9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS CHRISTCHURCH & GLACIER & QUEENSTOWN & MT COOK HIGHLIGHTS
9D8NLGC 9D8N CHRISTCHURCH, SOUTH ISLAND 01 OCT 2019 - 30 SEP 2020
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Kiwiway recommendation:

  • ADD - Scenic helicopter flight over glaciers
  • ADD - Extend stay to Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter
  • ADD - Skyline Gondola with Lunch & Luge Ride

 

1
Christchurch (Arrival)

Arrive Christchurch airport, passengers will be met by our local representative and privately transferred to your hotel.

Hotel check in time 1400pm. Free at own own leisure.

Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop.

Spend the rest of the day in Christchurch. Check out the new Cardboard Cathedral, the Pop-up Mall, gently glide down the Avon on a punt, or ride the tram. 

Transfer by Private vehicle airport transfer
Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley hotel or similar | Superior Hotel : Chateau on the Park or similar
2
Christchurch - Greymouth (4 hrs 20 min) - Glacier Region (189km)

After breakfast, check out hotel and you will be pick up from hotel and transfer to Christchurch railway station.

The TranzAlpine train operates daily, departing Christchurch at 0815m | Arrive Greymouth 1305pm.

Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train slowly ascends through spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River towards the Southern Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, through lush alpine beech rain forests to Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.

InterCity coach transfer to Glacier Region | Depart Greymouth daily at 1330pm | Arrives Fox Glacier at 1740pm or Franz Josef dailt at 1705pm.

Upon arrival, check in hotel and at own leisure.

Transfer by Shuttle transfer and Tranz Alpine Train and InterCity coach
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier or similar | Superior Hotel : Scenic Hotel Franz Josef or similar
3
Fox Glacier/Franz Josef

A full day at leisure to explore this magnificent glacier region.

New Zealand's most unique hot pools experience, in the heart of the rainforest. Nestled  in lush rainforest, the Glacier Hot Pools is a haven of natural tranquility. A perfect way to unwind and experience a blissful state of pure relaxation after travelling along Te Tai o Poutini  (The West Coast).

Named after Sir William Fox, New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Fox Glacier describes both the glacier and the nearby village. To see the glacier, you can walk to the terminal face, arrange an ice-hiking adventure or book a sightseeing flight. Close to Fox Glacier is beautiful Lake Matheson, one of the most photographed lakes in New Zealand. On a clear day it reflects Mount Cook. Fox Glacier township has a good range of shops and eateries.

Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a 20 minute walk will take you to its terminal face. From the glacier car park, you can hike to a choice of lookout points for a bigger view of this awesome river of ice. If you want to actually make contact with the glacier, take a guided ice walk or a heli-hike. Aerial sightseeing is another option. There's a range of natural attractions in close proximity to Franz Josef Glacier Village. Lose yourself in the rainforests, waterfalls, and lakes. In the town you’ll find places to eat, or relax at the glacier hot pools or explore the wildlife centre. At nearby Lake Mapourika there are kayaks for hire.

*Add - Fox or Franz Josef Glacier - Heliservices One Glacier with snow landing 20mins*
~ Sweep above Westland National Park as you explore the Fox or Franz Josef Glacier to 6000’ before landing in the snow to enjoy exceptional views of the majestic Southern.
~ Essential Wear for Snow Landings: Sunglasses | Covered shoes (sneakers or trainers are fine) or your hiking boots | Plenty of film (or memory cards) for your camera | Clothing - Wear comfortable outdoor clothing suitable for wearing on the snow. Occasionally the temperate can be 5-10 degrees cooler on the snow than it is in the village. 

Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier or similar | Superior Hotel : Scenic Hotel Franz Josef or similar
4
Fox Glacier/Franz Josef - Wanaka (284km)

After breakfast, check out hotel and get ready to be transfer to Wanaka by InterCity coach.

InterCity coach transfer to Wanaka | Depart daily at 0800am | Arrives Wanaka 1425pm.

Travel down the West Coast past spectacular mountain ranges, native forests and lakes to the Haast Pass, gateway to the World Heritage Westland National Park. Continue around the shores of Lake Hawea to arrive in Wanaka early afternoon.

Upon arrival, free at own leisure.

