Making the most of just 2 days travel this tour is the perfect way to see the west coast of New Zealand. Starting in Queenstown you will travel north with a small group tour, visiting key photograph stops and learning about the natural and cultural history of the region, along the way. Once in Fox Glacier you'll be dropped at your accommodation before exploring the sleepy town at the foot of the glacier. The second day sees you head further north to Greymouth a location that gained its name from hunting jade (precious greenstone) and the start of the TranzAlpine Scenic Train. Once on the train it's time to relax as you weave your way to Christchurch through mountain gorges and rugged landscapes. Be sure to take a walk to the open carriages and enjoy the wind in your hair.
Detailed itinerary: 2 day tour starting in Queenstown
Day 1 - Queenstown to Fox Glacier
Queenstown to Fox Glacier with Glacier Shuttles
Leaving Queenstown, travel past picturesque scenery of massive mountain peaks and crystal-clear blue lakes. Travel across the Haast Pass to the other side of the Southern Alps, the landscape changes dramatically. Welcome to the wild and wonderful West Coast, a remote and unspoiled region. Wind your way past native rainforest, rocky coastlines and powerful waterfalls. Your journey concludes in the village of Fox Glacier, your base for exploration of the area.
Your accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier
The Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier is nestled at the base of the majestic Southern Alps, in the Westland World Heritage Park. Originally built in 1928 it has been refurbished to retain its charming atmosphere.
Day 2 - Fox Glacier to Greymouth, then take the Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch
Fox Glacier to Greymouth Train Station
Today you’ll head north through the historic gold mining region of Hokitika. Known for its Greenstone (Pounamu) this seaside town has a rich history dating back to the 1860’s. Continue on to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast and the starting point for the next leg of your journey - the TranzAlpine Scenic Train.
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.