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Location / Nearby 2-Day Christchurch to Queenstown Tour via West Coast

Description

This a very popular 2 day and 1 night trip from Christchurch to Queenstown ( or in reverse ) via the South Island's rugged West Coast. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the World renowned Tranz Alpine train, which bisects the Canterbury farming plains, foothills and mountains, before reaching the alpine village of Arthur's Pass. Your guide will meet you, show you some of the area before travelling onto the West Coast. You'll hear the history of Maori, greenstone, gold, visit historic towns like Hokitika and travel on south through stunning rain forests to the glacier country. Staying in Franz Josef the night gives you the opportunity of a helicopter glacier landing ( not included in the tour price ) as well a stunning photo opportunities. From here the journey continues south along the coast before eventually swinging inland over the dramatic Gates of Haast, finally heading past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and over the Crown Range road to Queenstown.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Christchurch
Exclusions
  • Overnight accommodation in Franz Josef
Duration
1 day
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • This tour has the option to run in reverse if requested. Longer pick up time required for Port/ Airport pick ups
  • Christchurch Railway Station, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Guide will be holding a sign displaying Guest booking name at check-in area.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand This tour ends in Queenstown where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
  • Wanaka, New Zealand This tour can end in Wanaka if requested, where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
  • Airports:
  • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Lyttelton port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
View details
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Christchurch
Exclusions
  • Overnight accommodation in Franz Josef
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • This tour has the option to run in reverse if requested. Longer pick up time required for Port/ Airport pick ups
  • Christchurch Railway Station, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand Guide will be holding a sign displaying Guest booking name at check-in area.
  • Queenstown, New Zealand This tour ends in Queenstown where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
  • Wanaka, New Zealand This tour can end in Wanaka if requested, where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
  • Airports:
  • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Lyttelton port
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
1 day
Return details
  • Queenstown, New Zealand This tour ends in Queenstown where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
  • Wanaka, New Zealand This tour can end in Wanaka if requested, where you will be delivered to your choice of accommodation. This tour also has the option to run in reverse if requested.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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Itinerary

  • 1. TranzAlpine: Scenic Train Christchurch - Greymouth: 150 min
  • 2. Franz Josef Glacier: 120 min
  • 3. Gates of Haast: 10 min
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Image 2-Day Christchurch to Queenstown Tour via West Coast

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TravelinMan1426
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Excellent Tour Operator Highlighted by a Superior Guide

During our over three week tour of Australia and New Zealand where we experienced a variety of tours operators in both countries, we found that that Canterbury Trails was the absolute best operator in either country. While a huge part of this extremely positive experience has to do with our specific tour guide, Mandy Mitchell, that the company itself provides small personal touches from beginning to end made the experience a joy.

Unlike other day tour operators we faced throughout our journey, Canterbury Trails pays attention to the details that make a travel experience memorable and positive. For example, when we checked into our hotel, a letter was waiting from the company welcoming us, telling us who our guide was going to be and instructions about appropriate clothing for the tour. Although the time of the tour start was already on our itinerary from our U.S. travel agent, that written Welcome was reassuring as our U.S. agent had gotten several tour times wrong. That Canterbury provided Mandy’s and the owner’s name, and the local contact information the day before the tour was reassuring and considerate.

We first used Canterbury for the Akaroa day cruise in a small group and then the next day our party of three undertook a separate private tour, by train, and then by SUV through Arthurs Pass and then back east down to Queenstown. In both cases Mandy was our tour guide. She was superb, knowledgeable, energetic, friendly, and helpful throughout. As there was some inclement weather during parts of private tour, Mandy made several key suggestions that allowed us see more of the key sights along the way, making much better use of our time than what our travel agent had outlined.

We expected to carry home memories of the South Island’s scenery and history. We didn’t expect that we would also bring back such fond ones of our tour guide.
klevycole
⏳ 12-2021
4.8

Canterbury Trails provides great service!

Canterbury Trails provided us with private tours of Christchurch & local wineries, then dropped us off for the Alpine train, followed us to Arthurs Pass where they picked us up & drove us down the west coast to Queenstown. Tea, our guide, was on time, professional, and thoroughly knowledgeable about all parts of the two tours we took. She went above & beyond -- from helping us find a replacement camera battery to making sure we were able to see Fox Glacier before dark -- all the while sharing a wealth of stories, local history, and particularly moving eye witness account of Christchurch in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake. We were truly sorry to part from her. We HIGHLY recommend Canterbury Trails -- this was one of the best experiences of our two week trip to New Zealand!
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