The lakeside town of Wanaka attracts visitors with its spectacular landscapes, range of things to do and events. Being close to Mt Aspiring National Park makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities. 

*Add - Ridgeline Adventures Highlights Safari* 
~ Duration 2.5 hours | Depart 3.30pm
Highlights:

  • Wanaka’s finest lakeside scenery
  • Exciting and fun 4WD adventure through a private NZ farm
  • Up-close encounters with Alpaca, Red-Deer, Angus Cattle, sheep and horses
  • Easy 10 minute nature walk
  • Mountain-top viewpoints for breath-taking panoramic views of snow-capped peaks, glaciers and Lake Wanaka far below.
  • Views across to LOTR and Hobbit filming locations.
  • Refreshments at our exclusive “alpine café”
Transfer by InterCity coach
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Wanaka Hotel or similar | Superior Hotel : Ramada Resort or similar
5
Wanaka - Queenstown (96km)

After breakfast, this morning you visit Puzzling World (admission included), Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is a world unique attraction specialising in puzzling eccentricity. Puzzling World offers the world’s first "3-D" Great Maze, incredible Illusion Rooms, a Puzzle Centre/Café, large Gift Shop, eccentric architecture and the intriguing Psychic Challenge. Puzzling World is designed to fascinate families, children and adults of all ages. Allow 1 to 2 hours for your visit.

Attractions:

  • Leaning & Tumbling Towers
  • The Great Maze (Labyrinth)
  • Hologram Hall
  • Hall of Following Faces
  • Ames Room
  • Sculptillusion Gallery
  • Tilted House
  • Puzzle Centre and Cafe
  • Gift Shop

Continue to Queenstown in the afternoon.

InterCity coach transfer to Queenstown | Depart Wanaka daily at 1430pm | Arrives Queenstown Intercity coach terminal 1620pm.

Upon arrival, check in hotel and at own leisure.

Spend the evening strolling by the lake, take the gondola up to Bob’s Peak for panoramic views or enjoy the boutique shops and cafés. Queenstown is a relatively small town so walking is a great way to get around.

Transfer by InterCity coach
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel or similar | Superior Hotel : Copthorne Hotel or similar
6
Queenstown

A free day to explore the endless optional attractions available for the day.

Queenstown offers year-round experiences, utilising its heart-stopping surroundings to the maximum. Whether heading to the mountains during the winter, or basking in the sun and enjoying the lakes and rivers during the warmer months, Queenstown has a long list of activities for your clients.

*Add Queenstown and surround activities*

Admission ticket Skyline Gondola, Buffet Lunch & 1 x Luge Ride
~ Situated an easy five minute walk from central Queenstown
~ Ride the gondolas high above Queenstown for stunning panoramic views over the lakes and towns.
~ Enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the brand new Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar.
~ 1 x Luge ride. Hurtle down a winding downhill track through the trees.

Half Day Morning Highlights Tour
~ Departs: Daily 9.30am and returns 12.30pm
~ Duration: 3 hours
~ Complimentary hotel pick up
~ Tour Itinerary:

  • Queenstown Hill Views: Spectacular birds eye views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables and Lord of the Rings locations. Great photo opportunity.
  • AJ Hackett Bungy Bridge: Discover the thrill of Bungy. Watch intrepid jumpers from the viewing deck. Maybe even jump yourself!
  • Gibbston Valley Winery: Enjoy a selection of three wines produced on site. Enjoy the winery’s fine gift shop and the region’s only cheesery. 
  • Lord of the Rings Film Sites–Pillars of the Kings: Be transported to Middle Earth at the Kawarau Gorge, film location for the Pillars of the Kings. Great for photos.
  • Captivating Arrowtown: Discover beautiful Arrowtown’s golden history and colonial architecture. Highlights are the Lakes District Museum and Chinese Miners’ Settlement. Plus boutique shopping, great cafes and restaurants.

Full Day Milford Sound Tour with buffet lunch | G76L 
~ Departs: 7.20am | Returns: 7.45pm | Complimentary hotel pick up
~ Travel by coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks.

