Multi-Day Tour | Private

West Coast, Glacier Experience (7 days)

Abercrombie & Kent New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand To Queenstown, New Zealand

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Christchurch, New Zealand
Otahuna Lodge Dinner

Arrive into Christchurch, check in to your luxury boutique accommodation and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2
Christchurch, New Zealand
Franz Josef, New Zealand
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Breakfast, Dinner

Today, depart on one of the world’s most famous train journeys, the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. Traverse the mighty Southern Alps, where spectacular views of the chiselled alpine landscape await you at every turn. On arrival into Greymouth, collect your rental vehicle and travel on to Franz Josef. We suggest you break your journey in the village of Hokitika, famous for the precious stone pounamu, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade.

Day 3
Franz Josef, New Zealand
Te Waonui Forest Retreat Breakfast

Head out for the Franz Josef Glacier Valley Walk, which takes you alongside the mighty Waiho Riverbed, following the glacier’s path as it winds its way through a remarkable landscape. Learn about the history of the glacier and its dramatic effect on the local topography. After a brief climb, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the glacier’s rapidly-changing terminal face. You may choose to upgrade to a helicopter-hike on the glacier.

Day 4
Queenstown, New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, make your way to the luxurious Matakauri Lodge, a spectacular alpine lakeside retreat.

Day 5
Queenstown, New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge Breakfast, Dinner

Today is at your leisure. Take in the stunning views of the Remarkable, Cecil and Walter Peak mountain ranges. Enjoy some of the activities of Matakauri Lodge, which include horse-riding, hiking and golf, or simply relax in the spa.

Day 6
Queenstown, New Zealand
Matakauri Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Escape deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park today, and paddle your Funyak inflatable kayak down the Dart River. Glide through the serene surroundings that provided the backdrop to Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ it and ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ movies. Then travel a back-country route passing by locations used in the movies to illustrate Middle Earth.

Day 7
Queenstown, New Zealand
None Breakfast

Today make your way to Queenstown Airport, return your vehicle and meet your departing flight.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Rail Journeys
  • Romance & Honeymoons
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Depart on one of the world’s most famous train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Travel between Christchurch and Greymouth where you will have spectacular views of the Southern Alps and deep gorges.

A trip to Franz Josef isn’t complete without a Glacier Valley Walk where you will climb to the spectacular views of the rapidly changing glacier.

Then take it easy with a stay at the luxurious Matakauri Lodge and paddle on inflatable kayaks (funyaks!) down the Dart River.

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