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Synopsis of Program

The Glacier & Fjord program sets the pace for your next trip to New Zealand by showcasing what is truly among the most visited parts of New Zealand, short yet perfect when you have only 7 days to spare. Starting your journey with a stunning scenic Transalpine rail journey crossing the southern alps, followed by walk in the valley to the face of glaciers that are mere 300 meters above sea level and then cruise in world heritage Fiordland.


Destination Flow excluding arrival and departure locations

  • Christchurch – Greymouth – by Transalpine Rail
  • Greymouth – Glacier Country – by road
  • Glacier Country – Queenstown – by road
  • Queenstown - Milford Sound – Queenstown – by road

Included experiences

  • Transalpine Train Journey
  • Guided Valley Walk in Glacier Country
  • Gondola in Queenstown
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise

In Brief

Days /Nights 7 Days / 6Nights
Start/Finish Point Christchurch/Queenstown, New Zealand or Reverse


 

DAY 1

Arrive Christchurch – Private Transfer to your STAY – relax, take it easy, and if you arrive early perhaps a city tour might be a good option to see this charming English influenced city



DAY 2

Its an early start today so to make time to have breakfast before your real journey starts with a private transfer to bring you to the Rail Station for one of the world’s most scenic rail journey on the TranzAlpine to the west coast of New Zealand. Once you reach Greymouth coach guests will need to make their way to the coach stop and self drive guest don’t forget to pick up your car (both the car pick up and coach pick up is at the railway station, so you need not have to walk far) to make your way to Glacier Country (Franz Josef/Fox Glacier)



DAY 3

The glacier region is a stunning landscape region where rainforest meets glaciers and is worth exploring this beautiful countryside. Once you are rested and satiated after a hearty breakfast you will go on the Glacier Valley guided walk that will take to you to the face of the glacier. This walk will help you become one with nature as you marvel at the rainforest canopies as you walk through until you come to the terminal face of the glacier. There are not many places in the world a visitor can get so close and still be just 300 meters above sea level. Later perhaps you might want to consider a scenic Heli flight with alpine glacier landing or better yet if you do the Heli Hike, which is an experience of lifetime.



DAY 4

Tuck in another hearty breakfast and head out bright & early today to go over Haast Pass to Queenstown – (self drive guests) please ensure Haast Pass is open for driving before you make your way to the adventure capital of the world.



DAY 5

Drive along the eastern side of Lake Wakatipu to Lumsden, Te Anau and along the way stop at Mirror Lake and marvel at the “clear as glass” water and reflection of the sky and surrounding landscape. Then pass through the Eglinton Valley and Homer Tunnel to reach Milford Sound for the Scenic Cruise on the 8th wonder of the world. After the cruise head back the way you came to Queenstown



DAY 6

Wake up to another beautiful day in Queenstown. Today is pretty much your day to chill and do what you want, wait a minute don’t forget to go on the Gondola to Bob’s peak. Also check out our recommended options



DAY 7

After a good night’s sleep in the Alpine Ski Resort of New Zealand you will make your reluctant way back to airport for your flight back home. SAFE TRAVELS



1. STAY Location - (Stay Class is as per guest selection)

  • 6nights with breakfast (Please note some accommodation may be with continental breakfast and not cooked breakfast)
  • Christchurch – 1 night
  • Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – 2 nights
  • Queenstown – 3 nights

2. Private Transfers:

  • Christchurch Airport to Hotel – all guests
  • Hotel to Christchurch Rail Station – all guests
  • Hotel to Queenstown Airport – only coach guests

3. Rental Vehicle for Self Drive Guests

  • Toyota Corolla or similar with standard insurance
  • Unlimited Mileage
  • We highly recommend an upgrade to an intermediate Sedan or mid-size or full size SUV if you are four or more Adult guests

4. Seat in Luxury Coach Day Tours only for Coach Guests

  • Queenstown to Milford Sound to Queenstown

5. Seat in Luxury Coach Transfers for Coach Guests

  • Greymouth to Fox Glacier/Franz Josef
  • Fox Glacier/Franz Josef to Queenstown

6. Included Experiences & Activities

  • Transalpine Scenic Rail
  • Guided Valley Walk
  • Milford Sound Scenic Cruise
  • Gondola to Bob’s Peak

  • All flightsinternational and domestic as applicable
  • Visa and other travel related fees
  • Holiday protection and travel insurance
  • All meals other than already specified
  • All items other than specified in the inclusions