Highlights include:

  • Te Anau
  • Eglinton Valley
  • Mirror Lakes
  • Homer Tunnel
  • Fiordland National Park
  • Knobs Flat
  • Christie Falls
  • The Chasm (subject to road and weather conditions)
  • Southern Discoveries Scenic Cruise

After your cruise 1 hour 45min, return to Queenstown by coach.

3 Days 2 Nights Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter - Summer only
~Inclusions:-

  • Return transfer from Queenstown hotel to Stewart Island by seat in coach to Bluff and ferry to Stewart Island
  • Village and Bays tour by seat in coach
  • Ulva Island Wildlife Explorer tour
  • Wild Kiwi Encounter tour
  • 2 nights stay with breakfast at Stewart Island Lodge
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Heartland Hotel or similar | Superior Hotel : Copthorne Hotel or similar
7
Queenstown - Mt Cook (291km)

Half day Mount Cook Tour - Queenstown to Mount Cook | Depart Queentown daily at 0730am | Arrives Mount Cook 1215pm

Set off from Queenstown in a luxury coach, enjoying the commentary from your local driver guide as you travel north. Pass through the historic gold mining district of the rugged Kawarau River Gorge and the famous fruit growing region of Cromwell. Skirting the shores of Lake Dunstan, your tour crosses the Lindis Pass into Omarama for morning tea (own expense).

Continue through the rugged high country landscape of the Mackenzie Basin to arrive at Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, home to Australasia's highest mountain at 3,724 metres. Sit down to a delicious lunch (optional extra) at the Hermitage Hotel in Mount Cook Village, where you can enjoy stunning uninterrupted views of Mount Cook and the other high peaks that make up the Southern Alps. You can also take the chance to see this alpine region from above with a scenic flight (own expense – this flight can be arranged with your driver/guide on the day).

Your tour concludes in Mount Cook village

There are numerous ways to explore the National Park, whether you want the thrill of an 4WD tour or a short walk.

An activity not to be missed is Glacier Explorers, which take you to the terminal lake of New Zealand’s longest glacier, The Tasman Glacier. A boat takes passengers out onto the lake; the icebergs are constantly changing and you’ll most like get the chance to taste ice that is more than 1000 years old.

If the weather isn’t all that nice for outdoor adventures then check out the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, a great museum and 3D movie theatre showing a variety of programs and movies throughout the day. At night time the Stardome experience is also popular.

*Add - Mount Cook activities*

Big Sky Stargazing 
~ Season: every clear sky evening
~ Departures: subject to the time of year
~ Tour begin with an introduction and orientation in the Theatre Planetarium using a special live Digital Sky presentation highlighting unique features in our southern sky.
~ Informative astronomy guides then take you on a short drive (transport provided) to our outdoor stargazing site for spectacular views of that southern sky.

Tasman Glacier Boat Trip 
~ A memorable and amazing up close encounter with New Zealand's largest glacier, the Tasman Glacier. Explore, learn and discover the ever-changing glacial landscape as you journey across the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake in a custom-built MAC Boat with your experienced guide.
~ Season: Sep to May subject to road and lake conditions
~ Departures: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm & 5.00pm
~ Duration: approx 2.5 hours
~ 25min walk to Lake

Tasman Valley 4WD Tour
~ Season: all year round subject to weather & road conditions
~ Departures: 9am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm
~ Duration: 2.5 hours
~ Not suitable for infants or people with back or neck problems 

Transfer by GreatSight coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : Mt Cook Lodge & Motels or similar | Superior Hotel : Hermitage Hotel or similar
8
Mt Cook - Christchurch (331km)

Explore Mount Cook this morning at own leisure.

Travel back to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. Half Day Mount Cook to Christchurch Tour | Depart Mount Cook daily at 1330pm | Arrives Christchurch 1930pm

In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. We then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.

Transfer by GreatSight coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Standard Hotel : The Ashley hotel or similar | Superior Hotel : Chateau on the Park or similar
9
Christchurch (Departure)

Your arrangements conclude today with a departure transfer. Hotel check out time 1000am.

*Extend your stay in Chrcitchurch, to explore the city by own or add optional activities/tour around Christchurch* 

Add - Christchurch City Grand Tour
~ Departs: Daily 10.30am | Returns: Approximately 3.00pm | Complimentary hotel pick up
~ This is a fully-guided day trip - transport and all attractions are included in your ticket price. Lunch is not included, but you have plenty of  time to enjoy lunch at your leisure, and our host will be happy to recommend some favourite spots.

