This a very popular 2 day and 1 night trip from Christchurch to Queenstown ( or in reverse ) via the South Island's rugged West Coast. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel and deliver you to the World renowned Tranz Alpine train, which bisects the Canterbury farming plains, foothills and mountains, before reaching the alpine village of Arthur's Pass. Your guide will meet you, show you some of the area before travelling onto the West Coast. You'll hear the history of Maori, greenstone, gold, visit historic towns like Hokitika and travel on south through stunning rain forests to the glacier country. Staying in Franz Josef the night gives you the opportunity of a helicopter glacier landing ( not included in the tour price ) as well a stunning photo opportunities. From here the journey continues south along the coast before eventually swinging inland over the dramatic Gates of Haast, finally heading past Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and over the Crown Range road to Queenstown.
The guides at Canterbury Trails have been hand picked for their local knowledge, enthusiasm, ability to tell a good story, as well as having superior driving skills. All our guides hold current first aid certificates, our luxury all wheel drive mini vans are well equipped and carry all the appropriate safety gear.Morning or afternoon tea is provided and a cafe lunch is also included. Our guides pride themselves on that personal touch and are always happy to meet your request and requirements where possible. They can also suggest some great photo opportunities, so don't be afraid to ask. Canterbury Trails strive to more than just pick up and drop off..we make the in between a journey to remember.