• Pricing From $6,995 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Queenstown
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 18
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 6 Dec 2019
  • Returns 12 Dec 2019

Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape on board the TranzAlpine – one of the world’s great train journeys. Travelling between Greymouth and Christchurch you will view epic vistas, travel through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the breathtaking Southern Alps and see miles of lush alpine native beech forest.

From the breathtaking beauty of the Southern Alps region we will explore picturesque Wanaka and Arrowtown then cruise the Haast River. Explore the stunning West Coast of New Zealand – a region known for its wild rivers, rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. Experience the ‘Grand Traverse’ a spectacular scenic flight that showcases the awe-inspiring peaks of Mount Cook and coastal vistas of Westland National Park including a birds eye view of the impressive Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers. Explore the French fishing village of Akaroa and enjoy the cosmopolitan hub of Christchurch. With stays in luxury accommodation throughout, incredible meals and wine from the region as always, this a truly memorable adventure.

Highlights

  • Stay at luxury accommodation throughout including the award-winning Millbrook Resort
  • Traverse the spectacular South Island of New Zealand from Greymouth on the West Coast to Christchurch in the East Coast on the TranzAlpine train
  • Marvel at spectacular sights during the ‘Grand Traverse’ scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks
  • Enjoy a cruise through a remarkable glacial valley on the Haast River
  • Touring of picturesque Wanaka, Arrowtown, Lake Matheson and Akaroa
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code TG1900
Departs 6 Dec 2019
Returns 12 Dec 2019
Price From $6,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Tour Code TG2000
Departs 25 Oct 2020
Returns 31 Oct 2020
Price From $6,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Queenstown

Our journey begins in breathtaking Queenstown as we transfer to the award winning luxury resort, Millbrook Resort. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure will allow you to explore this remarkable property which has been named New Zealand’s best hotel three years running. Nestled within the Southern Alps, Millbrook’s iconic, inspirational setting takes full advantage of its peaceful, rural outlook. Tonight there will be a welcome dinner for the group.

Overnight: Millbrook Resort or similar

Day 2: Queenstown - Wanaka

This morning depart for Arrowtown, a historic gold mining town located on the banks of the Arrow River. We move on to stunning Wanaka at the foot of the Mount Aspiring National Park. Enjoylunch today at the two-hatted restaurant Amisfield reflecting the best of Central Otago produce.

Overnight: Edgewater Hotel or similar

Day 3: Wanaka - Haast - Franz Josef

Continuing on by road through Mount Aspiring National Park we make our way to Haast, the southern-most town on the West Coast. Upon arrival enjoy a cruise on the Haast River which is set amongst a remarkable glacial valley, where a temperate rainforest thrives. Continue on to the quaint town of Franz Josef.

Overnight: Scenic Franz Josef or similar

Day 4: Franz Josef and Fox Glacier

Today enjoy the flight of a lifetime, the “Grand Traverse”, a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Mount Cook and Westland National Parks including Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and shows you the region like no other flight. This magnificent flight encompasses two World Heritage National Parks and 200 km of New Zealand’s most memorable and breathtaking scenery. This afternoon visit Lake Matheson which offers unparalleled views of Fox Glacier, Mt Tasman and Aoraki/Mt Cook and is New Zealand’s most photographed lake.

Overnight: Scenic Franz Josef or similar

Day 5: Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch

Today we will travel on the renowned TranzAlpine train from the west coast to the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Travel from Greymouth through lush alpine beech rain forests through the Otira Tunnel and ascend to the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass. We continue through the Southern Alps and descend through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River to cross the picturesque patchwork scenery of the Canterbury Plains.

Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 6: Christchurch

After breakfast we transfer to the attractive colonial-style town of Akaroa, the only French colony in the country. The beautiful harbour dominates the landscape and its sparkling waters are home to a variety of sea life including New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins and a myriad of bird life. This evening is our farewell dinner.

Overnight: Distinction Christchurch

Day 7: Depart Christchurch

After a leisurely breakfast, transfer to Christchurch airport. Say farewell to new friends and take away memories of a delightful TranzAlpine Sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre/Post Tour

Flights from your home port to Queenstown/Christchurch are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to / from Queenstown/Christchurch, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)