Hi We are planning to take a trip to S. Island for about 9 days. I have a few questions:
1. We are going to take Tranzalpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth and hire a car from there, drive to Queestown and back to Christchurch for a loop. Is it worth to pay $192 just for the train ride? We have four people and that adds up to almost $800. Ouch! Can we just hire a car and drive from Christchurch to Greymouth instead? Are we going to miss the fun for riding the train?
2. Do we need to take both tours of Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound? If not, then which one to take? Since we have a car, should we drive from Te Anau to the Sound and take the boat tour or don't drive instead, take the bus tour from Te Anau and take the boat tour?
3. We have been to Canadian Rocky Mountain National Park. We visited the glacier there. Is Fox Glacier very similar? Is it worth to visit it again?
4. I heard people talking about "there is a national park in S. Island that can not miss it" which one are they talking about?
Those are the questions I have so far. Looking forward to your answers. Thank you!