
Tour quick quote rework

Get an Instant Quote or Book this Tour

5 Day Southern Gems

Step 1:
Step 2: Select number of passengers and room configuration
Step 3: Add these options

Enter phone number to get a call from a travel planning expert within in 24 hours

Enter email address to receive your instant quote

Tick this box if you do not wish to receive emails about special offers
No pricing loaded - please choose another date or contact us

Your quote for this tour:

Start date:
End date:
Guests:
Rooms:

Total cost for ALL guests on this tour package is:

NZD$0

or
This quote is based on vehicles to accommodate your party in the vehicle type. We suggest changing the car type or contacting us for the best options.
The package cost above excludes rental vehicle hire as you are requesting a price for a vehicle outside of our designated season. Please reach out direct for rental vehicle rates.

NOTE: Quotes are subject to availability of specific accommodation and other inclusions. Our NZ touring experts will be in touch with you regarding this. Costs quoted in currencies other than New Zealand dollars (NZ$) are based on todays exchange rate and is subject to change.Terms and Conditions apply

Remember - we can create this itinerary with any style of accommodation or customise to suit your interests and timeframe. Just contact us here.

Tour recommendation

Some similar tours to this one

5 days Map
Southern Highlights with Milford Sound
View Tour
 
5 days Map
5 Day Southern Highlights
View Tour
 
5 days Map
Fiordland Explorer Tour
View Tour