Start and finish in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and depart to only see the South Island on this pass that covers the east coast and west coast of the island and all the way to top and bottom.
Visit Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef glacier is a 12km long glacier on the west coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The glacier fluctuates in length depending on snowfalls from previous years and general warming. The snow high in the mountains collects and is funnelled into the valley and then slowly compresed under its own weight into ice as the glacier is constricted into the narrow valley.
The snaking ice fall of the glacier through the lush temperate rainforest of the mountains makes for a dramatic sight.
You can access the glacier from the nearby town of Franz Josef but require appropriate skills or go on a guided glacier hike. Other popular options include taking a helicopter flight higher up onto the glacier and then doing a flight.
This pass starts in Christchurch you will travel up the east coast to Kaikoura for whale watching and then head to Abel Tasman national park before heading down the west coast of the Island to Franz Josef glacier country. You'll travel as far south as Queenstown before heading back to Christchurch via the Rangitata River in Canterbury.
Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.
Get your adventure on in the beautiful village of Queenstown, explore the natural wonder that is Franz Josef Glacier and stay at the foot of New Zealand's largest mountain, Aoraki / Mt Cook. This and much more awaits you on this 10 day / 9 night winter tour.
Discover the mountains, lakes and sheer beauty of the stunning South Island visiting icons including Queenstown, Marlborough wine region, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef, Doubtful Sound and Mt Cook - just to name a few.
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This tour starts in Auckland and finishes in Christchurch and allows you to see many of the highlights New Zealand has to offer including Rotorua maori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound and much more.
9-day winter New Zealand tour, either heading South first toward the ritz and glamour of Queenstown or heading West and down the rugged and pristine West Coast of the South Island. This tour not only gives you the opportunity to ski 4 different mountains but also takes you to the base of Mt Cook; NZ’s highest peak, over the Southern Alps on one of world’s most famous train journeys, through 3 alpine passes and close to two different ice glaciers.... wow what more can you ask for within an action packed 9 days of showcasing NZ’s best winter wonderland!
Experience most of the highlights of this magnificent country on this winter adventure starting and finishing in Auckland over 24 days and 23 nights. Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wondrous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!
Witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderful wildlife. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all!
Over 25 days you will witness vast beauty, epic scenery, captivating culture, wonderous wildlife and some of New Zealand's best produce. Among the sites you will visit include the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Marlborough, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman, Franz Josef and Doubtful Sound - and that is far from all! You'll travel in a small group with a fully qualified local guide, exploring unique destinations and immersing yourself in local culture and New Zealand's beautiful environment.