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9 Day New Zealand Coast to Coast South Island Tour

$1,799
Per Person

Typically $2,099
A very popular 9 day New Zealand South Island tour. This is an independent coach tour that travels the South Island coastline. It departs every day so you have the flexibility of travelling whenever it suits you, or your flight schedule.

the tour

A very popular 9 day New Zealand South Island tour. This is an independent coach tour that travels the South Island coastline. It departs every day so you have the flexibility of travelling whenever it suits you, or your flight schedule.

You’ll visit Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to the stunning Fiordland National Park. Then, visit Milford Sound and enjoy a 2.5 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

INCLUSIONS

This New Zealand South Island tour is by independent coach. This means there is no Tour Director, however, you will have an informative driver who will provide commentary along the way. In each town you will be left to explore at your own leisure, unless there are included activities. The package includes 8 nights accommodation, daily breakfast and your choice of 3 or 4 star hotels. Please contact us to check availability for your your preferred travel date. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch airport, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your Christchurch accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Christchurch Hop On Hop Off City Tour – 24 Hour Pass. Discover the true magic of city sightseeing on-board this city tour bus. With a mix of open and closed top buses, you will ride in comfort and style, enjoying spectacular views. Join friendly local guides as they take you on a journey of discovery through Christchurch. Listen to “live” entertaining and informative commentary and learn about the fascinating history, from pioneering days to modern times.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Christchurch

OPTIONAL: Christchurch Hop On Hop Off 24 Hour Pass

DAY 2: Christchurch ~ Dunedin

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the coach stop. Christchurch to Dunedin by InterCity Coach – Leaving Christchurch early, you will cross the vast Canterbury Plains as you head South, crossing many braided rivers that start their life as glacial melt water high in the Southern Alps. New Zealand’s longest bridge at Rakaia crosses such an example. Pass through the towns of Timaru followed by Oamaru, most famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. Continue along the coast and into the city of Dunedin. On arrival into Dunedin you will be met from your coach and transferred to your accommodation.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter Standard Tour – This multi-award winning, scheduled, daily, ‘small group’ tour departs from Dunedin city in the mid-afternoon for the Otago Peninsula wildlife ‘hotspots’. The tour combines tourism and conservation in a symbiotic relationship and provides absolutely unrivalled viewing of estuarine and marine wildlife. Your knowledgeable guides will inform you of activity being viewed and visit places where the best possible viewing of Hooker’s Sea lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguins, a breeding colony of New Zealand Fur Seals and Royal Albatross can be had. A further 25-30 other estuarine and marine bird species are seen during the experience. Close up unobtrusive viewing from beach locations and strategically placed observation hides is guaranteed.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Speights Brewery Tour – Founded in 1876, the Speights Brewery still occupies its original Dunedin site – with several of its buildings dating back to the late 1800’s. One of the only remaining ‘gravity breweries’ in the world, your 60-minute tour will take you through its inner workings. You’ll also have a chance to taste six different beers as well as bottle, cap and brew your own personal Speights Gold Medal Ale – the brewery’s flagship beer.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Dunedin

OPTIONAL: Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter | Speights Brewery Tour

DAY 3: Dunedin ~ Te Anau

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the coach stop in time for your departure. Enjoy this scenic coach trip across the magnificent Southland Countryside from the Edinburgh of the South, Dunedin, to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. On arrival into Te Anau, you will be met by a representative from Trips and Tramps and transferred to your Te Anau accommodation. Please advise your driver your transfer is pre-paid.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Te Anua

DAY 4: Te Anau ~ Milford Sound

Te Anau to Milford Sound including a 2 1/2 hour nature cruise (with picnic lunch), then back to Queenstown

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Te Anau, and onto Queenstown – From Te Anau, you travel by coach along the spectacular Milford Road. Photo stops are made on the way into Milford, with additional photo stops and a short walk on the return journey. Real Journeys experienced drivers enjoy sharing their knowledge of the area. On reaching Milford Sound, you join a Nature Cruise for a leisurely cruise the full-length of Milford Sound to the Tasman Sea. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rainforest, mountains and wildlife. A nature guide provides fascinating interpretation throughout the cruise. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Queenstown

DAY 5: Queenstown Free Day

Although celebrated as New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders. Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship – the TSS Earnslaw – to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett’s ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown. Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country – or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that – if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or White Water rafting.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY – Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride – Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola – the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere! From which you can take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak, Coronet Peak and the magnificent Lake Wakatipu.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Queenstown

OPTIONAL: Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride

DAY 6: Queenstown ~ Franz Josef Glacier

Leaving Queenstown early, travel by coach through the stunning scenery of the South Island. You will pass by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunstan, Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea. After a morning tea break in Makarora on the border of Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park, you’ll travel through the Haast Pass, journeying through native beech forest and over the Southern Alps, before emerging on the West Coast. This remote area has a ruggedly beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains. Skirt the coast and see waves crashing on rocky beaches before returning inland. Before arriving in the afternoon at the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.

