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2-Day Christchurch to Queenstown Tour via West Coast

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Stop At: TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific, Troup Drive, Addington, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Depart Christchurch on the world famous TranzAlpine™ train and cross the vast expanses of the Canterbury Plains. Travel through the dramatic gorge of the Waimakariri River and enter Arthur’s Pass National Park. Here, your guide will meet you and show you some of the highlights of the national park.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Franz Josef Glacier, Glacier Access Road Westland Tai Poutini National Park, Franz Josef, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) New Zealand

Explore this unique glaciated region with its glaciers pushing into re-generating temperate rainforest and happening on a Pacific Island - truly very special! Short walks can be made to experience the rainforest with the glacier in the background and it’s shattered, glacier formed landscape. Overlooking this are the Southern Alps and the high peaks of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. Walks that are available are to glacier viewpoints to witness the glacier’s descent down the mountain into the rainforest. An exciting helicopter ride to view the Southern Alps with a snow landing on the upper reaches of the glacier is also available. (Please note that the optional helicopter trips and scenic flights are not included in the tour cost)

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Gates of Haast, Haast Pass-Makarora Rd Mt Aspiring National Park, Haast 9382 New Zealand

A short stop to witness the Haast River passing through the gorge can be spectacular.

Duration: 10 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Christchurch Railway Station, Canterbury 8011, New Zealand

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 Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand

Lyttelton port
Departure Time
7:30 AM
1 day
Return Details
1: Queenstown, New Zealand
2: Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - TranzAlpine & Coastal Pacific
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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