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Thrifty ToursMountain Melody

Take time out to appreciate the stunning natural wonders of New Zealand's fiords, glaciers and mountains. Explore Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, and challenge yourself to a bungy jump or a sky dive! Enjoy a hike up to Franz Josef Glacier, and take a journey on the magnificent TranzAlpine scenic train across the Southern Alps.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 7 days/ 6 nights
 Hotel 3 star
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Coach tour to Fiordland
Fox Glacier, West coast

At a glance - Mountain Melody

Day 1: Christchurch to Glaciers. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 2: At the Glaciers. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 3: Glaciers to Wanaka. Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Chill out or explore the adventure capital of Queenstown. Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook.

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Mountain Melody - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Christchurch to Glaciers

Mountain Melody - Day 1

TranzAlpine Scenic Train: Christchurch to Greymouth

Considered one of the world's great train journeys, the TranzAlpine Scenic Train travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From your carriage you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the Southern Alps before descending through lush beech rain forest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the West Coast glaciers.

Greymouth Train Station to Franz Josef by GreatSights Coach

Your coach to Franz Josef Glacier departs from the Greymouth Railway Station. The journey to the Glaciers is southward through the lush bush covered landscape at the base of the Southern Alps. A refreshment stop in Hokitika allows you to stretch your legs around the town centre. Further south you pass through the township of Ross which was the centre of one of New Zealand's richest alluvial goldfields in the late 1800s. Further along, travelling down the West Coast enjoy the beautiful landscape of vast rainforests, gushing waterfalls and snow-capped mountains before arriving into the small village of Franz Josef. From here you can explore the world famous Franz Josef Glacier.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 2: At the Glaciers

Mountain Melody - Day 2

Explore Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef is small but lively town in the heart of the West Coast, known for its 12 km long glacier. Surrounded by lush rainforest-clad mountains the township has a vibrant and bustling atmosphere. To see the ice up close walk along the valley floor to the terminal face without a guide. However, to go on the glacier itself or get within 100m you must take a licensed tour. Strap on some crampons and give it a go with Franz Josef Glacier Guides or take the easier option and book in a helicopter landing instead. Whichever way you choose to ascend, once on top you’ll have the chance to explore the crevasses, caves and ice flows.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 3: Glaciers to Wanaka

Mountain Melody - Day 3

Franz Josef to Wanaka with GreatSights

Experience some of the scenic highlights of the West Coast on this coach journey from Franz Josef to Wanaka. Set off from the small village of Franz Josef, set at the edge of Franz Josef Glacier (one of the world's most accessible glaciers), and travel through the remote and unspoiled scenery of the West Coast. Take the scenic Haast Pass through the Southern Alps, the southernmost pass between the East and West coasts of the South Island. See the clear and pristine waters of Lake Hawea as you travel east, arriving in the early afternoon in the charming lakeside town of Wanaka, a recreational paradise popular with jet boat, fishing and hiking fans as well as ski and snowboarders.

Your Accommodation: Wanaka Hotel

Wanaka Hotel consists of Double, Twin and Triple Hotel Rooms. Many with a view of the Lake, also available are Economy Rooms great value for up to 4 people in the same room. All rooms have en suite bathroom, TV and Wifi.

Wanaka Hotel

Day 4: Wanaka to Queenstown

Mountain Melody - Day 4

Wanaka to Queenstown with GreatSights

Today you will make your own way to the log cabin on the Wanaka lakefront. From there you will be picked up by your coach for this short scenic coach trip along the shores of Lake Dunstan, through the Kawarau Gorge and Gibbston Valley into the adventure and indulgence centre of Queenstown.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstowns main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Queenstown - Milford Sound - Queenstown

Mountain Melody - Day 5

Real Journeys Milford Sound day tour and Nature Cruise

Luxury coach transport from Queenstown to Milford Sound, with an extended 2.5 hour Nature Cruise along the full length of the fiord. On boarding 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. Return to Te Anau.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstowns main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Chill out or explore the adventure capital of Queenstown

Mountain Melody - Day 6

Explore Queenstown and surrounds

Although celebrated as New Zealand's ‘adventure capital’ Queenstown offers far more than a fast paced action-packed holiday. Settled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath a soaring panorama of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this alpine town is surrounded by a plethora of historic, gastronomic and scenic wonders.

Head down the Gibbston valley wine trail to sample some of the region’s best Pinot or catch a ride on the 100 year old Steamship - the TSS Earnslaw -  to Walter Peak Station for dinner and a farm tour. Browse the waterfront cafes and have lunch at Michelin star chef Josh Emett's ‘Rata.’ Check out nearby historic Arrowtown and enhance your experience with a four wheel drive trip to Macetown.

Take a leisurely lakeside stroll or ride the gondola for breathtaking views. Venture further afield into the Fiordland National Park or head over the Crown Range to Wanaka. Drive through Lord Of The Rings country - or for the really fanatic, jump aboard one of many dedicated LOTR tours. And after all of that - if you do really want the adrenaline rush Queenstown is known for, take your pick from the Shotover Jet, Nevis Bungy, Canyon Swing, Zipline, Luge or Heli-ski.

Queenstown Skyline Gondola Ride

Hop aboard the Skyline Gondola - the steepest cable car lift in the Southern hemisphere - and take in the awe-inspiring views of this spectacular landscape. Sit back and relax as you enjoy panoramic views of The Remarkables, Walter Peak, Cecil Peak and Coronet Peak - one of Queenstown's Ski field.

Your Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown

The Heartland Hotel Queenstown is the ideal place to stay if you want to be close to all the action of Queenstowns main centre, yet be elevated enough to take advantage of the spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the mountains.

Heartland Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Queenstown to Christchurch via Mount Cook

Mountain Melody - Day 7

Queenstown to Christchurch with GreatSights (Includes Lunch)

Travel to the foothills of New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki / Mount Cook, on a full-day sightseeing tour from Queenstown to Christchurch. Setting off from Queenstown, travel through ruggedly beautiful landscape and over the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country. Enter the amazing Aoraki / Mt Cook National Park, home to New Zealand's highest mountain, where there is time to stop for lunch and a chance to enjoy the amazing alpine scenery. During your stop at Mount Cook Village, enjoy a delicious lunch at the famous Hermitage Hotel. In the afternoon, travel past Lake Pukaki to Lake Tekapo, where you can view the solitary Church of the Good Shepherd against the backdrop of this vivid blue glacier-fed lake. Then continue through the diverse farmland of the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch, the Garden City, where your tour concludes.

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