Rental vehicle options & information

  • Toyota Corolla (compact) is the default car for all three travel class
  • All vehicles come with standard Collision Damage Waiver
  • For Peace of Mind we recommend you opt for Total Collision Damage Waiver
    • Price varies depending on the type of vehicle hired
  • Airport Pick and Ferry Pick if any are included and varies according to airport/ferry and vehicle rental company
  • Rental Vehicle considered are from Hertz, Thrifty & Go Rentals
  • All rental vehicles are subject to availability
  • If primary driver and/or any driver is under 25 there will be additional charge
  • Fuel, Parking, Road & Toll and Additional Driver charges if any are not included and is the responsibility of the hiring guest
  • Add $3 per day for an Intermediate Sedan like Toyota Camry or similar
  • Add $5 per day full sized sedan such as Toyota Aurion 3.5L or similar - V6 engine
  • Add $55 per day for a midsized 4WD SUV like Toyota RAV 4 0r similar
  • Add $65 per day for Full Size SUV like Toyota Highlander or similar – 3.5L to 4.0L AWD
  • Add $75 per day for Premium SUV Toyota Prado – 3.0L – up to 7 guests can be seated
  • For other vehicles such as Vans and People Movers please enquire

Special note for children

1. Seat in Coach:
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults sharing existing bedding may travel at 50% of normal adult cost
  • Children under age of 12 travelling with two adults requiring additional bedding may travel at 67% of normal adult cost

2. Self Drive:
  • Children under 12, who share a room and existing bedding with two adults, will not be subject to room costs, however any meals such as breakfast that form part of our programs will attract 50% of adult cost
  • Children under 12 who share a room with two adults and requires additional bedding will be priced as triple share on adult triple share cost

3. Sightseeing, experiences and other activity providers:
  • Child price and age of child varies widely from these providers and the same will be given on request. We have given the child cost in each of our highly recommended options below


Highly recommended options – these prices are valid only if purchased in advance from us

  • Auckland City Highlights - $69 for Adult and $34 for child 3-14 years
  • Upgrade Waitomo Glow Worm Caves to double cave system of Ruakuri & Glow Worm Cave for $35 Adult & $12 Child 4-14 years
    • Not available for Seat in Coach Guests
  • If you are not a vegetarian and open to try traditional Maori Style Feast (called Hangi) then we recommend the Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience on Day 3 - $93 Adult/$55 Child 5 -15 years
  • Kaikoura Whale Watch - $135 adult/$55 child 3-15 years – N/A (not part of route)
  • Neve Discoverer (Scenic Helicopter Flight) - $207 adult/$145 child 4-14 years
  • Twin Glacier Scenic Helicopter Flight - $270 adult/$190 child 4-14 years
  • Upgrade to Doubtful Sound Cruise - $169 adult/$53 child 4-14 years
    • Please add $27 for Seat in Coach Guests
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride - $445 adult/$295 child 4-12 years
  • Shot over Jet Boat Ride - $118 adult/$63 child 4-14 years
  • Tandem Skydive - $269 for 9000FT, $305 for 12000FT, $395 for 15000FT
  • Gondola - $32 adult /$20 child 5-14 years - N/A (already included)
  • Ziptrek Ecotours
    • Moa Line (4 Zipline) - $118 adult/ $72 youth 6-14 years
    • Kea Line (6 Zipline) - $163 adult/ $118 youth 6-14 years
  • Boutique Wine Tour - $175 adult/ $117 child 6-17 years
    • Includes gourmet platter lunch at Carrick Winery
  • Glacier Valley Guide Walk - $68.50 adult/ $59 child 6-16 years
  • Price is valid for travel dates between April 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015
  • All prices are per guest on Twin Share basis
    • Single, Triple and Multi Share prices are available on request
  • Price is inclusive of 15% New Zealand GST (Goods & Services Tax)
  • All bookings must be made as follows:
    • Booking must be confirmed 60 days prior to actual date of arrival
    • 25% of the price must be made at the time of booking confirmation
      • If booking is made within 45 days from date of arrival – 100% payment is required at time of confirmation
    • Balance 75% the price to be remitted 20 working days prior to date of arrival
    • Please note if full payment is not received we will be forced to cancel all reservations held under your name
    • If program is cancelled prior to making full payment we will refund your booking amount less 10% of the program price for service charges
    • All applicable bank and credit card services fees are to your account either during payment or refund
    • If program is cancelled after making full payment and is 72 hours before actual date of arrival the service charge fee will be 25% of the program price
    • If program is cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date there will be no refund
  • All experiences are provided by our experience partners
  • For any reason the scheduled experience is cancelled by the provider or postponed due to unsuitable conditions
    • They will try to reschedule a suitable alternate time failing which a refund for the specific experience will be made
  • All accommodation is subject to availability at time of booking
    • If specific accommodation is unavailable suitable alternate accommodation will be arranged within the same price category
    • Please note it is not always possible to offer accommodation in the same price category. On such occasion the next best alternative accommodation class will be offered
* For full details please see our "Terms & Conditions" page

Program Cost per guest on twin share basis in Executive Class Premier Class Prestige Class
Self Drive Rental Car NZ $1,560 NZ $1,635 NZ $1,845
Seat in Luxury Coach NZ $1,740 NZ $1,815 NZ $ 2,025

* Price mentioned are for per person on twin sharing basis.



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