Experience the South Island of New Zealand on a classic 8 night vacation.

Inclusions

  • Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Queenstown, returning from Christchurch
  • Four nights Mercure Queenstown Resort
  • Two nights Bella Vista Motel Franz Josef
  • Two nights Bella Vista Motel Christchurch
  • Arrival transfer Queenstown airport to hotel
  • ShotoverJetboat Ride, Queenstown
  • Half-day Safari of the Scenes Tour
  • Full-day Milford Sound Nature Cruise with transfers, Queenstown
  • One-way InterCity service from Queenstown to Franz Josef
  • Glacier Valley Walk, Franz Josef
  • One-way InterCity service from Franz Josef to Greymouth
  • One-way TranzAlpine rail from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Round-trip transfers rail station/hotel/airport Christhcurch
  • Full-day Lord of the Rings Edoras, Christchurch
  • US/foreign taxes and fees including Sep 11 Security Fee
  • Applicable Airline Fuel Surcharge

 

Air New Zealand Crew

Fly from Los Angeles to Queenstown, the center of an area of extraordinary natural beauty, and an essential part of every NZ itinerary. Although Queenstown exudes a peaceful tranquility and gentle beauty, it also offers a wide range of fun filled and action type activities. Take an exhilarating jetboat ride and a day trip to explore Milford Sounds.  Join a half-day Safari of the Scenes tour that includes gold panning, 4WD river crossings and a great overview of the diverse scenery of the Queenstown/Arrowtown area - from towns, to rolling farmland, rugged canyons, mountains, and bush and the famous Kawarau Gorge bungy bridge. The tour offers a glimpse of the film locations of Minas Tirith, Misty Mountains, the Pillars of the Kings (Argonath), the site of Isildur's fall, and the Ford of Bruinen. (Subject to road and weather conditions) You'll also overlook Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battle with the Wargs were filmed.

Transfer from Queenstown to Franz Josef by coach on the West Coast for an unforgettable Glacier Country Experience.

Join a relaxing, interpretive walk to the glacier and learn about how Franz Josef Glacier shaped this remarkable landscape. After a short walk through the regenerating rainforest, the trip continues along the glacier valley with your guide calling stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings.  With the emphasis more on geographical information and the glacier's history, you're able to venture beyond the public barriers and right up to the dramatic terminal face of this advancing glacier with your experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Continue up the West Coast to Greymouth by Coach and climb aboard one of the world’s famous train journeys between the West and East Coast.  Traverse the mighty Southern Alps for spectacular views and cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains.  Enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the ice-fed Waimakariri River. 

Upon arrival in Christchurch you will be transferred to your accommodation for a two-night stay. 

Journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday; see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural unspoilt beauty of the high country's sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh mountain air.

You have free time to explore Christchurch before boarding your return flight to the US.