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South Island: Great Southern Circle 5-Day Guided Tour

Product ID: 180716
Discover the South Island on a fully-guided 5-day tour traveling by bus and staying in four-star hotels. Departing from and returning to Christchurch, explore Mount Cook, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier and Greymouth.
About this activity
Duration: 5 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

Once we receive advise as to where you will be staying in Christchurch you will be picked up from your Christchurch hotel at the pick up time advised
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 7 days in advance for a full refund

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  • Explore the South Island over 5-days on a comprehensive guided tour
  • Discover Mount Cook National Park, Queenstown, and Milford Sound
  • Marvel at the Franz Josef Glacier and the Southern Alps
  • Ride the Tranz-Alpine train, one of the top ten train journeys in the world
  • Enjoy hassle-free travel, departing and returning to Christchurch
Full description
Day 1: Christchurch-Mount Cook-Queenstown

On the first day you will travel by coach from Christchurch via Lake Tekapo to Mt Cook National Park. Arrive at the Hermitage Mount Cook early afternoon, where you can consider an optional scenic flight to marvel at the incredible alpine scenery. Mid-afternoon, continue to Queenstown via the Lindas Pass, Lake Dunstan, Cromwell, and Kawerau Gorge before staying overnight at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar. 

Day 2: Milford Sound Day Trip

Travel by coach along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. Join a Milford Sound nature cruise to explore the wonder of the majestic fjord before returning to Queenstown where you will stay overnight at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar.

Day 3: Queenstown

Enjoy a free day in Queenstown to explore the township or enjoy one of the many actives that are on offer. You will then stay overnight at the Millennium Hotel Queenstown or similar. 

Day 4: Queenstown-Haast Pass-Franz Josef

Travel along the shores of Lake Wanaka and Hawea to the Haast Pass, gateway to World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue up the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, before staying overnight in the Scenic Circle Franz Josef Hotel or similar.

Day 5: Franz Josef-Greymouth-Christchurch

Continue along the rugged West Coast to Greymouth. Then, journey over the Southern Alps, through Arthurs Pass, and on to Christchurch by the TranzAlpine train. This journey is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. In Christchurch, you'll be transferred to your accommodation or the airport where your tour will conclude.
  • Door-to-door pick-up and drop off
  • Premium coach travel with full commentary
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • 4 nights accommodation in four star hotels
  • Milford Sound nature cruise with picnic lunch
  • Tranz-Alpine train Journey from Greymouth to Christchurch
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

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Important information
Know before you go
Your Milford Sound cruise on the second day includes a picnic lunch, all other meals will be at your own expense
You'll receive a full itinerary directly from the local operator with details of all timings and accommodation prior to travel
Customer reviews
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It is a very nice tour and is well organized. The hotels are of good quality and the sites visited are beautiful. The only problem I see is that there are many hours of bus with which you just busted, but you accept it because it is the only way to do it

October 17, 2019

Can be expanded to 7 days for an extra day in Queenstown and an overnight stay at Mt. Cook.

September 12, 2019

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Product ID: 180716