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8-Hour One-Way Coach Tour between Queenstown and Franz Josef

Product ID: 24806
Travel between Franz Josef and Queenstown and admire New Zealand’s stunning landscapes as you pass through lush rainforests, crystal-clear waterfalls, and majestic mountains. Take in the breathtaking views of the New Zealand Southern Alps.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Enjoy a deluxe coach transfer from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Wind through rich farmlands and lush rainforests
  • Take in breathtaking views of the New Zealand Southern Alps
  • Marvel at glacial lakes including Lake Wanaka and Lake Wakatipu
  • Discover the quaint Franz Josef village
  • Listen to lively commentary from your expert driver guide
Full description
Depart Queenstown in the morning, board your deluxe coach, and prepare for a journey into the heart of the NZ Southern Alps via Mount Aspiring World Heritage Park. Enjoy lively commentary from your expert driver guide, take in scenic views, and make use of the free WiFi aboard your coach. 

Pass by the pristine waters of Lake Wanaka, Lake Wakatipu, and Lake Hawea en route to your morning tea stop in Makarora. After a leisurely break, and the opportunity to stretch your legs, you enter Mount Aspiring National Park to traverse the Haast Pass, emerging in the West Coast region.

Glimpse the Tasman Sea, its waves crashing on rocky beaches, before heading back inland, arriving in the quaint village of Franz Josef where you can prepare to explore the world-famous Franz Josef Glacier. This tour is available to travel in either direction, simply choose to book this tour in reverse if you’d like to travel from Franz Josef to Queenstown.
  • One-way service between Queenstown and Franz Josef
  • Pick-up and drop off to/from selected hotels
  • Knowledgeable local driver guide
  • Free wifi on the coach
What’s Not Included
  • Return journey
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages
  • Glacier and/or Queenstown sightseeing tours and activities

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Know before you go
A complimentary pick-up from selected hotels is offered. Please contact the tour operator for pick-up locations and times.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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Good way to get to Franz Josef without a car

Service was great, the bus was on time and the check in procedure was super simple. Our driver was friendly and told us stories about each town as we pass them. It was a long drive, so it was nice that we got to stopover at different places. I wouldn't call this a tour as such though.

April 11, 2017

A Tremendous Experience, Would thoroughly recommend the journey.

It was a well organised experience and also good value. My only criticism were the timed stops. I felt they were a little rushed and maybe would have been better to have had less stops but longer when you did stop? I felt the drivers did their job very well and the delivering of passengers at their individual hotels because of the teeming rain was such a help and also a boost to your confidence to be delivered at an unknown address. Thank-you for another added dimension to my holiday! Grateful Thanks, Beverley Broad.

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February 3, 2017

Our driver Peter from quuesntown to midway point was extremely rude and discourteous. He was speaking with passengers in a belligerent and condescending tone, refusing to answer simple questions and getting noticeable impatient. Very disappointing and unnecessary.

January 6, 2018

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GreatSights New Zealand

Product ID: 24806