Day 1 Christchurch - Greymouth - Franz Josef (300 km)
Today we will begin with a ride on the TranzAlpine train. Check-in at the Christchurch Railway Station, then sit back to watch the South Island's most stunning scenery roll by just outside your window. We'll travel across the vast Canterbury Plains, cross winding ice-fed rivers and traverse the majestic Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass. The train journey ends on the West Coast in the historic gold mining town of Greymouth, where we will meet our driver guide and coach. From there, we will continue to the town of Franz Josef, where we will spend the night here.
Day 2 Franz Josef Glacier
We will enjoy a free day to explore the mighty Franz Josef Glacier. We will spend time hiking atop the glacier before unwinding in the thermal spa afterwards.
Day 3 Franz Josef - Wanaka (286 km)
Early in the morning, we will take a walk to the mirror-like Lake Matheson, stop at Fox Glacier, then travel through the mountainous Haast Pass and Makarora. After passing Lake Hawea, we will arrive in Wanaka in the late afternoon.
Day 4 Wanaka - Queenstown (67 km)
This morning, we will head out on a scenic bike ride around the lake before we make our way to Wanaka to cruise along the famous A.J. Hackett Bungy Site. Then, we will continue to Queenstown, known as the adventure capital of the world.
Day 5 Full days in Queenstown
Today, we will take an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular Shotover River Canyons before enjoying the afternoon in Queenstown.
Day 6 Queenstown - Fiordland National Park - Queenstown (470 km)
Today, we will depart early in the morning to get stunning views as we travel along Doubtful Sound in stunning Fiordland National Park, where we will take a three hour wilderness cruise and learn more about this incredible area.
Day 7 Queenstown
We will have the entire day free to explore Queenstown or partake in some of the area's exciting activities.
Day 8 Queenstown - Mount Cook (204 km)
Early in the morning, we will depart from Queenstown and drive over the Lindis Pass through beautiful Mackenzie Country and past Lake Pukaki. Then, we will head north to Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, arriving in the early afternoon.
Day 9 Mount Cook - Rangitata (48 km)
Departing from Mount Cook, we will make our way through a landscape made famous in the Lord of the Rings films. We'll stop to admire the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, which is a famous photo stop. Then we could relax in the Tekapo hot pools, go snow tubing or ice skating or hike up to the Mt John observatory where you'll witness stunning views of the lake from above. After lunch, we will continue to our overnight stop in Rangitata Peel Forest.
Tonight, we'll stay in one of Canterbury's original sheep stations.
Day 10 Rangitata - Christchurch
This morning we will have the opportunity to join a Lord of the Rings tour or to
explore the stunning Peel Forest scenery on horseback. We'll arrive in Christchurch in the late afternoon, where our tour comes to an end.