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3-Day TranzAlpine Rail Journey with Guided Glacier Tour

by Canterbury Leisure Tours
per adult Price is AU$1
Duration: 3d Free Cancellation No Booking Fees Print Voucher Print Voucher Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Scenic coast-to-coast rail journey over the Southern Alps

  • Travelling over Arthur’s Pass & along the Waimakariri river

  • Exploring the quaint towns of Greymouth & Franz Josef

  • Touring & photographing Lake Matheson & Franz Josef Glacier

  • 4-star accommodations in a picturesque mountainside hotel

Highlights

  • Scenic coast-to-coast rail journey over the Southern Alps

  • Travelling over Arthur’s Pass & along the Waimakariri river

  • Exploring the quaint towns of Greymouth & Franz Josef

  • Touring & photographing Lake Matheson & Franz Josef Glacier

  • 4-star accommodations in a picturesque mountainside hotel

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7:30 AM, Twin Accomodation in English

Duration 3d No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Twin Accommodation

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AU$1,210.09

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7:30 AM, Single Accomodation in English

Duration 3d No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Single Adult in Single Accommodation

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AU$1,564.08

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3-Day TranzAlpine Rail Journey with Guided Glacier Tour

Activity Location

Franz Josef

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Christchurch - Hotel/Motel pickups

    Cathedral Square

    Christchurch 8011


Description

Outside the panoramic window of your train car, bright yellow grassland crashes into the impenetrable grey rock of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Continuing east, you meet snow-strewn mountain passes and say goodbye to the dry, arid east coast. Ahead, dense rainforests and monumental glaciers await.

At 4.5 hours in length, your journey to Greymouth isn't designed to be quick, but you'll still wish it was longer. Follow the Waimakariri River as it winds toward the mountains you’ll soon pass over. Flanked by beech forests and farmlands, the river beckons your train over viaducts and through tunnels before sending you over craggy peaks.

Break through the west coast’s dense rainforests and arrive in the coastal town of Greymouth. Comfortable coaches take you to the nearby township of Franz Josef for a rest in 4-star accommodations.

Awake refreshed and ready to tour the 7.5-mile-long (12 km) Franz Josef Glacier. Hike and photograph the glacier while experienced guides inform you of its history. From the glacier, embark on a tour of Lake Matheson, whose mirror-like surface reflects Mt Cook to create a photographer’s dream, especially at sunset. After you’ve got the perfect picture, ride back to your hotel in Franz Josef for a restful night’s sleep.

On Day 3, return to Greymouth and meet up with your train for the return jorney to Christchurch.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Lake Matheson and the Franz Josef Glacier

  • Admission fees

  • Breakfast on day 2 and 3

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Christchurch hotel

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Drinks, bottled water and snacks not listed as inclusions


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary provided they do not occupy their own seat.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Christchurch hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.