short break icon 5 Day Short Break

Queenstown, West Coast & TranzAlpine

  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

  • Queenstown views

    Queenstown views

  • Walter Peak High Country Farm

    Walter Peak High Country Farm

  • TranzAlpine Train Journey

    TranzAlpine Train Journey

Tour codes: ZWC5R, ZWC5F

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Itinerary

On this Short Break you’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown

On arrival at Queenstown Airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel (flights to arrive prior to 4.00pm). The remainder of your day is free to take in the many scenic vistas. Tonight, make your own way to the Steamer Wharf for your cruise on the historic TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak High Country Farm for a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. An entertaining sheep show between courses provides a glimpse into high country farm life. Later, return to Queenstown to sample the festive nightlife.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Queenstown (First Class), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Queenstown ‘Free Time’

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Queenstown. Perhaps try white water rafting, a jet boat ride or a wine tasting tour (all own expense). You could simply relax, shop or enjoy time at one the many cafés and restaurants while soaking up the alpine views.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Queenstown – Franz Josef Glacier

Travel along the rugged West Coast Road and over the Haast Pass. Discover the rich alpine rainforest as you journey through this historic region. Through the Gates of Haast is a lost world that’s so spectacular and remote UNESCO designated it a World Heritage area. From Haast to Jackson Bay there are empty shingle beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands, all with the soaring backdrop of the Southern Alps making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. There is an abundance of wildlife so keep a careful look out for fur seals, Hectors Dolphins and Fiordland Crested Penguins. This afternoon there’s free time to explore Franz Josef township. Perhaps take a scenic flight over the magnificent Franz Josef Glacier or over Mt. Cook, the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere or a valley walk with a local glacier guide (all own expense). The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast glaciers. Take the opportunity to experience the most spectacular glacier environment anywhere in the world, offering a range of glacier hiking options. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special West Coast dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing) (Standard) or Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) (First Class)

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 4: Franz Josef – TranzAlpine – Christchurch

This morning continue to Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. Here you’ll board the world-famous TranzAlpine, one of the top six train journeys in the world. It is truly one of the world’s great scenic train trips through the dramatic contrast of lush green landscapes on one side of the Alps and dry beech forests and tussock landscapes on the other. Your train departs Greymouth and climbs into the Southern Alps before descending the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. There are 19 tunnels and four viaducts, with Staircase Viaduct being 73 metres high. Dinner is at your hotel.

Hotel: Ibis Hotel Christchurch (Standard) or Novotel Christchurch (First Class)

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Farewell from Christchurch

Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You’ll be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is valid for departures after 1 October 2015.

5 Day Short Break

Departs

Daily from Queenstown

Returns

Morning of day 5 at Christchurch

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts (4)
  • Dinners (3)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 45 days prior to travel

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Tour with Standard Accommodation (ZWC5R)

Standard Room Ibis Christchurch
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown  
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)  
  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch  
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Tour with First Class Accommodation (ZWC5F)

Superior Room Millennium Hotel Queenstown
Where you'll be staying
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown  
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)  
  • Novotel Christchurch  
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Prices above may vary according to your departure date.



Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown
    Corner Frankton Rd & Adelaide St, Queenstown 9300
    • Copthorne Hotel exterior at Lake Wakatipu
    • Standard Room at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Lobby Area at Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Front Entrance of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown
    • Courtyard area of Copthorne Hotel in Queenstown

    Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is located on Frankton Road, just five minutes stroll to the heart of Queenstown.

    The hotel resort is close to many wonderful activities, from the town's world famous jet boat rides to radical white water rafting, bungee jumping, vineyards, international golf courses and ski fields.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hairdryer
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Graham Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Restaurant
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Exterior

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Refrigerator
    • Four Spa Pools
  • Ibis Hotel Christchurch
    107 Hereford St, Christchurch 8011 New Zealand
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Standard Room
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Reception
    • Ibis Hotel Christchurch Exterior

    Ibis Christchurch is ready to welcome you. Adjacent to the new shopping heart of Christchurch, Cashell Mall. The "pop up" shopping precinct is the new vibrant heart of the city, featuring many new designer shops and modern cafes. Ibis Hotel Christchurch is very close to the famous Cathedral Square, the historic heart of the city providing easy access to the outer lying attractions and the airport. The Ibis features 155 contemporary rooms, restaurant OOPEN, a bar and meeting room.

    • Features
    • 220/240 V AC
    • Data port in room
    • Air-conditioning
    • Flat Screen TV
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Work Desk
    • Direct Dial Telephone
    • Manual temperature control
    • Wi-Fi in room (Pay)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron
    • Security peephole
    • Automatic wake up call
    • Operator wake up call
    • Alarm Clock
  • Millennium Hotel, Queenstown
    32 Frankton Rd, Queenstown 9300, South Island
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Superior Room
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior
    • Millennium Hotel Queenstown - Exterior

    Millennium Hotel Queenstown is only minutes from Queenstown shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting and jet boating.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Colour TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini Bar
    • Phone
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Electric blankets
    • Broadband Internet access
  • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)
    36 Main Road, Franz Josef Glacier 7886, New Zealand
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Room
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Restaurant
    • Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier - Exterior

    Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier sits at the edge of the Westland World Heritage Park, and is just moments from one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural attractions, the Franz Josef Glacier. Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier makes the most of its alpine location and offers quality accommodation in two separate hotel ‘wings’. Stay in either the Douglas or Graham wing, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings within Franz Josef village. Our hotel is in a premium location, making it the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the magnificent Westland region.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Work Desk
    • Mini Bar
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Four Spa Pools
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Refrigerator
  • Novotel Christchurch
    50 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
    • Novotel Christchurch - Exterior
    • Novotel Christchurch - Reception
    • Novotel Christchurch - Twin Room
    • Novotel Christchurch - Bar & Lounge area

    The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch. Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms, catering for up to 250 delegates. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

    • Features
    • Hair Dryer
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Mini Bar
    • Air Conditioning
    • Room service
    • In-room safe
    • Wireless Internet access
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