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Experience the coastal splendor of New Zealand’s South Island on this 7-day tour by coach and Taieri Gorge Railway from Christchurch. Hear live onboard commentary as you travel through the Canterbury Plains to the historic city of Dunedin, then head to Queenstown and Franz Josef Glacier via the rugged west coast before returning to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine. Your itinerary includes six nights’ accommodation, a Milford Sound cruise and a guided sightseeing tour of Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula with admission to the royal albatross colony. 

Highlights

  • Seven-day coach tour of New Zealand's South Island
  • Take a scenic cruise on Milford Sound
  • Travel to historic Dunedin
  • 6-nights accommodation
  • Trip aboard the famous TranzAlpine train
  • Tour the Otago Peninsula and see the renowned Royal Albatross Colony - subject to seasonality
  • See the picturesque Franz Josef Glacier
  • Free time at leisure to explore Queenstown
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Fully guided tour and commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located Christchurch hotels

What You Can Expect

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

7-Day South Island Coastal Splendor Tour from Christchurch

Experience South Island highlights of this 7-day round-trip tour from Christchurch, which includes a wilderness cruise on Milford Sound, a sightseeing tour of the Scottish-influenced city of Dunedin and seasonal viewing of the royal albatross colony at the Otago Peninsula. Enjoy train trips aboard the Taieri Gorge and TranzAlpine railways, and journey up the scenic west coast with views of the Southern Alps. You’ll have free time to spend during overnight stays in Dunedin, Franz Josef Glacier and Queenstown. 

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

HELENE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Tour was fantastic. Everything went smoothly, all transfers and admissions. We highly recommend this tour in order to enjoy the splendour of the south island.

Bonnie C USA

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2011

Beautiful country made the trip worth while. Could have been better with shorter bus trips and not use public transportation for several legs of the trip. The hotels were excellent in Dunedin and Queenstown except for Franz Josef. Thank goodness a free breakfast off set the dismal, very old hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our day trips to Milford Sound with a helicopter flight over the glaciers and swimming with the dolphins in Christchurch (this was extra, but worth it!) It was a great way to see the 'hightlights' of the South Island.

Bonnie C USA

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2011

Beautiful country made the trip worth while. Could have been better with shorter bus trips and not use public transportation for several legs of the trip. The hotels were excellent in Dunedin and Queenstown except for Franz Josef. Thank goodness a free breakfast off set the dismal, very old hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our day trips to Milford Sound with a helicopter flight over the glaciers and swimming with the dolphins in Christchurch (this was extra, but worth it!) It was a great way to see the 'hightlights' of the South Island.

john S

1 star rating: I do not recommend this May 2015

It was largely by public bus. I could have saved 900 by booking myself. The hotels booked were in a number of cases below the standard advertised. Too much travel in the number of days. Had I booked myself I'd have stayed at least two days in every place. I feel like it was a bit of a con really.

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