Queenstown - Christchurch

Itinerary 2

12 Days

Itinerary 2    Queenstown - Christchurch

Queenstown – Te Anau for Milford Sound – Wanaka – Fox Glacier – Abel Tasman National Park / Nelson - Marlborough Sounds – Coastal Pacific Train from Picton to Christchurch (Peak Season only for the train). 

We have some exciting news to share.

The Coastal Pacific will return on a limited 3 days per week schedule from the 13th of October travelling between Christchurch and Picton.

 


Queenstown

Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. The town is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long, thin, Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town, Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.

Te Anau

Te Anau is a town in the Southland region of the South Island of New Zealand. Tourism and farming are the predominant economic activities in the area. Lying as it does at the borders of Fiordland National Park, it is the gateway to a wilderness area famed for tramping and spectacular scenery. Many tourists come to Te Anau to visit the famous nearby fiords Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.

  • Milford Sound
    Milford Sound i is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu, a World Heritage site.

  • Doubtful Sound
    Doubtful Sound is a fjord in Fiordland, in the far south west of New Zealand. It is located in the same region as the smaller but more famous and accessible Milford Sound. It took second place after Milford Sound as New Zealand's most famous tourism destination. 

Wanaka

Wanaka is a popular ski and summer resort town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. At the southern end of Lake Wanaka, it is at the start of the Clutha River and is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka is primarily a resort town with both summer and winter seasons. Its economy is based on the many outdoor opportunities this offers.

Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier is a 13-kilometre-long (8.1 mi) temperate maritime glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. Fox Glacier is primarily a service centre for tourists, although it also services the local farming community. The town is served by the Fox Glacier Aerodrome.

Able Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman National Park is a New Zealand national park located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island. Covering an area of 237 km2 (92 sq mi; 59,000 acres), the park is the smallest of New Zealand's national parks. It consists of forested, hilly country to the north of the valleys of the Takaka and Riwaka Rivers, and is bounded to the north by the waters of Golden Bay and Tasman Bay. It contains some of the islands off the coast including the Tata Islands in Golden Bay, and Tonga Island, Adele Island, and Fisherman Island in Tasman Bay. 

Nelson

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene; each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival.

Marlborough Sounds

The Marlborough Sounds are an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. The Marlborough Sounds are connected to Cook Strait at the north-east extreme. At this point, the North Island is at its closest to the South Island, and the inter-island road, rail, and passenger ferry service between Picton and Wellington travels through the sounds.

Coastal Pacific Rail to Christchurch

The Coastal Pacific is a seasonal train, running from Spring through to Autumn.Travelling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific journeys breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean, where the roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. The Coastal Pacific isn't just a scenic activity, combined with the Interislander Ferry it is the perfect way to connect between Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch. The Coastal Pacific runs once daily taking just over 5 hours from the Christchurch Railway Station to Picton and vice versa.Once you reach Picton you can take our Interislander ferry to Wellington and board the Northern Explorer train to Auckland to carry on your train journey through the North Island.


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