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The Great Southern Circle (5 Days / 4 Nights)

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time-raw5 days
Very Easy
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Glaciers and fiords abound when you take in the best sights and scenic adventures of the South Island of New Zealand. Your tour includes a cruise along Milford Sound and a journey over the Southern Alps on the world famous TranzAlpine Railway.

What to expect?

Day One: Christchurch – Mount Cook – Queenstown

Travel by coach across Canterbury Plains and the MacKenzie Country via Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook National Park. Arrive at the Hermitage Mount Cook in the early afternoon. Consider a scenic flight over some of the finest alpine scenery. Mid-afternoon continue to Queenstown, adventure capital of New Zealand, travelling via Linda’s Pass, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell and the Kawarau Gorge.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day Two: Milford Sounds Day Excursion

Travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. From the Homer Tunnel emerge into the Cleddau Valley. Join your Milford Sound Nature Cruise for an unforgettable experience and explore the wonder of this majestic fiord before returning to Queenstown.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day Three: Queenstown

A free day at leisure in Queenstown. Explore this most beautiful township nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by mountains that are snow-capped for much of the year or enjoy one of the many activities that are on offer.

Accommodation Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar

Day Four: Queenstown – Haast Pass – Franz Josef

Travel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The Franz Josef Glacier is 11km in length and more than 7,000 years old. Its terminal face creaks and arches over the cave from which the river emerges. This living ‘river of ice’ is a must see for any visitor to New Zealand.

Accommodation: Scenic Circle Franz Josef Hotel or similar.

Day Five: Franz Josef – Greymouth – Christchurch

Today continue along the rugged West Coast to Greymouth, the centre for thousands of diggers during the historic gold strikes of the 1860s. From Greymouth journey over the Southern Alps, through Arthurs Pass, and on to Christchurch by the TranzAlpine train. This journey is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. In Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation or the airport where your tour concludes.

What is included?

  • 4 star hotel accommodation
  • Mount Cook
  • Tekapo
  • Queenstown
  • Milford Sounds
  • Haast Pass
  • Franz Josef Glacier
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • When booking this tour for 3 people, please select the 2 persons option and add the Triple Room supplement before proceeding.

Is this experience for me?

No restrictions.

What do I need to bring?

Dress according to the weather.

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 1 week in advance of the start of the experience.
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