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Thrifty Tours4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

Travel Christchurch to Mt Cook to Queenstown, then visit Milford Sound before taking the Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin, finish your tour in Christchurch.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 4 days/ 3 nights
 Motels
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand

At a glance - 4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin

Day 1: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 2: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys. Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 3: Queenstown to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Train. Accommodation: Motel on York

Day 4: Dunedin to Christchurch.

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4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Christchurch to Mt Cook National Park to Queenstown

4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Day 1

Christchurch to Queenstown with GreatSights (Includes Lunch)

Leaving Christchurch in the morning, travel through the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains to the shores of the stunning, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd and take in the sights of the spectacular Southern Alps. Then continue to the location of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, situated in a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising to 3,754 metres high, Aoraki certainly lives up to its name, which in Māori can be translated as 'cloud piercer'.
At Mt Cook Village you'll enjoy lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. After lunch you'll have time to explore the village and soak up the view. The tour continues south, past Lake Pukaki and through the tawny tussock of the Mackenzie Country. En route, enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Omarama. Your tour concludes in the evening upon reaching Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

Meals included: Lunch

Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 2: Milford Sound day tour with Real Journeys

4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Day 2

Milford Sound Nature Cruise with return luxury coach transfers from Queenstown

Return luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2.5 hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On board a Real Journeys luxury glass-roofed coach in Queenstown, you will enjoy a relaxing trip along the shores of Lake Wakatipu and through the rolling countryside to Te Anau. The coach driver provides an informative commentary. After a morning tea break in Te Anau, where you have the option of purchasing refreshments, the coach continues along the spectacular Milford Road. There is time for photo stops and short walks along the way. On reaching Milford Sound, you board the Milford Mariner for a leisurely extended cruise of the fiord. The cruise provides excellent viewing opportunities and plenty of time is available to enjoy waterfalls, rain forest, mountains and wildlife with extensive commentary by the on board nature guide. Includes picnic boxed lunch.

Your Accommodation: Blue Peaks Lodge

Blue Peaks Lodge offers well equipped self contained rooms with a fantastic location overlooking Queenstown and is just an easy five minutes walk to the Queenstown lakefront.

Meals included: Lunch

Blue Peaks Lodge

Day 3: Queenstown to Dunedin on the Taieri Gorge Train

4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Day 3

Private transfer with Limousine Services to Pukerangi, then Taieri Gorge Train to Dunedin

Steeped in early settler history this journey features spectacular changing scenery with magnificent pioneer stone work and engineering along the railway. A combination of modern carriages with panoramic views and immaculately restored traditional versions make this a truly memorable train ride. Arriving at Pukerangi, transfer to your private transfer and continue to Queenstown through the rugged rock landscape of Central Otago.

Dunedin train station transfer to accommodation

You will be met at the train station and transferred to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: Motel on York

Motel on York is located in the heart of Dunedin city. It offers superior luxury accommodation only 300 metres away from cafes and restaurants. Qualmark 5 star rated.

Motel on York

Day 4: Dunedin to Christchurch

4 day Mt. Cook, Queenstown Milford Sound and Dunedin - Day 4

Dunedin Accommodation to Coach Stop Transfer

You will be collected from your accommodation and transferred to the coach stop in time for your departure.

Dunedin to Christchurch by Intercity Coach

The drive follows the Otago Coastline as you head north from Dunedin. Pass through the unique town of Oamaru, famous for its buildings constructed with the unique locally quarried white stone. The port town of Timaru is next and then the vast Canterbury Plains. Crossing New Zealand's longest bridge at Rakaia you can view some great examples of the South Island's famous braided rivers.

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