Welcome to Ross

It's the start or finish point of the West Coast Wilderness Trail, but gold-rush history makes Ross an entertaining stopoff along drives between Hokitika and the West Coast glacier towns.

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$423.97 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Queenstown to Christchurch via Glaciers

Day 1 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier with Newmans CoachlinesQueenstown to Franz Josef GlacierDepart Queenstown by coach passing through Cromwell, Wanaka and Hawea before travelling over the magnificent Haast Pass into Westland. On arrival transfer to your accommodation. A local shuttle is available to take you to the glacier base where you can enjoy some short walks and magnificent views. Perhaps take a scenic helicopter flight for the ultimate view. Spectacular photo opportunities abound of these huge ice masses. Watch out for keas (native parrots) and their inquisitive cheeky play.Glacier Valley shuttleYou will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Glacier Valley Eco Tours and taken on a short tour to view the glacier. Your shuttle vehicle will transfer you up the Franz Josef valley to the road end. Here you will have the opportunity to walk to view the glacier from a viewing platform. Or enjoy one of the short walks available in this area. You will be returned to your accommodation by the Glacier Valley Eco Tours shuttle. Your accommodation: Punga Grove motel & suitesDay 2 - Franz Josef to Greymouth, then take the Tranz Alpine train to ChristchurchFranz Josef to Greymouth Train Station by Intercity CoachThis morning travel north through the small townships of Whataroa and Harihari. Stop at the Bushman's Centre for refreshments and a chance to experience a bit of West Coast humour. Continue through the township of Ross, which in the late 1800s was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields. In 1903 the largest gold nugget ever found in New Zealand was discovered at Jones Creek, not far from the town centre. It weighed 2807 grams. The New Zealand Government later purchased the nugget and presented it as a coronation gift to King George V. On arrival into Hokitika there is time to purchase lunch, walk around the town centre, to view the greenstone factories, visit the woodworking studio, or just relax and enjoy the windswept coast. Hokitika is the administrative and commercial centre for this part of Westland. The major primary industry is timber milling. Dairy and sheep farming, commercial fishing, white baiting and eel processing being the other major industries. Continue onto Greymouth Railway Station from where you catch the world famous Tranz Alpine train across the Southern Alps to Christchurch.Tranz Alpine Scenic train Greymouth to ChristchurchConsidered one of the world's great train journeys, the Tranz Alpine scenic train takes you from Greymouth to Christchurch. You'll travel across the South Island through the Arthur's Pass National Park from the west coast to the east.From the comfort of your carriage see lush beech forest, deep river valleys and the spectacular peaks of the Southern Alps.  Descend to the windswept Canterbury Plains before arriving in the city of Christchurch.

$697.17 Transfers & Ground Transport

Christchurch Full Day Private Transfer or Tour from Franz Josef

Meet and greet at your accommodation in Franz Josef. Travel in an SUV 4WD with commentary from your driver/guide through Ross village and its historic gold mining cottages and through Whataroa and the White Heron Colony (- this activity must be pre booked and an extra cost ) or choose to visit Okarito and do a short excursion by kayak on the tranquil lagoon to observe natural fauna and admire the flora with a specialized guide (extra cost can be paid directly to operator). Continue towards Hokitika for some lunch(at your cost) and to observe some Pounamu(greenstone) craftsmanship. After lunch a short trail through forest and dunes to reach the coastline and observe the wild nature of the Tasman sea. We continue in the afternoon towards the Otira Viaduct Lookout which gives you a perspective of how  stage coaches made their way from the West Coast through this dangerous pass. A quick stop is provided at  Arthur's Pass village for a quick cup of coffee/tea and a short walk to look at the Bealey Chasm and the Devil's Punchbowl Falls . Onward to  Castle Hill and its limestone formations then finally head to Christchurch where your driver/guide will transfer you to your accommodation and bid you farewell.  This activity can be done in the reverse order.