Start in the city of Christchurch, a vibrant urban centre with startling street art and a thriving foodie scene. Experience a fantastically scenic train trip on the TranzAlpine – one of the world’s greatest -crosses the Southern Alps on a journey that links the city of Christchurch to historic Greymouth, a river town on the rugged West Coast. Pick up a rental car and self drive down the West Coast, on to Queenstown and Te Anau.

On the West Coast of the South Island, you’ll find mighty glaciers descending through rainforest into the sea. Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone. Experience Milford Sound by Cruise, where plunging cliffs and raging waterfalls meet inky dark waters.

Travel across to Dunedin, a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe. Drive north back to Christchurch and enjoy a punt on the Avon River before returning home. In 2022, this itinerary departs on Thursdays to Sundays only.

Important booking notes

  • In 2022, the TranzAlpine departs on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only. In 2023, this rail service will depart daily
  • The Helicopter Line – Franz Josef Heli Hike has a minimum age of 8 years old to join the tour. For families with children under the age of 8, alternative touring will be arranged
  • Dart River Adventures does not recommend for children aged 0-4 to participate in the Wilderness Jet Safari.

Inclusions Inclusions


  • Return economy airfares from closest capital city with checked luggage and taxes included to Christchurch International Airport
  • Arrival private car transfer from Christchurch to accommodation
  • Nine nights accommodation including breakfast daily
  • Private car transfer from Christchurch
  • Accommodation to Railway Station
  • TranzAlpine rail journey from Christchurch to Greymouth on day two
  • Nine day car rental – full Size SUV or similar (inclusive insurance with Avis)
  • Franz Josef heli hike (three hours)
  • Kiwi backstage pass at the West Coast Wildlife Centre
  • Wilderness jet safari in Queenstown
  • Milford Sound nature cruise including picnic lunch
  • Punting on the Avon in Christchurch.


DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch
DAY 2: Christchurch – Greymouth – West Coast Glaciers
DAY 3: West Coast Glaciers
DAY 4: West Coast Glaciers – Queenstown
DAY 5: Queenstown
DAY 6: Queenstown
DAY 7: Queenstown – Milford Sound – Te Anau
DAY 8: Te Anau – Dunedin
DAY 9: Dunedin – Christchurch
DAY 10: Christchurch

Please note, a minimum of two months lead time is required for overseas bookings.

Additional costs may occur during school holidays and the festive season.

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