Glacier Valley Shuttle – You will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Shuttles and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Shuttles.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Franz Josef Glacier

DAY 7: Franz Josef ~ Greymouth ~ TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch

This morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman’s Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand’s richest alluvial goldfields. In 1903 the largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was discovered at Jones Creek, not far from the town centre. It weighed 2807 grams. The New Zealand Government later purchased the nugget and presented it as a coronation gift to King George V. On arrival in Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre. Hokitika is the administrative and commercial centre for this part of Westland. The major primary industry is timber milling. Dairy and sheep farming, commercial fishing, white baiting and eel processing being the other major industries. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous TranzAlpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Greymouth to Christchurch – Considered one of the world’s great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You’ll travel across the South Island from the west to the east coast through Arthur’s Pass National Park. From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps. Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

Private Transfer Christchurch Train Station to your accommodation – On arrival at the Christchurch train station, you will be met by a private driver and transferred to your accommodation.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Christchurch

DAY 8: Christchurch Free Day

Explore Christchurch at your own leisure today. Explore Christchurch City. Following the 2011 earthquake that razed its centre and much of the outlying suburbs, Christchurch is well into a billion-dollar makeover. In the middle of the Canterbury Plains, bordering the pacific ocean, New Zealand’s newest city is an ideal gateway to exploring the middle of the South. Go punting on the Avon River, take a historic tram ride, catch the gondola to the rim of an extinct volcano or do all three! See the world’s only Cardboard Cathedral and for nature enthusiasts – wander the renowned Christchurch Botanic Gardens, or head to Oxford Terrace in the city to find a great spot to eat or drink. Drive an hour in any direction to ski, mountain bike, wine taste, whale-watch, bungy jump or play golf. Visit the International Antarctic Centre or take a day to go on safari at Orana Wildlife Park. Take the winding Port Hills road to the French settlement of Akaroa and tour the vines in Waipara for an authentic New Zealand wine-tasting experience.

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Christchurch

DAY 9: End of Tour ~ Departure

A private transfer will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to Christchurch Airport in time for your departing flight. Thank you for travelling with MyHoliday2.

MEALS: Breakfast

Description

A very popular 9 day New Zealand South Island tour. This is an independent coach tour that travels the South Island coastline. It departs every day so you have the flexibility of travelling whenever it suits you, or your flight schedule.

You’ll visit Dunedin with an afternoon to explore the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. Cross the rich farmland of Southland to Te Anau, gateway to the stunning Fiordland National Park. Then, visit Milford Sound and enjoy a 2.5 hour nature cruise. Return to Queenstown for 2 nights and a full day to explore at your leisure. Your journey continues north to the rugged West Coast and the unique Franz Josef region. Then its onto Greymouth where you board the world famous Tranz Alpine Scenic Train for your return across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.

INCLUSIONS

This New Zealand South Island tour is by independent coach. This means there is no Tour Director, however, you will have an informative driver who will provide commentary along the way. In each town you will be left to explore at your own leisure, unless there are included activities. The package includes 8 nights accommodation, daily breakfast and your choice of 3 or 4 star hotels. Please contact us to check availability for your your preferred travel date. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

9 Day independent coach tour of New Zealand

8 Nights in 3 or 4 Star hotel accommodation

8x Breakfasts

Informative coach driver

Private airport transfers

Private train station transfers

All coach tour transport

TranzAlpine Train from Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch

Real Journeys Milford Sound nature cruise

EXCLUSIONS

 

International Airfares

Other meals not included in itinerary

Beverages for all meals

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Optional tours

Tour director

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2021:

June: 5, 12, 19, 26

July: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

August: 7, 14, 28

September: *4, *11, *18

October: *2, *16, *30

November: *13, *20, *27

December: *4, *11

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2022:

January: *8, *15, *22

February: *5, *12, *19

March: *5, *12, *19

April: *2, *16, *23

 

 Dates marked with an * incur a surcharge of $500 per person.

 

NOTE: Departure dates may change due to coach/train schedules changing. Please do not book your airfares until your tour is confirmed. 

HOTELS

 

3 STAR HOTELS:

Christchurch: Heartland Hotel Cotswold

Dunedin: Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge

Te Anau: Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Queenstown: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier: Punga Grive Motel & Suites

 

4 STAR HOTELS:

Christchurch: The George Hotel

Dunedin: Distinction Dunedin Hotel

Te Anau: Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas

Queenstown: Hotel St. Moritz

Franz Josef Glacier: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

 

In the unlikely event that the listed hotels are fully booked, alternative hotels of the same standard will be used

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADES:

Upgrade to 4 star hotels for $1000 per person

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

DAY 1: Christchurch Hop On Hop Off 24 Hour Pass $35

DAY 2: Elm Wildlife Peninsula Encounter $125 

DAY 2: Speights Brewery Tour $30

DAY 5: Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride $45

Prices are in AUD and per person. Add to your cart at checkout

 

EXTRA NIGHTS:

Extra nights are not available with this package

TOUR INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid until 23 April 2022

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 45 days prior to travel

Bookings are subject to availability

 

RATES:

9 Day Coast to Coast (3*) LOW SEASON (May-Sep) – $1799 

9 Day Coast to Coast (3*) HIGH SEASON (Oct-Apr) – $2299 

9 Day Coast to Coast (4*) LOW SEASON (May-Sep) – $2799 

9 Day Coast to Coast (4*) HIGH SEASON (Oct-Apr) – $3299 

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:

3 Star Package – $1250 per person

4 Star Package – $2050 per person

 

GROUP SIZE:

Minimum 2

Maximum 48

CHILDREN POLICY:

 

3 STAR HOTELS

Children aged 0-4 – $400

Children aged 5-14 – $1299

4 STAR HOTELS

Children aged 0-4 – $500

Children aged 5-14 – $1699

Children aged 15+ are classed as adults

Child vouchers can be purchased in addition to at least 1 full paying adult

Please add child vouchers to your cart at checkout

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

Departure dates may change due to coach/train schedules changing. Please do not book your airfares until your tour is confirmed. 

This tour is run by local coach services. You may not be with the same group throughout the entire tour.

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

We offer a 21 Day Money Back Guarantee. See Refund policy for details

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

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