Highlights:

  • A romantic Punt ride, on the Avon River in a classic pleasure craft
  • A tour of Christchurch's famous Botanic Gardens
  • Panoramic views from the Christchurch Gondola
  • Time to see around the quirky, independent seaside township of Sumner
  • A ticket to see the central city from the heritage Tram
  • Final drop off at the city centre 'Container Village
Transfer by airport shuttle
Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Private with meet & greet on arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Remainder transportation by seat-in-coach basic.
  • Tranz Alpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth
  • Puzzling World Admission
  • Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo
  • Travel Documents
Trip Exclude
  • International and/or Domestic air ticket
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon tea unless specified.
  • Travel Insurance
Trip Mandatory
ITEMADULTCHILD
Agent Collection Fee 30.00 -
Optional Addon
ITEMADULTCHILD
Franz Josef or Fox Glacier: Heliservices One Glacier with snow landing 20mins | Jul'19 to Mar'20 740.20 514.30
Wanaka: Ridgeline Adventures Highlights Safari - Duration: 2.5 hrs | Oct'19 to Sep'20 496.60 337.40
Queenstown: Admission ticket Skyline Gondola, Buffet Lunch & 1 x Luge Ride | Jul'19 to Mar'20 276.20 183.70
Queenstown: 3D2N Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter | Twin share per person | Oct'19 to Apr'20 2,515.00 2,143.80
Queenstown: 3D2N Stewart Island Wild Kiwi Encounter | Triple share per person | Oct'19 to Apr'20 2,778.90 1,703.00
Queenstown: Half Day Highlights Tour - Departs daily 9.30am or 1.30pm - 3 hours | Oct'19 to Apr'20 270.70 130.20
Extra night in Queenstown with breakfast per person standard twin sharing | Oct'19 to Apr'20 471.60 402.00
Extra night in Queenstown with breakfast per person standard triple sharing | Oct'19 to Apr'20 399.80 318.60
Mt Cook: Big Sky Stargazing - Season: every clear sky evening Departures: subject to the time of year | Oct'19 to Sep'20 235.90 136.00
Mt Cook: Glacier Explorers - Glacier Boat Trip - Departures: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm & 5.00pm Duration: approx 2.5 hrs | Sep'19 to May'20 485.00 253.30
Mt Cook: Tasman Valley 4WD - Departures Daily : Departures: 9am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm Duration: 2.5 hrs | Aug'19 to May'20 204.00 144.70
Christchurch: City Grand Tour | Daily 10.30am Returns: Approximately 3.00pm | Jul'19 to Mar'20 360.30 195.30
Queenstown: Full Day Milford Sound Tour with lunch | G76L | Departs: 7.20am, Returns: 7.45pm | Oct'19 to Sep'20 603.90 328.40
General Terms
  • Rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice and/or upon hotel confirmation. This may be due to any special event and any immediate room surcharges implied by the hotel.
  • Hotel rooms and rental car are subject to availability.
  • The above itinerary is for reference only and visiting sequence may be different, and is subject to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.
  • No refunds are given for any unused portion of this package or during tour.
  • No bookings are accepted less than 30 working days prior to departure.
  • 12fly of Malaysian Harmony shall not be liable for any loses or expenses incurred due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes beyond its control, such losses and expenses shall be borne by the clients.
  • Others 12fly terms & conditions applies.
Payment Terms
  • Deposit for this package is minimum MYR 200.00 per person.
Package Remarks
  • General travel period: October 2019 until September 2020 (Travel must be completed by 30 September 2020).
  • All tours can be taken in reverse.
  • Additional nights can be added at any point in the tour.
  • Private arrival transfer from airport to hotel. Departing shuttle transfer from hotel to airport
  • All Great Sights coach services include hotel pick-ups and drop offs and with driver cum guides, commentary on most routes. For all InterCity coach transfer, we include transfers from hotel to the coach departure point on both arrival and departure.
  • A fee of MYR 160.00 per service per file will be imposed for any amendment made after booking confirmed.
  • Surcharges apply on special events. Surcharge will be advise once accommodation is confirm.

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