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Alps & Ice

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,389

New Zealand’s South Island is an astonishing land filled with dramatic gorges and powerful glaciers.


Starting in Christchurch, this 3-day trip takes you to the South Island’s west coast before ending in Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure sports capital.

Your first day takes you to Arthur’s Pass National Park, where a guide takes you to numerous natural highlights. From there, it’s on to glacier country. The region’s biggest star is Franz Josef Glacier, a 7.5 mile long flow of ice that feeds the Waiho River with its meltwater. Travel on to Queenstown via the Haast River Valley and the Crown Range. An extra few days in Queenstown is highly recommended, to explore all this amazing region has to offer.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,389

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Day 1

Christchurch to Arthur's Pass

Depart Christchurch on the world famous TranzAlpine train and cross the vast expanses of the Canterbury Plains. Travel through the dramatic gorge of the Waimakariri River and enter Arthur's Pass National Park. Here, your guide will meet you and show you some of the highlights of the national park.

In the heart of the Southern Alps, Arthur's Pass National Park has an incredible diversity of flora and landscape. They range from eastern beech clad hills and tussock valleys to the luxuriant rain forest in the west. The highest mountains have glaciers and surrounding them are tussock basins, flowering herbs and alpine grasses.

At the end of the day, head to your accommodation in the "wilderness".

Meal Plan Lunch

Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass

Nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass offers comfort and warm hospitality in a spectacular mountain setting.

The lodge has 20 Mountain View Lodge rooms and 4 new Alpine Lodge rooms, an intimate restaurant, lounge, library and theatre for evening nature talks. Discover wild nature in the New Zealand mountains and experience life on the 2,400 hectare nature reserve/high country merino sheep station. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of beech forest, tussock clearings, moss-lined streams and lakes on a network of nature walks. The highlight of the lodge is a daily program of nature discovery activities. The naturalist guides will help guests explore nature and learn about high country life. All lodge rooms have a private bathroom and superb alpine views.

A true wilderness experience, with plenty of activities and expert guides to show you the area. The food is a true gourmet experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast & Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass

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    Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass


    Nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass offers comfort and warm hospitality in a spectacular mountain setting. The lodge has 20 Mountain View Lodge rooms and 4 new Alpine Lodge rooms, an intimate restaurant, lounge, library and theatre ...

    Nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass offers comfort and warm hospitality in a spectacular mountain setting.

    The lodge has 20 Mountain View Lodge rooms and 4 new Alpine Lodge rooms, an intimate restaurant, lounge, library and theatre for evening nature talks. Discover wild nature in the New Zealand mountains and experience life on the 2,400 hectare nature reserve/high country merino sheep station. Walk from your room into a natural paradise of beech forest, tussock clearings, moss-lined streams and lakes on a network of nature walks. The highlight of the lodge is a daily program of nature discovery activities. The naturalist guides will help guests explore nature and learn about high country life. All lodge rooms have a private bathroom and superb alpine views.

    A true wilderness experience, with plenty of activities and expert guides to show you the area. The food is a true gourmet experience.

    Facilities

    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Water sports/ Equipment

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Day 2

Arthur's Pass to Glacier Country

You will travel through the Arthur's Pass National Park and depart Canterbury province for Westland ("The West Coast"). This route was originally used by the Maori to move greenstone (jade) from the west coast, and later as a link to the gold rush fields. Today will reveal great mountain valleys and you will marvel at the road as it winds its way down the spectacular Otira Gorge, a geographer's dream.

Follow rivers that flow to the West Coast and observe the changes to the rainforest and the many varieties of ferns that dominate this region. Visit Hokitika, once the capital of Westland and a roaring gold mining town, now a bustling centre of art and craft shops where greenstone and gold feature.

As you journey south you will see the West Coast forests and further evidence of the last Ice Age in the kettle lakes created by the melting ice sheets. You will then arrive at Glacier Country and a walk can be made to view the Franz Josef Glacier pushing into rainforest and on a Pacific Island - truly incredible! Your overnight stay will be in the nearby village.

Meal Plan Lunch

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village. It offers a beautifully appointed, modern Fox Glacier accommodation at the foot of the Southern Alps and very close to the magnificent New Zealand glaciers. A quiet boutique hotel, Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier presents just 20 rooms - so you'll enjoy a peaceful and private South Island experience.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel

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    Distinction Fox Glacier Te Weheka Boutique Hotel



    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short ...

    Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier is the ideal hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier village, a charming township in the beautiful alpine West Coast region of New Zealand's South Island. The hotel's location provides a real sense of privacy and peaceful seclusion, while being only a short stroll to the main street of the Fox Glacier village. It offers a beautifully appointed, modern Fox Glacier accommodation at the foot of the Southern Alps and very close to the magnificent New Zealand glaciers. A quiet boutique hotel, Distinction Hotel Fox Glacier presents just 20 rooms - so you'll enjoy a peaceful and private South Island experience.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Glacier Country to Queenstown

With an early morning start a short walk can be taken around Lake Matheson to explore the beautiful temperate rainforest. Overlooking the lake are the Southern Alps and the high peaks of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman which are often reflected in its mirror surface.

From Glacier Country, you will travel south and reach the mighty Haast River Valley. Following the Haast Highway, observe how the landscape again changes dramatically as the road climbs over the Haast Pass from the dense rain forest of the West Coast to the drier tussock lands of Otago. After the Haast Pass, the road skirts first alongside Lake Wanaka and then making a slight turn and rising over a ridge, Lake Hawea is before you. The road follows the shoreline of this lake and then you reach Wanaka village. From Wanaka, head over the rugged and remote Crown Range, the site of gold diggings in the 1860's and arrive in quaint old gold mining village of Arrowtown.

It is then a short drive to your Queenstown accommodation where your Canterbury Trails guide will bid you farewell.

Meal Plan Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • Deluxe mini-coach transportation
  • Services of a professional tour guide
  • Picnic style morning and afternoon teas
  • Café lunches
  • Guided walks and sightseeing

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Park fees unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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